Project Lead [m/f/x]


We’re looking for a project lead for our office in Detroit.

About the position

A project lead at icon incar is a specialized project manager. He or she is the link between clients and the design team. He or she is responsible for operative project management and acts as the single point of contact for the client and the team. Since we typically work directly with our clients’ design departments, fundamental know-how is essential, thus you must be familiar with user experience design. Our project leads work alongside an experienced designer for contextual support.

Our projects range from innovation and research projects in small teams to projects for mass production. Here, over the course of one to two years, interdisciplinary teams of up to 20 people develop new HMI generations.

A project lead independently oversees one complex or multiple less-complex projects in collaboration with a design lead. He or she is convincing when facing customers, works in a highly structured way and reports directly to the account director or creative director. A fundamental expectation is to identify further project opportunities and create a stable client relationship — build an account out of a project. In addition to the design affinity a consulting and business development mentality is thus required.

your abilities

  • Lead and structure projects related to automotive user experience design with full budget responsibility
  • Strong communicator with a fearless attitude — being convincing in client presentation and discussions
  • Identify client needs, consult the client and ultimately use business opportunities to build up a stable client relationship
  • Enjoy national and international travel on a frequent base
  • Create project plans, time, cost calculations and scope of work definitions
  • Manage resources
  • Oversee timelines and budget
  • Being a sparring partner to design and conceptual teams, especially in the kick-off phase or during complex challenges during the project
  • Communicate between all involved in a project within an interdisciplinary team and with the client
  • Support and improve internal processes and workflows
  • Actively contribute to our company culture, mutual exchanges and inspiration

our requirements

  • Degree in UX design, psychology (focus on human-machine interaction, ergonomics, etc.) or a career changer with experience in automotive HMI
  • Entrepreneurial attitude
  • MBA is plus
  • At least 6 years professional experience
  • Structured way of working, even with multiple projects running in parallel
  • Digital native who’s familiar with and helps drives the latest technological trends
  • Straightforward and a good sense of humor
  • Team player who’s a doer
  • Business level English


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All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, citizenship, HIV/AIDS status or any other legally protected factor. Applicants for U.S. based positions are generally required to be eligible to work in the U.S. without the need for current or future sponsorship.