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Senior Design Sculptor - Clay Technical

  • Location
    • Warren, Michigan
  • Schedule Full time
  • Posted


Work Arrangement​​

This role is categorized as onsite. This means the successful candidate is expected to report to the Design Center in Warren, MI on a full-time basis.

The Role

General Motors Creative Design organization is transforming the future of transportation and mobility solutions. We are seeking a pivotal role in our Sculpting organization. We are looking for a studio technical expert that executes clay models by developing aesthetic surfaces which meet timing and surface quality requirements while mentoring multiple program sculpting teams. In this role you will contribute to problem solving with design and engineering stakeholders. You will mentor others in efficient methods for developing models, integrating recent technologies and creating workflows while providing technical expertise and guidance to cross functional studio teams.

If this sounds like your next step, we’d love to hear from you!

You must submit a portfolio in order to be considered for this role.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Exhibits a safety mindset while identifying, taking ownership and resolving safety concerns
  • Develops high quality aesthetic surfaces for clay models throughout the GVDP
  • Active participant in studio and patio reviews. Contributes expert aesthetic judgement with the studio design team by offering 3D solutions
  • Support surface releases which meet Design approval, production engineering, and data release requirements
  • Comprehend program timelines and all related model quality requirements
  • Adhere to and assist in developing common GM Global Design processes / best practices
  • Frequently assists studio personnel in developing solutions to engineering and design problems
  • Mentor others in achieving GVDP modeling standards and raise concerns if quality standards are not met
  • Collaborates with technical SMEs and lead sculptors to discuss continuous improvement and clay training strategies
  • Facilitates Peer Reviews and provide feedback on surface construction techniques, quality expectations and continuous improvement strategies
  • Adheres to and reinforce corporate communication systems (timekeeping, email, etc.)
  • Shares responsibility with Sculpting Lead in model quality for shows and reviews
  • Maintains professional model sites

Additional Description

Skills and Abilities: 

  • 8+ (10 preferred) years of professional experience in automotive clay modeling
  • Demonstrates the courage to make the changes that will improve the organization and helps others overcome their resistance to change
  • Expert level of creative/technical proficiency
  • Expertise in the use of creative sculpting tools
  • Expert level of sketch interpretation/ability to translate design input into 3D models
  • Ability to mentor/teach all aspects of clay sculpting, model set ups and milling integration.
  • Seeks opportunities for innovation by executing on latest ideas and implementing continuous improvement initiatives
  • Associated degree or equivalent industry related experience

To be considered for this position, you will need to submit a portfolio in addition to your resume and profile. We strongly recommend linking your online portfolio in the "website" section of the application as we are able to access much larger files that way. If your portfolio is not available online, please follow the instructions below to upload your portfolio as a separate attachment as you did with the resume.   Please NO dropbox files or Google docs.
1. Save your portfolio as a pdf document 
2. Name your portfolio your LAST NAME, FIRST NAME. Example: Candidate name is John Smith. Portfolio pdf file name is: Smith, John.pdf 
3. Upload as an attachment - you may have to condense the file.  

DISCLAIMER: The Works included in your Career Portfolio must not be subject to any non-disclosure and/or confidentiality agreement. If the Works in your Career Portfolio are owned by your current or former employer, or by any other Third Party, there must be an express written consent from the Owner allowing the Works to be included in your Career Portfolio for sharing with General Motors (“GM”). By sharing your Career Portfolio, you grant to GM the right to quote, paraphrase, reproduce, distribute, or otherwise use all or any portion of the Career Portfolio for purposes of making a hiring determination. By sharing your Career Portfolio, you also agree to release and discharge GM, and its licensees, successors, and assigns, from any and all claims, demands, or causes of action that you may have regarding any use of the Career Portfolio, including (but not limited to) any claims based on the right to privacy, the right to publicity, copyright, libel, defamation, or any other right. 

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