Senior Product Designer - Virtual & Augmented Reality at Axon

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Our mission is to protect life.
We’re out to make the world a safer place by solving big problems and taking on the public safety challenges of our time. From our company's inception building the TASER device to a full suite of hardware and software solutions, we are focused on providing police agencies with the state-of-the-art devices and services they need to successfully serve and protect us. In the next few years, we're going to eliminate the burden of paperwork in policing, so officers can increase the time they spend building relationships and serving in their communities. We’ll put video at the heart of the police record so our justice system can get to the truth faster. And we won't stop innovating until the bullet is rendered obsolete.
It’s a big mission, but it’s one we’ll pursue relentlessly every single day. 
Your Impact
You aren’t like everybody else. You aim a little higher. You reach a little further. Your experience is much broader than just a previous career or a few past jobs. You've been listening, learning, and paying attention to recent events which have demonstrated to you why building world-class technology for Public Safety is so important. You do more because it matters to you. And when it comes to looking for that next opportunity, you want to do work that matters to others.
At Axon, we build connected devices such as body cameras powered by an industry-leading digital evidence management platform. Our hardware, software, and training platforms bring security, efficiency, and transparency to law enforcement and are enabling us to truly change the world. The Axon business is growing rapidly and we are looking for a dedicated and proven Senior Product Designer to join our Virtual & Augmented Reality team.
As the founding member and lead for Axon’s VR & AR Design team, you will work with VR and AR technologies to conceive, test and build immersive user experiences that will define the future of augmented and virtual reality use in Public Safety applications. We see leveraging the technology for training applications to be the first stop on our journey.
You will join an interdisciplinary team tackling the biggest challenges in public safety training head-on, including immersive VR-based empathy development training and de-escalation training to help officers engage with the communities they serve with greater awareness and safety. We seek to accomplish this while abiding to the following guiding principles:
1: Build AR and VR Solutions for Social Good: With our mission to Protect Life, we develop AR & VR solutions that benefit both law enforcement and the community, while addressing key issues in society.
2: Empower Agencies with Data: Deliver ongoing data and analysis that provide agencies with key insights that enable them to make decisions that result in building better, more efficient, and positive programs.
3: Develop an Active and Diverse Virtual Platform: Leverage the latest in AR & VR technologies to create a robust portfolio of solutions and the highest-quality content, that enable users to be more effective in their roles and manage the challenges of 21st century public safety.

Your Day to Day

  • Lead product design for Axon’s Virtual and Augmented Reality program. You'll own the full design process, from initial research and discovery through concepting, detailed design, testing and working with Engineering on implementation.
  • Turn complex interactions involving a diverse set of users, a complex physical environment, social interactions, regional differences, and an ecosystem of hardware devices and software applications, into simple experience solutions.
  • Collaborate with Product Managers and UX Researchers to initiate, execute, and extract insights using a variety of research methods: observational, interviews, participatory, usability testing, competitive analysis, etc.
  • Collaborate with other design leads across product teams to ensure great user experiences across all of our products.
  • Contribute to defining global design patterns, vision, and processes for Axon products.
  • Contribute to defining the general product design vision and process at Axon.
  • Be an ambassador and champion for the design culture at Axon.
  • Present products and feature ideas and execution up to executive level.
  • Stay on top of industry trends and emerging technologies.

Basic Qualifications

  • 6+ years of product design experience with at least 2 years of leading major product design initiatives.
  • 2+ years experience researching, designing and shipping complete VR and/or AR solutions or games with a moderate to high level of complexity.
  • Bachelor's degree in Interaction Design, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, HCI or related field.
  • Proficiency in 3D design applications, such as Unity, C4D, Houdini, Maya, 3dsMax, and Blender.
  • A proven track record of applying user-centered design processes and methodology to product definition, design, and development.
  • Experience with every stage of the design process, including: research, sketches, wireframes, high fidelity mock-ups, prototyping, and usability testing.
  • A broad skillset with deep specialization in at least one area (3D, IA, UX, visual, etc).
  • Highly knowledgeable of the latest design tools and proficient at quickly learning new ones.
  • A great portfolio of work that demonstrates a breadth of visual and interaction design skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Interaction Design, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, HCI or related field.
  • Experience with hardware interaction design.
  • Experience with mobile app design, specifically Android.
  • In-depth knowledge of game user experience design and game theory.

Compensation and Benefits

  • Competitive salary and 401K with employer match
  • Discretionary paid time off
  • Robust parental leave policy
  • An award-winning office/working environment
  • Ride along with real police officers in real life situations, see them use technology, get inspired
  • And more...

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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Location

Downtown Seattle: easy opportunities to get outside, enjoy south lake union, popular bars & restaurants, workouts, multiple transportation options

An Insider's view of Axon

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Healthy work environment, tons of snacks and drinks, laid back attitudes with performance aspirations. I am astounded at the culture that has been grown here.

Beth

Sales

What does your typical day look like?

There isn't one person who isn't passionate about the work the company is doing. Whenever there might be a slow or grueling day/project, you quickly become reminded of the importance of your work. Leadership cares about the employees, and ensures a healthy/fun environment. Values are well defined and drive the culture.

Suraya

Program Manager

How does the company support your career growth?

Co-workers care about your well being, and want to win together. Very strong company mission that makes it easy to buy into. Long established company that is entering a massive growth spurt. With massive change comes some uncertainty. But Axon has shown more proactive coaching and training than any company I've seen in my short tenure.

Cliff

Inside Sales

What is your vision for the company?

Our vision is bigger than just cameras or weapons. We're working every day to make the bullet obsolete. To make this a reality, we live and breathe six core values that serve as guiding principles: BE OBSESSED. AIM FAR. WIN RIGHT. OWN IT. JOIN FORCES. EXPECT CANDOR.

Rick Smith

CEO

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Fast-paced. Large company with a small company feel.
High decision velocities. Empowered, small, high-performance teams doing intellectually stimulating work with a purpose. It’s a great combination of doing good and doing well.

Sahil

Finance

What are Axon Perks + Benefits

Axon Benefits Overview

We take care of your health, mental & physical wellbeing, paid parental leave. In fact, we believe that mental health is even more important now. All Axon employees have 24/7 access to on-demand therapists, coaches, or psychotherapists via the Ginger platform. They can access help when they need it, privately with licensed professionals.

All Axon employees have access to: Real-time behavioral health coaching within seconds
* Virtual therapy & psychiatry sessions within hours that have been clinically proven to reduce symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression
* Personalized skill-building activities curated by your coach

Also, we encourage you to take care of yourself, your families, and remind you to take breaks. We work hard, yes, but we want to sustain your health, creativity, and drive.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Diversity manifesto
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
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Company Equity
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Company sponsored family events
Axon hosts company sponsored family events annually.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Orca Pass
Company Outings
Star Wars premiere movie night, annual Grand Canyon trip, summer time BBQ's and much more!
Game Room
Our game room includes Ping Pong, Video Games.
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Monthly happy hours and town hall meetings with leadership
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
GymPass discounts
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Our mentorship program includes Cross-department program, Career mentoring, Leadership mentoring.
Continuing Education stipend

Additional Perks + Benefits

plus --> financial wellness programs, locker rooms & showers, discounted entertainment tickets, discount mobile phone plans, stocked fridge & pantry, embedded customer learning, annual company trip.

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