Senior Design Engineer at Koala

Furniture, Design, Full-time, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia sydney engineering design full-time
Posted 1 months ago

Koala’s mission is to become the smartest way to buy high-quality furniture online. Combining customer-centric products, a world-class technology and fulfilment platform, and incredible customer service, we are changing the way people buy and enjoy furniture.

Why we have this role @ Koala

You will help us tackle hard technical challenges of bringing designs to life by prototyping and testing really cool things. You’ll also be responsible for reporting and documenting findings in order to recommend the best approach and methodologies for product designers as they move through the design, verification, production and sampling of new and existing products.


What key responsibilities does this role have @ Koala?

  • Play a leading role in technical problem solving e.g. developing product specific knock-down joining componentry
  • Resolve part design to ensure optimal user experience while constantly pushing to minimise part complexity and cost
  • Provide subject matter expertise regarding production techniques, materials and engineering solutions
  • Understand legal requirements (and relevant standards) and ensure product compliance
  • Develop and implement in-house testing capability including lifecycle and other performance testing
  • Producing accurate and detailed production documentation (bill of material and engineering drawings for manufacture) within agreed timeframes
  • Communicating effectively with key stakeholders including expressing the rationale of design decisions, sourcing required information (internally and externally) as well as identifying, escalating and resolving issues arising from the design process
  • Be proactive and follow up - own the success of the overall project
  • QC / overseeing internal documentation
  • Development and mentoring of other design team members

Ideal background…

  • Tertiary qualified in Mechanical/Product Engineering with experience in industrial and product design
  • 10 years of experience in a design engineering (or similar) role with exposure to high volume manufacturing
  • Experience with consumer products and user centric design preferred
  • Experience in the following:
    • Advanced knowledge of CAD software (We use Solidworks)
    • Developing solutions to problems / obstacles that arise through Product development and concept generation
    • Resolving designs to a level suitable for production of components and assemblies through injection moulding, extrusion, timber machining, and fabrication etc.
    • Optimisation of new and existing products and materials to improve cost, performance and reduce environmental impact
    • Creating 3D models, drawings, specifications and technical documentation including QC/QA tolerancing checks for production.
    • Development and production of prototypes for physical testing of specific component performance and product design performance elements
    • Design and production of Jigs and Fixtures suitable for ad hoc or permanent life cycle testing
    • Coordination and management of external lifecycle and performance testing
    • Identification and observation of Standards and performance requirement within the given product area (furniture)


Treehouse Perks and Privileges…

Koala is only as good as its employees are happy - and we’re one happy mob!

We offer our teams flexible working options and the freedom and autonomy to do their best work in a way that works for them. Whether that’s working your own version of 9-5, working from home in your trackies from time to time or hanging out at our Treehouse (this is what we call our office digs), you decide whatever helps you find your flow! The Treehouse also has a fully stocked Koala Kitchen with an emphasis on healthy, local and organic produce - VB fridge, our ever-changing selection of Grifter Brewing Co beers, Mecca Coffee Co. beans and the famous Koala Kombucha on tap with new flavours every week. And there's more than just tasty treats - the Koala Treehouse is as dog-friendly as they get, there are also plenty of social activities to get involved with and help you get to know your fellow Koalas better as well as free Koala products for all employees - who better to shout from the tree tops how awesome our products are, right?! We also recognise that we can’t grow as a brand unless we support the growth of our teams so this is a strong focus for us. All in all, the Koala Kommunity is a great place to hang out in and belong to!

Koalities we look for…

At Koala, we do things a little differently and we don’t shy away from the fact that we expect a lot from our employees! We want you to challenge expectations, always look to make a difference and give us something different from the norm. We want people that bring great energy, that have a long-game focus and are always curious to find new angles and approaches to the way we work. We're a team full of entrepreneurial spirit and have a relentless focus on 'what's next' but while always reviewing 'what's been done' and learning, growing and adapting. We're bloody confident, but NEVER arrogant and we adapt to change like Steve Smith under a short ball. Honesty and selflessness drive everything we do, as well as a total focus on exceeding our customers’ expectations. So if you feel like this could be you... well what the bloody hell are you waiting for? Drop us a line, and let's see what you've got! ;)

*Recruiters, sending you love and light, but we got this and won’t be accepting unsolicited CVs.