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Executive Creative Ride Engineering

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 901749BR Location Orlando, Florida, United States; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, United States Business Walt Disney Imagineering Date posted Dec. 13, 2021

Job Summary:

At Ride Engineering, it is our responsibility to move people through our stories in magical ways that bring these experiences to life! Ride Engineers bring optimism and solutions to design challenges that often seem impossible, and partner with diverse creative talent to define and build one-of-a-kind experiences that bring fun and joy to millions of people all around the world.

What we’re looking for…
This executive position will interface with Creative Leads to both represent Ride Engineering in early Blue Sky efforts as well as ensure original creative intent is delivered in final Ride equipment. Responsibilities will include both functional and project related tasks that involve integration of creative and technical requirements into functional solutions that ultimately deliver form, fit, and function in final Ride equipment. This role requires deep subject matter experience as well as leadership qualities in order to oversee critical scope integrated with every Ride project.


You will…
• Act as Ride Engineering’s stakeholder in early Blue Sky attraction concept development efforts
• Act as Ride Engineering’s stakeholder in WDI Creative Leadership meetings
• Update Ride functional and project leadership on new and upcoming Blue Sky efforts
• Implement training programs to improve Ride Engineer’s industry knowledge and ability to contribute to Blue Sky activities
• Dynamically lead the Ride Industrial Design team and direct all related scope within the Ride Studio
• Lead resource planning and staffing strategy for Industrial Design scope
• Provide concept direction and layouts to assist in the development of new parks, lands, and/or attractions
• Creatively apply ID principals to assist in the design of a wide variety of innovative ride platforms, components, & related equipment for one of a kind life safety systems
• Innovate design solutions that deliver competitive new products to our guests
• Participate in and/or lead Blue Sky brainstorming sessions to explore creative ideas and solutions
• Work with Ride Project Teams to seamlessly integrate creative scope, requirements, and vision
• Oversee Ride Vendors to ensure original intent/scope is delivered in final equipment
• Implement and oversee proof of concept prototype & mockups: design/fabricate/test
• Aide in defining and prescribing materials and processes for both prototypical design and production manufacturing
• Develop and deliver compelling presentations to executive creative and technical leaders
• Assist with installation, field support, testing, and standards development
• Explore and evaluate new and emerging technologies that could be used to deliver new ride experiences
• Lead Studio culture and community

Basic Qualifications:

What you bring to the role
• Relevant design expertise (e.g. machine/mechanism/product/vehicle design, kinematics, materials)
• Ergonomic and human factors knowledge and experience
• Strong ID sketching and rendering abilities (analog and digital)
• 3D modeling and animation capabilities (StudioTools, Solidworks, Modo, Rhino, Maya, etc.)
• Knowledge of production/manufacturing processes, material properties, and applications
• Superior design sensibilities and creative problem solving
• Ability to communicate complex technical concepts with non-technical audience
• Work collaboratively within a large and diverse team environment
• Highly dependable, strong work ethic, with excellent time management skills
• Comfortable working in a creative/chaotic environment

Preferred Qualifications:

• 10+ years of relevant Industrial Design and Leadership experience
• Experience with life safety design/requirements
• Experience with prototype, development and/or innovative products
• Proven innovator able to conceive and deliver new intellectual property
• Hands on experience with equipment assembly, fabrication, sculpting and installation
• Excellent communication/presentation skills
• Proactive/self-sufficient/able to work and add value with minimal oversight

Required Education

• Degree in industrial design, engineering, fine arts, theater, animation, architecture, or environmental design

Additional Information:


About Walt Disney Imagineering:

Founded in 1952 as WED Enterprises to design and build the world’s first theme park — Disneyland — Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI) is where imagination and creativity combine with cutting-edge technology to create unforgettable experiences. WDI is the creative force that imagines, designs and builds all Disney theme parks, resorts, attractions and cruise ships worldwide. Imagineering’s unique strength comes from its diverse global team of creative and technical professionals, who build on Disney’s legacy of storytelling to pioneer new forms of entertainment. The Imagineers who practice this unique blend of art and science work in more than 100 disciplines to shepherd an idea all the way from “blue sky” concept phase to opening day.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S., Inc., which is part of a business segment we call Walt Disney Imagineering.

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S., Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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