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R+D for the Built Environment

Posted on 05.21.20 
Job Title: Workplace Innovations Lead
Job Location: Mountain View, California
Job Description: Workplace Innovations Lead

R+D for the Built Environment, Full-Time

Mountain View, CA

Who we are/ What we do:

R+D is the Ideas Workshop for the Built Environment for a large tech company in Mountain View. We are architects, engineers, researchers, designers, inventors, dreamers and builders who are obsessed with meaningfully shaping our environment. We are a community of optimistic, passionate, action-oriented solution-seekers who love to say “yes” and then create the path to deliver on that answer. From the scale of the Desk to the scale of the District, we generate ideas and prototypes that deliver immediate tangible value, and project a resilient, resource efficient, technologically-enriched and beautiful future.

What You Do:

As the Workplace Innovations Lead, you are a non-traditional design leader responsible for several of our workplace and interiors initiatives, providing design vision, guidance and management for these initiatives. You are driven by innovation and creative solutions. You are also a collaborative leader, facilitating the relationships necessary to generate the most exciting new solutions. You have the ability to maintain a high level view as well as the ability to get into the details as needed on initiatives to help teams prioritize goals so that they can work most effectively, through weekly meetings and daily communication. You are an adept natural communicator, optimistic and positive. You identify with the success of the team, and dive in to do whatever it takes to create the best work. You thrive in an energetic and optimistic team environment where we deeply respect each other and try to leave each other feeling inspired and energized.


Leads on Future-focused Design Vision on multiple Workplace and Interiors initiatives with a variety of teams and provides guidance and design oversight and management for the teams. This includes design contributions within the content of the work as well as graphics, narrative, and presentation of the work to stakeholder groups.

Checks in regularly with lab leadership; facilitates meetings and workshops.

Identifies good design and consultant partners to build out the right team to successfully complete initiatives

Has an open and flexible attitude toward developing alternate solutions and methods to enhance or supplant industry norms, and has enough knowledge to understand the impacts of the norms that are broken.

Embodies the ethos and expands the ambitions of the R+D Lab


Senior Interior Architect or Interior Designer with a degree in Interior Architecture, Interior Design, Industrial Design or Architecture.

Significant experience in delivering exceptional solutions for a range of different large-scale commercial workplace Interiors projects.

Expert in the process of delivering a workplace interiors project: understands code, pain points of stakeholders, areas of risk, the cost and schedule implications of design decisions.

Excellent planning skills, including careful attention to detail, love of materiality, information organization and timeline tracking; ability to utilize data to tell a story

Tools for understand potential exposures/roadblocks and strategies to overcome them

Ability to communicate and collaborate effectively across many teams and at all organizational levels

Solution-Seeking and action-oriented

Demonstrated positive and effective leadership

Creative problem solver

Working knowledge of building and planning codes, with the ability to foresee regulatory or bureaucratic obstacles to execution

Relentless curiosity and a passion for the built environment

An obsession with user-centered discovery and design process

Future focused

This position is full time at the R+D Lab located on the premises of a large tech company in Mountain View, CA, with full-time employment through XL Construction.

Please submit professional credentials, including curriculum vitae, cover letter, and portfolio of work for our consideration.

To all recruitment agencies: XL Construction is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.
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