Careers

Let's Build Together

While we're at it, we aim to influence the way you work by focusing on the freedom to participate

Do your life's work

We believe the nature of work will continue to shift towards a more distributed, time, effort, and reputation based model. For this reason, we implement a distributed, project oriented workforce. This approach makes us more a community of creators who come together to innovate on issues collectively. Our culture originates from diversity of thought, experience, and shared learning which naturally involves chaos, but benefits everyone working towards a shared objective. From this organized chaos arises shared discovery, innovation, and originality.

Company Perks

It's too early for us to hire anyone at this stage (we work for free...), but here are a few perks we hope to offer in the future

Flexible schedule

Your time is the most valuable resource you have and you should decide how and when to use it.

Further Education

Curiosity and learning never ends. You should be free to explore your interests and improve yourself.

Unlimited Vacation

Dedicated time to experience the world is not only a nice to have, but critical to personal growth.

Paid Parental Leave

It's time mother and fathers focused on their children without the added stress of career commitments.

Competitive Salary

Make that money. We hope to introduce a dynamic salary system which gives equal financial opportunity.

Annual Retreat

With a distributed workforce we need to make time to connect with each other in real life.

Making smiles. Creating the future.

It's too early for us to hire anyone at this stage (we work for free...), but we plan to develop two types of roles in the future

Business Designers

We’re looking for individuals interested in becoming Business Designers or expanding their experience in the field. This role is best for those who can combine real world experiences, theory, and entrepreneurial energy. Interpersonal skills are important because you will work with interdisciplinary teams to create solutions in house or for clients.

At KKGIX, strategizing every aspect of your creation means understanding context, developing insights, exploring opportunities, defining them, and communicating the vision through tangible design expression. This is all achieved through human centric methods and circular thinking and your role within an interdisciplinary team will vary from project to project.

 

Key Activities

  • Designing business models that enhance and extend consumer experiences.
  • Helping organizations develop increased efficiency.
  • Helping clients develop new growth options.
  • Designing compelling value propositions for customers and consumers.
  • Designing new products, services and consumer experiences.
  • Designing organizational structures and strategic assets to help companies be more innovative.
  • Using discovery-driven planning to prototype new business ventures

 

Nice-To-Haves

  • Existing experience in business model design, analysis, and implementation.
  • Masters in business or equivalent life experience with an undergraduate degree in engineering, science, or design is ideal.
  • Experience taking offerings to market, whether as an entrepreneur or intrapreneur.
  • Ability to combine business acumen across the following areas, along with depth in one or two of Technology, Robotics, Product Development, Finance and Operations.
  • Industry experience
  • Demonstrated mastery of the human-centric design process or eagerness to learn it.
  • Ability to work in an ambiguous and dynamic environment and comfortable with non-hierarchical, flat, distributed organizations.
  • Work in multidisciplinary design teams.
  • Outstanding listening, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Share, coach, and teach other designers about business.
  • Get your hands dirty.

 

Please answer each of the following questions in 300 words or less, with your application.

1) What new business models or past business cases inspire you?

2) To which industry could you apply that business model to disrupt the existing players?

3) How could you prototype the offering?

 

Design Engineers

Our Product Design Engineering teams work in a dynamic startup environment with the tools, resources, and support of the organization. We are a close-knit group of creative engineers who work with the simple goal to surprise and delight people with truly inspiring and impactful products and solutions.

 

Key Activities

In this highly visible role, you will utilize your mechanical design engineering skills to bring products to market. This includes:
Negotiating and collaborating cross functionally with various Business Designer teams to refine and execute the vision for the product.

  • Developing deep technical knowledge in areas outside your realm of expertise to understand other teams’ design constraints and craft creative solutions to technical problems.
  • Collaborating with outside vendors and internal manufacturing experts to optimize designs for function, aesthetic, and manufacturability.
  • Utilizing 2D and 3D CAD to communicate design intent and inspection requirements
  • Insuring fit, form, and function throughout the life of the product through stress and tolerance analysis, DFMEA, prototyping, testing, and failure analysis.

 

Typical Requirements

  • High degree of motivation, curiosity, passion and creativity.
  • Design intelligence: mechanical intuition, creative problem solving, spatial reasoning, diligence in finding the best solution for each design challenge, attention to detail.
  • Engineering Fundamentals: statics, strength of materials, material science, statistics.
  • Flexible design skills: tolerance analysis, design for assembly/manufacturability.
  • Electro-mechanical integration, simple fixture design, design for high volume manufacturing, developing initial product layouts, understanding of Statistical Process Controls (SPC), understanding of metrology (basic knowledge of measurement systems), mechanism design.
  • Computer aided design (CAD) Skills: 3D CAD experience required. NX preferred, 2D drafting and GD&T preferred.
  • Excellent communication skills: both written and verbal, ability to clearly communicate design ideas, contribute to brainstorms.
  • Experience in the design cycle from concept through manufacturing a plus.
  • Experience designing mechanical components for high volume manufacturing is preferred – specifically injection molded parts, sheet metal components, die-cast and machined parts
  • Some years of experience in Mechanical Design.
  • Opportunities available for more experienced individuals to take on additional responsibilities and leadership positions within teams.

Please answer each of the following questions in 300 words or less, with your application.

1) What new or past devices/products inspire you?

2) To which other industry could you re-purpose that device to disrupt the existing players or processes?

3) How could you prototype the offering?

 

Internships & Co-Op’s: Design Engineers

Available for any enthusiastic individuals working toward their BS, MS, ME, or PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science or related discipline who can provide support to design, engineering, prototyping and validation activities for various hardware and software project initiatives.

Key Qualities

  • Ability to work in team-based environment.
  • Self-motivating.
  • Strong analytical/problem solving skills and ability to use statistical tools and techniques.
  • Knowledge of finite element analysis theory and general mechanical engineering analysis.
  • Flexibility and comfort working in a quickly changing environment.
  • Desired Experience in any of the following:
    – Prior experience in product design.
    – Experience with component modules (LCD assemblies, batteries, camera modules, etc.) and their interconnect (FPC design and ACF bonding).
    – Ability in plastic and metal part design or other materials.
    – 3-D CAD skills
    – Experience in Design for Manufacturability (DFM), and Design for Assembly (DFA), statistical tolerance analysis techniques, functional dimensioning, and geometric tolerancing.
    – Handheld, portable and/or hardware experience.
    – Integration of wireless antenna (GSM, GPS, Wifi) into mechanical enclosures.
    – Design of audio subsystems (microphone, speaker, receiver).
    – Unigraphics or Pro-engineer fluency.

On multi-functional design teams, you will help to create the next generation of the world’s finest devices. You will conceive, design, and bring into production products that will re-define user experience. You will work closely with many different cross-functional teams including Industrial Design, Packaging, Safety, Hardware Engineering, EMC, and Marketing.

Application Instructions:

Don’t worry about a portfolio, but please write a brief letter that answers the following questions:

  • What is a project, big or small, unknown or well-known, you wish you had been a part of, and why?
  • What’s a device/product that inspires you, and how might it be relevant to another industry?
  • If you could work from any location in the world, where would it be?

 

Internships & Co-Op’s: Business Designers

Business Design Interns work collaboratively, creatively, and flexibly within interdisciplinary teams and in some cases with clients.

For this role, you need:

  • The ability to collaborate with others and work in multidisciplinary design teams.
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills.
  • Enthusiasm to coach and teach other designers about business.
  • The ability to work in an ambiguous and dynamic environment and be comfortable with non-hierarchical organizations

 

Key Qualities

Bachelor and Master degree program students in their first year are highly encouraged to apply.
Internships last for 12 weeks.
Ideally candidates should have experience taking offerings to market, whether as an entrepreneur or intrapreneur, or otherwise be keen to learn how to do this. Having industry experience, with depth in one of the following areas will help you and your teammates:

  • Brand
  • Computer science
  • Data science or business intelligence
  • Engineering
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Operations
  • Organizational Behaviour
  • Retail

Application Instructions:

Don’t worry about a portfolio, but please write a brief letter that answers the following questions:

  • What is a project, big or small, unknown or well-known, you wish you had been a part of, and why?
  • What’s a business model that inspires you, and how might it be relevant to another industry?
  • If you could work from any location in the world, where would it be?

 

Do these resonate with you?

– Focusing on communicating with and serving the global poor.
 
– Empathizing with and designing for the healthcare needs of aging populations, special needs individuals, and terminally ill.
 
– Interacting closely with farmers and agriculture specialists to design sustainable, inclusive, and circular systems.
 
– Collaborating with and educating governments to understanding self-sovereign enabling technologies to redefine their roles as public servants.
– Collaborating with and educating legacy organizations about their position as sustainable value influencers.
 
– Educating communities on how urban design can enable them to be efficient, self-sufficient, economic clusters.
 
– Understanding the role of future technologies with particular attention to cyber-physical systems and business processes.
 
– Understanding, designing, and educating people on organizations of the future and dynamic, distributed work styles.

Location

We are based in central Tokyo in a cozy space no bigger than a typical western garage. Contact us via the contact form for appointments.

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