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Colors/Materials Designer Full-time

at Goken America, LLC in California (Published at 19-05-2017)

Goken America was founded in 2004 with the guiding principles of: "Quality, Value and Execution." Our belief is that these principles should be applied to not only our external customers, but our internal employees as well. We are continually striving to strengthen our organization, and are always looking for people who want to work in an environment where they can make a difference. The Goken America core competency is providing Design Engineering support services to Japanese Automotive OEM and their supply base around the country and internationally.

We provide an excellent benefits package, one month of paid time off per year and a very competitive compensation plan. In addition, when applicable, we will also provide relocation assistance, temporary housing, visa support and other fringe benefits.


Coordinates and performs a full range of automotive color and materials research, design and development functions including interior/exterior colors, materials and trim concept development.
Provides feedback for proposals, implementation, materials styling, cost and production management, consumer research, strategic analysis/reporting and general project management.
Serves as liaison and technical consultant to internal product development teams, factories and external suppliers.
Oversee the development of materials/finishes from concept through production and ensures the best combination of aesthetics and functionality meet branding, marketing, manufacturing, cost and regulatory requirements.
Collaborates with pre-development teams to promote materials and color strategies critical to the development of new automotive interior and exterior colors, materials and trim for the North American market.


  • Must have a bachelor’s degree in a related field and 1 - 3 years of related experience.
  • Strong research, design, knowledge of materials and color integrations with product brand design.
  • Ability to recognize color nuances and demonstrate color differences.
  • Demonstrates creativity to develop and promote unique designs.
  • Strong knowledge of consumer trends in materials and color preferences as well as a knowledge of vehicle development cycles.
  • Strong negotiation, communication, project management, organizational, interpersonal, computer and presentation skills.
  • Ability to work overtime and travel as required by projects.
Goken America is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants are considered without regard to race, color, ethnic or national origin, religion, age, sex, disability, citizenship or any other status protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

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