Open Position

Designer for Boats & Yachts Team

Job Description

We are looking for an experienced designer to join Navia’s team of designers and engineers. Our studio is located by the sea in Hernesaari, Helsinki. This new hire will be part of a team in charge of the overall design of leisure crafts from pre-concept up to follow-up of construction, making sure that the concept and the visual design of the resulting product is feasible from technical and manufacturing perspectives.

We expect a minimum of 3-5 years either from a yard’s in-house design team, or another design studio with a track creating designs that have manufacturability, not purely focusing on the aesthetics. We value agility and adaptability and are looking for designers with a curious mindset that are open to learning and adopting new ways of working.

Main duties & responsibilities

  • Designing boats/yachts together with a Naval Architect Team from early sketch to production launch
  • Solving problems commonly found in boat design with a talented team of different skill sets
  • Creating 2D & 3D drawings of concept and production files & assemblies (FRP molds / milling files)
  • Creating project documentation and presentations
  • Designing and outsourcing custom parts for boat projects
  • Creating general arrangements (layouts) together with Interior Design Team
  • Selecting and placing of standard components and main equipment together with Naval Architect Team
  • Creating easily understandable visualizations using hand sketching or CAD tools

Required Skills

  • Intermediate to senior skills in the boat/yacht design (or other field of transportation design)
  • Well-developed understanding of construction and production of composite boats
  • Capability to create quick concepts and production files using 3d modelling software (SolidWorks/Siemens NX/Rhino)(3dsmax/Blender)
  • Capability to find solutions to challenges the custom boat projects usually offers
  • Satisfactory skills to use project documentation, presentation, and management tools (MS Office Word/Excel, Apple Keynote, Google sheets, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign)
  • Basic understanding & knowledge of mechanical and moving components usually found in boats
  • Open-minded and eager to learn new skills
  • Good spoken and written English

Appreciated additional knowledge

  • Experience and capability of taking lead role in a boat design project
  • Project management skills
  • A-class automotive surfacing skills
  • Transportation design ergonomics
  • Rendering skills

We encourage you to send your application for a review even if you don´t meet all the criteria. Our talented team is ready to teach.

About Aivan

Aivan is a leading Finnish design and innovation agency. We help launch, grow, and evolve progressive businesses. We do that by integrating brand, design and communications.


Please send in your application and CV to If you have questions, please contact Veera Sinnemaa (

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