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Sr. Sculpting Manager

Medina, MN
Posted on May 22, 2024 Full time R23036
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At Polaris Inc., we have fun doing what we love by driving change and innovation. We empower employees to take on challenging assignments and roles with an elevated level of responsibility in our agile working environment. Our people make us who we are, and we create incredible products and experiences that empower us to THINK OUTSIDE.

Job Summary:

The Sr. Managing Sculptor is responsible for leading all 3D activities in the Sculpting and Fabrication areas. Continuing to guide and enhance a culture of speed, flexibility, accuracy, and efficiency during the sculpting phase for all brands under the Polaris / INDIAN umbrella. They also lead the global sculpting strategy (including facility / advanced tools), resource planning, fabrication / rapid prototype shops and tactical execution of Powersports programs. They must possess a steady, consistent leadership style and skills to motivate, coach and mentor sculptors’ development. Also responsible to pair modern technology such as digital tools, rapid prototyping, and high speed 5 axis milling with traditional hand modeling.

This is a hands-on working modeler role through each stage of the process. They must have a strong design sense, design judgment and high-level sculpting skills. They lead the team through initial digital development, armature setup, full size clay modeling and hard model phases. This role has a high level of autonomy to execute and implement world class processes.

Responsible for all aspects of the Sculpting & Fabrication Studios including:

  • Tactically leading the team through initial digital development, armature setup, full size clay modeling and hard model phases supporting hands on as needed to fill in and mentor.
  • Strategic scheduling, sourcing and hiring staff (including contract negotiations), and coordinating programs from start to finish.
  • Strategically implementing world class processes, tools and support long range planning.
  • Performance management - Motivate, coach/mentor, and develop staff.
  • Develop and manage departmental budget along with capacity planning across global studios.
  • Global Studio setup and planning responsibility including technology/process enhancements.

Skills, Knowledge & Education:

  • BS/BA or equivalent experience in the art of sculpting, Industrial Technology, or Industrial Design.
  • 15+ Years’ experience
  • Automotive sculpting experience preferred, Powersports experience a plus
  • Mechanical knowledge required, armature, diverse materials, etc
  • Proactive leadership skills & good team player to collaborate with Design and Engineering partners
  • Strong communication & leadership skills
  • Class A surfacing skills
  • Flexibility with a changing environment

We are an ambitious, resourceful, and driven workforce, which empowers us to THINK OUTSIDE.  Apply today!

At Polaris we put our employees first, by offering a holistic approach to their health and financial wellbeing.  Polaris is proud to offer competitive compensation, including a market-leading profit-sharing plan that is fundamental to our pay-for-performance culture. At Polaris, employees are owners of the company through company contributions to our Employee Stock Ownership Plan and discounted employee stock purchases plan. Employees receive a generous matching contribution to 401(k), financial wellness education and consultation to plan for their financial future. In addition to competitive pay, Polaris provides a comprehensive suite of benefits, including health, dental, and vision insurance, wellness programs, paid time off, gym & personal training reimbursement, life insurance and disability offerings.  Through the Polaris Foundation and our Polaris Gives paid volunteer time off, we support employees who actively volunteer their time, efforts, and passions to improve the health and wellbeing of the communities in which they live, play and work. Employees at Polaris drive our success and are rewarded for their commitment.

About Polaris

As the global leader in powersports, Polaris Inc. (NYSE: PII) pioneers product breakthroughs and enriching experiences and services that have invited people to discover the joy of being outdoors since our founding in 1954. Polaris' high-quality product line-up includes the Polaris RANGER®, RZR® and Polaris GENERAL™ side-by-side off-road vehicles; Sportsman® all-terrain off-road vehicles; military and commercial off-road vehicles; snowmobiles; Indian Motorcycle® mid-size and heavyweight motorcycles; Slingshot® moto-roadsters; Aixam quadricycles; Goupil electric vehicles; and pontoon and deck boats, including industry-leading Bennington pontoons. Polaris enhances the riding experience with a robust portfolio of parts, garments, and accessories. Proudly headquartered in Minnesota, Polaris serves more than 100 countries across the globe.  www.polaris.com  

EEO Statement


Polaris is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will make all employment-related decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, marital status, familial status, status with regard to public assistance, membership or activity in a local commission, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law.