How I put change in motion

As an Engineering Services Manager in Accenture’s Industry X business, my role is to bring the designs of our industrial designers to life, making them real and manufacturable. For Drinkworks®, a beverage innovation company that designed, prototyped and launched the Home Bar, I handled the engineering design coordination between Drinkworks engineers and Accenture industrial designers, while the industrial designers made every decision on shape, material, color and point of user interaction.

Two core philosophies are heavily integrated in our studio: agile and design thinking. Agile for hardware is a process where we design, build, test in short iterative cycles. Design thinking, or user-centered design, is the process by which our product requirements are based on a final user’s core emotional, functional and ergonomic needs.

Our team included Business Strategy Senior Manager Kiara Barrett, who led the go-to-market strategy team; Senior Strategy Executive Andy Corr, who led the team’s strategy work; and Product Design Senior Manager Philip Leung, who helped manage design direction and technical oversight.

Read more about how we helped Drinkworks reinvent the drinking experience.

Learn more about Industry X Careers.

A day in my life

In a typical day, I connect with a wide variety of stakeholders on a project, including the client and team members in the studio and in other locations. I spend significant time researching new technology, building and testing prototypes and reviewing other prototype test reports. I also mentor younger engineers on their projects.

One of my favorite parts of working at Accenture is the opportunity to work on projects for large, influential companies. Designing for smaller startups can be fun, but it’s a different kind of satisfaction when we are able to solve problems and implement at scale.

“One of my favorite parts of working at Accenture is the opportunity to work on projects for large, influential companies.”

My advice

To be successful in this space, it’s important to obtain a degree in mechanical engineering or industrial design. Having passion for the product development process, along with a sense of creativity and curiosity, goes a long way.

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