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CMF Designer



Long Beach, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2024

At Vast, our mission is to contribute to a future where billions of people are living and thriving in space. We are building artificial gravity space stations, allowing long-term stays in space without the adverse effects of zero-gravity. Our initial crewed space habitat will be Haven-1, scheduled to be the world’s first commercial space station when it launches into low earth orbit in August 2025. Our team is all-in, committed to executing our mission safely and on time. If you want to work with the most talented people on Earth furthering space exploration for humanity, come join us.

Vast is looking for a Color, Material, and Finish Designer, reporting to the Industrial Designer, to support the development of optimized materials, colors, and details that will be required for the design and build of artificial-gravity human-rated space stations.

You will be working closely with Industrial Designers, Ops team and engineers to establish design strategies that add value to the experience of our astronauts onboard, and to the overall experience of the Vast brand. You will be involved in every aspect of the CMF design process. This includes research, analysis and translation, mood and story creation, material innovation, development of CMF strategy, and execution of final color, materials, and finishes for production.

This will be a full-time, exempt position located in ourLong Beach location.


  • Establish design strategies that add value to the space station experience, implementing optimized materials, colors, and details that meet engineering requirements and standards.
  • Utilizes excellent knowledge/understanding of design specifications and manufacturing requirements to ideate, visualize, and develop color and graphic design concepts appropriate for transportation products
  • Collaborates, strategizes, and negotiates with cross functional teams, including manufacturing and suppliers, through all phases of development to implement production of final CMF designs to meet haven-1 milestones
  • Collaborate with a variety of vendors to source appropriate materials
  • Work with agencies to test and validate new innovative materials

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Industrial / Transportation / Graphic Design
  • 4+ years of work experience with a Bachelor’s degree in material science or a 6+ years of related work experience in a related field.

Preferred Skills & Experience:

  • Ability to express unique designs through physical prototyping
  • Ability to perform conceptual design activities such as sketching and modeling as well as creating mock-ups and visual communication material
  • Ability to demonstrate ideation/concept generation in a fast-paced environment
  • Knowledge of computer applications and the ability to easily navigate through different computer software programs
  • Ability to create and update request for proposals (RFPs), purchase orders (POs) and facilities work orders in an enterprise resource planning (ERP) software
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment
  • Ability to make independent judgments with limited information
  • Communication skills for relaying data (verbally and in-writing) between other employees, vendors, and customers
  • Logical and strategic approach to solving problems
  • Ability to read and understand basic floor plans
  • Comfortable working in a high-stress environment balancing several projects at any given time, and the flexibility to adjust for abrupt changes in strategic direction.

Additional Requirements:

  • Ability to travel up to 20% of the time
  • Willingness to work overtime, or weekends to support critical mission milestones
  • Ability to lift up to 25 lbs unassisted
  • Specific certifications, as appropriate

Salary Range: California
$85,000$120,000 USD
Base salary will vary depending on job-related knowledge, education, skills, experience, business needs, and market demand. Salary is just one component of our comprehensive compensation package. Full-time employees also receive company equity, as well as access to a full suite of compelling benefits and perks, including: 100% medical, dental, and vision coverage for employees and dependents, flexible paid time off for exempt staff and up to 15 days of vacation for non-exempt staff, paid parental leave, short and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, free catered meals and snacks and beverages, access to a 401(k) retirement plan, One Medical membership, ClassPass credits, personalized mental healthcare through Spring Health, and other discounts and perks.


The person hired will have access to information and items subject to U.S. export controls, and therefore, must either be a “U.S. person” as defined by 22 C.F.R. § 120.62 or otherwise eligible for deemed export licensing. This status includes U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, lawful permanent residents (green card holders), and asylees and refugees with such status granted, not pending.


Vast is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with Vast is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.