Mastering Specialist

Mastering Specialist

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Engineering & Information Technology
Hawthorne, California
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The Role

A Mastering Specialist at Tesla’s Design Studio is responsible for all aspects of the mastering process for interior and exterior materials. This includes the analysis and approval of color, material, finish and grain as well as the validation of overall appearance and quality as it relates to material development.

As a part of this fast-paced environment, you will create and oversee all material masters and collaborate closely with suppliers and key cross-functional partners, including Design Quality, Materials Engineering and Color and Material Design, to procure production feasible materials that meet design intent against aggressive program timelines.

A successful Mastering Specialist demonstrates the ability to define and establish protocol and processes to optimize the Mastering system, holds high standards for quality, attention to detail and builds strong relationships with other team members while enjoying a dynamic work environment.


  • Manage and execute the creation, distribution, and organization of interior and exterior material masters by concurrently developing the supplier base, validating samples and new materials and finishes for future use, and handling all program management to track timelines to ensure standards are on track for production.

  • Create and implement tactical protocol including procedures, tools, and software to streamline all aspects of the material mastering system. 

  • Define and coordinate material master guidelines and best practices with all suppliers. Track/manage timelines and supplier accountability to ensure quality and timing deliverables are met. 

  • Track and communicate master status to Design Quality, Color & Materials, Purchasing and Engineering Teams and escalate high risk items.

  • Understand the process of all materials in production and in development to effectively work with suppliers to achieve design intent.


  • Demonstrate Superior color acuity with ability to critique and fluently articulate specific color and appearance variances of interior/exterior materials to external suppliers and internal teams.

  • Successfully pass the Munsell Hue Test with a perfect score.

  • Proven ability to establish tactical protocol and implement procedures and systems.

  • Convey pragmatic interest in/approach to facilitating creative projects while not being hands-on in any creative capacity with respect to design. 

  • Possess demonstrable technical knowledge of mass production, manufacturing processes, and materials. Must have knowledge and experience with color/gloss measurement tools and readings.

  • Passion for color, materials, material composition, and the process of manufacturing automotive grade materials.

  • Excellent at creating and maintaining both external suppler and internal cross-functional working relationships. 

  • Exceptional communication and organization skills are must.

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and other relevant software.

  • Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent in relevant professional experience and exceptional ability, in Engineering, Design Quality, Color and Materials, Product Development, or Design Development.


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About Tesla

Tesla is accelerating the world’s transition to sustainable energy. We design, manufacture, sell and service the world’s best solar technology, energy storage systems, and electric vehicles, providing customers the opportunity to generate, store and consume energy entirely sustainably.

Tesla is committed to hiring and developing top talent from around the world for any given discipline. Based in California, Tesla’s workforce spans across four continents. We work to build an inclusive environment in which all people, regardless of gender, race, religion, or background, can come to do their best work.

Our world-class teams operate with a non-conventional philosophy of inter-disciplinary collaboration. Each member of the team is expected to challenge and to be challenged, to create, and to innovate. We’re tackling the world’s most difficult and important problems—and we wouldn’t succeed without our shared passion for making the world a better place.

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