IDEO is currently seeking a Senior Business Designer for our Chicago location. We are looking for someone who loves to craft and build new businesses, who understands how (and why) designing products and services can drive strategic revenue growth for our clients. The right candidate will have a demonstrated ability to work with a broad set of designers (Interaction, Graphic, Architects, Engineers, etc.) to bring a variety of concepts and products to life. Additionally, we are looking for people with a depth of experience in business model design, market analysis, financial modeling and implementation.
In your past life, you may have been a consultant, product manager or an entrepreneur - - or you might have been in business operations, ensuring the viability of bringing a scalable new offer to market. You fundamentally think that when you design a new product, service or experience, you’re simultaneously designing the broader business strategy and roadmap for future growth.
This role requires a unique blend of real-world experience and theory, entrepreneurial and creative zeal, fundamental design skills, boardroom polish and consulting “chops”. You will work as a member of IDEO’s interdisciplinary project teams to create market-leading solutions for client challenges. As a Senior Business Designer, you will be the business anchor on a team, which means understanding client context, developing insights, exploring and defining growth opportunities, architecting strategy, creating tangible design expressions, communicating vision, and ultimately helping our clients get new offers to market.
In addition, you will bring a comfort with using “quant” as a design tool. You will take the lead in enabling your project team to forecast and simulate the impact of new offers and business models, to better understand the size of markets and opportunities, and to help inspire and validate the strategic direction of projects through data (and good old fashioned math!).
Society of Grownups: A storefront designed to connect the MassMutual brand to young adults through focusing on their money-spending habits over great food and conversation.
Pill Pack: An IDEO startup-in-residence. We helped build a venturing strategy for its prescription home-delivery system. IDEO refined the company's brand vision, strategy, and identity across channels and used this framework to redesign PillPack’s website and private dashboard for customers.
Hunter Gatherer: The challenge was to help incubate and launch Hunter Gatherer, a restaurant and retail space built around a trustworthy supply chain, from farm to table to grocery shelves. IDEO helped design every aspect of the organization, from its business strategy to its restaurant and retail space, brand and positioning, human resources, and marketing. The restaurant and grocery store opened in October 2014, and plans are in place to open 40 new locations throughout China.
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You’ll be working with a multidisciplinary team of designers at IDEO. Two keys to success are being human-centered and being able to visualize your ideas.