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Business Designer

Cambridge, MA; Chicago, IL; San Francisco, CA

Come create impact with us:

At IDEO, Business Design means designing new products, services, and experiences, while simultaneously designing the broader business strategy and roadmap for execution. Our Business Designers lead at the intersection of strategy and design to drive competitive advantage and strategic growth for our clients. Whether by seeing beyond the confines of industries or continuously reimagining the future, they wield and leverage business tools to design viable solutions, and turn abstract ideas into tangible solutions in the market.

We are always looking to connect with potential Business Design talent. This is an evergreen job posting aiming to engage interest for future hiring, we do not currently have an open role. This job post will stay active and continuously act as a channel for us to connect with you as we confirm openings for 2023. We have now started reviewing all applications and will reach out to all on a rolling basis!

What do IDEO Business Designers do?

  • Develop and lead experiments, producing insights that help identify and create innovation roadmaps for existing brands
  • Creatively problem-solve by generating alternatives; take into account feasibility; explore unconventional or hidden solutions in a business context
  • Design profitable new products, brands, services, and consumer experiences, as well as new business models and ventures
  • Create organizational structures, capabilities, and operating models to help the client company drive its own innovation
  • Collaborate with multidisciplinary teams ranging from design researchers to data scientists, as well as designers across all creative and technical disciplines
  • Build an understanding of IDEO’s client organizations, and partner with clients to drive change and innovation within their teams and organizations
  • Continuously grow with, as well as upskill, the Business Design craft through knowledge sharing and bringing unique perspectives to the greater IDEO community

Relevant Experience, Skills, & Mindsets

  • Minimum 4 years of full-time working experience – in a past life, you may have worked in strategy consulting, product strategy, product management, product innovation, corporate strategy, business insights, business analytics, business planning, go-to market, and/or growth strategy
  • Fluency and confidence in business acumen (may be obtained through MBA and/or other formal or informal education and experiences), including knowledge in strategy, marketing, finance, operations, and product development
  • Ability to build and interpret financial models to quantify business impact
  • Track record in making ideas real and tangible, from concept to execution roadmap, as an entrepreneur and/or intrapreneur
  • Ability to interpret and communicate complex business ideas to different audiences, through text, visual, and verbal communications
  • Comfort working in ambiguous situations with limited direction
  • Insatiable curiosity to learn more about businesses, industries, markets, and what drives them

What does IDEO offer you?

IDEO is a place unlike any other. It’s a place where you can solve diverse, complex challenges alongside thoughtful, intelligent individuals who lead with curiosity, empathy, and optimism. We work hard, but we also intentionally craft moments that allow our community to pause, create, and connect. We encourage our community to bring their whole selves to work, respect the need for work-life integration, and allow for autonomy in the design process and your career. Take a look at This Work Can’t Wait to learn more about what we’ve been up to. 

Commitment to diversity

At IDEO, we are committed to the work of advancing diversity, equity and inclusion within our organization and in the world. Our purpose of having disproportionate, world-changing impact through design is directly connected to our ability to bring many different perspectives to the table. This applies to our candidates, the people we hire, the clients and customers we serve, and the communities we learn from in our research.

As a human-centered organization, we are committed to working with and designing for people of every race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, socio-economic status, physical ability or attribute, religion, national origin, or political belief. We recognize that this commitment requires ongoing work and sustained attention, as well as adaptation to new insights and best practices. We keep our diversity data public for the sake of accountability and transparency. These commitments will also be part of your journey at IDEO, so please feel free to read more about them here.

Application Requirements

Apply with your resume, response to the application prompt, and cover letter (share with us who you are as a person and help us connect the dots; and yes, we absolutely read every one of them). We will be reviewing applications and reaching out on a rolling basis – we can’t wait to hear from you soon!

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

IDEO is an equal opportunity employer; applicants are considered for all roles without regard to race, color, religious creed, sex, national origin, citizenship status, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, marital, parental, veteran or military status, unfavorable military discharge, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

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At IDEO, we are committed to the work of advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion within our organization and in the world.

Our purpose of having disproportionate, world-changing impact through design is directly connected to our ability to bring many different perspectives to the table. This applies to our candidates, the people we hire, the clients and customers we serve, and the communities we learn from in our research.

As a human-centered organization, we are committed to working with and designing for people of every race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, socio-economic status, physical ability or attribute, religion, national origin, or political belief. We recognize that this commitment requires ongoing work and sustained attention, as well as adaptation to new insights and best practices.

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