IDEO Munich is in search of a Design Lead (Business Design). This unicorn role combines business chops and design magic to lead the creation of amazing new products and services. We need someone who:
As a Business Designer, you use the methods of business with the generative mindset of design. As a project lead, you make client projects successful.
Design Leads are project leads: they are responsible for leading one client project at a time, together with a team of 2-3 IDEO designers. Project leads at IDEO have a significant amount of freedom and responsibility. Your job is to deliver a great outcome to the client and win their trust, create a working environment for the team that enables them to thrive, and set the creative/project direction.
Design Leads also contribute to the development of IDEO's business - by actively pursuing new work, or developing existing relationships with clients.
With business design as your functional expertise, you might also work embedded in a project team or as an advisor to create innovation through the business aspects of a new product or service. That could mean thinking up novel solutions to generating revenue, pricing, channels, partnerships, etc. – but business designers also contribute to the overall project outcome like all team members throughout the project. It often means coming up with great content from thin air and solving hairy problems. While that might sound familiar, IDEO is about making things tangible - and that is equally relevant to business designers, too - how might you bring that value proposition to life from a business perspective? We also count on business designers to be translators between our client’s management reality and our internal design perspective.
IDEO is a place unlike any other. It’s a place where you can solve diverse, complex challenges for our clients or the organization, alongside thoughtful, intelligent individuals who lead with curiosity, empathy, and optimism. Sure 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 balance, and allow for autonomy in the design process and your career.
We hope that sounds great, because it is :)
Ideally, we’re looking for people with a varied background and interesting life experience - we want to hear your stories. On the formal side of things, you will have:
In an ideal world you combine significant previous experience in at least two of the following areas:
On top of that, we are looking for:
What we need from you:
IDEO hires not only for cultural fit, but also for cultural add. Don’t be afraid to show a little personality in your application.
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.