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Business Designer / Co-Founder of new IDEO venture

In a nutshell

We are seeking a Business Design Leader as a critical part of the founding team for IDEO’s newest venture. This venture focuses on the intersection of blended learning, innovation, creativity and the future of work.  We will expand our suite of learning products to better serve enterprise needs. This venture will be led out of our San Francisco location. We’re searching for an ambidextrous innovator with the delicate balance of bold visioning, intelligent strategy, and elegant execution. This role requires fresh thinking and the ability to design scalable sustainable solutions. The perfect candidate has a unique blend of real-world experience, passion for bringing new ventures to market, product marketing chops, exceptional business modeling skills, and a passion for making change through enterprise learning. You will be responsible for orchestrating and delivering across all areas of a design challenge.While you’ll begin as a founding member of this new venture team, you’ll have the potential to expand into new roles as the venture makes progress.  

Why is this role important for IDEO’s work?

We are passionate about enabling others to innovate and change at scale around the globe. This new venture is a key expression of where IDEO is going and growing. This Business Designer will have huge impact by identifying the market, value proposition, and offer for this new learning experience through qualitative and quantitative experiments. They will lead the business modeling and identify key levers for scale. They will consider internationalization and localization capabilities. We will count on them to inspire leaders and designers across IDEO in service of this new business. 

Once here you will

Shape the vision for, design and launch an MVP of a new venture that creates a positive impact on people's lives and work and creates new revenue opportunities for IDEO. Some specifics include:

  • Build upon previous efforts in this space, amplifying them and moving them toward launch
  • Lead quantitative and qualitative cycles of feedback to inform market sizing, value proposition, positioning, and strategy.
  • Creatively plan, scope, guide, implement work across a core team, but also a network of talent collaborating across these various efforts. 
  • Explore global strategies to ensure that this new offer has scalability long term.
  • Lead and navigate relationships and partnerships to bring this new venture to life.
  • Storytell and navigate across IDEO to maintain governance and connection.
  • Shape brand and organizational implications and decisions.
  • Identify the right opportunity for MVP
  • Ensure measurable  impact with this MVP that we can secure continued investment from IDEO leadership in the form of budget and resources.
  • Help IDEO identify the right balance to keep our team inspired for the long haul and have a viable, feasible business.

What does IDEO offer you?

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. This is a unique opportunity to participate in IDEO through one of our new ventures. You will play on the innovative edge of a company known for innovation. 

Relevant Experience

Our basic requirement is that candidates must have 5-7 years of working experience. You should have demonstrable experience taking an idea from early vision into a market launch. Experience sustaining and scaling digital offers in market is also desired. This could be as an entrepreneur, a core member of a startup, or a product or marketing manager at a multinational corporation. Candidates must be adept at designing business models, market research, and financial modeling.

IN ADDITION:

  • Successful candidates will combine rigorous business acumen across all of the following areas, along with world-class depth in one or two: Product Marketing, Product Development, Organizational Behavior, Operations, Finance, Education, Learning and Development.
  • You should have the ability to coach and teach other designers about business and energize the community with an entrepreneurial spirit.
  • You are able to combine human stories and needs with hard data to identify a compelling path forward for product, service and venture creation.
  • Ability to work in diverse work cultures and comfortable with nonhierarchical organizations.
  • An MBA or a Bachelor’s degree in business is helpful but not a requirement
  • Bonus abilities include digital design and development, design research, digital marketing.

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.

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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