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Business Designer

Role summary:

IDEO helps companies innovate. We design products, services, environments, and digital experiences for organizations seeking new ways to provide value for their customers. IDEO creates visible and tangible strategies for innovation and executes all aspects of design and development, from conception through production.

We are seeking a Business Designer to join our Shanghai location. We want someone who has a unique blend of real-world experience and theory, someone who likes to blur the lines between strategy and creative, who has a passion for bringing market-leading offerings and new ventures to market. You will begin as a core member of IDEO’s interdisciplinary teams and our expectation is that you would grow into a project leader, responsible for orchestrating and delivering across all areas of a design challenge.

Once you are here you will:

  • Design a new venture that creates new revenues for the business.
  • Design a new business model that enhances and extends consumer experiences while creating new opportunities for revenue.
  • Help clients identify and develop new growth options within existing brands.
  • Design new products, services and consumer experiences that differentiate the company from its competition.
  • Create compelling new value propositions for customers.
  • Design organizational structures and strategic assets to help the company drive its own innovation.
  • Visit www.ideo.com/work to view featured work on our website.

Relevant experience:

Our basic requirement is that candidates must have 3-5 years of working experience. You should have demonstrable experience taking an idea from theory and analysis into a market launch. For instance, this could be as an entrepreneur, a core member of a startup, a venture capitalist, or a product or marketing manager at a multinational corporation. Candidates must be adept at designing business models, market research, and financial modeling. Professional fluency in both Mandarin Chinese and English is preferred.

In addition:

  • 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.
  • Successful candidates will combine rigorous business acumen across all of the following areas, along with world-class depth in one or two: Marketing (Product or Brand), Product Development, Organizational Behavior, Operations, Finance.
  • Ability to work in diverse work cultures and comfortable with nonhierarchical organizations.
  • The candidate will work with, learn from, and contribute to the global community of Business Designers at IDEO.
  • An MBA or a Bachelor’s degree in business is helpful but not a requirement.

About IDEO:

IDEO is an internationally renowned innovation and design firm that uses a human-centered approach in design to help organizations create products, brands, services, environments and strategies. We help our clients identify new directions and offerings by designing for people’s latent needs, behaviors, and desires. As social issues enter the mind of the 21st century society, IDEO is integrating themes such as sustainability and social responsibility into our designs. A partial client list include: Eli Lilly, Hewlett Packard (HP), Intel, Marriott, McDonald’s, Microsoft, Nestle, Nissan, Nokia, Pepsico, Samsung, and SAP.

IDEO consists of design thinking experts in the disciplines of design, engineering, social science, and business strategy. Our strength in innovation stems from our unique culture based on collaboration, diversity, curiosity, openness to ideas, and empathy that defines each of our eight locations: San Francisco, Palo Alto, Chicago, Boston, New York City, Shanghai, London, and Munich. Since 2005, the Boston Consulting Group has identified IDEO as one of the most innovative companies in the world, and a survey conducted by IMD, Egon Zehnder, and Fast Company placed IDEO fifth on a list of the most admired US innovators. Beginning in 1991, IDEO topped BusinessWeek’s list of design award winners for fourteen years straight. Other awards include nineteen Red Dot awards and more than fifteen iF Hanover awards.

Application instructions:

Please visit our website at www.ideo.com/careers to submit your curriculum vitae, or send an email with your curriculum vitae to chinacareers@ideo.com with “Business Designer” in the subject line. 

Please include a response to the following questions with your application. Keep it simple, to 200 words or less:

  • What business model inspires you? Why?
  • Which industry is ripe for an application of this business model to disrupt existing players and how so?
  • How could you prototype the offering?

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.