This role may be based in any one of our three US studios: Cambridge, Chicago or San Francisco. Please apply no later than Sunday, September 26th, and indicate your location preference in the application question. No applications will be accepted after Sunday, September 26th, so we encourage you to submit your application well in advance of the deadline.
IDEO is in search of Business Development Associates and Sr. Associates who will collaborate with cross-functional IDEO teams to qualify new leads, co-create and drive a plan to pursue qualified opportunities, and contribute to winning work with both new and returning clients across industries. BD Associates exercise a combination of business savvy, creativity, and relationship-building skills with both internal stakeholders and clients.
Business Development Associates have impact by being both an ambassador and storyteller. This role is critical to IDEO’s unique approach to business development and plays a key role in stitching together diverse contributions from an array of perspectives into winning pitches, proposals, and relationship plans. You will help field incoming leads, qualify new potential opportunities, and collaborate with industry-focused leadership teams to ensure qualified opportunities are developed and supported. You will capture stories and assets that showcase how IDEO adds value in using human-centered design to have disproportionate impact, memorializing them in templates and business systems.
IDEO’s ways of working appeal to self-directed, adaptable team players that learn quickly, and enjoy cross-functional collaboration. You’re eager to support potential clients and project teams in translating challenges and questions into opportunities for innovation. This role is great for someone eager to grow their design sensibilities, business acumen, and client empathy.
We’re searching for someone with 2-5 years of professional experience in a dynamic business environment, preferably in a client-facing role, who is:
IDEO is a place unlike any other. It’s a place where you can solve diverse, complex challenges for our clients and 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.
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.
Please apply with a resume and cover letter (yes, we read them!). In your cover letter, please tell us more about your interest in IDEO and in the Business Development Associate role, notably where you see alignment between your experience and this opportunity.
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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