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Director of Data Science

What matters most:

  • Mastery in the fields of data science / machine learning / artificial intelligence
  • Experience working in the European market
  • An entrepreneurial, growth mindset with strong interest in recruiting and growing a team
  • Demonstrated experience developing and leading client relationships and building lasting partnerships
  • Demonstrated experience managing project teams that apply data science skills and ideas
  • Demonstrated experience supporting the learning and development of individuals, especially helping data scientists develop their technical skills
  • Demonstrated experience in project scoping, including crafting and evolving proposals that describe data science deliverables
  • Demonstrated experience critiquing technical work to inspire others to excel
  • A proactive, creative problem solving mindset and can thrive in a highly collaborative, fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

The ideal person possesses deep expertise in data science and machine learning, has an entrepreneurial spirit, and who is excited to build and lead teams. This person should be a collaborative leader who creatively inspires and supports both internal and external teams in how data science can improve the human experience. 

Your New Role

Data science is one of the newest disciplines at IDEO and we’re invested in its success. Data science at IDEO is in a state of rapid growth and learning, and there’s a huge opportunity for you to make an impact on IDEO itself.

As a Director of Data Science, you will grow and shape the direction of our data science portfolio of work. You will be the pioneering leader that builds a world class data science team in Europe. You will guide project teams to ensure technical craft excellence and push the boundaries for how we practice human-centered data science in Europe. You will also develop, manage and execute a business development strategy that recognizes the range of data science opportunities in the market. Your skill set is critical to our work because you have the ability to both cultivate client relationships and support the development of world class designers and data scientists. 

Your Location

Although you will be based in Munich, this role involves establishing and growing the capability across both the Munich and London studios. In service of global growth, we’re looking for leaders who are excited about traveling, to work with and learn from our community around the world.

Once here you will:

  • Drive conversations with prospective clients to understand their priorities, convey IDEO's process, and propose inspiring and valuable projects
  • Use your existing and growing network to build a world class data science team
  • Represent IDEO externally through speaking engagements, writing, and other media opportunities to build the brand and tell IDEO stories
  • Push the boundaries for how data science contributes to designing intelligent products, services, and systems to improve the human experience
  • Cultivate partnerships with existing clients to unlock new opportunities for collaboration and impact through design
  • Invest in the growth of our data science capabilities by supporting the learning and development of IDEO data scientists and the broader design community
  • Serve as a trusted advisor to our clients and project teams by providing strategic level guidance, coaching and constructive critique in service of delivering world class design
  • Share data science techniques and approaches with other designers—from the data science discipline to interaction design, software design, and beyond
  • Build, maintain, and share a strong internal and external network

Your New Organization

IDEO is a place unlike any other. It’s a place where you can solve diverse challenges for our clients and the organization, alongside thoughtful individuals who lead with curiosity, empathy, and optimism. Sure we work hard, but we also 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. 

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.

Application Instructions

Please submit a resume, cover letter, and answer the “Question About You” found in the application itself.

Question About You: What excites you about being a data science leader at IDEO in Europe?

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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