IDEO Chicago is in search of a Portfolio Director of Product Design who will help us develop strong client relationships and create meaningful connections between IDEO project teams and our clients. This person will actively manage a portfolio of work at the intersection of industrial, engineering, interaction, and software design. Physical products today are part of larger connected systems, and we need to lead our clients through this transformation of their markets and organizations by integrating state-of-the-art capabilities with human-centered design. The ideal person for this role demonstrates a combination of business savvy, product development expertise, and relationship skills with both internal and external stakeholders.
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. 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.
IDEO Chicago in particular is in an exciting moment of growth that you will have the potential to influence and shape. We’re helping clients launch entirely new ventures, adding new disciplines and capabilities to our studio, and incubating a new offer that’s spreading company wide: Design for Augmented Intelligence.
You will collaborate with other members of IDEO Chicago’s leadership team in a variety of capacities including business development, mentoring, brand building, and craft excellence. You will make the biggest impact by developing, managing, and executing a business development strategy that capitalizes on the range of product opportunities in the market, as well as ensuring that IDEO’s design capabilities are properly represented to meet and exceed the client’s needs and expectations. You will shape projects that take advantage of the full range of diverse disciplines and capabilities at IDEO, scoping work that highlights our unique capabilities. 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.
Much of our recent work is under NDA as we work with our clients to bring it to market. The IDEO website contains many case studies that demonstrate the breadth and depth of our projects. Below are some more abstract descriptions of recent work happening in Chicago:
Please submit your resume and cover letter explaining why you are a good fit for this role.
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.