IDEO Munich has a vacancy for an Executive Strategy Director, located in Munich but working as part of the European team.
As an Executive Strategy Director you will drive and create impactful strategic work for and with clients and IDEOs world-class teams. You will enjoy the day-to-day contribution to inspiring content direction, mentoring teams with clients, and working directly to lead client relationships that deliver positive impact in the world.
Above all you will also be mindful of a much broader lens on the needs of the organisation. Even with a primary focus on Munich as a business you will be broadly networked, ensuring the location delivers and builds on IDEO’s longer-term strategy.
Our aim is to help organisations unlock their creative potential, in their leaders and the teams behind them. In partnership with our clients we design products, services, experiences and businesses that not only solve user needs, but also enable our clients to learn and build their own futures, therefore remaining creatively competitive.
The success of any IDEO studio relies on the direction and contribution of the leadership team. This is an opportunity for you to lead and grow an amazing team of high performing designers, supported by a fantastic operations team, who in turn will produce world-class design solutions for our clients.
As IDEO constantly evolves in order to achieve its’ strategy and ambition, you will lead a team who defines and executes strategic initiatives to help us build new capabilities, skills, processes and partnerships that support this evolution and ensures we remain creatively competitive.
In order to create bigger impact for our clients, IDEO has moved from a project by project to a more programmatic client relationship approach. We need our senior leaders to lead by example; setting up client relationships in the right way, creating and driving impactful strategies for our clients.
Part of the role is to grow IDEO’s strategic capability and capacity over time. You will do so by developing the existing team and hiring of new talent. This will ensure we create a sustainable and valuable new capability within IDEO.
Our culture is very important to us. As a leader at IDEO there is a responsibility to not only to be role models of our culture, but hold our teams accountable to the values that we hold dearly. You have the opportunity to work with and lead some of the best talent in the world.
Ask anyone in IDEO Munich why they like working here, and they will say it’s our people and the diversity of challenges. It’s a place where you can solve complex challenges for our clients or the organisation, alongside thoughtful, intelligent individuals who lead with curiosity, empathy, and optimism.
We certainly work hard, but we also intentionally focus on our culture to design events where we pause, create, and connect.
We encourage our community to bring their whole selves to work and respect the need for work-life balance. IDEO provides you support and development throughout your time here, while allowing for autonomy in the design process and in your career.
IDEO has had a studio in Munich for over 20 years. Over that time, we have grown in scale of our influence and impact. Although we still work across every industry and sector, our consistent purpose to deliver positive impact through design, has meant that we have enabled companies all over the world to thrive and be creatively competitive.
At a senior leadership level you will have a blend of some of these skills. They are part of IDEO Journeys (our company wide career development programme), and for clarity we have listed below:
Launching an Innovation Lab to to Benefit Peruvians - Build a human-centered design capability within Intercorp.
Driving Growth at Europe's Largest Online Fashion Retailer - To revolutionize the way Zalando innovates across the organization
Beyond Cars: Designing Smarter Mobility - Prototype experiments that reframe a car company's place in a rapidly changing world of mobility
We recognise that you will have various degrees of expertise in each of these key areas, and as such we would like to hear from senior candidates with a proven track record of leadership in creative organisations, in and out of the design industry. If you are interested in applying please can you provide your CV, a portfolio if that is relevant to your work experience, and a cover letter that touches on why you think your experience is relevant.
On review of your application, we will provide you with much more detail in a full job description including details about the hiring process.
We look forward to hearing from you.
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.