Senior Lead Strategist

San Francisco, California 94103

Post Date: 02/14/2018 Job ID: 92099 Job Category: Digital Strategy
Title of Job: Senior Lead Strategist (Product & Portfolio)

Company/Job Description: JBCconnect is partnering with a fast growing industrial design agency.

Salary:  Depending upon experience 

Start Date: ASAP


Our client is  currently seeking a creative, design-minded Senior Product & Portfolio Strategy Lead to help us answer the " what and why" of design. Senior Strategy Leads are experienced mentors on our strategy team who help clients and internal teams solve critical business and design challenges - framed by customer insights, competitive advantage, product and brand positioning, and creative thinking. They are expected to lead a range of design projects, from brand and product strategy and design, to the development of future business visions or identifying new opportunity spaces. This role is a bridge to the client-based team offsite and will oversee the team at our SF-based headquarters. Note: While we are fully welcoming of former designers, this role requires comprehensive strategy-specific experience

Duties / Responsibilities:
  • Providing strategic oversight across multiple programs and workstreams that span physical product, digital, environmental, and service design
  • Mentoring multiple strategists on multiple projects to help them achieve their best results, and the best outcomes for clients and the team
  • Comfortable with collaborating with remote teams, and lead the SF-based team at our headquarters
  • Ensuring that user needs and motivations are kept top of mind for clients and designers throughout the design process
  • Organizing, conducting, analyzing, and synthesizing primary and secondary research on a global scale into actionable insights
  • Leading brainstorms with a range of internal team members
  • Designing client-facing presentations, which includes writing, thoughtful image finding, and designing visual information with the intent of telling a compelling story
  • Leading client-facing workshops, which includes guiding multi-disciplinary groups through exercises that define objectives and success criteria, inform project direction, and inspire design
  • Working with teams of industrial designers, digital designers, and graphic designers on the creative product and brand development process within tight, frequently changing timeframes
  • Actively participating in a variety of strategic and creative activities to translate business, customer, market and competitive realities into business, product, and brand innovations for both large, existing corporations and not-yet-launched startup ventures
  • Leading presentations and strategy sessions with senior executives; making substantiated recommendations to client’ s product, brand, experience, and business strategy
  • Collaborating with account management and team leads to define/refine scopes, briefs, and approaches to the projects
  • Lead internal initiatives to improve our culture, management, tools & processes

Required Skills / Experience:
  • 7-10 years of experience in strategy consulting, product design, brand management, and/or marketing or equivalent
  • At least 6+ years in a consulting environment
  • Strong understanding of, interest in, and passion for design
  • Ability to travel about 20% to the client site internationally
  • Solid analytical skills with an ability to gather, analyze, and quickly synthesize key information to objectively craft and support recommendations; field research and ethnography experience
  • Love for collaboration with a readiness to jump in and work with a diverse group of people and spearhead brainstorms and conversations; willing to put the good of the project before personal interests
  • Organized, self-motivated, and detail-oriented, with the ability to work autonomously and be a self-starter in a demanding environment
  • Comfortable and willing to present and defend your strategic point of view with senior team members and clients
  • Demonstrated skill in verbal, written, and visual communications, with a particular emphasis on bold, impactful storytelling; strong visual design skills are a plus
  • Familiarity with Keynote, Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, and other creative software; expert use of these technologies is a major plus
  • Bachelor’ s degree
  • MBA or graduate degree in related field preferred


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