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Senior/mid-weight design strategist – maternity cover
at Seymourpowell

Seymourpowell has an opportunity for a senior/mid-weight design strategist to cover maternity leave in London.

What we do:

Seymourpowell help our clients grow their business by delivering transformative brand experiences that people love.

We are the global design and innovation company. With a 35-year history of delivering world-first innovations.

Our foresight team is a small and specialist unit within Seymourpowell. We use our expertise in consumer insight, trend forecasting, colour, material and finish, and brand strategy to create the conditions for design and innovation to thrive.

We are lucky to work with many of the world’s best-loved brands and innovative start-ups. From space ships to sex toys we cover pretty much every category you can dream of.

What we believe

We believe that great design makes things better. Better for people, better for business and better for the world.

What we are looking for

We’re on the hunt for an exceptional senior/mid-weight design strategist to join our foresight team. You should have the experience and ability to inspire and channel a team of blue-chip clients and world-class designers, adding clarity and accuracy to the design and innovation process.

The projects you would work on are wide-ranging, covering a wealth of industries and with a global reach – such as defining the future of payment; the next evolution of photography; the innovation roadmap for a global brewery; or new revenue streams for a much-loved broadcaster.

The diversity of our project briefs means that our team covers multiple skills and we’re looking for someone with experience in some of the following areas:

  • future product strategy and vision
  • creative propositions
  • scenario-building
  • consumer research
  • trend forecasting
  • workshop facilitation
  • brand model creation
  • range and brand architecture
  • product roadmaps

Role and responsibilities

As a senior/mid-weight design strategist you would work with team members to:

  • plan and implement numerous research methodologies to gather user and expert insights, translating them into tangible design and innovation strategy
  • find effective ways to approach each project, identifying new perspectives on the challenge that will give our clients something fresh
  • analyse research findings, identify useful insights and sharpen them into compelling,  directional and relevant presentations for design teams and clients
  • understand how to apply insights to underpin convincing and creative brand or product propositions that help lift the quality of our new ideas and designs
  • evaluate creative work and build a reasoned case to support its development and direction, maintaining a solid bridge between strategy and reality
  • take a role in developing Seymourpowell’s internal trend observatory
  • actively keep up with emerging trends and contemporary culture
  • identifying new trends and capturing them in an easy to digest format
  • help to build Seymourpowell’s reputation by generating compelling commentary and content for our social media channels

You are a Seymourpowell design strategist if…

You work with passion

Seymourpowell’s team is built from a broad range of skills and personalities. What unites our diversity is our passion for mastering our craft and delivering excellence.

You have a love for design

We are looking for someone with a deep understanding of design. You should possess a design fluency that enables you to strive for creative excellence with your colleagues as well as communicate well-reasoned rationales that help our clients champion great design too. You should have a degree that is relevant to a design and innovation company (for example in product, transport, packaging, engineering, or digital etc.) and have at least two-three years of experience within design strategy.

You are culturally keyed in

You are curious and have a good understanding of shifts, able to quickly get to grips with the concepts and language of new subject areas. You enjoy exploring how trends will affect the world and know how to use them to inspire the design and innovation process.

You are an instigator

You start things and work proactively taking the initiative in a resourceful way. When you don’t know the answer, you work hard to figure it out.

You are original

You know how to create an inspiring project environment. You bring new perspectives to challenges and are able to energise your teammates whilst steering them towards success. You like to push beyond the current debate and imagine what will come next.

You are persuasively concise

You’re a natural storyteller. You have an eye for beauty and a way with words. Your writing is sharp and stylish. You are comfortable presenting and like to explore new channels and formats.

You know your tools

You have the spark and gravitas to work live with clients. You are familiar with a broad range of research and analytical tools and you know how and when to apply them. You are comfortable leading day-to-day project planning, suggesting methodologies, conducting and capturing fieldwork, expert interviews etc.

You are meticulously concise

You sweat the small stuff, you are considered and opinionated. You know how to gather, analyse and prioritise information.

You take a critical approach

Whilst an optimist at heart, you use critical thinking skills to stress-test your work against your client’s business priorities.

You are solution-focussed

You have strong analytical skills. You like problem-solving and are able to bring well-informed and fresh approaches to our client’s business challenges.

You can make a mean cup of tea

Collaboration makes you tick, and you believe in the adage that two heads are better than one. You love learning from and with your teammates. You are a perceptive listener who people in turn want to listen to.

Please submit applications using the ‘apply’ link below.

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