Experience Design Director

| Greater LA Area
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We are an ever-growing global team of the world’s most remarkable entrepreneurs, designers, engineers, venture architects, product experts and investors. Our ventures create a strategic advantage for the most important global companies.
This is BCG Digital Ventures. Adventure awaits you…
Introducing our Venture Design Team.
We have entered a decade of disruption of large corporate business models, driven by a step change in the power of technology and the audacity and speed of start-ups. To be fit for the future, visionary companies will deliberately re-imagine themselves by injecting or attacking established models with new ideas fuelled by technology.
Our Venture Design Team consists of world-class business strategists, researchers, product specialists and designers. Together, we are helping corporations own the next horizon of innovation.
Overview:

Experience Design Directors at BCGDV lead multiple innovation driven ventures with interdisciplinary teams. They provide value by elevating the quality of design, feasibility, workflow, collaboration, client/partner relationship, and mentorship of designers’ apprenticeship and growth. Directors are expected to be inspiring, nurturing, craft oriented, and able to add value throughout numerous stages in the creation of new ventures with:

  • Credible and intuitive approach for the way digital products are conceived and designed with research based insights to create new market opportunities for ventures
  • The ability to guide and contribute to interdisciplinary teams through planning, research, workshops, strategy development, concept and product definition as well as all phases of design. We need someone who can be strategic product owner, a team player, and a skilled client partner all rolled into one.
  • The ability to be decisive and excited to lead their team forward—we need someone who will never tire of pushing the work to be better while being accountable for design team members enjoying the process.

As an Experience Design Director, you will use your skills to:

  • Create unique products and culturally-relevant solutions to engage users with valuable experiences
  • Communicate and defend the venture design team’s vision to managing directors, product managers, venture architects, clients and customers to test and explore venture opportunities
  • Be hands-on in problem-solving with the Strategic Designers, Venture Architects and Product Managers
  • Create design briefs that outline clear design intent for iterations, prioritized concepts and timelines
  • Foster innovation among members of the design team as well as with other cohorts
  • Help shape the BCGDV design discourse, engage with the community at a local level and help designers become better practitioners through career and skill development.
  • Contribute to an award winning, talent-attracting, and productive design culture in the office, by leading through design activities and through proven and consistent management practices
  • Evolve and guide best practices in the usage of the design patterns, frameworks, tools and processes
  • Support the team in a hands-on manner as they construct rapid interactive prototypes that illustrate features with micro-interactions, behaviors, and transitions as appropriate, that present a realistic feel of the intended experience
  • Liaise with the Engineering and Go-To-Market teams during the incubation and commercialization phases as the venture matures
  • Anticipate the needs of a highly functional teaming culture in ways that align with BCGDV values

As an Experience Design Director, you will need:

  • A truly impressive background with experience creating mobile apps, websites, and software applications
  • 10+ years experience, with a minimum of 5 years in a leadership role with direct reports
  • A portfolio of human-centered digital products for various clients across multiple platforms that you have not only had oversight, but were also a hands-on contributor in the creation of
  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree, preferably in interaction design or another relevant design field
  • Experience in a start-up environment with demonstrable exposure to cross-discipline processes
  • A background working directly with product managers, digital producers, engineers and developers on the faithful implementation of design intent
  • Experience with workshops, client management and design presentation for every imaginable situation
  • Engaging presentation style and visual communication skills
  • Openness to broad feedback and the verbal ability to defend key design choices the team is vested in
  • Proven knowledge of the fundamentals: UX, UI, IA, Communication design, Production design as well as new platforms and technologies
  • Ability to provide hands-on contribution and direction as well as timely and helpful feedback to improve design processes that keep work on budget and schedule
  • Ability to balance bold leadership skills with humble servant leadership with reliable collaboration
  • Strong ability to prioritize work and resources across engagements based on short- and long-term need. Timelines, budgets and availabilities change, and we need leaders who can improvise in ways that empower the team to create better products without being stressfully overextended
  • Express a strategic perspective on the variety of BCGDV ventures – we critique or work to improve it and rely on directors vision to steer them in innovative ways
  • Be enthusiastic, flexible and professional with a positive, ‘can do’ attitude with teaming focused efforts
  • Recommend incentives to retain top talent and promote creativity
  • Interact with all levels and cohorts with clear, consistent, and transparent communications
  • Embody honesty, trust and respect for your colleagues
  • Willingness to travel

To learn more, visit us at BCGDV.com. Interested applicants may apply through the careers section of the website at www.bcgdv.com. Interviews will take place after resumes have been screened for minimum requirements. Please note that this position is not restricted solely to the responsibilities listed above and that the job scope and responsibilities are subject to change. BCG Digital Ventures is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under federal, state or local law.

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Location

We sit at the center of the El Segundo/Manhattan Beach tech community, walking distance to dozens of eateries and less than 2 miles from the beach.

An Insider's view of BCG Digital Ventures

What’s the vibe like in the office?

The Center is an interesting mix of east-coast grit and west-coast chill. There’s always something new to explore and learn, as most DVers have a wealth of business and life experience. Lunches (and occasional late night dinners) are eaten family style and the people are supportive, which helps us all keep calm during high-stress situations.

Lydia

Strategic Designer

What does your typical day look like?

One week I am flying to a far flung city to understand big customer and market frictions, the next week we are ideating on how we solve these challenges. By far, some of the most interesting and fast paced work I have ever been part of.

Louis

Senior Venture Architect

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

I came to DV from an event background and was hesitant to take a job as an Executive Assistant – I had never been an assistant before and didn't know the ropes. Over time, I was encouraged by my line manager and others to take on new challenges and my responsibilities grew to managing all center events, furthering the DV vision alongside Joe Takai.

Lisa

Center Project Associate

How do you make yourself accessible to the rest of the team?

I maintain multiple (8+) mentor relationships across functional groups and at all levels of seniority. This enables me to have 1 on 1 conversations biweekly or monthly where I can listen to questions, concerns, and aspirations, and also share my vision or objectives.

Hans

Partner

How does the company support your career growth?

Long-term career success is determinant on you making a name for yourself-- not only at DV on the project you're on, but longer term in the industry. I always try to find ways for my team to develop their personal brands and show them off as experts. Our employees' personal growth, visibility and brand is just as important as our ventures.

Tony

Product Director

What are BCG Digital Ventures Perks + Benefits

BCG Digital Ventures Benefits Overview

Employee well-being = Priority #1

Nothing matters more to us than the success and well-being of our employees. That is why we pair our comprehensive and competitive benefit options with a broad range of localized incentives and advantages that come with life at DV.

We’re focused on creating tools and resources that will help you live a healthy and balanced life, and our generous regional benefits encourage you to spend time with the people and hobbies that inspire you the most.

We want you to plan your life’s journey with us and engage in creative learning opportunities at global scale. Venture with us today, and you’ll enjoy all of the benefits DV has to offer.

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
In addition to a traditional 401(K) offering, BCG Digital Ventures offers a Profit Sharing Retirement Fund, which contributes an additional 7% of your base salary to a retirement fund on your behalf.
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Sabbatical
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Parking
Recreational Clubs
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
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