Business Designer or Design Strategist
Our team of innovation consultants has two focuses. Some, the Design Strategists, are more oriented towards Design Thinking methods. Others, our Business Designers, have more affinity with methods linked to (startup) business analysis. Their toolset typically connects to Lean Startup & MVP development. But all of them share the same passion for user driven innovation! When you apply, you’re free to point out which focus fits you best.
As a Board of Innovation consultant, you create a positive impact for people through innovation and design. You show great empathy for both customers and people inside the organization and strive to make a change in an organization’s corporate culture. You inspire corporate innovation teams with the best practices in innovation, deep user understanding, and relevant tools and techniques. Where needed, you create your innovation playbook and cases.
You design and facilitate innovation programs. You enjoy the variety to work at different levels within an enterprise. One day you might discuss the innovation strategy & governance of a new accelerator. The week after, you’re running your own brainstorm sessions with teams of intrapreneurs. In between, your train their in-house facilitators to spread the innovation virus within their organization.
All consultants can work hands-on in workshops & sessions. But keep in mind, you’re not expected just to deliver projects. Our overall goal is always to have a long-term impact on the innovation culture. We help corporates to build up innovation capabilities, so they can become more responsive in this fast-moving world.
Most consultants have one long-term project mixed with a couple of short-term engagements. Let us know what kind of mix you’re looking.
Requirements, relevant for both Business Designer as Design Strategist
- Academic background Business/Design/innovation/Engineering/Digital
- 3 – 5 years of relevant experience.
- You have a strong interests in Business and Design
- You embrace a entrepreneurial attitude and feel comfortable in the fuzzy front end of an innovation process
- You are able to formulate your own opinion, backed up with arguments and confidence
- Strong in one-on-one coaching (e.g. of intrapreneurs)
- You have what it takes to thrive in our team: open mindset, working independently, as well in group
- You like to organize and facilitate creative workshops with international teams
- Depends on your actual role: affinity with Project Management would be great
- You are fluent in English, other languages are an asset.
Example project: innovation accelerator
Together with a colleague, you start off by organizing a workshop to set the innovation scope with the innovation team of our client. “Do we aim for disruptive innovation? What markets do we plan to address?” Once the desired outcome has been defined, you help the client to select a group of open-minded employees within their workforce. In several weeks, you guide the teams from ideation to an investment pitch to their management (aka. Dragons’ Den). The ultimate goal: all teams receive resources to launch their business concept as a corporate startup.
Example project: Transformation & Culture
You will help an organization to adopt customer-centric thinking. You immerse yourself in the current company culture to experience the current way of working. You challenge the status quo by coaching various project teams and giving trainings and workshops. You translate your learnings by adapting our innovation methodology to the client’s business environment and by tailoring tools accordingly.
a) Your focus: Design Strategist
Are you leaning towards this end of the spectrum?
- Very strong emphatic skills
- You have great expertise in applying the design thinking process.
- Up to date on latest design thinking tools (customer journeys,…)
- You are able to design the basics of prototyping (mockups, landing-pages)
- Visual design skills (sketching,…)
- Generate own ideas
b) Or your focus: Business Designer
Are you leaning towards this end of the spectrum?
- Very familiar with Lean Startup tools (assumption mapping,..)
- You’re able to challenge a business case of a new venture, on-the-spot.
- You are a future-thinker and generate new ideas with a clear business model
- Very strong business analytical skills (on the spot)
- You want to be part of a leading innovation consultancy, where you can:
- Work in an international team of highly talented people
- (and have to) take full ownership of ideas and bring them into reality
- Eat healthy breakfast & lunch every day
- Enjoy Funky Fridays & unlimited Nalu
- Have a personal self-development budget
- Work at standing desks while listening to your free Spotify account
- Walk around barefoot on our amazingly soft carpet floor
- Have the freedom to develop yourself in a specific direction and so much more!
Is this you? Join our team!
Team & Culture
Our shared set of behaviours that we seem to have, value in each other, and strive for.
Check for yourself to see how you would fit with the values that define our culture.
Be responsible, enjoy freedom.
We value a strong sense of responsibility & integrity. We enjoy personal freedom to work towards ambitious results.
We have an entrepreneurial spirit in co-building our company. With a positive attitude, we come up with solutions rather than complaining.
We help each other to be amazing
Our goal is to be amazing in everything we do. We help others in the team to shine, and we appreciate support from others.
We love future thinking.
We love to explore what is ahead of us. We are not afraid of radically new solutions.
Have fun in what we do!
We take pride in what we do. Motivated by passion and purpose. We have an informal culture and love a good sense of – sometimes absurd – humour.
Share and be open-minded
We love to share our ideas, learnings, and feedback within our team and beyond. We are curious and are open to change our own point of view.
Focus on Self-development
We tend to be self-critical and define our path for improvement. The entire team helps each other to reach personal goals. Failure is seen as great source for personal development. Ego is not.
Be creative, by experimenting
We aim to approach things in a creative way. This implies continuous experimentation, trying out new things and getting out of our comfort zone.