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Senior Lead Strategist (Product & Portfolio)

Company: fuseproject
Location: San Francisco
Posted on: July 13, 2018

Job Description:

We are 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 clients 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 product innovation, product management, brand management, and/or strategy consulting
    • 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
    • Bachelors degree
    • MBA or graduate degree in related field preferred

      Keywords: fuseproject, San Francisco, Senior Lead Strategist (Product & Portfolio), Other, San Francisco, California

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