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Accenture

Design Leadership Group Director

Chicago, IL

Thanks to a unique partnership with Accenture Interactive, we're able to do work that changes the world and Fjord is always looking for kindred spirits. Digital is no longer the centerpiece of brand experience; the emphasis is shifting onto how best to use it as an invisible enabler of physical and sensory experiences. As interactions with users evolve from periodic engagements via a screen to consistent, connected experiences, organizations must create new services that are deeply integrated in the physical world.

We are a family of Fjordians, our living culture and borderless playground provide us with space to thrive, following simple core values that inform everything we do. Be adventurous. Bring a vision. Make an impact. Rely on empathy. Nurture collaboration. Stay transparent. Be bold and generous in all you do.

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At Fjord, Design Leadership drives creativity and innovation at all levels. Our Design Leadership invests itself in strengthening the relationships between our teams, our clients, our work, and the people who use our products and services every day.

As Group Director, you'll inspire and challenge your studio leadership team and be responsible and accountable for impact and outcomes within your studio. You'll also lead program points of view and liaise with other Group Directors globally to facilitate knowledge sharing and inspiration.

This is your opportunity to evolve integrated design as both a discipline and a practice on a global scale.

Unleash the Fjordian inside because you are...
  • Naturally engaging people at a deep level whether observing or interviewing customers, working with fellow team members, clients and channeling the inner creative
  • A visual and verbal storyteller, delivering insights about people and behavior in a way that generates empathy, emotion, and engagement from the client and design team
  • Comfortable with ambiguity in a fluid organization
  • Ready to collaborate on products and services that change the way our clients do business creating service at scale
  • Passionate about creating experiences that fuse physical and digital through research, analytics, design and delivery
Role Description

A professional in this position, at this level within Accenture has the following responsibilities:
  • Rally teams around a purpose and vision, creates the conditions for them to do their jobs effectively and know when to lead and when to serve.
  • Demonstrate the ability to see the business clearly and recognize course of action.
  • Recognize the importance of key metrics and understand the information and management required to achieve and maintain performance metrics.
  • Deeply understand the market and can speak to our clients and the industry about our content, craft, and trends fluently and convincingly.
  • Demonstrate emotional intelligence and embody Fjord values through words and actions.
  • Drive business impact by organizing for growth and bringing great opportunities to great people.
  • Lead points of view, proposal creation, and relationship management across key clients.
  • Oversee the management and overall financial performance of this unit.
  • Proactively interact with Accenture Interactive leadership and relevant client account leads in the identification, negotiation and delivery of all joint opportunities.
  • Create a studio culture that values design quality and outcomes across studio portfolio.
  • Manage at least one key studio account and oversee strategic direction and output of all projects for that account. Establish and lead client and account relationships for successful account growth.
  • Present at conferences as a Fjord ambassador
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Qualifications

Basic Qualifications

These are the minimum requirements for an aspirant to be considered for the position applying to:
  • 12+ years of relevant industry experience; demonstrated experience leading a material multidiscipline design practice.
  • 5+ years of managerial experience
Preferred Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience in a design discipline; a master's degree is preferred.
  • Ability to learn new software quickly; experience with Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, Sketch, InVision, Axure, Confluence, or JIRA is a plus.
  • Knowledge of and curiosity about technology and its impact on design solutions.
  • Proven history of managing across disciplines to create a powerful, effective, and high-performing team.
  • Extensive knowledge and experience with running and growing a design studio or creative consultancy.
  • Excellent leadership skills, problem resolution abilities, and good judgment.
  • Highly proactive with exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, high integrity, pragmatism, professionalism, and efficiency.
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Job ID: AccentureInc-R00037006
Employment Type: Other