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Design Director

ustwo is a digital product and service studio on a mission to launch digital products, services and companies that have a meaningful impact on the world. Founded in 2004, ustwo now has more than 250 employees in 5 different locations (New York, Sidney, Lisbon, Malmö and London). Part of the ustwo group is also ustwo Games and ustwo Adventures, both based in London.

The ustwo Malmö studio consists of 65+ incredibly talented and passionate creatives within digital design, development, strategy and service design, working with some of the world´s most influential brands like IKEA, LEGO, BMW and Samsung. Read more at www.ustwo.com 

The Design Team in Malmö is looking for a  

DESIGN DIRECTOR

As the Design Director of ustwo Nordics, you’ll be leading and inspiring a team of super talented and diverse designers, delivering amazing and meaningful products to world-class clients and partners. To ensure that the growing team is properly supported, ustwo is looking for someone with the skillset and experience to pick up the flag and lead the way. You will bring your own unique value and will work together with the team to ensure the development and success of individuals, the team, and the design discipline. You will be a member of the local leadership team, with whom you will be leading the studio, both operationally and strategically.  

The role

Besides your day-to-day responsibilities of managing and nurturing a team of 20+ engaged designers, you’ll be contributing to both the studio and design team strategic direction. We´re looking for someone with deep roots in beautifully designed and crafted digital products and who would love to inspire and lead the team in taking the next big leap into the future of design and digital user experience.

You’ll encourage and ensure world-class design execution by facilitating collaboration between designers, disciplines and teams. You will also be an ambassador for the ustwo principles both internally and externally and – naturally – have big care for the wellbeing of the ustwobies in the design team in general. By engaging with our projects you will provide our clients with thought leadership on how to meet and engage their customers and users, in an ever more competitive digital landscape. Needless to say, as our Design Director, you’ll play a central role in winning the very best clients and projects for our studio and teams to invest their time in.

We believe in a coaching approach to management – guiding and challenging, rather than being directive and set in your ways. We’re building a culture of feedback and it’s important that you’re able to give it, seek it and receive it.

Qualifications

  • 5+ years experience in a senior design leadership role leading teams
  • Some experience with design in an agency context (resourcing, working models, etc)
  • A solid foundation in design craft and design thinking
  • Experience in design ownership/leadership across multiple teams and projects
  • Interest and participation in professional industry groups, conferences, speaking engagements, publications or teaching
  • Experience with sales and growing business with existing clients
  • Experience in nurturing talents, facilitating career growth and personal development
  • A good sense of humour!

Personal characteristics

You are;

  • Highly passionate and knowledgeable about all things digital
  • A strong leader with a collaborative and coaching mindset
  • An excellent communicator and story-teller both on stage and on paper
  • A caring, empathetic, humble mentor and coach
  • Commercially savvy; you know how to convey the ustwo vision to the market and our clients
  • A change-maker 
  • An inspiration for the team to take the next big leap into the future of design and digital user experience
  • And you just love to speak passionately about design in front of a crowd; on a conference, in the studio or in a client pitch presentation!

Benefits

At ustwo Nordics, the dedicated team of designers, developers, and delivery coaches partner with some of the top brands in the world. Day in and day out, ustwo strive to create experiences that make a meaningful difference, both for the clients and their customers. ustwo is pushing the status quo when it comes to innovative digital products.

ustwo is committed to make a measurable positive impact on people’s everyday lives. The company is an equal opportunity employer and believes that diverse teams help them make better products. ustwo hires for cultural growth and welcome people of all ages, stories, and backgrounds. The company offers a competitive package, amazing family policies and flexible working days and is also able to sponsor visas and relocation for exceptional international applicants.

In this recruitment, ustwo is cooperating with K2 Search. For further information about the role please contact Ingvild Solheim Bobek, tel. +46 733 667585, email: ingvild.solheim.bobek@k2search.se or Johanna Mattsson, tel. +46 73 521 65 00, email: johanna.mattsson@k2search.se. All applications and contacts remain confidential. Selection is ongoing so do not wait to submit your application