Senior Design Strategist at
Kinneir Dufort

The Opportunity

We are looking for a Senior Design Strategist to support the creation and delivery of projects for some of the world’s most recognised companies and brands in healthcare and FMCG.

Front-End Innovation and Strategic Design is key to growth at KD. We create future products and services informed by insight or foresight. The next decade presents big challenges that require big thinking. We set direction, define what’s next and keep brands relevant.

About you

To be successful in this role you’ll be able to:

  • Lead projects to understand needs, identify opportunities and possibilities and create clear direction for innovation.
  • With the design team, create research stimulus and hypotheses.
  • Frame and identify problems and opportunities, bringing to life ideas through visuals or storytelling.
  • Carry out desk research on topics and trends, creating clear territories to inspire ideas.
  • Plan, prepare and support the facilitation of engaging workshops, delivering clear outcomes and direction.
  • Be comfortable structuring and creating inspiring and compelling presentations and interfacing with clients.
  • Be able to create clear journey maps or service blueprints to demonstrate areas of need and opportunity.
  • Be confident in supporting the new business team with client engagement, proposal writing and structuring a project approach.

Necessary skills and experience:

Whilst you do not need all of these, please ensure you meet the majority of them before making an application.

  • You will have experience either as a design researcher, design strategist or a designer wanting to move upstream to define what’s next and guide design and innovation direction.
  • You will have experience in client engagement and new business activities, such as creating and structuring a project approach, writing proposals and pitching offers to potential clients.
  • You will have some experience in conducting or participating in different aspects of qualitative design research.
  • Ideally, you will have hands on design experience and be confident in visualising propositions and ideas (3D product or pack design or service design).
  • Unravelling problems is your thing, and you can breakdown complicated information in a simple and easy to understand format that can be presented in an engaging way.

Salary commensurate with experience. Global travel will be part of this role when it is safe to do so post-covid (est. 5% of time).

Why work with us?

We offer flexible working policies in terms of both location and working hours. We operate core hours (9:30am to 12:00pm & 2:00pm to 4:00pm Monday to Thursday and 9:30am to 12:00pm on Friday) which colleagues can work around in agreement with their line manager. We trust our people to work from home, although there may be some occasions and some roles when working from the office is necessary. Please get in touch with us if you are thinking of applying but would like more information about how our flexible working policy might work for you in this role, we are open to discussions.

We recognise that we are only as good as our people and we know how important it is to support our team:

We offer:

  • Performance related company-wide bonus
  • Flexible working approaches around our core hours (which are Monday to Thursday 9:30am to 12:00pm & 2:00pm to 4:00pm and Friday 9:30 to 12:00pm) to help manage your work-life balance
  • Training and development opportunities which include regular ‘lunch and learn’ sessions and knowledge sharing via internal channels as well as dedicated personal L&D days
  • Private healthcare for you and your family as well as additional support via our Employee Assistance Programme
  • Enhanced Maternity & Paternity leave
  • A matched contributory pension scheme
  • Additional days holiday for long service (starting at 25 days for full-time colleagues)
  • Discounted First Bus monthly and annual passes (Bristol has a good Park & Ride network.)
  • Secure in-building bike storage and shower
  • Free eye tests
  • Join us for our legendary annual Summer and Christmas parties
  • The opportunity to become involved in our work with the RSA, Frank Water, Kerning The Gap, TeenTech, Babbasa, and The Big Bang
  • Regular opportunities to have your say and share your thoughts on how we can develop as a team and as a business
  • Enjoy our café that acts as the focal point for the whole team to get together for morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea. Cake plays a huge feature in the day-to-day here at KD! There are also plenty of opportunities to socialise outside of the office too, including activities like staff-organised runs, cycles, yoga sessions and regular team socials

Do we sound like a good match for you?

If you’d like to apply or discuss the role, we’d love to hear from you. If you think you might be the right person for us but want an informal chat first then get in touch.

At KD we consciously embrace diversity and proactively encourage this with our recruitment process. We welcome applications to this position from anyone meeting the skills criteria, from any background.


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