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Business Design Director

Ford Motor Company k

Palo Alto, CA

Dec 10
Job Description

BUSINESS DESIGN DIRECTOR     

Our Business Designer Directors combine strategic thinking and human-centered design thinking  processes to think differently about existing business models, and to craft and build new ventures. You will  collaborate with a broad team of designers and stakeholders to help define strategy and growth  opportunities for projects through designing, prototyping and bringing to life new products and services.   

As a Business Design Director you will…   
+ Help teams explore the business model possibilities behind new concepts using research and  financial modeling to shape and influence design.  
+ Help teams design business models that enhance and extend consumer experiences, and create  new opportunities for revenue across time horizons. 
+ Translate business strategy and business models into actionable insights with the project team. 
+ Help teams gain a deep understanding of external market context for future businesses or  services. 
+ Guide teams through the business viability process to help assess investments in new products,  services, or ventures.  
+ Work across project teams to steward excellent outcome delivery in business design. 
+ Collaborate with key project stakeholders to understand their strategic priorities, key challenges  and opportunities.  
+ Be an ambassador for Ford, building relationships with external business partners in order to test  product and service pilots.  
+ Support development of strategic priorities and initiatives. 
+ Partner with Business Development and Finance regarding invest/buy opportunities. 
+ Push and inspire the teams in their use of new methods.  
+ Participate in design critiques with teams, providing guidance, coaching and constructive feedback  in service of delivering world-class business design. 
+ Maintain constant awareness of emerging talent needs in the craft of business design, and work  with the talent team to fulfill those needs. 
+ Invest in the growth of our team’s business and strategy capabilities by supporting the learning and  development of Business Designers and other designers learning more about strategy. 
+ Ensure that our business design capability is understood and accessible across Ford.
  
YOUR QUALIFICATIONS   

Basic Qualifications: 
 
+ Bachelor’s degree in Business, Strategy, Engineering, the liberal arts, or a related field.  
+ 10+ years’ industry experience in areas that include: corporate strategy, enterprise leader in a  startup, marketing, product development, business intelligence and analytics, management  consulting, ventures, or equivalent.  
+ 6+ years’ experience leading highly collaborative teams in Human-Centered Design. 
 
Preferred Qualifications: 

+ Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA), Ventures, Corporate Strategy, or equivalent  experience.  
+ Experience of using human-centered design, design thinking principles or methods in a formal,  in-person setting. 
+ Experience as an entrepreneur or product owner, specifically in taking offerings to market and  scaling. 
+ Demonstrable rigor in designing and implementing or re-defining business models, products and  services while driving strategic growth. 
+ Experience of complex business model development, scenario planning, and forecasting.  + Experience of interpreting and translating between research insights, business strategy, and design  of products and services.  
+ Knowledge of or background in new transportation technologies and services.  
+ Experience of designing and/or facilitating group collaboration workshops.  
+ Passionate about automotive and mobility industry.  

JOINING D-FORD     A bit about us.  We’re in the midst of the biggest change the automotive industry has ever seen.  

Just as cars changed the world over the last century - creating the driver, highways, gas stations, and malls - self-driving cars, electric powertrains, and connected vehicles will radically reshape how we live, work, and play, our cities and society themselves, in the next hundred years. 

At D–Ford, you’ll be at the heart of creating that future. You’ll be at the cutting edge of Ford’s most strategically critical work, designing people and society’s needs into the heart of our next generation of products, services and experiences. 
 
You’ll also be designing at scale. Every day, Ford’s vehicles and services support millions of people around the world. So, at D–Ford, we’re not just inventing the future, we’re operationalizing it, to help all those people move through their lives, better. 

OUR PURPOSE  We drive human progress through empathy, creativity and design.      
OUR VALUES  Our values are our guiding light, and the conscience for our work, and our people. We’re looking for people  who share this way of being - you don’t need to be convinced of it, you just get it:    
ZOOM OUT   We are curious about the world, designing systems and connections that enable people to move  more freely.  
AMPLIFY OTHERS’ VOICES   We are inspired by the people around us, bringing their unique stories to the forefront of our  designs. 
PUSH THE EDGE  We provoke new ways of thinking about tomorrow’s toughest design challenges, while grounded  in what’s possible. 
GET SCRAPPY   We build in the open, rigorously testing, iterating and evolving our ideas with others. 
BRIDGE THE GAP  We radically collaborate across teams, geographies, and philosophies, uncovering new insights  to tomorrow’s problems. 
WILD CARD   Our strength comes from bringing our whole selves to the community—from introspective to  playful or quirky. What will you bring? 

BRING YOUR T    We don’t hire “Design Thinkers.” We hire T-people. You: 
+ Have deep expertise in a craft 
+ Are comfortable working in relatively flat and dynamic teams 
+ Are passionate to work on ambiguous and complex future challenges 
+ Have a collaborative and empathetic mindset to solve problems with teams across Ford.
 
Alongside everyone’s role as a designer of world class design content, you will also be expected to  contribute to a range of communities to maintain our creative culture.

We call these Community Hats.

They can range from stewarding the lab, leading a workshop, mentoring others, contributing to  publications, hosting a tour with executives, bringing your maker skills to build prototypes, or leading  your craft in a global community of like-minded designers. 
 
These global communities will ensure that we stay connected across the organization, and constantly  push the impact of what we do. They can act as additional areas of responsibility, helping to push  careers in different directions. 

We have four global labs: Palo Alto, Detroit, London and soon, Shanghai.  

You’ll be part of a growing organization in the heart of Ford’s Product Development Center to drive  innovation from the inside out.     

WORKING AT FORD    The distance between imagination and … creation. It can be measured in years of innovation, or in  moments of brilliance. When you join the Ford team discover all the benefits, rewards and development  opportunities you’d expect from a diverse global leader. You’ll become part of a team that is already  leading the way, with ingenious solutions and attainable products – and it is always ready to go further.

Candidates for positions with Ford Motor Company must be legally authorized to work in the [United  States] on a permanent basis. Verification of employment eligibility will be required at the time of hire.  Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. 

Ford Motor Company is an equal opportunity employer committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All  qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, age,  sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status or protected veteran status.