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Sr. Design Manager

Kimberly-Clark k

Chicago, IL

Nov 17
Job Description

Senior Design Manager - This role is responsible for leading design strategy and innovation across a portfolio, translating consumer insights into benefits and experiences that are clearly communicated through iconic brand assets, packaging, product aesthetics and product design.

The incumbent reports into the Sector Brand Design Team Leader

• Leading design strategy and best-in-class design work across all Brand touch-points, with a particular focus on packaging and product aesthetics design.
• Drive breakthrough creativity and competitive differentiation for our brands by delivering design work that elevates Brand Power scores and contributes to Net Sales Growth.
• Responsible for integrating innovation across functions and brand portfolio to ensure K-C stays cutting edge in our design approach and inventions.
• Innovative mindset to drive new design thinking across total consumer experience.
• Ability to seek out new and emerging trends within design and codify into capabilities for the organization.
• Supports design execution across functions to deliver consistency in our design intent across all brands.

To be Successful:
• Engage all the senses – ability to imagine and express ideas in a way that appeals to all the senses while delivering a complete experience that builds the brand.
Consumer Centric:
• Ability to personally connect with consumers in an emotional and tangible way. Understand the consumer as an individual and transform the brand’s equities into delightful experiences that consumers love beyond reason.
Design as a Strategic Business Partner:
• Ability to articulate and demonstrate the value of Design in context of the business, clearly understand the key metrics that drive the business and the brand.
Intuitive Thinking:
• Self-starter who showcases the ability to see opportunities and situations differently proactively creating solutions. Observe intensely and listen with our eyes, use “accept and add” thinking, prototype to make physical new experiences and create obvious solutions through non-obvious connections.
Personify a great Design Culture:
• Ability to bring our team-oriented and externally-focused culture to life, foster radical multi-disciplinary collaboration, develop and nurture our people and build world-class internal / external design teams.

Education required: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional relevant experience
Preferred Experience/Qualifications: • Minimum of 8 years industry experience, specifically in a Design function, with ability to effectively manage and develop creative teams.
• Excellent leadership and communication skills.
• Strong understanding of cross-channel Design and multichannel marketing concepts.
• Ability to handle multiple projects and meet rigorous deadlines.
• Strong critical thinking, stakeholder management and presentation skills.
• Team player able to work collaboratively with internal teams and external partners. Skilled in building relationships with strategic stakeholders.
• Conceptual thinker with a strong business sense and passion for innovation.
• Prior experience in consumer package goods is critical.
• Experience in end-to-end print packaging and production, detailed understanding of printing technology and current on packaging and printing trends.
Critical Skills/Qualifications: • Ability to work with a broad, big picture mindset connecting the dots to solve problems; able to manage the complexity of multiple stakeholders and diverse organizations.
• In depth knowledge and practice of divergent ideation and convergent filtering to support projects.
• Skilled in development brand design portfolio architecture.
• Skilled in visualizing strategy and narrative sketching.
• Storyteller with outstanding communication skills, especially the ability to influence key stakeholders by bringing data and consumer insights to life to drive better Design decisions and generate breakthrough experiences.
• Business acumen and experience with shoppers, retailers, and customer realities to ensure the brand experiences being developed have commercial viability.
• Collaborator with proven ability to influence cross-functional teams together around a common goal.
• Design portfolio that showcases exceptional end-to-end consumer experiences required; sketch portfolio assets preferred
• Understands design and consumer research methodologies and is skilled in facilitating research and/or influencing consumer research initiatives within K-C's strategic community
• Understands how to think consumer first and apply Design Thinking in business initiatives

Other Skills: • Leadership skills will reflect One K-C Behaviors and competencies in alignment with the role.
• Working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite and Skilled in Adobe Creative suite.

Application Details

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Kimberly-Clark (NYSE: KMB) and its trusted brands are an indispensable part of life for people in more than 175 countries. We are headquartered in Dallas, Texas with approximately 46,000 employees worldwide and operations in 34 countries. Fueled by ingenuity, creativity, and an understanding of people’s most essential needs, we create products that help individuals experience more of what’s important to them.
Sustainability is at the center of our company and by 2030 we aspire to advance the well-being of one billion people through social programs and reduce our environmental footprint by half. We focus on the areas where we can make the biggest difference - climate, forests, water and plastics.
Our portfolio of brands, including Huggies, Kleenex, Scott, Kotex, Cottonelle, Poise, Depend, Andrex, Pull-Ups, GoodNites, Neve, Plenitud, Viva, Softex, Sweety and WypAll, hold the No. 1 or No. 2 share position in 80 countries. In 2020, we generated 54 percent of our net sales in North America and 46 percent in international markets.