job_050911a: Director of Design Research, Vital Findings (Los Angeles area)

From: Kristin Burns <>
Date: Mon, 09 May 2011 11:02:54 -0700


Findings - Greater Los Angeles Area

Job Description

The Director is responsible for overseeing all
design research at Vital Findings. The Director
will be tasked with elevating Vital Findings’
design function, researching and introducing new
design techniques and serving as the
client-facing design expert for the
company. Creativity and Ambition are a must –
the Director will constantly need to be asking:
how can we use design to answer our client’s
business questions and how can we incorporate new design techniques?

He/she will also serve as a main point of contact
for senior-level design research clients and
assist in business development activities for
these clients. The Director will serve as one of
the key “voices of design” within the company. Key responsibilities:
    * Lead design components of research studies
across a variety of industries and methodologies,
including ethnography, product development,
concept testing, and creative testing
    * Ability to lead all phases of the research
process, including study design, analysis and report generation
    * Lead creative brainstorm sessions and
consumer immersion sessions internally and with clients
    * Take VF’s design toolkit to the next level,
with strong understanding of new techniques and
their applications to clients’ business problems
    * Create and foster relationships with
senior-level clients across a variety of
industries, in research and other functions such
as advanced planning or product development,
often serving as the design translator or representative of the firm
    * Participate in design research business
development, expanding upon our existing clients and industries
    * Facilitate cooperation between the
analytics, operations and design functions within the company on all projects
    * Oversee the design training program at Vital Findings
    * Develop creative approaches to traditional
data reporting formats, using design principles, including infographics
    * Oversee all prototyping, rendering,
sketching for projects across the company
    * There is considerable opportunity for
growth in this position. The firm’s policy is to
promote from within; we would plan to hire a
Director candidate who we believed could
eventually be groomed to manage key client
accounts and rise to VP or Partner level.

This position reports to the Managing Director.

Desired Skills & Experience

    * Agency side experience at a design
consultancy, innovation firm, or design research firm
    * Bachelor or Master’s Degree in a Design-based discipline
    * 7-10 years prior experience in design
research, or combination of design and design
research experience; experience with quantitative research a plus
    * Strong verbal and written communication
skills; candidates will be asked to submit
writing samples and should come prepared to discuss presentation experience
    * Deep intellectual curiosity and a passion for lifelong learning
    * Demonstrated experience translating
consumer insight into meaningful, communicative
design inspiration, direction, and concept
    * Experience with Creative Suite and
Microsoft Office, 3D modeling; Please submit a portfolio of past work
    * Prior management experience a plus

Company Description

Vital Findings is a full service market research
company uniquely adept at combining
state-of-the-art market research techniques with
design thinking to turn research into action. We
put market research at the center of the
innovation process, turning it into a catalyst
for new ideas and solutions, not just measurement
tools. Our mission is to elevate the market
research profession beyond just delivering
reports and PowerPoint bullets, using the tools
of design, marketing science, and innovation
consulting to allow researchers to actually enable business action.

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Received on 2011-05-09 11:02:40

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