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Strategy Director

London

As a Strategy Director, you will be leading teams alongside Design Directors to create holistic, effective and creative solutions to any challenge. You will shape the way that we approach strategy, championing new processes, thinking and methodologies to inform the scope of future projects.

You will shape the strategy team; hiring, training and developing new talent.

As a senior leader, you will be a key part of winning new work and growing our relationships with existing clients.

You will be a large contributor to our studio culture internally and a key part of our narrative with the world, shaping the direction of the studio, becoming an ambassador for DS globally (talking at events, working with the community, etc).

Key qualities

  • A no-nonsense approach to strategy
  • Strive for clarity over complexity
  • Balance intuition and intellect
  • Curiosity and a deep interest in the world
  • A unique point of view
  • Open to new viewpoints, ideas and ways to work
  • Highly adaptable to any project, task or situation
  • Happy to get hands dirty
  • A 'get stuff done' attitude
  • Strong work ethic
  • Confident and self-motivated
  • Able to work independently and collaboratively
  • Well organised
  • Highly design literate, with an understanding of brand

Responsibilities

Lead creative teams

across multiple projects.

Own and build the strategic vision and culture of DS

always looking for new ways to improve the way we work.

Create and build

client relationships.

Developing talent

Hiring, training and managing the ongoing development of the strategic team.

Unlock the potential for strategy

through all stages of a project.

Manage strategic aspects of projects

to ensure that work gets delivered on time.

Mentor teams

giving them guidance, energy and direction.

Inform new business

proposals and project planning.

Lead immersion research

(creating and facilitating strategic workshops, stakeholder interviews, etc).

Create compelling brand strategies

that the creative team can take meaningful action from (positioning, propositions, user experiences, information architecture, etc).

Key skills and requirements

Outstanding leadership skills

You’re a natural collaborator and a proven leader. At ease with multidisciplinary teams, you bring energy and enthusiasm and set strategic direction across interaction, product, space and service design.

Outstanding facilitator

Able to design and lead workshops, enabling creative leaps and break-through political impasses.

Transformation expertise

Able to guide clients through complex stakeholder engagements and/or cultural change.

Master storyteller

Excellent presenter, writer and communicator who is able to construct a strong and persuasive argument with logic and imagination.

Commercial savvy

Able to design and build a vision for a project with a view to growing long term client relationships.

Efficiency

Able to juggle several tasks with ease, prioritise work-streams, and delegate tasks effectively with strong organisational skills.

Flexibility

Confident working within any kind of industry, with any type of person, anywhere in the world (from startups, to corporations, to schools and beyond).

Large toolkit

Proficient with the tools of the trade and confident to go beyond, discovering new ones and developing your own (making films, prototypes, research methodologies, etc).

Proven experience

You’ve consistently delivered incredible and effective strategic work that is recognised by your peers within the industry. Most likely you’ll have at least six years of professional experience (not necessarily in brand).

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