Connected is a leading product development firm on a mission to build better products. We partner with the world's most ambitious brands to Discover and Deliver the most impactful software powered products.
Our products are used by hundreds of millions of people around the world at home, at work, in the car, and on the go.
As VP, Design at Connected, you will be responsible for managing the overall performance of the Design Guild, supported by the Director of Design.
You will work closely with and report to the EVP, Product Development. In this role, you will provide leadership to the Design Guild and drive client and product impact.
You will also be responsible for building Connected’s reputation as the leading product development firm, and proactively developing product development, leadership and consulting capabilities within Design and across the organization.
10 years of relevant design and UX experience with a thorough understanding of design methods, tools, and processes
5 years of design leadership experience, inspiring your team to do the best work of their careers and delivering remarkable product outcomes
A proven track record of impactful execution on consumer-facing software and / or hardware products
High energy, passion and precision in everything you do
Theoretical and practical knowledge across domains of design research, service design, experience design, and visual design
Proven ability to collaborate cross-functionality with product and engineering, balancing process and productivity with craft and creative explorations.
Emphasis on prototyping, iterative cycles, research, and learning
Demonstrated ability to use your awesomeness to recruit, onboard and develop world-class design team members
Strong verbal and written communication skills required
Entrepreneurial attitude and comfort with ambiguity
Key Responsibilities :
Drive the vision, strategy, goals, and standards of execution for Connected’s Design Guild
Refine the Design Guild’s offering by synthesizing ideas, methods, industry themes, new technologies, cultural trends, and developing a deep understanding of Connected’s partners
Nurture our Design culture, which exemplifies the importance of design and the impact it can have on individuals, society and business
Identify a high level of strategic foresight by identifying customer and business needs, and adjusting departmental and team objectives accordingly
Build and develop strategic relationships with the senior design leaders at our partners and in the community
Align behaviour internally and externally with Connected’s model for being an industry leader, considering reputation in all interactions, and exemplifying professional behaviour and personal integrity
Represent Connected’s Design Guild by sharing your thinking through writing and speaking within Connected, at our partners, and with the design community
Family-friendly environment and parental and maternity leave
4 weeks vacation (3 weeks anytime 1 week during the holidays)
Generous health benefits, fitness credit, and yoga / meditation in the office every week
Professional development opportunities and $1,000 education credit
Strong learning culture with a focus on always getting better
Our Disconnect’ events are a chance to get out of the office and unwind as a team (like our annual Disconnect’ to Algonquin Park)
Weekly team socials to have fun and hangout
Company sponsored recreational sports teams
Fully stocked kitchen with snacks, fresh fruit, drinks, and coffee
Lunch and learns
Beautiful modern office conveniently located in downtown Toronto
Connected welcomes applications from all candidates. We especially encourage candidates to apply who are Women, Indigenous, LGBTQ , People of Colour, candidates in caregiving roles, immigrants, and persons living with disabilities.
We are an equal opportunity employer who recognizes the value of every individual’s contribution to the success of our team, clients, employees and community.
We are committed to equal employment opportunities in our recruiting, hiring, employee development and promotion practices.
If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know by emailing hr connected.io or calling 647-
478-7493. Please provide your name, preferred contact method, and a detailed description of the nature of any accommodation that you may require.
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