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Creative Director - Digital

Bangalore, Karnataka Additional Location: Bengaluru, India Job ID: R-9476-2022
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About the Role

Huemen is seeking a Creative Director with 8 -10 years of relevant experience, and 3-5 years leading digital design/product teams, to be an integral part of Huemen Design organization. The candidate will manage interdisciplinary teams to deliver world class design solutions and will be responsible for creative leadership and quality. She/he will be leading a team that is responsible for designing, developing & productizing holistic experiences grounded in Design-Lead, User-Centric Design Processes to create memorable consumer experiences. The ideal candidate will be an adventurous, passionate, and accomplished individual with world-class design sensibility, strategic vision, and desire to lead and nurture talent. They will play a key role in building and mentoring a creative team in Harman’s Huemen Design center in Bangalore, India as well as a team in Mountain View, California. They will oversee design activities of the cross-studio team and be assigned to multiple projects. They will be responsible to 1) cultivate an environment which feeds design quality and excellence, 2) deliver creative design direction and team effectiveness, and 3) nurture and grow client relationships. They will be rolling up their sleeves and delivering everything from business development/GTM support, project scoping and design vision/proposal creation, to concept development, refinement, and presentation, from client reviews and final design to collaborative transfer to design engineering and front-end development. The Creative Director will work closely with business development to engage and land new clients for design projects, both Huemen external clients and directly embedded into Harman’s Digital Transformation Services offering. They understand best-in-class design and inspire it through the work they do and the team they lead. They will use their extensive experience in full-cycle digital product design, user product strategy, experience design, interface architecture design, visual design, prototyping and testing, and digital strategies along with deep understanding of front-end development and engineering integration to deliver market worthy digital design to end-users.

Your Team

Reports to VP, Industrial Design. This role will have 5 -7 direct reports, while leading an overall team of 40-50 Designers (User Experience, Interface Design, Interaction Design, Visual Design) across our Bangalore and Mountain View locations.

What You Will Do

The ideal candidate will be an active, passionate, hands-on design leader to who supports business development opportunities, engages directly with client stakeholders and executives, cultivating an environment that feeds design quality and excellence, and has the ambition of building the studio to its highest potential. Responsibilities will include:

  • Lead creative direction of the digital design team
  • Collaborate on simultaneous projects from inception to completion – scoping, reviewing project plans, designs, and through to deliverables
  • Lead the team and ensure delivery of the highest quality of design direction, style and methodology
  • Guide the creation and facilitation of design workshops, structured brainstorms, or other collaboration exercises to provide expert direction to the team, the clients, and act as a thought leader to the industry
  • Identify and drive process improvements to meet project and team needs 
  • Monitor & drive team to best utilize the skillset to exceed client expectations & elevate client engagement
  • Show entrepreneurial spirit as a self-starter who is energetic, pragmatic and welcoming of challenges
  • Inspire your creative team with the energy, passion, and thought leadership to build a long-term healthy organization
  • Effectively communicate, motivate, coach and develop design excellence
  • Promote a culture of innovation and teamwork based in professionalism and quality
  • Mentor and grow the careers of associate design talent and direct reports
  • Participate in hiring design team to build a group who share Huemen’s core values & principals
  • Identify, define and regularly pitch new opportunities to bring value to client engagements
  • Personally lead and take full responsibility for one top-tier client
  • Establish credibility throughout the organization as an effective leader
  • Maintain a presence in the design industry and local design community by writing articles, contributing to publications, speaking at conferences, and/or sitting on panels
  • Evangelize our design practice to internal & external stakeholders from designers to executive leadership
  • Identify, define and regularly pitch new opportunities to bring value to client engagements
  • Function as team's advocate, to the engineering, analytics, sales and project management teams
  • Participate in the creative role of business development to establish and nurture good client working relationships in new business development activities through to account leadership
  • Collaborate with business development team to create and develop new business opportunities

What You Need

  • 8 -12 years relevant experience in digital design, with 4-5 years’ experience in a creative, project and people management role.
  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field
  • Portfolio samples of recent work
  • Experience in building sales and business development opportunities
  • Ability to analyze and understand new domains quickly, become the “timely expert”
  • Ability to maintain context on multiple assignments to contribute effectively
  • Ability to spearhead stakeholder discussions
  • Experience in Project Scope estimation and management, Pitch Delivery
  • Strong leadership and people management skills 
  • Strong Knowledge of the design process and program management
  • Ability to negotiate and coordinate across multiple groups and disciplines
  • Sales experience with C-level executives, focused on client-side design opportunities
  • Entrepreneurial spirit w/ ability to thrive in dynamic, ambiguous, & fast-paced environment

What is Nice to Have

  • Exposure to working across time zone and locations is preferred.
  • Design focused Master’s degree
  • Strong understanding of contemporary technology platforms and emerging technologies
  • Automotive HMI design and/or Design for/in Mobility experience is preferred
  • Recent experience launching complex digital products

What Makes You Eligible

  • Be willing to travel up to 30%, domestic and international travel
  • Be willing to work in an office in Bangalore, India

What We Offer

  • Access to employee discounts on HARMAN/Samsung products (JBL, Harman Kardon, AKG etc.)
  • Professional development opportunities through HARMAN University’s business and leadership academies
  • Flexible schedule with a culture encouraging work life integration and collaboration in a global environment
  • An inclusive and diverse work environment that fosters professional and personal development
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • “Be Brilliant” employee recognition and rewards program

HARMAN is an Equal Opportunity /Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or Protected Veterans status. HARMAN offers a great work environment, challenging career opportunities, professional training and competitive compensation. (www.harman.com)

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