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Creative Director - Site Leader

Mountain View, California Additional Location: Mountain View, California Job ID: R-6719-2021
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A Career at HARMAN

As a technology leader that is rapidly on the move, HARMAN is filled with people who are focused on making life better. Innovation, inclusivity and teamwork are a part of our DNA. When you add that to the challenges we take on and solve together, you’ll discover that at HARMAN you can grow, make a difference and be proud of the work you do every day.

Huemen Design

HARMAN has always placed great value on the design and execution of its products and services. In 2018, the three internal design groups across the 4 divisions were reorganized into a single agency-model design organization. This design organization is named “Huemen”. Huemen will continue to deliver and lead the world-class design across all of HARMAN in the disciplines of Industrial Design, User Interface/Interaction Design, Visual Design, Packaging Design, and User Experience Design, as well Marketing Services and Future Experiences in Auto and Home.

Link to Huemen portfolio page : https://www.behance.net/huemen

About the Role

Huemen is seeking a Creative Director to be an integral part of Huemen Design organization. The potential candidate should have 10-14 years of relevant experience, of which 4-5 years includes leading a team. They will partner with leaders across multiple design studios and other business units to promote and incorporate the Huemen approach and vision within and outside the company. The candidate will build business operation models to drive innovation and enhance the experiences delivered. The Creative Director will cultivate the culture of the studio, guide high impact design engagements, and lead multiple teams with a variety of skill sets to excel. They will be responsible for integrating solutions from the Product Design team, Digital Solution team and Marketing Services team to create memorable consumer experiences. They will be building and leading a team that is responsible for designing, developing & productizing holistic experiences grounded in User Centric Design Process.  

Your Team

Reports to Vice President and General Manager Global Design. Will be Creative Lead for a cross-studio team & have multiple direct reports


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 personally ensure to deliver 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 and drive your team to best utilize the skillset to exceed client expectations and elevate client engagement

  • Show entrepreneurial spirit as a proven self-starter who is energetic, pragmatic and welcoming of ambiguous 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 recruiting and hiring design team to build a group of passionate designers who share Huemen’s core values and principles

  • 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 and 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

  • 10-14 years relevant experience in digital design, with 4-5 years’ experience in a creative, project and people management role.

  • B.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.

  • Strong understanding of contemporary technology platforms and emerging technologies

  • Automotive HMI design and/or Design for/in Mobility experience is preferred

  • Consulting experience strongly preferred 

  • Recent experience launching complex digital products

What Makes You Eligible

  • Be willing to travel up to 35%, domestic and international travel

  • Be willing to work in an office at least 3 days a week in Mountain View, California

  • Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen.

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 work 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

To protect our employees, customers, and communities, HARMAN requires all U.S. employees to disclose their vaccination status and share a copy of their vaccination card.  This confidential data will be collected by a trusted third-party vendor via a secure portal upon your start at HARMAN.

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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