Associate Director, Product Design

<p>Material is a leading integrated marketing services company that leverages deep human understanding to help brands deliver material outcomes and experiences for their customers and the communities they serve. We build B2C and B2B brands from the insight out by providing a seamless journey that combines data and analytics, insights-led consulting, and experience activation into one integrated offering.</p>

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<strong>Material is a collaborative built from legendary practices across research, strategy, design, and brand building. Eleven pioneering companies united as one to solve wider, deeper, and more innovative challenges together.</strong><br /><br /><strong>We uncover what&rsquo;s important to people and create experiences that pull them in and open our worlds. We seek curious, experienced, and deeply empathetic humans to enrich our diverse teams of leaders and do-ers. Want in?</strong><br /> <h5>LRW | Kelton | T3 | Karma | Greenberg | Tonic | MotiveQuest | Salt Branding | Killer Visual Strategies | Strativity | Aruliden</h5>

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Overview: We&rsquo;re looking for a full-time Associate Director, Product Design who can captain a team in conceiving and designing digital products that connect people and brands. We are especially interested in people with omnichannel retail experience crafting and creating products that facilitate digital transformation across multiple platforms. You will play a leadership role in our product design process. If you can research and craft inclusive, intuitive interactions and unique experiences, encourage a team, and persuade clients, we'd like to meet you.<br /><br /><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>About Us</strong></span><br /><br />Associate Director, Product Design About us With a demonstrated track record of innovation and rapid growth, Material is built and powered by analytics, deep human understanding, and design thinking! Material is a modern marketing services company that helps teams solve their toughest business challenges - building strategies, products, and experiences that make brands more vital to their customers. Our capabilities are wide and varied, but our approach is forward-thinking and calibrated to any size challenge across Analytics, Insights, Growth Strategy, Brand Marketing, Product Design, and Loyalty &amp; CRM. We&rsquo;ve spent 40+ years uncovering what&rsquo;s important to people and creating experiences that make an impact. We work globally across all industries, and with many of the world&rsquo;s largest and most remarkable brands. To do this well, we depend on a team and organizational culture that reflects, values, and understands the importance of diverse communities, backgrounds, and cultures. We&rsquo;re one team from many disciplines. Researchers and strategists. Data miners and definers. Creators and technologists. Designers and storytellers. Learn more at
Responsibilities: Product Discovery &amp; Definition <ul> <li>This is building understanding and empathy time: conducting user interviews, stakeholder interviews, competitive research, visual design explorations, strategic analysis, contributing to technical feasibility assessments, and client persuasion.</li> <li>Artifacts created range from personas to user journeys, storyboards, conceptual prototypes, heuristic evaluations, usability tests, user flows, and product ecosystem diagrams. Product designers are the primary authors of the product brief.</li> </ul> Product Design <ul> <li>This is where experiences are shaped by defined features and functions, design concepts, and channel considerations (mobile, web, in-store, out-of-home, TV, etc.).</li> <li>A full range of design artifacts is created. Product designers determine fit-for-purpose design deliverables based on the needs of the client and technology partners. These include design comps, functional prototypes, user stories, etc.</li> </ul>
Requirements: Knowledge, Skills &amp; Experience: <ul> <li>You have a strong product design portfolio showing creative problem-solving with previous work samples (workshops, workflows, sprint plans, user testing, wireframes, comps, prototypes). A diverse portfolio that exhibits excellent use of color, typography, and applied design principles.</li> <li>7+ years of product design experience at a digital agency, startup, or in a large client-side organization</li> <li>A point of view on product design that can be convincingly communicated to clients and internal teams</li> <li>The proven and repeated success record of planning and leading design sprints</li> <li>Understanding of OS-specific guidelines including Apple's Human Interface Guidelines and Android's Material Design, as well as Accessibility guidelines</li> <li>Deeply detail-oriented, but able to recognize when and how to think big picture</li> <li>Comfortable with standard tools of the trade (esp. Sketch, InVision, Figma, Webflow, etc) and able to learn new tools quickly</li> <li>Knowledge and application of user-centered-design / human-centered-design methodologies</li> <li>Proven experience with eCommerce, purchase paths, and transactional product design</li> <li>Experience with iterative prototyping and testing, and dual-track agile design/development</li> <li>A passion for your craft, and desire to work in a fun, free, and creative environment</li> </ul>