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VP of Design

ExecuNet

This is a Contract position in Fishkill, NY posted May 17, 2021.

At Company, first and foremost, we’re all about people, culture, community, and relationships. Working with us feels like a home away from home, where we all actually enjoy spending time together.

We don’t just hire people who mirror our culture. We hire people who add to it.

Our success as a technology business for the floral industry comes from fostering a workplace full of laughter, led by strong, creative minds, and possibly people like you! (Designing awesome products doesn’t hurt either!)

Here’s what we do: Most people get overwhelmed when they buy flowers online. We’ve created a guided gifting experience that makes it easy to send beautiful floral arrangements that celebrate life’s special moments. We constantly strive to come up with newer, better, stronger ideas and products. We don’t just sit back and admire what has already been accomplished—we ask, “What can we do next”

Here’s why we do it: We believe in the power of community. We believe that by helping one another each day and giving Company, we can strengthen relationships to help bring people closer together.

Here’s why you should apply: You have a strong work ethic and welcome challenges, and also enjoy being part of a company that works together as a team. You don’t give up when it seems like you’re facing a wall—you brainstorm, research, learn, and solve. You’re up for making a bunch of new friends (because we’ll be your friends whether you like it or not).

Here’s how we’re different: Company offers a workplace that thrives on innovation and celebrates teamwork. The services we provide are performance-based, which means we put our clients first and prioritize their success. We respect each others’ ideas and expertise. We spend a lot of time making bad jokes, we know that teamwork makes the dream work, and most of all, we believe in what we do.

If all the above sounds good to you, reach out. We want to hear from you!

Who you are:

Company is hiring a VP of Design to scale our Design organization and create a culture of design performance. This team serves a vital role in the company by partnering closely with leaders in marketing, product management, engineering and others to create meaningful customer experiences rooted in usability and psychological principles, which are enjoyable for customers to use and enable Company and our partners to achieve their business goals. This position requires a design leader comfortable with complex domains, who is able to create frameworks for product and creative exploration that leads to effective exchanges of ideas and deliverables between key stakeholder groups while staying attentive to the details.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Lead Company Design organization- managing, mentoring and growing an existing team of design professionals
  • Have extensive experience in e-commerce and significant interest and understanding of the psychology of customers using digital experiences
  • A proven track record of building teams and design solutions that perform in terms of achieving business goals and objectives
  • Be a partner with the Product Management, Engineering and Marketing leadership teams, collaborate closely with those leaders as well as the CEO to drive business initiatives forward
  • Create frameworks to enable the right kinds of exploration, exchanges, feedback, focus and creativity
  • Establish a set of exercises, workshops and review sessions through which ideas and deliverables are guided from open ended idea generation to product requirements and from design explorations, executive reviews to final designs
  • Influence strategic vision for Company products, from a UX and Visual design perspective
  • Play a key role in customer, prospect and partner interactions, and be a strong voice for Company in the broader product community
  • Coach team members across the organization in understanding how to balance business goals, creativity, speed, quality and impact
  • Create broad visibility into learnings and impact; develop organization-wide understanding of and enthusiasm for the strategic impact your team delivers to the company

Requirements

  • Bachelors Degree in related field
  • Experience with aligning a design org around our core principles rooted in the balancing of psychology, data, usability and creativity. You recognize that ideas come from all areas and empower people to strive for inspiration and innovation
  • Been responsible for driving long term design vision and strategy with demonstrated deep domain expertise and understanding of eCommerce and CRO
  • Managed a growing design team in a rapidly scaling company, with examples of hiring and coaching people across multiple levels and skillsets
  • Exhibited relentless customer focus, and enjoy being a spokesperson for customers and prospects. You inspire others through customer stories, and love being in the field with sales and customer success
  • Overseen marketing and creative design efforts including ads, brand campaigns, videos
  • Operate well in the unknown, and enjoy crafting strategy and vision for a quickly changing industry
  • Employ a facilitative leadership style to lead the team to better solutions, stronger team performance, and a healthy culture of collaboration
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