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R&D Design Sr. Manager (Head of Design)

Company: Mars, Incorporated and its Affiliates
Location: Chicago
Posted on: November 23, 2020

Job Description:

Work. Realize your ambitions. And realize there?s more to being in business than just making a profit. That?s the Mars philosophy. And the opportunity we offer every one of our Associates. An opportunity to take what you do and make it mean more for you, for those around you and for the planet. What you get here is challenging, interesting work. You get the tools you need to do a great job and you get to have the best possible people on your side to help you do it. And at the same time as getting to find ways to do business better today than we did it yesterday and driving a great career, you also get to build a more enlightened business and drive sustainability. Because it?s never just about a single person, a single project or a single brand. It?s about how you can grab everything that?s within your reach here and use it to pursue mutual, long-term gain. It?s about having ideas. And ideals. Being prepared to risk failure because the promise of success means we?ll all be a little better off. It?s that mix of integrity and ambition that makes Mars such a special place to work. And why working here is always about more than just a job. About Mars, Incorporated-- Mars is a family-owned business with more than a century of history making diverse products and offering services for people and the pets people love. With almost $35 billion in sales, the company is a global business that produces some of the world?s best-loved brands: M&M?s--, SNICKERS--, TWIX--, MILKY WAY--, DOVE--, PEDIGREE--, ROYAL CANIN--, WHISKAS--, EXTRA--, ORBIT--, 5?, SKITTLES--, UNCLE BEN?S--, MARS DRINKS and COCOAVIA--. Mars also provides veterinary health services that include BANFIELD-- Pet Hospitals, Blue Pearl--, VCA-- and Pet Partners?. Headquartered in McLean, VA, Mars operates in more than 80 countries. The Mars Five Principles ? Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom ? inspire its more than 100,000 Associates to create value for all its partners and deliver growth they are proud of every day. R&D Design Sr. Manager (Head of Design) What are we looking for? Degree in Industrial Design, Product Design or related field 10+ years of experience with design strategy,--design thinking & execution 5+ years-- leading and developing direct and indirect reports Strong understanding of the value of design within a R&D business context and will be expected to exploit this value to influence--within all innovation projects. Experience and a proven track record delivering design strategy, design innovation management and design execution within a corporate or consulting environment along with design execution experience A critical thinker, problem solver and ability to stand alone Hands on experience in the development and successful launch of new products, pack, processes Strong change agent-- What would your key responsibilities be? Associate development and leadership for the design function Ensure the successful development of innovation areas to deliver superior consumer experiences for all touch points through the application of signature tools, processes and design / design thinking best practices Expert at working in and leading cross-functional teams through the application of design thinking (Front End Framework) Identify consumer problems to be solved and key hypotheses for consumer learning Ensure the delivery of required stimulus for consumer learning Translate, develop and deliver consumer insights and learning into design principles and guidelines for brand tone, look and feel across the full spectrum of consumer and channel touchpoints Develop opportunity spaces and ideas, highly skilled at bringing these to life through the creation of stimulus and prototypes External network is well developed with strong relationships Development and on-going management of the external design network Seek out external provocations and expansion of external network in order to strengthen and advance our internal design capabilities Guide design function in pursuit of the above, role modeling design thinking and design leadership behaviors, proactively mentoring these associates and developing talent ??????? What can you expect from Mars? The opportunity to learn, develop and take charge of your own career. An industry competitive salary and benefits package.-- To be respected and valued. The Five Principles at the center of every decision The opportunity to work cross functionally, add value and impact a better world for generations to come. #LI-BM1 Mars is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you need assistance or an accommodation during the application process because of a disability, it is available upon request. The company is pleased to provide such assistance, and no applicant will be penalized as a result of such a request. Nearest Major Market: Chicago Job Segment: Consulting, Manager, Front End, Technology, Management

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