DIRECTOR OF STRATEGY / DIRECTOR OF INNOVATION

READY TO TAKE A BUSINESS TO THE NEXT LEVEL?

At Decidedly we fuse insight, innovation and technology to help our clients develop future-ready propositions, products and strategies. What’s more, we take our clients beyond traditional insight deliverables and sprint with them on the journey from Insight to Prototype, delivering high fidelity prototypes, that deliver an unparalleled consumer experience.

Are you at your happiest developing killer solutions to complex problems? Do you get a buzz out of taking businesses through a solution-focused journey that delivers genuine growth? Can you balance creative flair with commercial thinking and rigorous process? Can you not only develop new ways of working but also cascade them through a business, helping the next generation of consultants to hone their craft? If yes, then read on!

We’ve created a brilliant brand, an awesome team and a phenomenal list of clients, encompassing some of the world’s most ambitious brands. Through our Agile approaches and unique blend of insight, innovation and tech, we are pushing the edge of the insight and innovation world. We’re proud of the business-changing work that we deliver and, like the clients we support, we want to grow. Fast. 

We’re looking for a creative, passionate and commercially minded leader, who brings experience in the field of service design, to join our team and guide the development of this fast-growing area of our business. Someone who can help us push the edge of this industry, grow our offer, build our team and nurture awesome client relationships.

You will bring a strong consultative skillset, next-level relationship building, excellent communications skills and a hunger to build a significant part of this business. 

We’ll bring a killer portfolio of ambitious global brands, a team that’s amped and a mission to help our clients go further, faster. We’ll also give you the opportunity to play a lead role in taking a high-potential business to new heights.

 

 

THE ROLE 

This role will be a critical driver of business growth. It will deliver this through working with the CEO to shape and implement Decidedly’s growth strategy, building on our core strengths of insight, innovation and tech, and honing our unique approach to service design and proposition development.

You’ll use your knowledge and experience to help shape our offer set and develop best practice processes and solutions. You will personally lead the sales and delivery of these to our most valued clients, and, along with the leadership team, will develop the growth plans that allow us to align the whole business behind our bespoke ways of working.

You will have a sharp mind and a clear ability to not just bring ideas, but to also develop the roll-out plan that makes them a reality and enables them to become an established part of our offer.

We’re a small business and you’ll need to earn the respect of a phenomenal team. You’ll do this through developing our offer, developing the team’s skills and knowledge, and, critically, by living and breathing the values of our business: challenging thinking, operating at the edge and always being Amped (more on these values below!)

The core requirements of the role are:

  • Developing Decidedly’s Insight to Prototype (I2P) solution for our clients, building in best practice and identifying skills gaps and training needs at each step, to ensure this unique capability continues to differentiate us in the marketplace
  • Building the skills of consultative account owners and senior project managers to take our clients through our end to end solution, drawing on our qual, quant and prototyping skills at each step of the way
  • To develop our Agile toolkit and build up our solution design capabilities. For example, through developing our sprint-based I2P solution
  • Getting to know our biggest client accounts to continue to drive evolved best practice through their businesses
  • To work closely with the owners of our largest accounts to become a trusted advisor on service design / user centred design projects, further unlocking this area of business opportunity, and leading and owning projects in this area
  • To build in rigour and process behind these agile ways of working to build efficiency and best practice into our operations
  • Working with our business leaders to ensure seamless end to end processes and ways of working 
  • Working closely in partnership with the CEO to develop hire plans that support the growth of our Insight to Prototype solution
  • To drive the top-line, contributing a significant portion of the businesses revenue through engaging with clients, pitching solutions and overseeing the delivering of brilliant work
  • Demonstrably helping to make us famous for flagship products by: attending conferences, speaking at events, building a social profile 

 

 

THE RIGHT CANDIDATE 

You’ll be a strategic operator, with bags of energy and the ability to inspire and motivate others. You will:

  • Be passionate and knowledgeable about service design / human centred design / user centred design
  • Have considerable experience of working on proposition development within a consultancy environment or for a large corporation
  • Have a genuine passion for technology and innovation
  • Have a healthy respect for the role of insight and market data in guiding the best possible solutions
  • Have a proven experience of developing client relationships to drive business development
  • Be a clear self-starter but also have a proven ability to work in a team environment
  • Be able to provide expert leadership and consultancy that result in the agile development of market-leading propositions
  • Have experience of designing and costing complex projects accurately and profitably
  • Have strong relationship building and influencing skills
  • Be well versed in facilitating creative ideation and co-creation workshops designed to take stakeholders from insights to ideas and opportunities for new products and services that address identified consumer needs and pain points
  • Have proven people management experience 
  • Have strong commercial awareness and a proven track record of driving commercially advantageous outcomes for clients
  • Show a proven ability to cut through ambiguity and bring clarity to the process
  • Have a strong understanding of both Lean and Agile methods
  • Have an ability to challenge the business model and revenue model of products that are proposed or already in development 
  • Have an excellent academic record

If you're looking for the chance to shape new thinking, direct award-winning work, work closely with an inspiring CEO and leadership team, and build a strategic, brand-defining territory for an ambitious and growing consultancy, then this could be the opportunity you've been looking for.

 

 

HERE’S WHAT OUR TEAM IS ABOUT

WE CHALLENGE THINKING

We look beyond accepted wisdom and spot assumptions that might slip by unchecked. We’re hardwired to ask stretching questions, share surprising points of view and make bold recommendations because we’re always looking for new possibilities for our clients.

WE WORK AT THE EDGE

We’re the scout team for the early adopters. If something’s possible, we’ll know about it. We might even have done it. We’re equally in our element harnessing future-ready tech as we are presenting our latest research. We fuse the best of the start-up scene with the best of business knowledge to take you all the way from insight to prototype.

WE’RE ALWAYS AMPED

We throw ourselves into everything we do, eager to get to grips with every client challenge. We revel in finding our way through the trickiest of problems to release the next great, disruptive idea into the world. 

Decidedly is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to training and development for all its employees. Our generous benefits package includes pension and private medical insurance.