We are actively seeking a Design Researcher who is empathetic with users, passionate about representing their needs, and experienced in leading exploratory and participatory research methods to uncover insights that will inform and inspire design and innovation. At IA Collaborative, Research and Strategy development is critical at every point in the design process to ensure that all project deliverables are on strategy, creative concepts are impactful and user centered, and client objectives are achieved.
Design Researcher Job Responsibilities
Develop research plans and methodologies based on an understanding of your clients’ goals. Recruit research participants and lead user research in the field to discover insights first-hand through interviews, intercepts, contextual observations, and other creative methods.
Lead and collaborate in the synthesis process to create captivating research summaries that identify unmet needs and articulate key insights. Connect insights to design actions by concepting user-centered solutions across brand, digital, product, service, and systemic platforms.
Utilize your deep understanding of design thinking to collaborate with multidisciplinary teams and guide your clients throughout the entire design process.
Facilitate and lead in collaborative planning sessions, regularly scheduled meetings, ideation sessions and presentations.
Manage research and strategy account relationships by drafting research and strategy components of new business proposals, collaborating with account management staff to manage and extend client relationships to garner new business.
Performs other responsibilities as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree in a related field such as design research, design planning/strategy, product design, design engineering, social sciences, behavioral sciences, etc. Master’s degree in design related field is preferred.
Minimum of one to two years of professional work experience with a proven track record of planning and conducting design research, analyzing and synthesizing qualitative data, and participating in concept workshops.
Familiarity with user centered design and design thinking practices, methods and tools, including a range of qualitative research methods (in-context observations, co-creation, etc. )
Familiarity with Adobe creative suite (especially InDesign), presentation software including Powerpoint and Keynote, as well as video editing software such as Adobe Premier or Final Cut Pro.
IA Collaborative Future of Work Model:
Tentatively starting January 10, 2022, we will enact a 3-day in-office/2-day option-to-work-from-home schedule. We are currently working from home with an option to work from the IA Collaborative office following CDC and local guidelines.
Why IA Collaborative
At IA, you’ll practice your craft in a whole new context. You’ll be a part of designing the future of human experience as you transform your client’s business, empower communities and create a positive and lasting impact on the world.
Our internationally recognized workspace provides the inspiration and flexibility to effectively collaborate with teams, or deeply focus as an individual.
IA’s comprehensive benefits package includes medical, dental, vision; flexible spending accounts for dependent care, health expenses and childcare; employer-paid life insurance and disability; health club enrollment reimbursement, in-house Leminars (learning-seminars), scholarship funds to promote individual learning, growth and inspiration; as well as discretionary bonus and profit-sharing programs.
About IA Collaborative
IA Collaborative is a global design and innovation consultancy. We help leading organizations and category disruptors find new growth, create new offerings, and empower a culture of innovation. We fully integrate human-centered design and business strategy into the ongoing operations of our clients, to launch new corporate ventures and drive continuous innovation. From Insight to Action, we define new business models and create new products, technology platforms, experiences, brands, services and environments.
IA is on the national and global stage speaking about the business value of design. Featured by Fast Company as one of the country’s preeminent design thinkers and nominated by the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum as a “Design Visionary,” IA’s leadership and work has been profiled by prominent business publications and has received multiple design accolades, including Best Design North America and Best UX Design in Fast Company’s Innovation by Design Awards; the SXSW Business Design Award; and multiple honors in the Red Dot International, International Design Excellence Awards (IDSA), the GOOD DESIGN Awards, and the iF World Design Awards. IA Collaborative works with the world’s most successful brands, including FedEx, Allstate, Airbnb, Fidelity, Apple, Johnson & Johnson, Nike, Lilly, and Audi.
At IA Collaborative, we are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. We believe that welcoming a diverse variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills to our organization contributes to a thriving culture, a vibrant community, and breakthrough work. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristics protected by federal, state, or local law.