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Lead UX Designer

Our Vision

Volvo Cars is on an ambitious journey to redefine what it means to own a vehicle during one of most innovative times in the transportation industry. Alongside, autonomous driving, vehicle electrification, and sustainability, Volvo Cars is redefining ownership with digital experiences. 

We looking for an experienced Digital Design Lead. This will be someone who has mastered the craft of managing and directing designers towards creating delightful experiences. Someone who can inspire organizations through storytelling and their team with thoughtful critique. And someone who is forever championing the user through investments in research and insights. 


What We're Looking For

We're searching for someone to lead one of our Silicon Valley based design organizations.
Our design leaders partner with their tech, product and insights counterparts, balancing input and strategy from our business stakeholders, to deliver exceptional experiences and results for our users.

To be successful, you have experience in the following areas:
Motivation - You can share your passion to motivate the team and the and the wider organization. 
Management & Leadership - You have practical management experience with designers in agile product development environment and you are able to foster and grow the culture in cross-functional teams through advocacy.
Collaborative - You have deep history working with Product Managers, Developers, Researchers and Business Partner teams, as well as a working understanding of how to discover unmet customer needs, create a shared hypothesis, prototype features and test the adoption of a paid service as a business model.
You will be responsible for co-leading a product area, including management of 3-4 designers focused on delivering outsanding tools and experiences to our growing user base. 

What You'll Do
-Alongside your Tech and Product counterparts, you will be responsible for leading a product area, which has responsibilities across many areas of Volvo Cars. This includes customer facing experiences on both the web and native platforms. You'll provide thought leadership to develop the right product strategy. Together, you'll solve problems and come up with solutions that delight our users.
-Shape the data-informed product design vision for the user experience of the products we make in this product area and create the space for others to collaborate across the entire product lifecycle and multiple product launches.
- Put a premium on listening to users, both directly and through the work of our research and insight teams.

Who You Are
- You have extensive experience leading design teams with a variety of crafts (visual, interaction / IA, writing, research, etc) at consumer-focused or business-to-business product organizations that feature strong value propositions and high tech service integrations.
- You have experience in coaching startups on design, iteration and prototyping to create human centered design strategies.
- You are a player/coach leader with practical design chops. You've shipped many consumer products over the years and understand what it takes to create awesome, consumer-oriented experiences.
- You have experience in driving product strategies.
- You're a fantastic communicator. You have the communication skills to help you work cross-functionally with business stakeholders. You shine most at motivating others to carry forward and execute a strategy without needing to be in the room.
- You have a user and data-focused design mentality. You are constantly looking to hone your teams' instincts through user feedback and data insight. You understand the role and importance of qualititative methodologies. 
- You are familiar and comfortable working within and contributing to large design systems that you may or may not own directly, balancing the needs of the larger design ecosystem with the local goals of your product area.
- You have experience leading, mentoring, and managing designers to help grown their skills in research, design, ideation, innovation and UX systematic thinking. 


Who are we?

Volvo Cars is a company on a mission; to bring traditional car manufacturing into a connected, sustainable and smart future.

Since 1927, we have been a brand known for our commitment to safety, creating innovative cars that make life less complicated for our consumers. In 2010, we decided to transform our business, resulting in a totally new generation of cars and technologies, as well as steady growth and record sales. Today, we’re expanding our global footprint in Europe, China and the US, and we’re on the lookout for new talent.

We are constantly pushing our own skills and abilities to drive change in the automobile industry like never before. We are looking for innovative, committed people to join us in this endeavour and create safe, sustainable and connected cars. We believe in the power of people and will challenge and support you to reach your full potential. Join us and be part of Volvo Cars’ journey into the future.

Mountain View, CA, US

Job requisition ID:  16482

Nearest Major Market: San Jose
Nearest Secondary Market: Palo Alto

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