Strategic Designer, Senior Manager

Strategic Designer, Senior Manager

Direct Hire

Location: McLean, Virginia

Will consider remote


The ideal candidate will have:

  • Strategic Design
  • Figma (preferred), Sketch, Invision or similar UX/UI applications
  • Research
  • Experience with Innovation or Start-up environments
  • Proven ability to collaborate in cross-functional teams in Agile environments

You will:

  • Discover and incubate new startup opportunities for the line of business
  • Own the charge to re-imagine business process and build products using emerging technology, incorporating insights into product, market, and technology trends
  • Open up the boundaries for innovation, technology, and processes to improve the way we think and work within the company

Your Impact:

As an experienced, multidisciplinary digital designer, you will contribute to broader team objectives throughout the design lifecycle from conceptualization, iterative prototyping and MVP design, go to market strategies, and business case development. In this role, you will:

Provide Design Services:

  • Work on concepts that span market and competitive insights, emerging trends and themes, customer journeys, and needs and personas synthesizing and defining the problem space
  • Develop digital concepts and product strategies bringing prior experience in areas such as UX design, visual, branding, content strategy and digital marketing in addition to strategic design
  • Develop storyboards, low and high-fidelity wireframes and visualizations to pitch ideas and show how they will transform how our customers work
  • Engage in a rapid, iterative approach that enables fast experimentation, learning and co-creation with customers

Conduct Research:

  • Research and present digital exemplars and lead ideation workshops that draw on multiple subject areas to build a concept vision through measurable insights incorporating experience with research methods
  • Determine qualitative approaches, techniques, and tools, and define target population to approaches to validate hypotheses and test product usability in market
  • Lead and/or work with 3rd parties in the execution of primary research to uncover insights from customer behaviors, needs (known and unmet), and receptivity to new concepts.
  • Summarize research findings and insights for executive reviews.

Champion Human Centered Design:

  • Channel the voice of the customer ensuring that the business solution is thoughtfully designed to support their needs and advocate incorporating research findings into design prototypes, MVPs, etc.


  • At least 10-12 years of business experience, working across the design lifecycle / Design Thinking with digital products incorporating interactive and visual design elements
  • New product development experience using lean startup methodologies, agile development, and human centered design in a modern delivery environment; experience supporting digital product design at a startup preferred
  • Proficient with user experience design principles, best practices, and tools; experience with Figma (preferred), Sketch, Invision or similar UX/UI applications
  • Strategic experience in designing B2C & B2B2C products
  • Portfolio of diverse projects demonstrating human centered design capabilities – on-line portfolio available for review
  • BS/BA or Master’s degree in (Strategic) Design, Human-Computer Interaction, Interaction Design, Design Planning, Strategy or other meaningful experience… graduate degree preferred

Keys to Success:

  • Strong expertise in prototyping and in-market testing!
  • Experience using dynamic tools and techniques to conduct qualitative research
  • Proven ability to collaborate in cross-functional teams in Agile environments
  • Results-focused and performance driven in fast-paced environment!
  • Active member of the design community
  • Excellent verbal and written skills to communicate design principles and conduct professional presentations