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Design Director Berlin (f/m/x)

  • Berlin
  • Berlin

We are looking for a Design Director in Berlin to co-create transformational businesses by working on complex and inspiring projects in mobility, health, energy and other fields to develop innovative products and services. As a Design Director, you will be co-leading the Berlin design team and defining and orchestrating the agency’s design practice in the German market with the other Design Directors (Munich and Stuttgart) and the Design Principals.

Skills & Requirements

You will be working closely with our Design Directors/Design Principals in Germany, focusing on two equally important aspects:

Nurture and Grow Design Team & Competence

  • Develop the design team including design capabilities (skills, methods) and people capabilities (client relationship management, communication, team leadership)
  • Co-create the hiring plan for Design Germany and participate in the hiring process for designers in Germany
    Participating in the staffing process for designers in Germany
  • Demonstrate leadership with client and colleague engagements
    Ensure professional development and competence of design team members to be equipped for future projects

Client Work & Business Development

  • Lead & participate in 1 or 2 project works (has to fulfill certain criteria; the project helps to build a new client relationship or to extend current key account relationships or offers a strong role modelling/learning opportunity)
  • Ensure satisfaction of design team members in the project
  • Drive organic growth through identifying business development opportunities with key clients
  • Demonstrate design expertise in all client interactions, to position the business to capitalise on new and existing opportunities
  • Lead development and delivery of value proposition to drive new business opportunities (e.g. pitches)
  • Be a leading voice and advocate of our design competence through personal and professional platforms

Not only will you be a thought leader for the design community but you will also have an excellent opportunity to oversee various innovative projects and to be the c-suite design contact for our strategic accounts.

Your Responsibilities

  • Being responsible for a well-functioning design team in Berlin and its contribution to Germany’s (and global) value creation through excellent design delivery
  • Supporting the Design Team in Germany, to continuously improve the overall competencies to be equipped for future projects and evolve the design standards and best practices
  • Hiring and developing the design team
  • Providing vision and inspirational leadership to empower and motivate the design team and deliver high standards
  • Act as a coach & mentor for Design Team members to enable them to be the best version of themselves at work
  • Leading the design operations, supported by other design leaders and related competencies
  • Aligning the design competence in conjunction with Futurice industry experts and leaders of specialist fields such as “Intelligent Services and Ecosystems” or “Data-enabled, Innovative Organisations”
  • Engaging with clients to understand their needs through interpreting their abstract business concepts and project briefs to develop strategic design plans within projected timelines and budgets
  • Being a strong point of contact for our business development team and driving new client acquisition
  • Building strong relationships with clients and colleagues through your presence at the client’s premises and at Futurice offices

Your Profile

  • At least 3 years of substantial work experience in the German market in a design leadership position
  • Fluent in current design practices in the field of digital product design, service design & research or strategic foresight & business design
  • Extensive experience in the agency/consulting sector, e.g. in working closely with clients maintaining and building strategic relationships and increasing the impact and value of design
  • Excellent German communication skills
  • Willingness to travel to other Futurice locations and client sites

We are human first, and ethics matter tremendously. Mutual respect is an essential condition, as is passion, talent and energy. All team members need to be ambitious self-starters and have a desire to be part of a workplace with a lean, flat structure, built on a foundation of Nordic straightforwardness. Individuals are constantly given opportunities to learn and grow in collaboration with wonderfully nice and extremely talented people.

Why join Futurice?

We are very proud of our culture and our lean, flat company structure. It’s not by accident that we’ve been selected as the best place to work in Europe twice. We have four core values, which are also our promises to you as a new employee:

  1. Care We care about the problems we solve and about each other as human beings. We hire people who intuitively and by default help each other out. It’s a virtuous cycle that creates happy teams and happy clients.
  2. Trust At Futurice, trust doesn’t need to be earned, it’s given. This means that if you think something makes sense, you can go ahead and do it.
  3. Continuous improvement We want to help every Futurician get better at their craft every day. This happens through project work, training and guided self-learning.
  4. Transparency We believe in being open about pretty much everything. No matter your career level, you can get involved in and informed about any topic company-wide.

Besides our overall cultural and organisational model, here are some specific Futurice perks:

  • Flexible working hours Some are night owls, others early birds – you can work whenever you’re most productive.
  • Futurice Hybrid Work Model Depending on your assignments you can work from home or in the office
  • Personal IT budget Free choice of laptop, phone, tablet, headphones and other work-gear
  • Company pension scheme Opt-in for an additional, improved pension plan
  • Sports benefit We want our people to stay fit and healthy! Futurice sponsors your personal membership at Urban Sports Club
  • Social responsibility program You can give back to the community and receive sponsorship from Futurice for doing open-source projects in your free time.
  • FutuHike work in another office for a week
  • FutuLabs access to 3D printers, VR & AR gear and other cool emerging tech gadgets


Your salary is attached to our transparent career path model. Once we have gotten to know you better during the recruitment process, we are making an individual career-level-assessment, based on your skills, responsibilities and impact.

Additionally, you are eligible to receive a company-wide bonus and several other benefits not listed above.

Come as you are

As an ultimate learning platform that empowers people to become a better version of themselves, we believe that diversity and inclusion are important to our company's success. We seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse pool of candidates. We welcome applications from everyone, regardless of their race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, medical condition, or other non-merit factors - we care for each other!

About the company

Futurice is a new breed of innovation consultancy that has digital values at its core. We inject life into digital solutions by designing innovative mobile apps and online software – all with a focus on user experience and interaction. We believe that the winning recipe for digital projects is happy people, happy customers, and happy users. We are co-creating the future. Our work has meaning and makes an impact on society. By helping our clients thrive, we co-create a better future.

Founded in 2000 we are over 650-strong and growing. We are all about people. We trust each other and care about each other. We are open and honest. We empower and encourage each other. We are committed to helping you become a better version of you. We challenge each other to find a path of personal growth. We support each other as we learn and grow as people and professionals.

We are cultivating a diverse and proud community, and committed to building an inclusive environment where everyone can thrive and grow.

As an international company with Nordic roots, our HQ is in Helsinki and we have offices in Tampere, Stockholm, Berlin, Munich and Stuttgart. We come from all over the world. Our clients are international, as are the opportunities we provide. Our culture is built on a Nordic heritage of trust and transparency.

Katharina Schütte | Contact Person

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