We are looking for a circular design lead to be a key member of our creative team. Someone who, together with us, will create beautiful products and experiences that have a positive impact on the planet and people. The successful candidate can work from either our Malmö studio or our Stockholm studio.
As a circular design lead at Above, you will collaborate with an exciting mix of competencies, from UX and industrial designers to mechanical and software engineers. We are looking for someone that will drive projects and lead clients at the intersection of design and technology, from insights and strategy, to concepts and production. The products and services that we bring to life together with our clients are used in a high variety of contexts by highly diverse user groups. As an agency, we want to take more responsibility for ensuring the positive impact while minimizing the negative impact that they have. We need you to work with our clients to define what that means.
Moreover, you will guide clients through a combination of strategic objectives and hands-on solutions. Working with a blend of business design, research and analytics, and physical and digital product development, you will lead circular and systems thinking to arrive at innovative and measurable outcomes. You will also mentor and educate new change-makers by providing design tools and processes to help them grow.
Skills & Requirements
In this position, you will drive our sustainability agenda in a variety of ways;
Drive client communication as well as present and pitch to clients
Project planning and execution
Creative development independently and in teams
Communicate research synthesis and design ideas with data points, illustrations, storyboards, service blueprints, product ecosystems, customer journey maps
Establish product and service strategies for positive impact
Lead clients and teams through the development of prototypes around circular products and ecosystems, and guides projects and teams toward more impactful decisions
Mentor other creatives and establish tools and processes
This is what we are looking for, (but not limited to)
Your passion for impact-centric design together with your drive to learn and to spread knowledge - are your most important qualities. You are a team player and a problem solver, who can align solutions with client needs — while overseeing the overall process and quality of the work. You are humble enough to take directions, while brave enough to give candid feedback.
5+ years of professional experience working with circular design or sustainability topics or related fields. Perhaps you have a background in design, engineering, or applied research and over the years have developed new skills within the sustainability area.
Proven experience and track record in leading organizations and/or teams to create and launch circular processes, products, and services using a holistic and impact-centered approach to design and technology. Preferably with a creative background working with innovation, digital/physical product design, or service design.
Entrepreneurial/intrapreneurial mind with the ability to self-organize and define your own tasks as well as your project team's tasks in an ever-changing environment. You are capable of working as part of cross-functional agency teams together with client stakeholders across various levels and functions.
Proven ability to identify new business opportunities and convert them into projects through the development of detailed proposals and compelling pitches.
Passionate about how creativity and innovation can help build more sustainable practices and eager to help spread that message across our channels.
Strong at and keen on crafting the granular details that make up strategies, i.e. hands-on with carbon law and the planetary boundaries, up to date on regulations, and can visualize and explore business cases that enable circular designs.
A communicator who sets the broad strokes that direct our teams to blend sustainability strategies with state-of-the-art technologies and stunning design. All to create an integrated offer that inspires and enables our clients to make real change.
Exceptional communication skills both in writing and speech
Comfortable with and used to speaking and presenting in English
A bit about Above
We at Above are devoted to breaking down the boundaries between physical and digital solutions with the fusion of hardware, software, applications, and services. We work with the full scale of product and service creation, from strategic concepting all the way through to manufacturing.
One of our core philosophies is that we believe in prototyping early and often by bringing designers and engineers together from the very start of a project. If our designers can understand and make technology decisions, while our engineers can grasp and influence the user experience, then we can truly find a meaningful collaboration that results in actual relevant products.
We work with amazing international brands, local Scandinavian heroes, and a fantastic collection of startups and scaleups. We also have a passion for creating our own products and have a good track record of successful start-up ventures. We’re a team of warm, welcoming, dedicated professionals that love to build cool stuff. In everything we do, we strive for a world-class result and we believe you share that mindset.
If you have any questions regarding the job position, send an email to Director Jonas Samrelius at [email protected] and If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please send an email to our People Operations Manager Therese Söfgren at [email protected]
About the company
Above is a Scandinavian innovation agency driving positive change through a seamless fusion of strategy, design, and tech. We work with the world’s boldest companies to create futures that are optimistic, sustainable, and enjoyable. Our team of 80+ specialists work from our studions in Stockholm and Malmö, Sweden and satellites in Shenzhen, China, and San Francisco, US.
Want to make the world a better, cooler place? Take the next step of your journey with us.