We are looking for a Design Director to play a key role as the head of the Copenhagen studio, reporting to our global Head of Design. It’s an opportunity to help shape a design studio from the ground up, within an established consultancy and design practice.

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The Role
Qualifications & Experience

The ideal candidate has the experience and capabilities to lead teams in designing experiences that push the limits of innovation and put the user in focus. Someone who can envision and bring to life simple yet highly engaging experiences that balance desirability, viability, and feasibility. Someone who has an entrepreneurial mind-set, willing to roll up their sleeves and contribute to the growth and vitality of the studio. Someone that can bring in unique perspectives and industry best practices to fuse with our existing processes and methodologies.
· 10+ years of professional experience working in cross-disciplinary teams for agencies/consultancies as well as product companies.
· Relevant domains of experience include IoT (industrial and consumer), automotive, healthcare and medical, enterprise software, retail, consumer goods and electronics.
· Experience crafting meaningful and impactful strategies, visions, and concepts, working closely and collaboratively with business and technology leaders in our clients’ teams and within Cogniance.
· Mastery of the full design process, able to own and contribute hands-on to projects from experience strategy and ideation through concept development and refinement to product design and implementation.
· Experience with digital products and platforms is a must-have, experience with brand, services and hardware are nice-to-have.
· Experience leading design project teams, overseeing team efforts to ensure projects are delivered to the client’s expectations.
· Experience managing a design unit/team/practice/department/studio, incl. talent management (recruiting, developing, retaining) and business/commercial management (unit KPI responsibility, operational liaison).


· Bring in new business in collaboration with Sales and BD teams, representing Cogniance in client calls/meetings and at conferences, leading the efforts to understand needs and craft compelling proposals for our approach to resolving the need and creating value.
· Oversee delivery of design projects owned by the Copenhagen studio, with a mix of hands-on involvement as the project lead and hands-off oversight of other projects/leads.
· Build and develop the Copenhagen studio team. Lead recruiting efforts to match talent supply with project demands, and retain talent through rewarding work, professional development, and a great working environment.
Other responsibilities include contributing to our thought leadership efforts, liaising with other studio heads globally to share best practices, and collaborating with back office departments to ensure appropriate support for your studio.

We expect you to be:

· Agile, open-minded, and comfortable with ambiguity.
· Self-driven, quick learner, and decisive.
· Charismatic, storyteller, and big-picture thinker.
· Leads by example, creates a strong culture and creative environment, and mentors and educates team members.
· Excellent spoken and written Danish and English, other language skills a bonus.
· Able to travel within Denmark and the Nordic region to support sales efforts and meet project needs. Expected average travel load is ~10%.

The Company

Cogniance is a global design and technology company with 500+ innovators, creators and change-builders, working hand-in-hand with both startups and corporate innovators to transform their businesses, put their customers’ needs at the center and win in their chosen markets. Building impactful futures for real people is our mantra and our craft is design-led technology solutions.
We are a human-to-human design and technology company with a Silicon Valley mindset, the relentless drive of a startup and the experience of a global organization. We truly believe that any idea good enough to create a positive change in the way people live, work, think or play, deserves success.

Cogniance is not just a place to work. It’s somewhere where you’ll grow, make friends, have fun and, not least, be part of an exciting journey to build impactful futures for people all over the globe.
You'll never be bored
Monotony kills innovation. Here, you'll work on a wide range of projects that generate real results. That's the beauty of having so many exciting clients from different industries.
You'll see the world
Working human-to-human means you actually have to see each other now and then. That's why you'll get the opportunity to visit our clients, all over the globe.
You'll be part of a family
You'll get to work with fun-loving creative innovators who can't wait to get to work. We work hard, but we also know how to celebrate our successes!
You'll change the world
We work with our clients to make sure that the concepts we create and drive to fruition will have a positive impact on their customers and their business. Join us and together, we will impact the future.
You'll be covered
People first is about giving you peace of mind, so you know you're always covered with access to the best medical treatments in your area. And you'll be rewarded with a competitive salary so you feel appreciated for your hard work.
You'll grow
Going all in requires that we give everything we have. And when that's not enough, we have to get more; more knowledge, more skills, more training. You've never seen a growth curve until you've worked with us.
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