We are looking for a Design Strategy Director to join our team for a potentially long term project. Our partner, a notable U.S. financial institution, has engaged Runyon to stand up a new, independent digital bank as a corporate venture. The proposed banking venture will focus on the middle market. Across three design phases, the project will span discovery through beta launch. Target launch for Phase I of the project is February 6 and will span eight weeks, with possible continuation of the project up to 18 months. This is a remote-friendly position.
A candidate in this role will drive the design strategy for the full lifecycle of the product from vision, research and conception to launch and optimization, while supporting the team in execution. The Design Strategy Director should have the ability to evaluate and weigh a range of disparate inputs, including external market activity, user needs and partners’ capabilities. They will develop structured and logical frameworks from which to prioritize and recommend the most relevant and differentiated experience opportunities. After having selected the optimal direction for the venture, they will define the strategic and tactical steps to capture those opportunities: via product roadmap (sequence and prioritization of activities), experience and feature selection (higher vs. lower impact, evaluating differentiation, etc.), and qualifying future optimizations and opportunity.
Design Strategy Directors at Runyon are highly strategic, detail-oriented, and experienced in product design, from research to UX/UI design to visual design. They share our deep empathy for user needs and have the ability to develop a deep understanding of a partner’s business, generate insights, and translate those into a plan of action. They develop strong relationships and build trust with core decision-makers, both internally and externally.