Managing Consultant - Strategic Design

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  • 10 Bressenden Pl, London SW1E 5DH, UK
  • Full-time

Company Description

We’re an innovation and transformation consultancy that believes in the power of ingenuity to build a positive-human future in a technology-driven world. Our diverse teams of experts combine innovative thinking with breakthrough-technologies to progress further, faster.

Job Description

We are searching for a Strategic Design leader, experienced in leading clients and internal teams to define product strategies and craft experiences that transform people’s lives and deliver business impact.

By joining PA in our Design capability, you will be part of our growing global design and development studios, and a member of an interdisciplinary team passionate about bringing ideas to market. This studio network includes our own Global Technology and Innovation Centre just outside Cambridge (UK), Essential Design studio in the heart of downtown Boston, the Astro studio in San Francisco, and the Silicon Valley and Lexington offices of Cooper Perkins.

Our global design function is an innovative and creative team of individuals, that have an enviable track record of delivery to some of the largest consumer product, healthcare and technology companies in the world and we want to leverage this design success further.

With a global network ranging from tech start-ups to Fortune 500 clients, we’ll offer you fascinating work, unrivalled opportunities for growth and the freedom to realise your potential to excel. Combining strategies, technologies and innovation, we turn complexity to opportunity and deliver enduring results, enabling you to build a successful and rewarding career.

The Specific Role:

We are growing our European team and looking for a Managing Consultant (MC) to join us across our UK offices in Cambridge and London. Within PA the MC role represents a top tier appointment in the organisation, with MCs typically serving as our thought and team leaders and a key driver of new business. With one foot in the operation, one foot in the strategic and a head for business and proposition development, this role is highly varied and calls for someone who is autonomous and a self-starter.

We are searching for a highly experienced Design Strategist who is passionate about applying their knowledge to generate new business and shape compelling new consultancy propositions from first concept to product launch.

Foremost, this is an opportunity to bring a fresh, creative and strategic design perspective to our clients in collaboration with our Go to Market leadership teams across sectors.

Duties May Include, But Are Not Limited To

·Develop PA’s approach to Strategic Design and build a proposition that will become integral to our end-to-end innovation process

· Win and deliver strategic work at the front-end of both design and technical innovation programmes

· Integrate and lead teams across PA’s capabilities, specifically Human Insight and Design

·Advocate the value of design internally and externally, demonstrating the holistic value of design throughout our end-to-end product development process

·Work closely with Design & Engineering counterparts within Essential Design, Astro Studios, Cooper Perkins and other teams to ensure effective handoff for deal close and project delivery

· Lead medium to large-scale multi-disciplinary assignments

· Drawing on your sector network and being responsible for initiating, leading and winning sales from concept through to product launch

·Active involvement in managing client accounts and supporting engagement with our clients

·Produce thought-provoking pieces to raise the design and innovation profile of PA in the consumer goods sector

·You will have a strong network of senior contacts and potential buyers across the sector; ideally in areas that are complementary to our current client base

Experience Requirements

· Respected authority in the Strategic Design community

· Experience running large programmes of design research and fluent at interpreting quant and qual data to inform the creation of novel designs underpinned by science and technology

· Ability to define opportunity in a solution-selling, relationship-driven environment

·Experience as design lead of complex multi-disciplinary strategic projects

·Flexible, curious and creative, open to new things and able to propose innovative ideas

· Driven, hard-working, entrepreneurial, proactive and productive

· Independent and autonomous judgment

·Demonstrated strong consulting skillset: hypothesis-led problem solving, framing and communicating complex ideas, thinking strategically

·Commercial experience in structuring complex proposals in Strategic Design, effort estimation and sales conversion

·This is a senior opportunity which would suit a candidate that is looking for role that will allow them to build something unique by leveraging PA’s enviable technical capability in the consumer space


Basic Qualifications:

·Proven experience working in design / innovation strategy consulting

· Bachelor’s degree required with strong academics from top-tier institutions

· Advanced degree in Business Administration, Engineering, Design or Psychology/ Preferred but not essential

Additional Information

About us:

We believe in the power of ingenuity to build a positive human future in a technology-driven world.

As strategies, technologies and innovation collide, we create opportunity from complexity.

Our diverse teams of experts combine innovative thinking and breakthrough use of technologies to progress further, faster. Our clients adapt and transform, and together we achieve enduring results.

PA. Bringing Ingenuity to Life.


We believe that diversity makes us a stronger firm and look to employ people with different ideas, styles and skillsets. This diversity stimulates a rich, creative environment – one in which our people develop, and our clients enjoy enduring results. We’re committed to recruiting, promoting and rewarding our people solely based on their ability to contribute to PA’s goals, without regard to their sex, race, disability, religion, national origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age or marital status.

We welcome international applications, but we are unable to offer sponsorship for work permits, so you will need to have the full right to live and work in the UK. Unfortunately, your application will be automatically rejected if you do not have these rights.

Should you need any adjustments to the recruitment process, at either application or interview, please contact us on [email protected]

Job information

Firm: PA Consulting

Location: London