Design Strategist

Capital One
McLean, Virginia
Dec 03, 2021
Jan 02, 2022
Full Time
Center 1 (19052), United States of America, McLean, Virginia

Design Strategist

Design Strategist

At Capital One, we're building a leading information-based technology company. Still founder-led by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard Fairbank, we measure our efforts by the success our customers enjoy and the advocacy they exhibit. We are succeeding because they are succeeding.

Guided by our shared values, we thrive in an environment where collaboration and openness are valued. We believe that innovation is powered by perspective and that teamwork and respect for each other lead to superior results. We elevate each other and obsess about doing the right thing. Our associates serve with humility and a deep respect for their responsibility in helping our customers achieve their goals and realize their dreams.

We are currently seeking a Design Strategist to join Design's Data Design team. We are passionate about creating design and quality standards for Design and building an experience mindset across Capital One. This person will strategize how to gain insights and communicate new processes and standards across Design.

The Design team at Capital One is at the forefront of enriching our customers' digital and physical experiences. We champion a thriving environment of collaboration, authenticity and healthy critique, in which we honor diversity of thought, create a culture of belonging, and elevate one another. If you're an innovator and storyteller who embraces an environment where you can experiment, learn, and change banking for good, we would love to hear from you.

What You'll Do:

Strategy & Planning
  • Guide the design process from identifying the problem, to developing an approach to solving the problem, conducting research and presenting tradeoffs and solutions
  • Collaborate with partners to create intuitive and engaging experiences across multiple projects simultaneously, start to finish
  • Translate insights and strategy into concept prototypes to communicate your vision Engage in portfolio prioritization to help set the strategy and roadmap for the team
  • Manage through shifting priorities to provide clear direction and input on product definition
  • Advocate for the customer through human-centered design methods
  • Work with partners and teams across various geographies
  • Embrace and advocate for an experience mindset - this is as important to the work as the results

Execution & Delivery
  • Demonstrate fluency of design strategy tools and techniques to measure success, present opportunities, and support decision-making and prioritization utilizing qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Practice and help evolve the team's strategy techniques and toolset to work effectively in cross-team collaboration
  • Participate in end-to-end product design by:
    • Conducting exercises at all stages from discovery to validation, using a variety of methods to understand customer needs and define opportunities such as usability studies, card sorting, field studies, cognitive walk-throughs, contextual inquiry, participatory design.
    • Leading designers and non-designers on project teams understand and apply design by framing problems, defining insights, and designing new methodologies/practices to serve customer needs
    • Facilitate synthesis and knowledge mapping sessions
    • Distilling findings into clearly articulated and actionable insights for stakeholders by clearly articulating strategies
    • Knowledge management and decimation of insights, and creating standards for how strategy is done, shared, templatized and managed
    • Planning and facilitating workshops with internal and external stakeholders to align with business needs
    • Present and communicate research and analysis clearly and effectively across various organizations in any format required. Must be able to sell, support, explain, and simply present usability approach and research to various audience types

Basic Qualifications

  • At least 5 years of experience in Design Strategy

Preferred Qualifications

  • 6+ years of experience in design strategy, UX design, or Research
  • Experience designing an end-to-end associate experience by applying design methods
  • Comfortable balancing the needs of the organization, leaders, and associates
  • Ability to develop presentations and present findings to leadership
  • Ability to anticipate future needs/opportunities for the business, from talent and culture perspective
  • Comfortable working with a variety of business partners and delivering outcomes
  • Experience working in a cross-functional team

At this time, Capital One will not sponsor a new applicant for employment authorization for this position.

No agencies please. Capital One is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, color, age, national origin, religion, physical and mental disability, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/assignment, citizenship, pregnancy or maternity, protected veteran status, or any other status prohibited by applicable national, federal, state or local law. Capital One promotes a drug-free workplace. Capital One will consider for employment qualified applicants with a criminal history in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable laws regarding criminal background inquiries, including, to the extent applicable, Article 23-A of the New York Correction Law; San Francisco, California Police Code Article 49, Sections 4901-4920; New York City's Fair Chance Act; Philadelphia's Fair Criminal Records Screening Act; and other applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations regarding criminal background inquiries.

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