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Senior Design Strategist - Chicago, IL


IL, US, 60642


A mutually rewarding experience.

Work. Realize your ambitions. And realize there’s more to being in business than just making a profit. That’s the Mars philosophy. And the opportunity we offer every one of our Associates. An opportunity to take what you do and make it mean more for you, for those around you and for the planet.  What you get here is challenging, interesting work. You get the tools you need to do a great job and you get to have the best possible people on your side to help you do it. And at the same time as getting to find ways to do business better today than we did it yesterday and driving a great career, you also get to build a more enlightened business and drive sustainability.

Because it’s never just about a single person, a single project or a single brand. It’s about how you can grab everything that’s within your reach here and use it to pursue mutual, long-term gain. It’s about having ideas. And ideals. Being prepared to risk failure because the promise of success means we’ll all be a little better off. It’s that mix of integrity and ambition that makes Mars such a special place to work. And why working here is always about more than just a job.

About Mars, Incorporated 

Mars is a family-owned business with more than a century of history making diverse products and offering services for people and the pets people love. With almost $35 billion in sales, the company is a global business that produces some of the world’s best-loved brands: M&M’s®, SNICKERS®, TWIX®, MILKY WAY®, DOVE®, PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, WHISKAS®, EXTRA®, ORBIT®, 5™, SKITTLES®, UNCLE BEN’S®, MARS DRINKS and COCOAVIA®. Mars also provides veterinary health services that include BANFIELD® Pet Hospitals, Blue Pearl®, VCA® and Pet Partners™. Headquartered in McLean, VA, Mars operates in more than 80 countries. The Mars Five Principles – Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom – inspire its more than 100,000 Associates to create value for all its partners and deliver growth they are proud of every day.


Senior Design Strategist - Chicago, IL

This role is a lead contributor within a team to guide the application of design thinking. The incumbent will be responsible for identifying and leading the design needs and activities, and is accountable for the execution of the allocated programs and work streams developed by the DS2 organization. This role will play a key role in developing the consumer territories and addressing problems to be solved, conducting methods for building deep consumer empathy, delivering of a range of low to high fidelity stimulus and prototypes for iterative consumer learning, and the translation of the consumer insights and learning into design principles and guidelines for execution of the solution space (including areas such as brand, product, pack and route to market).  This position will be responsible for identifying the design needs and driving the design thinking approach in areas aligned against the business objectives.  The associate in this role will be expected to drive innovation that supports the DS2 business goals around strategically important growth transformations.  As a Senior Designer, this role is a key design expert and can work on all categories and brands, based on the needs of the business.



What are we looking for?

  • Bachelors Degree or equivalent experiene in Industrial Design, product design, or related field
  • 5-7 years of experience with design, design thinking and execution
  • Understand the value of design within a business context and awill be expected to exploit this value within all innovation projects
  • Suitable candidates will have experience in design strategy or design execution within a corporate or consulting environment along with design execution experience


What would be your key responsibilities?

  • Work in and lead cross-functional teams through the application of design thinking (Front End Framework)
  • Identify consumer problems to be solved and key hypotheses for consumer learning
  • Ensure the delivery of required stimulus for consumer learning
  • Translate, develop and deliver consumer insights and learning into design principles and guidelines for brand tone, look and feel across the full spectrum of consumer and channel touchpoints
  • External network is well developed and understood with solid relationships
  • Management of external design agencies


What can you expect from Mars?

  • The opportunity to learn and develop, taking charge of your own career across Mars
  • An industry competitive salary and great benefits package
  • Chance to work cross functionally, and add value and impact to the business
  • If you are passionate, a great problem solver, resilient and have a high drive for results, then we want to hear from you!





Mars is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you need assistance or an accommodation during the application process because of a disability, it is available upon request. The company is pleased to provide such assistance, and no applicant will be penalized as a result of such a request.


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