Under the direction of the SVP, Innovation and informal leadership of the Design Thinking Director, the Innovation Design Thinker will use human-centered design (also referred to as design research or design thinking) research methodology to probe, assess and evaluate behaviors of targeted groups of people and then translate that knowledge into meaningful information and system designs to inform concepts and improve products. The incumbent will identify underlying cultural constructs and their expressions for specific groups of people, and identify the authentic connections within the ecosystem and help create breakthrough ideas.
Design Thinking Consulting
This position will require the ability to manage multiple projects at the same time with general oversight. This individual must demonstrate autonomy in developing day-to-day plans and executing on those plans.
This individual’s responsibilities include driving best practices on innovation to support innovation teams residing in the innovation lab, as well as the ability to communicate effectively and manage cross-functional teams innovating across the enterprise. Strong innovation knowledge, communication, and executional skills are required for this position.
Nature of Contact
This position involves engaging with stakeholders and business unit managers in an advisory capacity in identifying clear expectations for design thinking exercise and associated results. This level of engagement will require strong coordination, communication and planning skills. This individual will regularly interact with the SVP Innovation & Product Development.
This position will have a direct impact on AARP’s success in developing innovative solutions today and in the future. Responsible for supporting teams that are bringing breakthrough solutions to market. Additionally, this individual will have direct interaction with consumers and key high-level executives.