Lead Strategic Designer

As an incubator of Daimler AG we bring ideas to life and establish new business models for mobility solutions and services. Lab1886 combines the best of both worlds: the power of the old economy meets flexible start-up structures. With attention to detail, optimism and flat hierarchies we foster a creative playground – the ideal springboard for a successful beginning. Sounds good for you? Apply now and show us how you get things rolling!

What you’ll do:

  • Lead varied teams & manage multiple projects  
  • Shape a project & team from exploration to venture launch
  • Encourage co-founders to think big, stimulate innovation and support systems thinking
  • Comfortably design & facilitate workshops that spark disruptive potential  
  • Live & promote human-centered design mentality
  • Drive strategic design vision for LAB1886
  • Create strong value propositions within business design
  • Understand team strengths to support individual growth & cohort mentorships
  • Promote coaction between your team and UX/UI, venture architect, engineering & product management cohorts
  • Envision & lead approach for organizational strategy within LAB1886 and our newly created ventures
  • Communicate SD vision to co-founders & stakeholders 


What you bring:

  • Confidence applying & communicating a human-centered design thinking mindset—empathy, curiosity & critical thinking
  • Strong ability to represent user-centered design
  • Framework to elevate, inspire & mentor your team and cofounders
  • 8+ years of strategic experience working in innovation fields
  • Outstanding experience designing and facilitating innovation and design sprint workshops
  • Bachelor’s and master’s degree in a related field, including but not limited to design, business, behavioral science or relevant work experience
  • Fluency in business English—be comfortable communicating & presenting your work
  • Flexibility to work in new fields—including international and emerging markets
  • Strong sense of current social, economic & cultural changes
  • Bachelor’s and Master’s degree (or PhD) in a related field, including but not limited to design, business, behavioral science—or relevant work experience


Bonus points if you’ve:  

  • Successfully launched and/or led a startup or innovation lab
  • Rolled out digital transformation strategies and/or agile development methods at scale 


What you’ll find:

  • Shape organizational vision, work culture & role of SD within both LAB1886 and new ventures
  • Fast growth based on your personal career goals—we support learning by doing
  • Interdisciplinary team—varied backgrounds with motivated, highly engaged coworkers
  • Budget for personal & professional development
  • End-to-end product development in diverse fields—shape the future of mobility through co-creation, from idea to commercialization
  • Opportunity to immediately take responsibility of high-impact projects
  • Option to pitch directly to stakeholders—build presentation & leadership skills
  • Possibility to pitch your own ideas & Think Big
  • Opportunity to influence Daimler AG from the "inside"
  • Mobility credit, state of the art technology & Corporate Benefits  
  • Weekly LAB1886 team lunch  
  • Complimentary German & business English courses  
  • Flat hierarchy—everyone has a say, and we mean that
  • Best of both worlds—where the business security of Daimler meets the design freedom & entrepreneurial energy of a start-up
  • Digitization of corporate structure—lead Daimler into the future


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