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Design Director

We are Aequilibrium. A digital product design and development studio based in Vancouver, BC.  

Whether it is mobile, extended reality, or web, whether we build it from scratch or leverage leading digital experience platforms, we always deliver exceptional experiences that drive the growth and success of our customers.  From digital product strategy through design and delivery, Aequilibrium is a leader with some of Vancouver's top talent working in our teams.

 

Right now, we are looking for a Design Director to join us and take the lead of our digital UX / UI design team. With us, there’s the chance to work on everything, from; pre-sales user research and prototype conceptualization through to final design and delivery of the mobile apps, websites, or even IoT experiences with the help of our talented teams in web and mobile development. 

As Design Director, you’ll guide our visual design & user experience practice with a focus on delivering exceptional work that helps our clients achieve their objectives. You will own the big picture of our design work, and be responsible for overall quality while ensuring the team executing the work is set up for success. We are an agile company in an increasingly agile world, so you must be fast, highly adaptive, and comfortable with ambiguity. You’ll collaborate with leadership, marketing, business development & delivery teams to support the domain of design here at Aequilibrium. 

Whilst externally, you’ll serve as the face of our design practice - working face to face with our clients - so an ability to listen well, communicate clearly and command a room is a must. But above all else, there’s the requirement of an eye for exceptional design and the ability to motivate teams to strive for the highest quality work. 

 

What you’ll be getting up to:

  • Manage, mentor and empower our growing design team to deliver exceptional work. 
  • Understand our clients needs and objectives, and propose experiences that go beyond their expectations
  • Play a lead role in client workshops, presentations, and design reviews
  • Drive the overall design team’s operations and strategy 
  • Collaborate with the marketing and business development teams to pitch engagements to clients
  • Assist in scoping out the timeline and requirements of design engagements 
  • Vet, hire, and train new members of the design team
  • Advocate for the design team internally to make sure they’re set up for success 
  • Foster an open, collaborative, and inclusive environment for the design team and other Aequilibrium staff
  • Roll up your sleeves in the work, providing guidance and direction to several project teams simultaneously. 

 

What you bring: 

  • Experience working in a digital consultancy or agency environment (with a client facing aspect to the role)
  • Strength in leading, mentoring, and coaching a design team. You have previously led a team of UX/UI and visual designers. 
  • Strong understanding of end-to-end product design - including product strategy, design thinking, concepting/ideation, user research and user experience testing
  • Familiar with agile methodology and all the common designer tools such as Sketch, Invision, etc.
  • Ability to present designs in a compelling fashion to clients with credibility, clarity, and confidence. 
  • Well versed in facilitation techniques that enable groups to identify requirements, build clarity and alignment. 
  • Passion to drive ideas but open to hands on work as necessary 
  • A personal perspective about design and its role in shaping brands and relationships
  • Ability to be both a leader, listener, and a mentor for more junior designers. You can actively build the skills of team members to make them more successful in their careers. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

About Aequilibrium

Speed. That’s something we’re known for around here. We work fast. Really fast. Our team uses Agile methodologies and Lean Startup principles to deliver our clients’ projects before the competition. We’re a digital product studio which brings together digital strategist, designers and developers dedicated to creating winning web, mobile and IoT solutions. We plan, design, architect and build technology platforms and products—delivering world-class technology solutions for both established companies (such as Hootsuite, Central 1 Credit Union, Monexa, iQmetrix) and well-funded startups (such as Sneaker Con, and Grideo).


At Aequilibrium, we're big on technology and creativity, and believe that teamwork is the key to reaching amazing feats. Our office is located in downtown Vancouver, steps from the seawall and Waterfront station, and home to tons of shops and eateries. Our building is fully equipped with bike storage lockers and a full-sized gym on the ground floor. In addition, we offer:

  • Competitive compensation rates
  • Paid vacation
  • Medical, dental, and extended health benefits
  • Flexible working hours
  • Feedback based on regular 1:1s
  • Monthly team lunches and birthday celebrations

 

Learn more about our team: aequilibrium.com/careers

Aequilibrium is trusted with highly sensitive information. Upon joining our team, you may be asked to undergo security screenings including a criminal record check.

 

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