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Head of Design

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Location: Toronto, Ontario

Ownr is looking for an experienced design leader with a track record of building and shipping successful consumer digital products to fill the position of Head of Design, Ownr. This person will have a direct reporting line to the Head of CX Strategy and Design at RBC Ventures, and dotted-line reporting to the CEO of Ownr. The ideal candidate is comfortable contributing to both product and brand strategy at a high level, and working with a variety of stakeholders to continuously push the perspective of design across the team. This person is also comfortable rolling up their sleeves, supporting Ownr with whatever is required whenever necessary. As the Ownr organization and product scales, the Head of Design will continue to advocate for the design team and support the growth of your design team members.

What will you do?

  • Be a key member of the Ownr leadership team with a bias towards action, helping the business efficiently move ideas from high-level product vision and strategy through road mapping, planning, and execution
  • Serve as a player-coach to educate and mentor designers on design processes based on experience and expertise
  • Oversee the Ownr Brand and Product Design experience
  • Collaborate with Ownr Product, Technology and Design team members to introduce new product features and create a better user experience based on user feedback
  • Lead the entire User Centered Design process and direct the work of Visual Designers, Product Designers, UX Writers and CX/UX Researchers

What do you need to succeed?

Must have

  • 5+ years of experience working in digital on design teams
  • 3+ years of experience managing designers and creative team members
  • Familiarity working with and evolving functional Design Systems within Figma or similar software
  • Deep knowledge in at least 6 of the following areas of design: UX/Interaction Design, UI/Visual Design, Understanding Human Behaviour, Business and Product Strategy, Design Thinking, UX Copywriting, Accessibility and Inclusive Design, Strategic Thinking, Systems Thinking, UX Research, Analytics, Usability Testing, Prototyping, Storytelling, Information Design, Information Architecture, Design Systems, Growth Design, Brand Design, Marketing Design
  • BA/BS degree in Design (e.g., Interaction, Graphic, Visual Communications, Product, Industrial Design) or a related field or equivalent experience
  • Portfolio / Case Studies with recent work samples

Nice to have

  • Experience working in a start-up environment
  • Knowledge and/or experience in rapid product development / agile processes

About Ownr

At Ownr, we have helped thousands of Canadians establish their businesses. As we redefine the entrepreneurship landscape, we take pride in simplifying what it takes to be a business owner. We're on a mission to become the leading platform for entrepreneurship in Canada, and it takes an entire team to build something big. So join our team and discover how we can help entrepreneurs make their dreams a reality.

About RBCx

RBCx powers bold ideas, founders, and technology companies. We know building great businesses takes more than just finance, which is why our four pillars – Banking, Capital, Platform, and Ventures – combine to make us the go-to backer of Canadian innovation. We use our deep expertise to support businesses of all sizes and stages, and leverage RBC’s extensive experience, networks, and capital to solve tomorrow’s big problems.

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