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Head of Data Design

Job Location: London

Job Number: 00444604


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Head of Data Design  
Fjord – Design & Innovation from Accenture Interactive 
Location: London
Salary up to £78,600 depending on skills and experience plus excellent benefits package
Reference: 00444604
Join Accenture and help transform leading organisations and communities around the world. The sheer scale of our capabilities and client engagements and the way we collaborate, operate and deliver value provides an unparalleled opportunity to grow and advance.
The digital revolution is changing everything.  It’s everywhere – transforming how we work and play.  Are you reacting to the disruption each day or are you leading the way as a digital disrupter? Accenture Digital is driving these exciting changes and bringing them to life across 40 industries in more than 120 countries.  At the forefront of digital, you’ll create it, own it and make it a reality for clients looking to better serve their connected customers and operate always-on enterprises.  Join us and become an integral part of our experienced digital team with the credibility, expertise and insight clients depend on. 
A recent acquisition of Accenture after 13 years of delivering award-winning service design magic, Fjord has evolved to represent a stretch for the Design community - simultaneously shifting the world’s largest consultancy towards customer centricity, whilst being supported by the scale and reach of same business.
As a result, we believe that not just Fjord but Design practice globally is starting to reveal itself in the most powerful of places - the boardrooms of some of the biggest organisations in the world, with access to creating an impact on the lives of millions of people.
There’s a lot of work to do. So we're growing our design team here at the Fjord London studio.
And to build it we're looking for the keystones; we’re looking for the brightest service design leaders of our time to define and deliver some of the most challenging design creativity to some of the most critical infrastructure that drives our complex world - a world of simultaneously logical data and irrational humanity
Our clients are more diverse than ever. Our projects more varied than ever - in scope, type, and levels from the C-suite. Our design team is thriving like never before because they are learning to address new challenges that every project brings.
If you think the word 'digital' means everything, and nothing, simultaneously, we'd love to hear from you.
Data Design strives to create dynamic and engaging data experiences for humans and machines that enables substantive action and meaningful change. We leverage a combination of user-centred thinking and data-driven methods to create cross-disciplinary solutions spanning every industry. Data Designers help define the vision of the project alongside the other creative disciplines. At Fjord, we break down the walls between design and engineering to synthesize data solutions that improve the human experience.
What responsibilities will you have?
  • Advance Data Design as a design practice within the London studio
  • Lead Data Design activities including client workshops, stakeholder interviews, data gathering, creative brainstorms, visioning and KPI development. Manage Data Design relationships with partners and clients
  • Assume responsibility for the overall Data Design POV and guide others in the process of research and synthesis.
  • Continuously search for opportunities of self-improvement by staying up-to-date with cutting-edge design and data analysis trends.
  • Lead the measurement of client work to drive strategy and prioritize with account leads to ensure a long-range view.
  • Own client and partner relationships, demonstrating empathy and helping educate them about data and design.
  • Assume responsibility for the quality and profitability of the Data Design team
  • Help build the business through cultivating key client relationships and selling in Data Design related work.
  • Manage studio and community events as well as contributing to the content.
  • Participate in the external and internal design and data communities as a Fjordian
What skills & experience are we looking for?
  • Significant technology, design or development experience; plus knowledge of big data, analytics and data visualization
  • Prior Leadership or managerial experience
  • Firm understanding of image perception and visualization design principles
  • History of tackling and solving complex business challenges - a strong personal mission to help find truths and challenge orthodoxies
  • Ability to communicate effectively and connect with colleagues, clients and partners
  • Excellent leadership skills, problem solving abilities, and good judgment
  • Experience with uncertainty, an ability to transform open-ended project objectives into tangible and actionable results
  • Proven history of delivering team results on time and within budget
  • Insatiable curiosity leading to rapid pattern-spotting and ability to connect to provide fresh perspectives
  • Strong strategic, analytical and problem-solving skills that balance with creative design approaches
  • Nascent mastery of the Data Design landscape, including but not limited to data intelligence, instrumentation, organizational integration, data storytelling, design thinking, culture change, coaching, data valuation, and product management
  • Prior experience using agile methodology
  • Firm understanding of service design and digital product creation
  • Experience with the following programming languages and packages (or similar): JavaScript (React, D3, Node), Python, Scala, R, Matlab, HTML and CSS through the most recent version
  • Experience with the following tools (or similar): Git, AWS, GCP, SQL
  • Familiar with distributed data storage technologies (or similar): Spark, Hadoop, Postgres, and Cassandra
  • Basic understanding of statistics (e.g., hypothesis testing, regressions)
What's in it for you?
All of our Digital professionals receive comprehensive training covering business acumen, technical and professional skills development. You'll also have opportunities to hone your functional skills and expertise in an area of specialisation. We offer a variety of formal and informal training programs at every level to help you acquire and build specialised skills faster. Learning takes place both on the job and through formal training conducted online, in the classroom, or in collaboration with others. The sheer variety of work we do, and the experience it offers, provide an unbeatable platform from which to build a career.
On top of this, we have an extensive benefits package which includes 30 days’ vacation per year, gym subsidies, private medical insurance and 3 extra days leave per year for charitable work of your choice!
What are the next steps?
If this sounds like the ideal role, career and company for you, click below to apply.
About Accenture
Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialised skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions—underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network—Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at
Accenture is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of society and does not discriminate on grounds of race, religion or belief, ethnic or national origin, disability, age, citizenship, marital, domestic or civil partnership status, sexual orientation, or gender identity or any other basis as protected by applicable law.
Closing Date for Applications: 30th June 2017.
Accenture reserves the right to close the role prior to this date should a suitable applicant be found.

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