Design Practice Lead at Inspire11

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Turn it up to 11 as a Design Practice Lead!

Do you want to have the opportunity to build out a team and implement your vision for our Design practice?  Do you want the opportunity to work on exciting projects utilizing the latest design techniques to help companies stay relevant?   Are you looking to grow and develop your skills across leadership, industries and technologies?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, then Inspire11 could be a great fit for you!  We are a full services local consulting firm that is building out customized solutions to help our clients stay relevant in an ever-changing technological environment.  Our project work spans across a variety of specialties including app development, software development, feature enhancement, etc. and a variety of industries. 

We partner with our clients to optimize their business, and ultimately blow their minds with the solutions we’re able to implement.  We’re looking for someone to leverage UI, UX, and design strategy to bring our clients to the forefront of their industries.

Our team is always learning from each other and pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. 

You’re still not sold?  There’s more:

  • Growth opportunity: You will be responsible for leading and growing the Design practice, which gives you the ability to sell and work on the projects that you think are exciting and innovative and manage / develop Inspire11 resources who will deliver the work.
  • Work life balance: We are respectful of our employee's personal time and have an unlimited time off policy so that our team has time to recharge and do their best work
  • Flexible hours: We understand that our team members have different needs and do our best to work with their schedules
  • Inclusive environment: We are committed to building an inclusive environment where all teammates feel comfortable and supported
  • Fun! We love to keep things fun, both within our client work and at companywide events.

So what do I have to do to join?

  • Collaborate with prospects, clients and internal teams to design the overall user experience for a wide variety of applications; addressing things like product, brand, marketing and content strategy
  • Identify and execute Design practice priorities and manage the practice P&L
  • Manage a team of designers and create opportunities for career growth and professional development
  • Participate in and contribute to Chicago Market Leadership Team activities
  • Interact with key decision makers to sell, deliver and drive projects (CIO, CTO, Directors, & business stakeholders)
  • Plan, conduct, and lead client project meetings as needed
  • Bring unique, creative, and modern solutions to solve complex client problems

I can do that!  Any other skills that I need?  

  • You bring expert-level experience with UX design related software and tools, including (but not limited to) Sketch & Invision
  • You have meaningful experience in design strategy, user research, information architecture and visual design.
  • You have experience creating innovative solutions for client problems
  • You have experience leading a practice, managing a P&L and managing a team of designers
  • You are organized, detailed oriented, and can manage multiple projects at the same time
  • You have excellent communication skills
  • You are comfortable working in fast paced ambiguous environments, are able to wear many hats, and have a general fear of being bored

We believe that everyone drives change, and everyone is an owner. Nothing excites us more than having the ability to collaborate with intelligent, highly-motivated and talented people on challenging problems as we work to change the face of the digital and analytics space.


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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
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    • ReactLibraries
    • ReduxLibraries
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    • DjangoFrameworks
    • FlaskFrameworks
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    • SpringFrameworks
    • TensorFlowFrameworks
    • CassandraDatabases
    • HiveDatabases
    • Microsoft SQL ServerDatabases
    • MongoDBDatabases
    • MySQLDatabases
    • PostgreSQLDatabases
    • RedisDatabases
    • TeradataDatabases
    • IllustratorDesign
    • InVisionDesign
    • PhotoshopDesign
    • SketchDesign
    • ConfluenceManagement
    • JIRAManagement
    • ZohoCRM

Location

Located in the Loop with easy access to all CTA train lines and parking garages, our office is steps from the Chicago Theater and the Riverwalk.

An Insider's view of Inspire11

What's something quirky about your company?

I never enjoyed company-wide meetings before coming to Inspire11. Now, the Inspire11 quarterly meetings are some of my favorite times of the year. We have themes, costumes, games, and great reflections on the work we did the past quarter. One time a karaoke machine was involved.

Allie

Engineering Consultant

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

Our team is helping a large health insurer tackle the challenges of modern data analytics. So far, we have helped them organize terabytes of data into a data lake where we can now quickly and easily access information to perform a variety of analytics in order to provide actionable solutions for the business’s toughest problems.

Ninah

Data Consultant

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

My career growth at Inspire11 has been great not just from a title but from chances to experience opportunities and apply my own experiences to actively build out offerings, culture, and community that support our “curiosity with purpose” mindset.

Britt

Engineering Principal

What are some social events your company does?

Does hanging out at the office count? I'm kidding...sort of! We love spending time together so even things like walking to lunch can feel like a social event. We do sports leagues, movies in the park, rock climbing, happy hours, game nights…the list goes on. For quarterly meetings, the entire company comes together - it feels like a family reunion!

Kadie

Design Consultant

What are Inspire11 Perks + Benefits

Inspire11 Benefits Overview

Inspire11 is a dynamic, innovative, and authentic firm where the best idea wins and our power is our people. We have built a culture around a "people first" approach to everything that we do. Inspire11 has an unlimited vacation policy (taking time off is highly encouraged!) as well as a flexible working schedule. Our standard benefits include medical, dental, and vision coverage; ancillary benefits 100% covered by the company, and a generous 401K match with no vesting period.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Inspire11's "INspire OUTreach" committee is dedicated to participating in local volunteer events with the Big Shoulder Fund, Lurie Children's Hospital, and many more local Chicago areas.
Partners with Nonprofits
Inspire11 partners with Lurie Children's Hospital and the Big Shoulders Fund
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Inspire11 has multiple intracompany committees that volunteer roles that are re-elected bi-annually. Some of the committee's include: Culture Committee, Inspire OUTReach, and InspiHER committee.
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Inspiring a better tomorrow is not possible without continually uplifting different perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds. Our Inspire11 DEI Committee is committed to helping Inspire11 succeed.
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Team workouts
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Performance Bonus
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
Inspire11 offers a flexible schedule for employees
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Company sponsored family events
Inspire11 sponsors family oriented events annually with our family friendly Halloween party.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Recreational Clubs
Summer Volleyball League, Basketball pick up, Yoga and RockClimbing groups.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Online course subscriptions available
Paid industry certifications
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