Head of Design / Design Director

Singapore Press Holdings Limited

Job Description

The opportunity.

SPH is on a transformation journey and this transformation entails optimizing operations, empowering employees, engaging customers and transforming products. No transformation can be achieved without being strategic, intentional and systematic about it. The role of the Head of Design / Director of Design in Digital Media Products Group is a strategic position in that journey. It is everything you expect from a leadership role – creating excellent and delightful products and features for customers; leading, coaching and scaling a team; managing stakeholders including CXOs; relentlessly thinking about growth; and so on. Additionally, it’s a unique opportunity to be instrumental in steering an organisation on the path of re-inventing itself.

Who are you?

We like our leaders to be humble, honest, honourable, and have a heart.

You are dynamic, creative and passionate with a strong work ethic. Not only do you have a strong design practice, but also you derive energy from managing and growing a rockstar team.

You are able to manage C-level stakeholders, engage customers, engineers, marketers, and love solving problems that matter to our customers – both readers and advertisers.

You are a strategic thinker -- you believe in active learning and proactively developing ways to engage teammates, internal and external customers.

You are a problem solver -- you are able to articulate and communicate the commercial importance of experience design, and translate that into concrete actions that impact business results.

You have empathy -- you develop deep understanding of not only customers but also business stakeholders, and are able to draw out innovative possibilities driven by data and insights.

You have a solid design practice -- demonstrating visual design awareness with understanding of basic design principles like typography, layout, composition, and color theory

You can marry design ethos, customer empathy and business viability, and have the passion for creating meaningful, intuitive user experiences.

You are articulate. You’re able to present and communicate a user centric design process of research, conceptual ideas, and design rationale

You are patient and understand that culture can’t change in a single day 

You are a champion of why solving the right problems matter, and advocate design thinking as an agent of change 

You lead by influence, and you’re not averse to rolling up your sleeves and getting your hands dirty 

And so you will…

Discover, validate, ship delightful products and experiences. Lead and scale a rockstar Product Design team in the Digital Media Products Group. You are competent in all facets of the design process, have hands-on experience with visual design, user research and are exceptionally skilled in Interaction and Information Architecture Design.


Job Requirements

  • 10+ years’ experience in product design and development 
  • 3+ years’ experience of managing design teams. You have been a design lead, product lead, or senior design manager. 
  • Bachelor’s degree in Design (e.g. graphic, interaction, visual communications, product, industrial), HCI, or a related field or equivalent practical experience. Masters degree a plus 
  • Familiarity with design techniques, such as, building user personas, storyboarding, user research and wireframes 
  • Fluent in responsive design, native mobile/tablet UI UX design 
  • Expert knowledge of major mobile platforms. Strong design portfolio, either of client
  • projects or personal ones 
  • Experience creating prototypes at varying levels of fidelity: from rough sketches and breadboards to fully functional models
  • An online portfolio
  • Permanent / Full Time
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
  • Media / Events / Advertising / Public Relations
    E-Commerce / Digital Media
  • 1000 Toa Payoh North News Centre
  • http://www.sph.com.sg
Work Location
  • 1000 Toa Payoh North
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