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Cannon Design Experience Prototyping Leader in Buffalo, New York

Are you a go-getter? Do you enjoy solving complex problems? Do you want to make an impact?

Blue Cottage of CannonDesign has an exciting opportunity within our Strategic Transformation practice. Take a look at the description below. If you think your skills, experience and aspirations make you a good match for this position, we encourage you to apply.


In Strategic Transformation, you will play an integral role in the experience design process, partnering alongside industrial designers, architects, strategists, and engineers to transform client visions to reality through a design-centric approach. The ideal candidate is a "leap maker" - making the intangible...well, tangible by creating digital and physical prototypes of environments and / or experiences that meld the imagined and the practical - from ideation and conceptualization through tangible prototype and design standards.

  • Lead end-to-end planning, design, and activation of experience design and prototyping projects - from need identification or contextual research to concept design to test planning to design detailing and fabrication
  • Gather deep and meaningful qualitative and quantitative data and translate to insights - both to uncover design challenges that require solving and also to test proposed solutions once developed
  • Lead the conceptualization and design / development of interactive environments that enable experiences at all scales, often focusing on the intersection of digital capabilities and physical space
  • Provide industry-leading subject matter expertise on experience design at the intersection of digital and physical - specifically leading in the area of prototyping and/or piloting
  • Provide guidance to clients and design teams working to develop visions for the future-forward concepts and/or facilities
  • Lead and facilitate visioning sessions, research activities, planning and design sessions, and other client work sessions to develop future state experiences and/or environments
  • Be a leading expert in the development and delivery of prototyping and piloting methodologies (in all their potential mediums) - including identification and inclusion of emerging technologies, equipment, materials, processes and service delivery models along with evaluation methods to enhance prototyping capabilities, client experiences, and project outcomes
  • Produce thought leadership at the forefront of the design industry, depicting how the intersection of new digital and physical capabilities will manifest in new experiences and environments that help people and communities flourish
  • Communicate prototyping / piloting expertise and planning concepts at the intersection of physical and digital capabilities and designs to clients and project teams, both verbally and through graphic and written reports, in small group and large group settings, as well in conversations with high-level executives
  • Manage the deliverables for the Experience Strategy & Design Team(s) including but not limited to Prototyping or Piloting activities within the greater project deliverable schedule
  • Facilitate events and activities that test the viability of the prototypes, pilots, and/or concepts with internal and external audiences via workshops, mockups, digital immersion, or otherwise - document findings and adjust the concepts accordingly based on relevant feedback and insights
  • Source or identify partners and /or resources required beyond CannonDesign when necessary to create or produce the relevant depictions or prototypes for experiences and environments
  • Guide clients / stakeholders and project teams through the scoping of potential prototyping and/or piloting opportunities followed by development of prototyping concepts and evaluation frameworks
  • Champion Living-Centered Design and bring our firm's purpose-to help people continuously flourish-to life in every touchpoint you have with clients and colleagues
  • Lead and mentor project teams and engage with the practice to contribute to the firm's goal of striving for design excellence in its work and building the firm's portfolio
  • Develop meaningful, long-term relationships with clients and internal partners through excellence, integrity, and reliability
  • Participate in new business development, pursuits and proposal development
  • Produce project documentation, research briefs, meeting materials, analysis, graphics, presentations, benchmark info and interim and final deliverables
  • Create and manage work plans including project staffing, project approach, fee optimization, and resource requests to be reviewed with managers
  • Lead components of a work plan, sometimes independently, to meet expectations and schedules of complex healthcare clients
  • Recruit, onboard, mentor, and manage consulting teams - reviewing project performance, tracking project budget, and creation of deliverables
  • Promote thought leadership, identify, contribute to, and assess new tools and processes to improve service delivery
  • Mentor staff for depth and support of the specialized knowledge execution process
  • Achieve sales and utilization targets commensurate with your role and level within the firm
  • Extensive travel is required
  • Professional business attire required when attending client meetings. Examples of professional business attire include suits, ties, collared dress shirts, dresses and skirts.
  • Qualified candidates must have a Bachelor's degree. Master's degree in architecture and/or industrial design preferred
  • Current US Architectural Registration preferred
  • Experience working within transformational designs or concepts within the prototyping realm of the built environment for at least 15 years is required
  • Experience with management consulting strongly preferred
  • Experience with organizing and conducting end-user workshops and experiences is necessary
  • Must be able to work in a team environment and possess strong organizational and time management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work in Microsoft Office Suite, Rhino, Revit, 3D Studio Max, Adobe Creative Suite, Midjourney
  • Demonstrated ability to lead teams in the building of / fabrication of prototypes across multiple mediums
  • Production of thought leadership papers, presentations, case studies, and presence at national and / or international conferences/meetings are a must
  • Excellent visual storytelling including written and verbal communication skills required
The salary range for this position is $156,400 to $195,500 annually. This salary range is the range we believe is the anticipated range of possible base compensation at the timing of the posting. We may ultimately pay more or less than the anticipated salary range for the position. Employees may be eligible for discretionary bonuses. We offer a full benefit package including medical, dental and vision coverage and flexible spending account options and voluntary insurances. We have paid time off, flex-time summer hours, remote work options and a 401k plan and employee perk programs. For a general overview of our benefits, please visit our careers page at Actual compensation may vary from posting based on geographic location, work experience, education and/or skill level.

Blue Cottage of CannonDesign is an industry-leading consulting firm. Our team works with organizational leaders to define their ideal future and plan processes, organizational strategies, equipment and facilities to create an ideal future, and our projects are anchored by any of the following services: strategic transformation, design thinking, space and functional programming, operational planning, change management, and transition and activation planning.

  • We are a start-up culture in an established firm: nimble, energetic, innovative, and fun
  • We are relentless in our pursuit of client adoration (not simply satisfaction). Consistent delivery of the best service is what we are about
  • We are committed to ensuring our practice is equitable for all employees, representative of the communities around us - and focused on the future of design. We advocate for equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts through the leadership of our DEI Council, Employee Resource Groups and other community advocacy initiatives
  • We're about communication and transparency here. If you want to talk to someone about an idea you have, or a challenge that needs addressing, we're ready for you
Please note that candidates can only apply to our positions on our company Careers site. It's not uncommon for scammers to create positions that look legitimate on other sites; never enter your information or apply for CannonDesign positions on any platform. Should an issue arise that you feel we should be aware of, please contact us. Please provide your resume and portfolio when applying.
As a condition of employment, all employees are expected to complete mandatory training, including compliance training, within required timeframes and adhere to our internal policies and our Code of Conduct.
CannonDesign is an Equal Opportunity Employer. CannonDesign is committed to maintaining a work environment that is free from any and all forms of unlawful discrimination and harassment. It is therefore the firm's policy to prohibit discrimination and harassment against any applicant, CannonDesign employee, vendor, contractor, or client on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, pregnancy, veteran status, genetic information, citizenship status, or any other basis prohibited by law. It is also CannonDesign's policy to prohibit any and all forms of retaliation against any individual who has complained of harassing or discriminatory conduct, or participated in a firm or agency investigation into such complaints.

CannonDesign recognizes the value of diversity in our workforce. We are committed to equal opportunity. We consider all qualified employment applicants without regard to race, religion, color, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, partnership status, protected veteran status, disability, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local law. Individuals who hold legal work authorization applicable to employment at CannonDesign in the United States will be considered without regard to citizenship/alienage.

Minimum Salary: 31200.00 Maximum Salary: 31200.00 Salary Unit: Yearly