Design Lead - McKinsey Design

  • London
  • Madrid
  • Stockholm
  • Warsaw

Who You'll Work With

You will join our London, Madrid, Warsaw, or Stockholm office as part of McKinsey Digital and globally within our McKinsey Design community. 
McKinsey Design drives client growth by delivering breakthrough physical and digital products, customer experiences, and design-led innovation. Our approach is multi-disciplinary, combining out-of-the-box creativity with the analytical rigor of McKinsey to innovate at scale and speed across private, public and social sectors. 
Our highly-skilled, cross-functional team of designers, business strategists and agile developers deliver service concepts, experiential prototypes and go-to-market products to transform clients' businesses.
Our Design team offers the breadth and experiences of 350+ world-class design talent from Lunar Design, Veryday and McKinsey's homegrown experience design practice. At McKinsey Design, we bring a diverse community of designers and innovators passionate about getting in the midst of our customers and elevating design capabilities to the forefront of business decisions, impact and results. 
We help designers find their professional home in a nurturing and prestige-less studio culture, while providing access to industry leading experts, knowledge resources, driven, and talented colleagues who are committed to drive sustainable change. 
Our unique studio culture is casual and social, with an emphasis on knowledge building and innovation. We have the freedom to experiment, work iteratively, and are constantly learning and growing. Our community emphasizes the importance of mentorship, collaboration and propelling the value of good design.

What You'll Do

In this role, your primary focus will be on a great variety of digital business building projects. You'll help clients in rapidly imagining, building and scaling game-changing offerings from the ground up as well as develop their capabilities to do it again and again.
You will set the direction for your workstreams and take responsibility for your design and research teams while delivering high quality human-centred solutions. Furthermore, you will be responsible for key design deliverables across a variety of stages and client priorities, from research and insight generation to concept and delivery. As a member of our team, you will join in our significant and serious efforts to embed design into strategic problems.
You will work on diverse, cross-functional teams (bringing together design, agile, engineering, business, data science, product owners, and more) hand in hand with the client. You will tackle all aspects of the design and business building process often through leading interactive workshops and concepts sprints. You will leverage your broad palette of design capabilities to prototype and iterate on UX/UI design including sketching, information architecture, wireframes and user flows. You will lead usability testing sessions, synthesize findings and iteratively integrate them into design solutions. You will think creatively and strategically, dissecting business problems and using design methodologies to develop innovative outcomes that communicate the product vision.
You will participate in interactive workshops and concepts sprints to inject design thinking tools and methodologies to produce tangible results in a rapid and iterative way with our clients. Throughout the design process, you will work closely with client teams to communicate the product vision, ensure that design specifications are implemented and strengthen your client's capabilities through coaching and sharing of design best practices.
You will have a platform to build mentor and mentee relationships and contribute to our community and culture at McKinsey Design. Your experience will be multi-disciplinary, working side by side with designers, engineers, business strategists and clients. 
You will be fully immersed in the convergence of design, human behaviour, business and technology. You will be part of a team that is truly transformative in the way it thinks, acts and impacts our clients. 


  • Bachelor's or master's degree in interaction design, interface design, human computer interaction, fine arts or service/graphic/communication design with an emphasis on UX or equivalent qualification 
  • 7+ years of relevant experience with previous roles as a principal designer/design lead, following a holistic and human-centered approach to design, from research to concept and deliverables
  • Experience with Agile software development processes and methodologies, as well as tools such as Jira, Confluence, and Trello
  • Experience collaborating, problem-solving and leading cross-functional teams, preferably including a variety of stakeholders, across business functions and levels
  • Very strong interaction and visual design skills; interested in elevating our design practice both internally and externally
  • Knowledge of rapid prototyping tools such as Adobe CS, Sketch, Figma, InVision, ProtoPie, Principle; animation and video production/editing abilities are a plus
  • Entrepreneurial spirit with the ability to adapt, self-organize and define the design team's tasks, as well as your own, in an ever-changing environment; experience in digital business building and/or start ups is valued
  • Strong influencing, negotiation and communication skills (written, verbal, presentation); ability to be a thought partner/coach to clients and internal teams
  • Values collaboration and mentorship 
  • Professional-level language skills in English and for the office in Madrid fluency in Spanish is required
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Job Skill Group - CSS Associate
Job Skill Code - DSP1 - Digital Specialist (1)
Function - Technology
Industry - High Tech;Media & Entertainment
Post to LinkedIn - Yes
Posted to LinkedIn Date - Tue Nov 15 00:00:00 GMT 2022
LinkedIn Posting City - London
LinkedIn Posting State/Province -
LinkedIn Posting Country - United Kingdom
LinkedIn Job Title - Design Lead - McKinsey Design
LinkedIn Function - Consulting;Design
LinkedIn Industry - Design;Management Consulting
LinkedIn Seniority Level - Not Applicable