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Ford Motor Company D-Ford Business Design Lead in Dearborn, Michigan


Job Title:

D-Ford Business Design Lead

Job Description & Qualifications:

At Ford Motor Company, we believe freedom of movement drives human progress. We also believe in providing you with the freedom to define and realize your dreams. With our incredible plans for the future of mobility, we have a wide variety of opportunities for you to accelerate your career potential as you help us define tomorrow’s transportation.

Our Business Designer Leads combine strategic thinking and human-centered design processes to think differently about existing business models, and to craft and build new ventures. You will collaborate with a broad team of designers and stakeholders to help define strategy and growth opportunities for projects through designing, prototyping and bringing to life new products and services.

As a Business Design Lead you will…

  • Lead multidisciplinary teams through the design process, where harmonious collaboration is imperative.

  • Inspire teams through collaboration as well as direction, vision, and planning of all aspects of project work and deliverables.

  • Explore the business model possibilities behind new concepts using research and financial modeling to shape and influence design.

  • Design business models that enhance and extend consumer experiences and create new opportunities for revenue across time horizons.

  • Translate business strategy and business models into actionable insights for the project team.

  • Gain a deep understanding of external market context for future businesses or services.

  • Guide teams through the business viability process to help assess investments in new products, services, or ventures.

  • Collaborate with key project stakeholders to understand their strategic priorities, key challenges and opportunities.

  • Be an ambassador for Ford, building relationships with external business partners in order to test product and service pilots.

  • Create and deliver inspiring presentations to senior executives and external audiences.

  • Support development of strategic priorities and initiatives.

  • Partner with Business Development and Finance regarding invest/buy opportunities.

  • Balance team autonomy and guidance.

  • Manage director support of content work, ensuring design critiques and key check-ins are scheduled and well organized.

  • Manage the team budget, including compensation for participants and team travel.

  • Manage communication with internal stakeholders and external partners.

  • Support development of lab Business Design practice that partners with designers to build, refine and test prototypes in ways that foster strategic business growth.

The minimum requirements we seek:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Strategy, Engineering, or the liberal arts

  • Four or more years’ industry experience in areas that include: corporate strategy, enterprise leadership in a startup, marketing, product development, business intelligence and analytics, management consulting, or ventures

  • At least two years’ experience of leading highly collaborative teams in human-centered design

Our preferred qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA), Ventures, Corporate Strategy, or equivalent.

  • Experience of using human-centered design, design thinking principles or methods in a formal, in-person setting.

  • Experience as an entrepreneur or product owner.

  • Demonstrable rigor in designing and implementing or redefining business models, products and services while driving strategic growth.

  • Experience of taking offerings to market and scaling.

  • Experience of complex business model development, scenario planning, and forecasting.

  • Experience of interpreting and translating between research insights, business strategy, and design of products and services.

  • Knowledge of or background in new transportation technologies and services.

  • Experience of designing and/or facilitating group collaboration workshops.

  • Passionate about automotive and transportation industry.


A bit about us

We’re in the midst of the biggest change the automotive industry has ever seen.

At D–Ford, you’ll be at the heart of creating that future. You’ll be at the cutting edge of Ford’s most strategically critical work, designing people and society’s needs into the heart of our next generation of products, services and experiences.

You’ll also be designing at scale. Every day, Ford’s vehicles and services support millions of people around the world. So, at D–Ford, we’re not just inventing the future, we’re operationalizing it, to help all those people move through their lives, better.


We don’t hire “Design Thinkers.” We hire T-people. You:

  • Have deep expertise in a craft

  • Are comfortable working in relatively flat and dynamic teams

  • Are passionate to work on ambiguous and complex future challenges

  • Have a collaborative and empathetic mindset to solve problems with teams across Ford

Global communities ensure that we stay connected across the organization, and constantly push the impact of what we do. They can act as additional areas of responsibility, helping to push careers in different directions.

We have four global labs: Palo Alto, Detroit, London and soon, Shanghai.

You’ll be part of a growing organization in the heart of Ford’s Product Development Center to drive innovation from the inside out.

What you’ll receive in return:

As part of the Ford family, you’ll enjoy excellent compensation and a comprehensive benefits package that includes generous PTO, retirement, savings and stock investment plans, incentive compensation and much more. You’ll also experience exciting opportunities for professional and personal growth and recognition.

If you have what it takes to help us redefine the future of mobility, we’d love to have you join us.

Candidates for positions with Ford Motor Company must be legally authorized to work in the United States on a permanent basis. Verification of employment eligibility will be required at the time of hire. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position, TN visa holders may be considered.

By choice, we are an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status or protected veteran status.

Auto req ID:



Ford Motor Company



Skill Team:

Enterprise Product Line Management (EPLM)