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Ford Motor Company D-Ford Business Designer in Dearborn, Michigan


Job Title:

D-Ford Business Designer

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 Designers combine strategic thinking and human-centered design thinking processes to think differently about existing business models, or 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 Designer you will…

  • 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.

The minimum requirements we seek:

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

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

Our preferred requirements:

  • 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 re-defining 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.

  • Experience of working on highly collaborative teams, or other multidisciplinary teams.

  • 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.

Just as cars changed the world over the last century - creating the driver, highways, gas stations, and malls - self-driving cars, electric powertrains, and connected vehicles will radically reshape how we live, work, and play, our cities and society themselves, in the next hundred years.

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 drive human progress through empathy, creativity and design.


Our values are our guiding light, and the conscience for our work, and our people. We’re looking for people who share this way of being - you don’t need to be convinced of it, you just get it:

  • ZOOM OUT We are curious about the world, designing systems and connections that enable people to move more freely.

  • AMPLIFY OTHERS’ VOICES We are inspired by the people around us, bringing their unique stories to the forefront of our designs.

  • PUSH THE EDGE We provoke new ways of thinking about tomorrow’s toughest design challenges, while grounded in what’s possible.

  • GET SCRAPPY We build in the open, rigorously testing, iterating and evolving our ideas with others.

  • BRIDGE THE GAP We radically collaborate across teams, geographies, and philosophies, uncovering new insights to tomorrow’s problems.

  • WILD CARD Our strength comes from bringing our whole selves to the community—from introspective to playful or quirky. What will you bring?


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

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. Verification of employment eligibility will be required at the time of hire. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

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.

For information on Ford's salary and benefits, please visit: https://corporate.ford.com/content/dam/corporate/us/en-us/documents/careers/2021- benefits-and-comp-GSR-sal-plan-1.pdf

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Enterprise Product Line Management (EPLM)