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Work Experience 2016-10-27T15:06:18+00:00
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Companies I worked with*

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*self-employed or during my employment at PARK

APR 2014 – TODAY

SELF-EMPLOYED – INNOVATION & DESIGN MANAGEMENT

Steps to Excellence, Essen, Germany
Project-based consulting work for several companies and agencies.

MAY 2005 – MAR 2014

CONSULTANT (Focus: Innovation & Design Management)

PARK advanced design management, Hamburg, Germany
PARK is one of Europe‘s leading experts in the management of design. It consults, coaches & educates on how to maximise the value of design and innovation. Clients, all over the world, report lower costs, higher margins, stronger innovation and faster time to market.

  • Revenue responsibility
  • Conception, planning and execution of conferences
  • Responsible for internal knowledge management (incl. database)
  • Partner-/client management (up to Category Director / VP)
  • Responsibility for own clients & projects in Germany and abroad
  • Team leader responsibility

Developing innovation programs and strategies

  • Set-up of innovation, design management & new business departments
  • Integrating design into fuzzy front-end innovation function/process
  • Managing New Business Innovation projects (from ideation to launch)
  • Lead appropriate market research for design (explorative & validative)

Leveraging brand equity through design management

  • Challenge business & brand strategy from a consumer & design perspective
  • Facilitating design decision making as an intermediate between different stakeholders
  • Select and control the assessment of external design partners
  • Support the client in development of design directions
  • Ensure the efficient implementation of the design DNA & language

Improving quality and ROI of design & innovation outcomes

  • Clear definitions of outcomes, roles & responsibilities
  • Establish metrics and measurements (KPI‘s) to impact key financial / business drivers with design
  • Manage the implementation of and continuously improve the effectiveness and efficiency of design process & design management tools
  • Review design excellence (work within projects & external design partners)

Building design & innovation competencies

  • Career path definition for design managers / directors
  • Developing and executing design (management) education/training.
  • Create design awareness, champion design & foster the culture for design
 

AUG 2010 – MAR 2014

TRAINER & PROGRAM COORDINATOR

GROW design management education, Hamburg, Germany
Grow offers the only while-you-work education in the area of design management. A professional educational program, powered by PARK, and developed straight from practice, Grow educates professional designers, marketeers and current design managers in leading best practices.

  • Coordinating design management education program (12 modules per year)
  • Train and coach participants in design management
 

AUG 2001 – APR 2005

SELF-EMPLOYED – INNOVATION & DESIGN MANAGEMENT

Florian Weiss, Cologne, Germany / Milan, Italy / Helsinki, Finland
Project-based consulting work for several companies and agencies.

JUN 2000 – JUL 2001

DESIGNER & PHOTOGRAPHER

Emergency Hospital Bergmannsheil, Bochum, Germany
Graphical / interface designer and photographer to support medical research for the world’s oldest and largest emergency hospital.

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