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Philips Design Director - Global Head of Design Language Systems in Eindhoven, Netherlands


In this role, you have the opportunity to

Guide the next phase of the development of the Philips Design Language System across the global portfolio of Healthcare Technology products and services.

You are responsible for

  • Leading and deploying subsequent versions of the Philips DLS.

  • Meaningful current processes and developing a future vision for the DLS.

  • Leading a global team and executive partners towards that vision.

  • Being a thought leadership internally and externally for our DLS within a Healthcare context

  • Exemplifying extraordinary design through active involvement (with design and business leadership)

  • Consolidating and codify design excellence for Philips by building a common Philips vision globally for software & user experience more broadly in healthcare.

  • Defining global processes and methodologies, thinking frameworks, and end deliverables for global design teams to use.

  • Together with senior leadership, defining the vision for your competence, future-proof investments, codify the needed skillsets and hiring strategies

  • Implementing further a design excellence process with design leadership: Lead design critiques, mentoring and leadership debates

  • Helping mediate the role of design and leadership within the design community at its various levels.

You are a part of

Philips Design, established in 1925, and one of the longest-established design organizations in the world. It has studios across the globe – in Amsterdam, Bangalore, Cambridge (US), Eindhoven, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Shanghai and Singapore – and a creative force of 450 professionals. Our design team is the heart of Philips, crafting the way people experience our brand, products and services. At Philips Experience Design, we believe that good design is about crafting solutions that satisfy people's needs, empower them and make them happier.

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To succeed in this role, you should have the following skills and experience

  • Minimum 10+ years of meaningful design experience with confirmed experience leading global design teams.

  • Consistent track record in developing and deploying Design Language Systems, in a complex industry context (e.g. Healthcare).

  • You use Design Thinking practices (stakeholder mapping, insights mapping, value proposition, story boarding, design research, prototyping, etc.) for problem solving both creatively and strategically

  • Hands on creative, able to work independently as well as within a greater team from concept to execution

  • Communicate the value of design and brand within the business context, able to handle senior stakeholders

  • Strong technology background, including development platforms (e.g. Java, HTML, etc) and/or relational database experience.

  • Knowledge and ability to understand enterprise level architecture

  • Experience leading Agile methodologies and SCRUM across multiple locations

In return, we offer you

A path towards your most rewarding career. In Philips Design we always believe in the groundbreaking power of Design in making our world healthier and more sustainable. You will be an integral and valuable part of the organisation and its long heritage. You will have open many doors for your long term career, within Philips Design, in other areas in Philips or otherwise. We also believe that we are at our best as a company when you are at yours as a person. Thus, we offer competitive health benefits, a flexible work schedule and access to local well-being focused activities.

Why should you join Philips?

Working at Philips is more than a job. It’s a calling to create a healthier society through meaningful work, focused on improving 3 billion lives a year by delivering innovative solutions across the health continuum at . Our people experience a variety of unexpected moments when their lives and careers come together in meaningful ways. Learn more by watching this video at .

To find out more about what it’s like working for Philips at a personal level, visit the Working at Philips page at on our career website, where you can read stories from our employee blog at . Once there,you can also learn about our recruitment process at , or find answers to some of the frequently asked questions at .