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Senior Consultant - Service Design - Edinburgh

Location:  Edinburgh
Other locations:  Primary Location Only
Salary: Competitive
Date:  21-May-2022

Job description

Requisition ID:  924263

Senior Consultant - Service Design, EY Seren - Scotland


EY Seren is scaling and we are absolutely delighted to be building out our first Scotland based design studio right in the heart of Edinburgh. This is an exciting time to join us as you will help shape the future of our business in Scotland working alongside some fantastic humans doing meaningful and impactful work.  Scotland has a long and enduring heritage of design and innovation and continues to be a progressive society where business thrives and we want to be part of that in a big way. 


We are looking for curious problem solvers from different academic and professional backgrounds to join us as we grow our capability in Service Design; Insight & Research; Product Design & Product Management at all levels.


Being part of EY Seren will connect you into a global design community and allow you to develop your career in an impactful way, be part of a culture that encourages you to come as you are and to work closely as a team with colleagues from around the globe and across specialisms. 

About EY Seren
Growth comes from solving problems that matter for people, customers, patients, employees, and society at large. At EY Seren, we are building a better working world, by putting the human first.  Our work is rooted in the way people make decisions, it’s helps us to help businesses make better choices and solve the most pressing problems. We work with organisations to create the platforms, products and services for tomorrow; making the world an easier, more enjoyable and sustainable place to live and work.  


We don’t yet have all the answers, because that’d be boring. We do have some of the best minds in the business and we are comfortable navigating complexity every day.
We’re privileged to have access to senior critical thinkers in our clients and we have conversations that excite us and challenge us all the time. We’re becoming an increasingly bigger part of an established global business, which throws up challenges and opportunities every day. Our way of thinking and doing business is infectious, and infecting more and more of the world around us, but that challenges us to go further and scale faster than before. Becoming part of EY Seren means getting on to enjoy this ride 


The opportunity


We’re one of the biggest and most mature Service Design functions in the world, the elder statesperson of Service Design if you will. We’ve been around for 17 years and been part of EY for the last five.  


The work we do is big. Big in scale, big in ambition, big in impact – and big projects get taken seriously. We don’t create outputs for the sake of it. We don’t create work that sits in drawers, never to be revisited. We create work that is driven to implementation. 


The work we do is varied. We work across sectors (from government, healthcare, financial services and fast moving consumer goods) to tackle a huge variety of problems in a huge variety of ways. One week you could be interviewing customers in their homes to understand how they make sense of their money, the next month you could be leading a workshop in Whitehall to articulate how a government department can embed innovation in their organisation.  


We take our practitioners seriously and you will be given the freedom and support to develop your craft, your thinking, your work and your career in a way that suits you and delivers for the practice and your clients.  


The role
We are looking for a Senior Service Designer to join the Service Design Practice at EY Seren.


This role is open to those with demonstrable experience of working as a service designer within industry. You will have a portfolio of projects that you can talk through and demonstrate how you have applied service design to business or organisational challenges either in house or within a consulting role.  


There are a couple of things that we ask of everybody.


You will be endlessly inquisitive, and ruthlessly user focused and able to use a combination of logic, empathy, rigour and storytelling to articulate a customer or business problem before working creatively and technically to articulate a service that solves it. 
You will be a natural collaborator. Ideas breed ideas, and so we work multi disciplinary teams and embed clients in our process. We work in the open, we share our thinking early and we build on each other’s contribution.
You will be visual. We work generatively. We create things to clarify thinking, align understanding and move towards a solution that works. 
You will be iterative. No-one gets it right first time. We don’t expect to. 
You will be ambitious yet realistic in your solutions. Our work sits in the sweet spot between desirable, viable, feasible and allowable. Getting it there is a big part of what we do. 
You will be a doer AND a thinker and know when to switch from one to the other and how to create time and space for both. 
You will navigate complexity. People, organisations, technology, policies, regulations. Designing services puts you at the centre of complexity. We need to make sense of it all quickly, and flex and adapt to move through it effectively. 
You’ll be fascinated by service in all its forms with a desire to deliver great solutions in the teams we put together for clients, to help them improve existing services, invent new ones, and ultimately grow businesses.
You will be competent in service design methods, and know how to shepherd clients through a service design process, creating good work and advocates for EY Seren as you go. 
You will be a self starter and have an explorative mindset, creating new perspectives and identifying the spaces you can be impactful for both EY Seren and its clients.


Your key responsibilities

  • Delivery of high-quality design assets that articulate customer insights, journeys and experiences
  • Demonstrate consistent commitment to EY Seren and our professional standards, and enhance our brand with clients and other stakeholders
  • Supervise project work prepared by junior consultants, providing feedback and guidance on quality outputs
  • Focus team members on delivering quality and encourage them to ask critical questions and share their opinions, ideas and concerns openly
  • Convey complex information by using compelling and visual methods and storytelling that is engaging for audiences 
  • Identify and promote opportunities for process improvements, experiment with ideas and review outcomes to deliver the best possible solutions
  • Lead the development and delivery of client and internal communications (written, spoken or visual)
  • Craft ideation requirements / briefs and work with the team to generate ideas that meet the brief
  • Co-lead and support running and facilitation of workshops
  • Apply an understanding of client needs to identify critical outcomes, barriers to success and changes in expectations or scope


Skills and attributes

  • Build positive relationships with clients with integrity and authenticity; understanding the client’s perspective and organizational culture
  • Deliver and promote exceptional service on engagements: apply an understanding of client needs to identify critical outcomes, barriers to success, and changes in expectations or scope
  • Maintain open and proactive communication and build credible relationships with the client by demonstrating technical skills and knowledge
  • Communicate with confidence, integrity and authenticity to build strong and positive relationships with clients, colleagues and project teams
  • Demonstrate self-awareness when dealing with others and adapt own approach based on differences in individual styles and backgrounds
  • Able to coach team members and undertake knowledge share with team

To qualify for the role you must 

  • Be able to describe EY Seren capabilities and commitments accurately when discussing possible business opportunities with external contacts
  • Show that you have consistently produced service design work of high quality that is accurate, complete and compelling
  • Demonstrate ability to lead a small (<3 designers) team and/or manage budgets (<£100k) effectively with some oversight
  • Be able to create presentations that are clear and impactful, translating EY Seren’s services into meaningful value propositions for clients
  • Show how you have contributed to a positive design team environment


What working at EY offers 
We offer a competitive remuneration package where you’ll be rewarded for your individual and team performance. Our comprehensive Total Rewards package includes support for flexible working and career development, and with FlexEY you can select benefits that suit your needs, covering holidays, health and well-being, insurance, savings and a wide range of discounts, offers and promotions. Plus, we offer:

  • Support, coaching and feedback from some of the most engaging colleagues around
  • Opportunities to develop new skills and progress your career
  • The freedom and flexibility to handle your role in a way that’s right for you


About EY
As a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services, we’re using the finance products, expertise and systems we’ve developed to build a better working world. That starts with a culture that believes in giving you the training, opportunities and creative freedom to make things better. Whenever you join, however long you stay, the exceptional EY experience lasts a lifetime. 


If you can confidently demonstrate that you meet the criteria above, please contact us as soon as possible.


Join us in a building a better working world. 


Apply now.


Please note: Prior to finalizing your application, you will be asked to provide personal information across several dimensions of diversity and inclusiveness. The information you provide is kept entirely confidential and will not be used to evaluate your candidacy. We collect this data to help us analyse our recruitment process holistically and implement actions that promote diversity and inclusiveness. While optional, we encourage you to provide this information to hold us accountable towards our goal of building a better working world. We ask because it matters!  

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