Senior Manager – Design Thinking

About Hong Kong Design Centre

Hong Kong Design Centre (HKDC) was founded in 2001 as a strategic partner of the HKSAR Government in establishing Hong Kong as centre of design excellence in Asia. HKDC continues its public mission to promote wider and strategic use of design and design thinking to create business value and improve societal well-being. Our initiatives are anchored by five major work directions: CONNECT, CELEBRATE, NURTURE, ADVANCE and ENGAGE.

HKDC’s flagship programmes include:

  • Business of Design Week (BODW) (since 2002) – Asia’s leading annual conference and event on Design, Innovation and Brands;
  • DFA Awards (since 2003) – a widely recognised design awards that celebrates outstanding designs with Asian perspectives; 
  • Design Incubation Programme (DIP) (since 2012) and Fashion Incubation Programme (FIP)(since 2016) – 2-year incubation programmes to nurture future design and fashion entrepreneurs;
  • FASHION ASIA HONG KONG (FAHK) (since 2016) – a fashion initiative combining conversations, interactions and cultural exchanges to energise the city’s image, and position it as an Asian hub for fashion trade and business development; &
  • Knowledge of Design Week (KODW) (since 2006) – an annual thematic design knowledge sharing platform that explores how design can solve complex challenges of our society.  

We now have an exciting opportunity for a high caliber and like-minded candidate to join our dynamic team. Please visit our website  for information of HKDC.

Job roles

  1. Shape programme, project and content strategy across the board to spearhead delivery of innovation-oriented programmes and future-oriented learning and knowledge dissemination;
  2. Plan and manage a growing portfolio of new learning initiatives, workshops and projects; and networks with partners across public, private and third sectors
  3. Work closely with in-house and a growing network of domain champions, subject matter experts and executives to advocate development, research contexts, facilitate uptake of design thinking and disseminate knowledge across multiple platforms; and
  4. Support creation of innovation-oriented programming
  5. Perform ad hoc assignments as required

Job requirements

  1. University graduate with at least 7 years post-graduation work experience; with at least 3 years’ experience in a team leadership role with good coaching skills and ability to navigate complexity in an innovation setting;
  2. An action-oriented design thinker with demonstrable knowledge of using design and innovation methodologies;
  3. A keen learner, self-starter and team player with enterprising creativity, good problem-solving ability, creative confidence, an inquisitive mind, tact and facilitation skill to inspire learning and collaboration across diverse stakeholder communities;
  4. Good sensibility to design, culture, trends and technology; be digital savvy along with a solid background in advocating and practising design thinking would be a clear advantage;
  5. Experience in launching new initiatives, funding application, pitching projects; and undertaking effective project management meeting governance requirements and deliver good outcomes and impact; and with sense of urgency and ability to deliver under tight timelines;
  6. A professional with accountability to meet statutory, industry code of conduct and internal reporting and compliance requirements.

Interested parties are invited to apply by sending your resume with full details of education, work experience, current & expected salary, contact telephone number and earliest available date to the Human Resources Office, Hong Kong Design Centre, 1/F, InnoCentre, 72 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong, Kowloon or email to: HKDC reserves the right not to make appointment for the post(s) advertised. Only short-listed candidates will be notified. All information received will be kept in strict confidence for six months and data will only be used for recruitment purpose.