First listed on: 22 October 2022

Design Thinking Practice Lead


Acknowledgement of Country

CSIRO acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land, sea and waters, of the area that we live and work on across Australia. We acknowledge their continuing connection to their culture and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. View our vision towards reconciliation

The Opportunity

CSIRO’s Data61 is at the forefront of digital science and innovation, leading both in developing new research as well as working across disciplines and sectors to apply technologies and drive impact. We are committed to continuously building a diverse, inclusive and flexible working environment where all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 

  • Data61 are at the digital and data heart of Australia's national science agency - CSIRO
  • Working collaboratively with the largest group of digital technology researchers in Australia
  • A unique opportunity to seamlessly work across disciplinary boundaries and make an impact at a national scale!

The Design Thinking Practice Lead will provide both established design thinking methodologies as well as their own proven approaches under the direction of the Engineering & Design Research Director. The outcomes of this will be providing recommendations for a human centred design approach to the implementation and delivery of CSIRO science and technology in new domains and technologies. Some engagements will be clearly defined, others will be nebulous and requiring an experimental and flexible mindset.

Your duties will include:

  • Manage key internal and external stakeholders throughout the design thinking process to ensure they are aligned and engaged at every step.
  • Experiment with speculative design approaches to test alternative technological futures.
  • Prepare and facilitate stakeholder alignment or co-innovation partnership workshops for accelerated insights and project definition.
  • Prepare and facilitate design sprints for rapid prototyping.
  • Develop, test and refine value propositions.
  • Develop entrepreneurial approaches for introducing new products into the market.
  • Ideation and low fidelity designs of product or service workflows.

Location: Sydney, Melbourne
Salary: AU$$141,949 - AU$153,273 plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Indefinite
Reference: 75002

To be considered you will need:

  • Relevant trade certificate/diploma/bachelor’s degree or equivalent relevant work experience in design or user experience related area.
  • A minimum of 10 years’ relevant professional career experience as a design thinking specialist or ‘generalist’ user experience practitioner.
  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience in a design leadership role, with a proven track record of operating at the executive level as a design advocate.
  • Hands-on commercial or applied experience in a production role.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, conduct and report on a range of design thinking workshop approaches.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead both early and mid-stage user research and to take a disciplined approach to the capturing and communication of insights
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver a range of low-fidelity solution designs for early validation.
  • Practical experience with Agile and Lean design and development methods including design sprints and rapid prototyping.
  • An understanding of the business side of user experience design, including experience balancing stakeholder requests with user needs, conceptualisation and prioritisation under pressure.
  • Demonstrated experience in facilitating and synthesising stakeholder workshops.
  • Proven history of independently leading end-to-end UX project activities.

For full details about this role please view the Position Description


Applications for this position are open to Australian/New Zealand Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents or you must either hold, or be able to obtain, a valid working visa for the duration of the specified term. Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

To enter a CSIRO site, CSIRO will require you to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (or show a valid medical exemption from vaccination). If you are unable to meet this requirement, then you must return a negative result on a Rapid Antigen Test (within 48 hours prior to attending site) and wear a face mask whilst on the CSIRO site. These requirements apply if you are attending a CSIRO site as part of a recruitment process.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 


At CSIRO Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. 

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

25th November 2022, 11:00pm AEST

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