Job Purpose and Description You should be able to both manage your own time and contribute to a larger team effort in growing the studio through new engagements and initiatives. Critical to this is the ability to communicate your activities in a clear, concise manner and be proactive in following up on opportunities and sharing the status of your progress in real time. Quicksand is a growing practice with three studios spread across India; allocating resources and meeting monthly growth objectives is critical in the continued expansion of the practice. You should also be able to identify and capitalize on a wide variety of contexts as far ranging as urban city sanitation and video-game development, and to adhere to timelines necessary for meeting growth targets. You will need to be able to work with and within a multidisciplinary team in order to help create meaningful and participatory experiences with and for users. A love of social situations and an ability to personalize yourself to people and contexts is highly desirable. Knowledge of English and Hindi is mandatory, while a third Indian language proficiency is also desirable. Proven project management and production experience is a critical must, and you will be expected to demonstrate a capacity in such in order to be considered for the position. You should be able to maintain a repository of your work online and offline individually, as well as to participate in relevant team activities involving multiple actors, and you would be an active member of this team till any project is fully delivered to a client. The intent to reveal relevant and insightful experiences that define people s lives is central to Quicksand. Our practice has evolved around a sometimes fuzzy, but always encompassing definition of design research, and its different manifests are core to all our projects. We appreciate that the domain of design research is in itself a divergent one, and therefore there are several pathways to this practice, as is also evident in our own case as a studio practice. It is important to note that the activity or necessity to participate in research activities is expected from everyone in the studio - regardless of their background, since there is no substitute in any project for being in the field in personal contact with users and stakeholders. We strongly believe that this grounds the project work irrespective of domain specifics - and thus also makes the activity of design research important not only for our clients but for the progress of the studio itself. Our practice presents several overlaps with specific social-scientific enquiries such as ethnography, anthropology, grounded theory and so on, as well as media-specific enquiries such as visual culture, film based research and more experimental research practices. For this reason, your interests as well as professional and conceptual skills need to reflect an ability to take on this kind of diversity within our larger practice. You should also be confident in contributing to the development of new product solutions for each client-facing project as well as for internal initiatives, and in taking the lead in identifying and pursuing new growth opportunities for our practice that is in line with our ethos and value. Qualifications Successful candidates will be passionate about exploring aspects of the world through a critical and constructive eye. You d be an extremely talented manager, with good observation, interaction skills, and a co-creation attitude. A strong work ethic is mandatory and you would be the kind of person who thrives in a collaborative, multidisciplinary, startup environment with minimal supervision. You would have worked in cross-cultural settings and would be equally at ease talking to various stakeholders. You would be able to think on your feet and be resourceful and creative in identifying multiple visual solutions to any communication context. You d be skilled at working within time constraints and ensuring high quality outputs in fixed project timelines. Some specific qualifications you would need to have are: A Bachelor s or Master s degree from a leading program in India or abroad 4-6 years of professional practice in your chosen field/ s High level of skills in your chosen software tools - whether visual, statistical or analytical Excellent written and oral communication skills in English. Knowledge of any other languages (including Hindi) would be a definite plus but not mandatory Ability to think critically and have exceptional attention to detail A nuanced understanding of applied research and driving actionable research outcomes Some evidence of independent creative work would be viewed very positively A roll-up-your-sleeves attitude towards your work Location The position will be based in Goa, India. It will also involve a chance to meet and work with consumers across the spectrum for projects, as well as travel to workshops, client meetings and the occasional company offsite! Compensation A compensation package commensurate with your skills and experience will be designed for you. About Quicksand Quicksand ( www.quicksand.co.in ) is a multi-disciplinary, design-led innovation firm based in India that seeks to bring a new approach to creating solutions that are relevant to the end user while driving business and social impact. Quicksand s work ranges from large innovation assignments in social domains to using user behaviors and motivations towards better design of products and services in the technology and consumer goods sectors. Most of our engagements involve diverse internal & external stakeholders. A typical Quicksand project team could comprise of management thinkers, technologists, designers, researchers, rich media experts etc. Similarly, external stakeholders tend to include international foundations, government bodies & departments, private sector and multinational corporations, media, and academia. Some of our noted clients include The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Unilever, Nokia, PATH, UNDP, Samsung, Cisco, Google, Pepsi, and Coca Cola. Working at Quicksand In the interest of full disclosure, the Quicksand office structure is likely different from what you re used to. We are a collection of professionals with diverse backgrounds that are united by an ideology, not an industry. We are passionate about applying user-centered design research to improve people s lives. As such, we tend to work independently, keep our own schedules, and work on all facets of projects together. There will be times in which you are asked to take on responsibilities that may fall outside of those specified in the job description. We all pitch in whenever and wherever needed and collectively understand and embrace this. You will have the freedom to explore, create, and push-the-envelope, but with that freedom comes the understanding that whatever is needed to be done for a project will be done irrespective of who s asked to do it. This loosely-defined nature of our operations is as much appealing as it can be frustrating. You must be willing to suspend your previously experienced notions of corporate structure and embrace a new and, at times, challenging ethos to be successful here. We expect to learn as much from you as you will learn from us. Get in Touch In case this resonates with you, please apply via this Recruiterbox posting with a portfolio of selected work and/ or links to relevant online work, along with a thoughtful cover letter. Please note that we will not review any submissions outside of those via Recruiterbox. In the course of our initial conversations, we might also require you to work on a small case study, which would help us gauge your skills and also enable you to understand our requirements better. We look forward to hearing from you.
Qualities Needed for This Jobs
Project Management, Analytical, Cisco, Game Development, Consumer Goods, Business Executive, Research, Project Associate, Corporate, Usage
Job Purpose And Description You Should Be Able To Both Manage Your Own Time And Contribute To A Larger Team Effort In Growing The Studio Through New Engagements And Initiatives. Critical To This Is The Ability To Communicate Your Activities In A Cle
Looking for Any Graduate / Post Graduate graduates profile.