Product Innovation & Design Strategist

Chicago, Illinois
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Sep 28, 2016
Nov 27, 2016
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Where good people build rewarding careers.

Think that working in the insurance field can't be exciting, rewarding and challenging? Think again. You'll help us reinvent protection and retirement to improve customers' lives. We'll help you make an impact with our training and mentoring offerings. Here, you'll have the opportunity to expand and apply your skills in ways you never thought possible. And you'll have fun doing it. Join a company of individuals with hopes, plans and passions, all using and developing our talents for good, at work and in life.

Job Description

The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives in the United States and Canada, as well as via and 1-800 Allstate®, and are widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate®."

By leveraging Our Shared Vision, Allstate is committed to strong principles of the highest ethical standards and encourages individual accountability. Allstate realizes success through innovative thinking while providing challenging and collaborative work for its 70,000 employees, including 12,000 exclusive agents. Allstate demonstrates a commitment to diversity through a variety of ways and continues to identify the requirements for future success since it was founded in 1931.

The Product Innovation & Design Strategist plays a crucial role in developing the user experience and design for new products and businesses around emerging technologies (e.g. big data, digital, Internet of Things). This person drives design insight, action, and impact on high profile opportunities through creative problem solving, translation of ambiguous ideas into compelling design concepts, and deep understanding of consumer needs.


  • Contribute to design, rapid testing/prototyping, and market launch efforts for new products and features
  • Translate ambiguous directives into creative, polished, compelling design for new applications
  • Assess potential outcomes for new products and features using structured, hypothesis-driven approach, while maintaining speed and agility
  • Compile, organize, analyze, and synthesize inputs from varied sources to inform design concepts
  • Manage design research and analysis, drawing actionable conclusions based on end user interactions
  • Collaborate effectively as a team player, facilitating positive energy/engagement
  • Pivot as needed to different workstreams; able to add value with limited knowledge on a topic

    Value proposition of this role:

  • Opportunity to build innovative new products and businesses, making a tangible, lasting impact
  • Immersion in cutting-edge technologies and frequent exposure to interesting startups
  • Critical role in high profile, high priority projects for one of the U.S.'s largest companies and most respected brands
  • Compelling platform for leadership development and professional growth
  • Collegial, team-oriented culture with a healthy work/life balance

Job Qualifications

  • 3-5 years of relevant experience in design, product development, and innovation roles
  • Ability to empathize with end-users and understand how their needs impact product design
  • Project management skills, including the ability to manage design projects with a high degree of autonomy
  • Excellent communication skills including storytelling, writing, and presentation
  • Ability to gather and analyze evidence to support claims as they relate to design concepts and research
  • Strong willingness to learn
  • Strong work ethic with an inherent sense of ownership and responsibility
  • Interested in and conversant about technology
  • Collaborates effectively across organizations with a warm, engaging style
  • Comfortable operating in an ambiguous, “startup-like” environment
  • Bachelor's degree

The candidate(s) offered this position will be required to submit to a background investigation, which includes a drug screen.

Good Work. Good Life. Good Hands®.

As a Fortune 100 company and industry leader, we provide a competitive salary – but that's just the beginning. Our Total Rewards package also offers benefits like tuition assistance, medical and dental insurance, as well as a robust pension and 401(k). Plus, you'll have access to a wide variety of programs to help you balance your work and personal life -- including a generous paid time off policy.

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Allstate generally does not sponsor individuals for employment-based visas for this position.

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