Design Associate

Design · Bengaluru, Karnataka
Department Design
Employment Type Full-Time

The Good Business Lab is an independent, non-profit labor innovation lab. We use rigorous academic research to prove that worker wellbeing programs have business impacts. We develop market-ready, scalable interventions that benefit both workers and businesses. Our goal is to disrupt the traditional notion of business, and show that worker wellbeing can be a good business practice.


The founders of the lab are Ach Adhvaryu - Assistant Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy at the University of Michigan (, Anant Ahuja-head of Organization Development at Shahi Exports Pvt. Ltd., and Anant Nyshadham- Assistant Professor of Economics at Boston College (


We have been incubated at Shahi Exports, India's biggest apparel export house, where we have conducted several studies in their sixty plus factories in the past six years. In one study we found that the net return to the firm from training women workers in life skills (such as financial literacy, communication, and problem-solving) is 250%, 8 months after program completion. This program called P.A.C.E. (Personal Advancement and Career Enhancement), co-created by Gap Inc., Shahi, ICRW, and Swasthi has been scaled at a global level to reach over 45,000 female garment workers in 12 countries. Some of our other partners include the Harvard Business School, University of Pennsylvania, the United Nations Development Program, and Humanity United.


We want more people to know about our research. Therefore, we strongly focus on strengthening our communication and disseminating our research learnings. We also actively build partnerships to fund and scale the research and participate in important stakeholder discussions.



Role: Design Associate/Sr. Design Associate


Location: Bangalore, India 

Remuneration: 7-12 lacs p.a. 


Length of commitment: at least one year 


Start Date: ASAP (applications being accepted on a rolling basis)


What will the Design Associate do?


  • GBL’s Design Associate will be responsible for developing design-led programs with existing and new stakeholders around GBL’s key research areas. 
  • The role will require imaginative, entrepreneurial, and collaborative talent to identify design directions that meet research standards in an evidence-based research ecosystem. 
  • The DA will work closely with a growing team of economists, development practitioners, and labor industry experts.

The kind of work you might do in the role:


  1. At GBL each one of us is involved in multiple projects and works efficiently through trans-disciplinary collaboration. 
  2. You will be involved in developing solutions in highly complex ecosystems where you have to apply your design intelligence to create a sustainable, scalable, and replicable intervention. The nature of intervention can be: 
  • Digital or physical Products
  • Process design & innovation
  • Systems and nudges for behaviour change
  • Service ecosystem
  • Communications to convey our findings and value propositions
  • Etc.
  1. You will get an opportunity to develop design cases and share them with a global community of development practitioners.
  2. Design at GBL is a growing vertical where we are developing design processes & strategies for group of development practitioners, economists and manufacturing industries.
  3. Leading design work on Zine (GBL’s annual magazine) & collaborating with design teams from other organisations.
  4. You will work closely with the marketing and communication team to develop:
  • Visual language for communication
  • Creating templates for project documentation/ client reports
  • Creating brand collaterals (pitch deck, merchandise, presentations, posters, infographics, etc.)
  • Coordinating with the digital marketing and outreach team and managing the website.




  • Passionate about tackling complex social and organization level challenges.
  • Hands on experience of product design & development.
  • A graduate/post-graduate degree in design.
  • A portfolio demonstrating your work and design research skills.
  • Comfortable working with a wide range of stakeholders, including groups that may not have previous experience of strategic use of design in the VUCA (Vulnerable, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous) environment. 
  • Excellent interpersonal and written, visual, and verbal communication skills.
  • Specialisation: Product Design / Universal Design / Strategic Design / New Media Design .


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