Concept Developer

Ohio Farmers Insurance Co
200000CW Requisition #

Meet 1848 Ventures


Big challenges. Passionate people. Smart solutions. This is what you’ll find at 1848 Ventures. We help business owners manage uncertainty and discover opportunity in risk. We’re not aiming for incremental improvement; we’re breaking new ground. And when we see opportunity for innovation, we have the freedom, resources, and culture to make it happen.


We’re champions of business owners everywhere. After all, it’s this startup ethos and entrepreneurial spirit that 1848 Ventures – and our parent company, Westfield – was founded on. Westfield, a leading provider of commercial insurance, established 1848 Ventures in 2018 to expand beyond conventional insurance services and address the broader risks small business owners face every day. We meet our customers where they are, partnering together to deliver digital solutions that improve their bottom line.


At 1848 Ventures, we focus on building careers – not just jobs. Based in Northeast Ohio near Cleveland, our team members grow their creative and commercial skill sets, applying their talents to a wide range of portfolio concepts. And who we are drives what we do – our values empower a thriving culture that allows for true innovation, learning, and growth.


We know that in order to succeed, we need the right people to make it happen. We start by building a team with a diverse set of voices, backgrounds, and experiences. We’re looking for the innovators. The pioneers. The change agents. The people who aren’t afraid to ask, “What if...?” and try it anyway. This is the place for self-starters, go-getters, and anyone who wants to see a good idea become a great reality.


Learn more about what a career at 1848 Ventures has to offer you.


The Opportunity
For the Venture Leader: Concept Development, it starts with customer discovery. The Venture Leader partners with the business owner to understand how they operate and the risks they face every day. When these challenges prove to be viable and align with the 1848V mission, it’s time to act. By taking these observations and turning them into insights, the 1848V team can then address the uncertainties many business owners face and create digital solutions to improve their bottom line.

The Venture Leader provides executional direction and “boots on the ground” support for all concept development activities, as well as leadership across our venture development portfolio. Our partnership model creates opportunity to manage work across functional areas of expertise and lead the hypothesis-driven approach that informs and refines our concepts.

Curious? Here are the details you need to know.


What It Takes:
Get ready to collaborate, fast. This work is sprint-based, allowing for rapid iteration and input from across the 1848V team to support the development and refinement of new venture concepts. In this role, you’ll get to:

  • Direct the exploration of the feasibility, viability, desirability and strategic alignment of new, data-driven B2B digital concepts, inspired by customer observations throughout research and concept refinement.
  • Develop and refine new venture concepts using a human-centered approach to rapidly iterate from customer need to prototype to MVP.
  • Collaborate internally and externally to generate and refine new venture concepts.


What You Need For This Role:
The Venture Leader is in the field from the start, working to understand business owners’ key challenges and uncertainties and using these insights as inspiration to develop innovative solutions. In this role, you’ll leverage your collective work experience and education to:

  • Direct the development of new digital products.
  • Engage in and lead diverse teams of internal employees and external partners.
  • Work as a high performer, execute with speed and agility, and apply creativity to work.
  • Uncover human-centered insights and translate them into meaningful opportunities for new products.
  • Design, scope, and execute ethnographic research to uncover business owners’ unmet needs.
  • Synthesize the results of research to inspire the design of new digital, data-driven product concepts.
  • Lead ideation, prototyping, and user-testing to evaluate and refine concepts.
  • Refine promising concepts using a sprint-based, hypothesis-driven approach that targets the mostcritical viability, feasibility, and desirability assumptions.
  • Inform stakeholders of concept progress in both written and verbal communication.

What We Value:
Culture is intentional at 1848V. It’s all about the right mix of professional skills and personal attributes. 1848V team members:

  • Have a growth mindset and believe everyone’s talents, including their own, can be developed over time.
  • Are critical thinkers and problem-solvers who connect the dots between different ideas and data points to find new opportunities.
  • Embrace ambiguity, yet bring structure and clarity where and when possible.
  • Are both leaders by influence and collaborators by nature.
  • Are results-driven and act with a sense of urgency, maintaining their focus on delivering value to the business.
  • Are empathic in interactions with team members, customers, and external partners.
  • Demonstrate grit and flexibility in order to persevere through challenges and setbacks (and see these as an opportunity to learn!).
  • Get energized by radically collaborating with others, managing various perspectives and applying new learnings along the way.
  • We believe these traits set up an individual – and team – for success at 1848 Ventures.


We’re an equal opportunity employer / minority / female / disability / protected veteran.


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We are an equal opportunity employer/minority/female/disability/protected veteran.

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