UX Lead for Strategic Concepts -- Major Tech-Driven Business
This is one of the most interesting roles we’ve had the privilege of representing. The role is at one of the country’s most innovative, tech-driven companies with huge breadth, reach, and capabilities. It’s a senior-level position on the design/technical ladder, and the company is seeking candidates who come from senior positions (directors, principals). That said, this is also a very hands-on UX research and design role focused on high-value, stealth projects, and has little of the team leadership and account management responsibilities ordinarily associated with lead- or director-level roles. The projects this role will focus on will be almost exclusively for mobile, tablets, and other connected devices.
So if you’re an “intrapreneurial” UX lead looking to directly add significant value to a company’s strategic technology initiatives, this can be an exciting opportunity to roll up your sleeves and truly lead UX in practice across multiple devices and through the whole spectrum of UX, from research, to experience architecture, to interaction design, to visual design, and then through to testing, prototyping, shipping. Your stakeholders will be high-level executives all the way up to the company’s well-known CEO, so the ability to use design to communicate and generate buy-in will also be essential.
The role is located in Irvine, California, which is just south of LA near Huntington Beach and Newport Beach. Irvine is consistently ranked among the top best places to live in the U.S. Relocation assistance is available to well qualified candidates.
This is a unique and challenging opportunity for someone who wants to be a full-spectrum UXer doing tactical work to drive real strategic value. On a typical project, you would be the sole UX and visual designer, spearheading mobile-centric projects in concert with cross-functional teams. You will generally own and follow a product or tool as it gets extended to new platforms and devices, so you’ll find yourself managing multiple priorities and product launches.
A considerable amount of customer insight will be available from the market research team, but you will need to supplement that by performing your own user research to help drive design decisions and generate buy-in. During the design process, you’ll have the opportunity to use virtually every tool from the UX toolkit to iterate on the product design through sketching, wireframing, prototypes, graphic comps, etc.
Strong written, verbal, and design communication skills will be critical as you keep the cross-functional teams and various stakeholder interests up to speed and bought-in on the progress of the products you’re designing.
Note: the title given for this role in this description is not the actual title of the role, but is instead one we believe more accurately describes the position and will help ensure the right people will find this opportunity.
This role is being represented by Didus, a staffing and career development service focused on user-centered roles in research, design, technology, and strategy. We are not your typical recruiting agency that just wants to sell you on any role that fits your keywords; we work one-on-one with you to find the perfect fit. For more information, please visit: http://didus.com/experience-professionals
- Senior- or director-level experience as a user experience designer and researcher with strong emphasis on mobile and connected devices
- Strong expertise in mobile-specific IA, usability, IxD, and visual design
- Ability to create highly polished design prototypes, mockups, and other communication artifacts
- Familiarity with the technical capabilities and constraints of the leading mobile platforms, especially Android
- Very refined visual design aesthetic and ability to produce high quality visual designs, graphic assets, and style guides
- The ability to quickly turn around rigorous wireframes and mockups quickly in a fast-paced, iterative environment
- The ability to scope and estimate efforts accurately, prioritize tasks and goals independently, and rapidly produce deliverables in a fast-paced, iterative environment
- Proficiency in a variety of design tools such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Fireworks, and OmniGraffle
Desirable Skills & Experience
- Retail and e-commerce experience
- Experience designing user experiences for modern wireless phones and connected devices
- Experience with Android UI design principles and patterns
This company understands that design is about sophisticated problem-solving and not just visual design aesthetics. Be prepared to show how you've used interaction design techniques and artifacts (e.g., wireframes, personas, experience maps, etc.) to support thinking, design, and collaboration on complex projects, and also how you’ve performed and used a range of user research techniques to inform product design. The strength of the visual design in your portfolio will also be very important since you’ll often be the sole designer on a project, so be sure you showcase your aesthetic strengths in the portfolio materials and perhaps also the design of the portfolio itself. The company will also be interested in how your portfolio demonstrates your ability to solve problems using design thinking and communication, and to use those same capabilities to communicate and build consensus with team members and stakeholders. You should also be able to demonstrate how you've exercised leadership and vision over product strategy, ideation, research, design, and implementation.