User Researcher

Redmond, WA
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Tova Dodge

Job Description:

This major Design studio at a large tech org seeks an experienced User Experience Researcher to conduct iterative and evaluative customer research in the complex product domain of cloud services. You will work closely with UX Design, Research and Program Management to understand the specialized needs of the Developer and IT Professional audience, and evaluate how the product designs are meeting them. 

The ideal candidate will already have experience conducting research in a complex technology domain. They would also be comfortable with working on an agile team, where feedback needs to be collected, analyzed, and reported on quickly and frequently. The ideal candidate would also have rigorous research and analysis skills to provide statistically significant findings when needed. The intended end result is a solid basis of user research to assist in product design and creating excellent customer experiences. 

• Drive user research activities to inform product design, including but not limited to: lab usability studies and scorecard studies. 
• Deliver actionable research findings to your counterparts on time and with quality 
• Communicate, defend, and build consensus around your research and how it informs design 
• Understand how our current and future releases are shaped by complex cloud computing infrastructures and enterprise business requirements 
• Document and present recommendations based on research and analysis 
• Work with the supervising Usability Engineer or Manager in identifying and addressing critical usability issues 

Required Qualifications 
• 2+ years of industry experience conducting user research and effectively partnering with development teams to improve the user experience based on research results. 
• High level of experience using varied user research techniques at various stages of the development process (e.g., lab usability studies, heuristic evaluations, surveys, field research/ethnographic techniques). 
• Creating usability test plans and running large and small tests 
• Accurate measurement and precise reporting of usability data 
• Strong knowledge of and experience with scorecard research methods. 
• Excellent collaboration skills, and experience teaming with designers to help prepare designs for testing. As well as turning usability findings into actionable recommendations with the help of designs, post-study. 
• Strong oral and written communication skills. Demonstrated ability to analyze research data, create results presentations, and deliver them to design and product teams. 
• Strong skills using Excel to perform basic analyses 
• Ability to condense complex ideas into succinct thoughts and impactful storytelling. 
• Bachelor’s degree or higher in Human Computer Interaction, Human Factors, Psychology, or a related field 
• Ability to get up to speed with a new area quickly 
• Ability to work independently and as part of a team 
• Experience with remote testing methods and tools 

Nice Qualifications, But Not Required 
• Previous Research experience with cloud services, infrastructure as a service, and platform as a service 
• Previous Research experience with Developer and IT users, systems, and services 
• Experience with Morae usability testing software 
• Experience using data visualization tools.
• Experience with Android and iOS mobile experiences