Lead Product Designer

Waltham, MA
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Sara El-Shami

Job Description:

Our Management Consulting company in Waltham is looking for a Lead Product Designer. Candidate must be able to demonstrate the WHY behind their design decisions and be able to articulate that to various stakeholders. This role can be seen as an entrepreneurial role, as in some instances, they will be kicking off the product team from the ground up and helping define the goals and capabilities of that team.  Must be able to manage multiple stakeholders.  

portfolio perspective - presenting to stakeholders, portfolios are first reflection of how they show their work, ID key challenges, reasoning behind decision-making that informs decision-making

BS or MS in Interaction Design, Cognitive Science, HCI, Anthropology, Psychology, or equivalent experience 6+ years of experience planning, conducting, and communicating the findings from user research for digital products and services (familiarity with an Enterprise setting is a plus)

Experience planning and conducting both quantitative and qualitative user research at all stages of product development. Ability to frame key questions, create research plans to address those, conduct research, and synthesize the findings into meaningful, actionable insightsAbility to design and conduct user testing and concept validation - i.e. identify potential solution options for a stated user need and design experiments that help elicit the most viable solution for users

Strong ability to generate and communicate compelling & actionable insights, both verbally and visually. 

Strong interaction and visual design skills, including use of a diverse set of tools, e.g. Adobe creative suite, OmniGraffle, Sketch, InVision, etc.  Solid knowledge of and experience with Agile software development.  Strong communication skills with ability to articulate and optimize design based on the value to the user and the business.  Strong collaboration – you partner well with others to solve problems and actively incorporate input from various sources; experience working with others on a global basis. 

Ability to navigate multiple stakeholder groups and influence others.  Passionate about creating value through great design and user experience.  Ability to structure ambiguous problems and define tasks needed to bring clarity.  Excellent communication skills, including written, verbal and presentation. 

You will be a core member of the Design & Innovation team based in our Waltham office. You will work within the technology function where we are developing the tools to power the next generation of management consulting. We utilize design thinking and digital technologies to create new ways of working that will define the future of how Client delivers professional services.

The Design & Innovation team is responsible for using user-centered methods to inform the development and delivery of technology-enabled products and services used across the firm. This work ensures that we create experiences that make the work of our colleagues faster, easier and more effective. And that we incubate new ways of working that will move the firm forward.

You will leverage an iterative, user-centered approach and solid UI design skills to conceive and deliver valuable new experiences for clients and colleagues across mobile and web platforms. Lead design process with a small team and communicate design decisions to stakeholders.

In this role you will contribute to all aspects of the product development life cycle—from research and ideation through to detailed design and delivery—with an emphasis on rapid prototyping, frequent validation with end users, and creatively approaching constraints.

You will collaborate closely with product managers, developers, and other disciplines to identify what will be most critical to the success of a product,  what it should feel like to interact with a product or service across multiple touch points, and to define how we bring that experience into reality.  In this work, you will actively look for opportunities to apply new tools and technologies that can help enrich the capabilities the firm provides to our colleagues to do their work.

You will be an advocate and coach for design thinking, helping others in the firm develop their knowledge, skills and capabilities in the use empathetic, inventive and iterative methods for product development.

Client Description:

Freelancing long-term with Aquent gets you access to some pretty cool things:

- You're paid weekly

- Subsidized health and dental benefits after your first four weeks of work (averaging at least 20 hrs/wk)

- Access to Fidelity 401(k)

- Access to FSA Program (pre-tax payment toward bus or train passes, etc.)

- Direct deposit for your paycheck

- Access to our Talent Rewards Program (we reward for referrals!)

- Access to free online courses via Aquent's Gymnasium, to help you develop your skills: http://gymnasium.aquent.com/

- Aquent support: your Aquent Agent checks in with you during the course of your contract to make sure you're happy and progressing according to your expectations (we're also there to be looking for new opportunities for you when you're close to wrapping up)