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Enterprise UX Architect

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Aquent's client is looking for an Enterprise UX Architect. Below are the details.

The User Experience Architect is responsible for applying contemporary user-centered design methodologies and UX industry best practices to drive useful and usable design solutions. The primary activity is translating business requirements into design deliverables.

The ideal candidate will thrive in a work environment that requires strong problem solving skills and independent self-direction, coupled with an aptitude for team collaboration and open communication. The candidate will also have strong conceptualization ability, exceptional design skills, production value and attention to detail. Strong written and verbal communication and behavioral skills are also a necessity to be able to facilitate conversations with business and technical partners. They should have an understanding of Agile-based development. User testing methods should be known and they should be able to incorporate testing and the resulting insights into their design process.

This User Experience Architect must be able to plan their own work while executing against deadlines. Other requirements may include creating project plans (related to user-centered design efforts); defining usability objectives (aligned with business goals); and planning, conducting and facilitating iterative evaluations of user interface designs.

The candidate should have a clear understanding of mobile-first and responsive web design practices and methodologies. They must also be able to recognize, integrate, and adapt various UX and Design patterns across complex products and different business areas. They should be able to leverage and contribute to established style guides and internal human interface guidelines.

The User Experience Architect will be a member of a User Experience team, but will be assigned to projects independently. Work will be reviewed by peers and senior leadership for quality. Project work is conducted within a multidisciplinary team including visual designers, researchers, front-end developers, project managers, business analysts, systems analysts, developers, solution architects, and business process experts. The initial project requirements are identified by the business. The User Experience Architect reviews the initial requirements and assists in identifying various usage scenarios and underlying user and business needs. If the requirements are not clear, the candidate will facilitate in articulating the requirements with the business.

Final deliverables may take many forms, such as wireframes, sketches or storyboards, click-through prototypes, and design specifications of various fidelities. The User Experience Architect should be proficient in numerous tools to facilitate this work, including (but not limited to) Axure RP, the Adobe Creative Suite, Sketch, Omnigraffle and rapid prototyping tools like Invision.

The candidate for this position must have a well-rounded background with at least 5 to 7 years of proven experience in all aspects of user centered design. The User Experience Architect will need to actively seek out information needed to understand the existing business processes and systems, which requires a clear sense of ownership for project assignments. He/she will need to rapidly gain a solid understanding of the end-user tasks and goals as well as demonstrate this knowledge while walking reviewers through these usage scenarios while confidently articulating their design approach and rationalize their decisions.

Software development and visual or graphic design skills are not required (but may be beneficial.) This position is focused more on system, structural, functional, and interaction design of user experiences. The ability to create annotated wireframes and low to medium fidelity prototypes is a must.

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