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Lead Product Designer

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The Lead Product Designer is a high-level senior designer responsible for the interaction of increasingly complex web and software applications.

This position provides leadership and coordination across multiple concurrent projects with complex issues where analysis of situations or data requires both broad and in-depth evaluation of variable factors.

Exercises judgment in selecting methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining results.

On a regular basis, uses significant expertise, experience and influence to evangelize the company's user experience practices externally.

Required to utilize knowledge and expertise to present at conferences and other important venues on behalf of this company.

Leads large projects or product releases and manages additional resources; responsible for all schedules and work assignments; reviews adherence to and awareness of overall departmental and project goals, processes, schedules and standards. Coordinates and manages assigned projects to completion, i.e. leads the planning of project schedule and resources, estimates, recording and reporting of project status and metrics.

You will:
- Contribute to thought leadership and help create a unifying vision for the user experience and product design for a team
- Drive the process to understand user needs, business needs, and stakeholder requirements
- Lead the interaction design of the user experience for both web and software-based interfaces
- Perform analysis and conceptualization of proposed projects, utilizing professional experience in the development of specifications and design standards
- Be responsible for leading the integrity of the design of the user experience on significant concurrent projects
- Plan, lead, organize, control and perform the architectural direction of an assignment
- Provide guidance, direction and leadership regarding design activity on various aspects of a project
- Coordinate project activities with internal customers and the project team
- General responsibility for overseeing one or more significant product releases or an entire product suite
- Oversee (and participates in) the creation of design deliverables such as wireframes, page flow diagrams, and design mockups
- Drive the process to generate and understand user and business requirements
- Directs product design specification documentation for a product release or a group of products
- Drive the decision-making around pattern selection for design pattern libraries based on professional knowledge and understanding of usability issues and best practices.
- Keeps abreast of usability and design best practices and developments
- Readily share your knowledge with others and incorporate trends and best practices as appropriate
- Drives improvements and changes in design and give professional appraisal on implementation of the design as planned and/or executed
- Frequently presents design concepts and deliverables to the project team, as well as internal and external stakeholders
- Lead internal and external design reviews, and present design concepts to senior management when needed
- Work with User Experience Researchers to plan and coordinate user testing and customer research for product release(s)
- Provide UX solutions for usability issues identified through customer research
- Gain familiarity with user experience research methodologies and best practices
- Create and negotiate schedules for design deliverables for complex projects or programs for product teams and project managers
- Reviews progress and evaluates results of assigned projects
- Recommends necessary actions and advises manager on resource issues to ensure that projects are adequately staffed
- Champions user-centered design principles throughout the company
- Potentially serve as the division’s primary user experience/product design representative with customers, vendors or partners
- Responsible for intra-divisional collaboration with others within the company's user experience community to ensure a cohesive and strategic user experience across the division
- Network with key internal and external contacts outside own area of expertise on technical matters and prototype design
- Play a key and significant role in external events to evangelize the company's user experience practices and contribute to thought leadership
- Expected to present and/or publish user experience work externally
- Often assumes role of group lead and is responsible for mentoring, motivating, directing and guiding more junior members of the team

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