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Manager, UI/UX

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**This is a full-time, long-term, contract-to-hire position with a company in Plano, TX. Local applicants only; portfolio required.**

Overview
The Manager of UI Design oversees and directs various aspects of the application design life cycle from feature request to development completion, which consists of: concept development, planning, requirements analysis, design, development, design review to ensure that the delivered products exceed client expectations. The manager will be lead a team of 4-6 of UI design professionals and will manage team capacity, priorities, and planning.

Key Responsibilities
1. Planning and management of Design team tasks/deliverables including estimating timelines, establishing priorities, ensuring tasks are complete
2. Managing Design team capacity and communicating resource availability to dependent teams
3. Attending internal and client-facing status meetings and following up on Design team action items and requirements
4. Responsible for alleviating and/or preventing blocks by communicating requirements with other departments
5. Attend sprint retrospectives and technical grooming sessions
6. Mentoring and pairing with leads and designers as needed
7. Working closely with QA department to deliver quality releases
8. Track and manage contract milestones and anticipated completion dates. Work with project managers, product managers, and development managers to and communicate milestone schedules.
9. Work with cross-functional stakeholders and contributors to align resources and internal schedules to support client product release and client delivery commitments. Cross-functional teams include Development, Services, Client Services, IT & Security, and Sales.
10. Work with designers and developers to ensure features are implemented as designed
11. Work with Director of Product Management, business analysts, and designers to develop appropriate documentation.
12. Align product roadmap delivery dates and client-launch commitments; ensure on-time delivery and contingency planning; approve all external date commitments.
13. Track and produce monthly report of design team throughput, burn down trends, budget compliance, and schedule accuracy.
14. Provide monthly reports that summarize revised labor forecasts based on assumptions and known workloads.
15. Working with Professional Services team to gather requirements and deliver estimates and critical updates throughout the implementations process
16. Working with Product Management to collaborate through creative brainstorming sessions, assist in writing user stories/functional requirements
17. Working with application development team to deliver functional requirements and ensure features are built to specifications
18. Reporting accomplishments, goals, issues and deliverable statuses to VP of Product Management and other team members
19. Researching technologies and frameworks to increase efficiency and keep us on the leading edge
20. Working with business development to aid in closing sales, growing relationships and demonstrating functionality

General Qualification Requirements
1. Agile software development team management experience
2. Experience working with designers and developers to implement products
3. Excellent written and verbal communications skills
4. Experience writing detailed business requirements
5. Ability to quickly understand business problems and communicate technical solutions in understandable terms
6. Good understanding of technology - specifically enterprise software development
7. Experience with Jira issue & project tracking platform

Reporting Structure
1. This position reports to the VP of Product Management
2. This position has the following direct reports:
a. Lead UI Designer
b. Senior UI Designer
c. UI Designer
d. UI Designer
e. UI Designer

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