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SR UX Designer

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As a Senior UX designer the successful candidate will be at home leading the UX design of projects all the way from initial brief writing and requirements capture through to assisting engineering with implementation and interactively evolving the design. They will be experienced at working closely with stakeholders, visual designers, user researchers, developers and other UX designers to both improve existing product areas and bring exciting new projects to life. The person we are looking for will be a strong communicator, able to share their knowledge and insight with both stakeholders and other members of the design team.

Due to the nature of developer tool products, senior UX designers need to be comfortable understanding complex and technical systems and services, and be adapt at distilling this complexity into appropriately clean, simple, understandable, and opinionated user interfaces that place the user’s needs at the core of the design. Senior UX designers are expected to consider each project from a high level and architect UI solutions that meet user and business needs (and are achievable within technical constraints), and then design the user flows all the way down to the fine details like exception handling and individual UI widgets.

Designing the UX of software development tools requires a practical hands-on understanding of software development, so at some point in your life you must have at written code, whether it was part of a job, a hobby or during education.
If you are passionate about improving the software development user experience, and love discussing technology and software development as much as you love discussing design, this is the perfect job for you.

As a Senior User Experience designer you will:
• Capture project design requirements from Product Managers, Engineers and User Researchers, distill into a design brief and then agree the brief with all stakeholders.
• Facilitate project kickoff and requirement gathering workshops, leading collaborative exploration of the design problem space with Engineers and Product Managers.
• Utilize your expertise in UX design thinking to delve deeply into problems and find the best solutions that meet both user needs and bmiusiness objectives
• Provide sketches, wireframes, information architectures, prototypes, user flows (use cases, activity diagrams), state matrix’s and non-functional specifications for visual designers and implementation teams as appropriate.
• Clearly and systematically manage design scope in a timely fashion to facilitate progress and ensure that delivered designs are implementable within given time and resource constraints.
• Collaborate with User Research and Testing to design solutions to fulfill user needs or gaps that have been identified.
• Review and validate work with peers, stakeholders and users throughout the UX design process, maintaining constant and open communication with key team members
• Pitch design solutions to stakeholders, explaining and rationalizing design decisions to non-design audiences.
• Work with developers to iterate on designs during implementation. Maintain an open communication channel with devs and ensure products are delivered to a high standard.
• Continually watch for and identify ways to improve and evolve the design process and communication with groups outside the design team.
• Mentor, motivate, inspire and lead less experienced members of the team
• Prioritize and work in an agile, iterative way

Key Competencies and Role Essentials
• Demonstrated experience designing software product UX in an iterative development environment.
• Lateral problem solving skills. Needs to be able to identify possible solutions that are outside of the obvious design space.
• Ability to clearly and succulently present UX design concepts and explain UX design thinking to non-design stakeholders
• Strong understanding of UX design patterns, and design pattern development.

Basic Qualifications and Experience
• Minimum 5 years’ experience as a user experience designer working on software products
• Background in software engineering, must have written code at some point as part for your career, hobbies or education
• Strong portfolio of UX design work demonstrating expertise with a wide range of UX design techniques.

Desirable Qualification and Experience
• Experience working client side as a UX designer on products at a software development company (not only agency experience)

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