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UX Designer-6 week contract

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This position is a full-time, 6-week contract that's based in Baltimore, MD with a leading retail sports brand. The candidate will develop features and enhancements that will help our customers buy, research and get inspired on our client's main webpage using desktop, tablet and mobile devices. You will be an advocate on behalf of their customers – working to understand and solve for customer needs and barriers. The UX Designer will be aware of current Ecommerce, web and mobile best practices knowing when to embrace conventions and when it’s ok to break out new and bold concepts. UXers will work collaboratively with designers, developers, merchandising, marketing and project management on a variety of projects in a fast-paced and positive environment.

Key Responsibilities:
Develop sketches and wireframes for desktop, tablet and mobile to show screen flow, navigation and interaction details. The site is responsive with some adaptive qualities and your designs need to work with defined breakpoints and device capabilities and constraints.
Present design concepts with cross-divisional teams explaining the purpose and rationale, with willingness to iterate.
Create, collaborate and run qualitative studies (when time allows) to include customer feedback in the design process. This can come in the form of surveys, in-person usability tests, remote user tests (UserTesting.com, WebEx) prototype tests, consumer panel deep dives, etc. Observe the tests and clearly communicate the findings and recommendations.
Work with business analyst team members to document detailed user interface requirements, ensuring scenarios are worked through.
Manage the user experience throughout the development cycle for your projects, ensuring a well thought-out product comes to fruition by providing timely UAT feedback to designers, developers and business analysts.
Consider global requirements for your work (e.g. longer text in translations, cultural considerations).

Critical Skills, Experiences, and Attributes required for this position:
Strong, demonstrated understanding of user-centered design.
An understanding of fundamental design disciplines such as typography, layout, color and animation.
Knowledge of user experience testing and analysis, ideally conducting, observing and documenting usability tests and prototyping
Proficiency with several graphics tools (Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, etc.).
Know-how of one or more wireframe and prototyping tools (Axure is current tool of choice).
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing with team, and leadership.
Proven presentation skills.

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