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UX Designer

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One of our valued clients in the oil/gas business is seeking a UX Designer for a long term contract role onsite.

The UX Designer is primarily responsible for creating navigation structures and information designs, as well as constructing prototypes, storyboards, and mockups to effectively communicate designs to product management and development. The interaction design role depends greatly on developing user-centered design research and usability testing to guide their designs and following a design with usability testing to validate it. The research includes identification of user needs and goals, as well as task and workflow modeling. The usability testing includes rapid iterative usability testing and more in-depth validation and summative testing. The candidate will possess the ability to create visual designs for desktop software and potentially transactional Web sites.

Key Job Responsibilities:
• Assist product management and feature teams in defining functional interaction requirements specifications.

• Help maintain an overall interaction and design consistency over the entire product

• Develop mockup / prototype interaction designs, including user interaction models, information architecture, wire frames and screen flows.

• Conduct rapid iterative usability testing of wireframes, mockups, and prototypes.

• Translate research findings into design alterations to quickly improve product designs early in the design cycle.

• Perform validation usability testing to determine whether features and products have met business and usability objectives.

• Perform data analysis of research findings and synthesize actionable recommendations

Qualifications:
· 3+ years of experience in product development teams working on user interface designs.

· 2+ years of experience in usability and user research methodologies. A background in ethnography or cognitive science is helpful.

· Outstanding communication, organization, time management, and interpersonal skills.

· Knowledge of the software development lifecycle

· Experience leading user-centered design team.

· Knowledge of how to best design to solve business and user problems. Ability to understand the needs of customers.

· Design fundamentals including information design, visual design, industry UI standards for desktop and web-based applications, and ease of use best practices.

· Experience with design tools such as Balsamiq, Sketchflow, Photoshop, Visio, or Dreamweaver. Flash and Visual Studio experience is a plus.

· Bachelor’s degree in a UX related area such as psychology, human factors or HCI; a Masters or PhD is a strong advantage.

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