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Sr. User Experience Architect (5932)

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Initial 6 month contract, on going contract work following

The User Experience Designer will report to the UX Manager and will work with a multi-discipline team including strategists, product managers, researchers, and visual designers. This critical role will play a key part in defining, shaping and crafting solutions by delivering outstanding user-centered designs in support of web and mobile experiences.

Major duties and responsibilities
Ability to quickly capture and assimilate business domain knowledge; be responsible for identifying and translating business requirements and user needs into innovative solutions that are engaging, valuable and usable.

Distill goals, constraints and risks into well thought-out plans. Prioritize tasks, manage expectations, mitigate risks and offer creative approaches to achieving design solutions even in the context of challenging constraints.

Create project briefs, presentations, user flows, site maps, taxonomies, wireframes and other necessary documentation to communicate the recommended user experience to internal stakeholders.

Collect and synthesize information from a variety of sources to create informed decisions and design recommendations. Collaborate on user research and usability studies to understand customer behavior, refine design approaches, and validate solutions.

Brainstorm, research, wireframe, design, and refine user experiences within specified product requirements and deadlines. Create actions plans to quickly improve web solutions.

Strategize with the UX team and product managers to take action on research findings. Assist in documenting requirements and functional specifications.

Work closely with a cross-functional team that includes engineers, product managers, business owners and subject matter experts.

Promote user-centered design and help establish robust research and design processes.

7+ years experience in user interface design, information architecture interaction design, human factors, and other related UX disciplines.

BS/BA degree in design, technology, psychology, human factors or HCI is preferred.
Experience with complex e-commerce businesses, must have a strong portfolio demonstrating past work experience and deliverables (eg: wireframes, user flows, site maps, research, etc

Demonstrated ability to develop big ideas, and execute flawlessly against them in a highly collaborative environment. Ability to define and lead strategic and complex transactional interfaces.

Ability to employ pragmatic and effective approaches to UX. Keen understanding of usability principles, web standards, UI patterns and their application. Experience using web analytics data to inform design decisions.

Proven ability to diplomatically advocate for the user, communicate informed design rational and value, as well as manage related expectations, culture and process changes.

Effective cross-function collaboration skills. Outstanding communication, organization, time management, and interpersonal skills. Some project management (work plans), level of effort estimation, deliverable quality assurance skills required.

Experience with all stages of the software development lifecycle in both traditional and agile environments.

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