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We are looking for an experienced Junior to Mid-level Experience Researcher who can plan, guide, and execute on a wide variety of user-centered research projects including field research, user analysis, and consumer surveys. This is a highly collaborative role working with many partners across the user experience team, as well as marketing and product development teams. This dynamic role requires a deep curiosity for understanding human behavior and producing relevant insights.

What you will be doing

  • You will be responsible for implementing all phases of user research testing including writing research plans, developing screeners to identify participant profiles, moderating usability sessions, writing detailed reports, and presenting findings to clients.
  • As a User Researcher, you will have the opportunity to employ a wide range of research methodologies including field research, lab-based usability tests, focus groups, prototype testing, and survey research.

What skills you must have to be successful

  • At least 2+ years of experience in user research, as an applied anthropologist, or human factors experience in the software industry.
  • Education requirements include an MA/MS in human factors, psychology or highly related field (or be enrolled in a graduate level degree program with relevant work experience).
  • Significant experience with multiple user research methodologies spanning the product development life cycle from conceptualization to launch, such as lab studies, field research, iterative prototype testing, and surveys/questionnaires.
  • Experience generating research plans, defining and tracking user experience metrics, coordinating work on multiple products/releases, and managing the work of additional resources.
  • The successful candidate has a proven track record of learning new technologies quickly, working in an agile environment and juggling multiple deliverables.
  • Knowledge of user interface design processes and methodology, particularly as applied to consumer products.
  • Ability to work effectively with multidisciplinary teams to drive application of results into the business.
  • Ability to organize individual work, scope interactions in task and workflows, and collaborate with multiple stakeholders on timelines and deliverables.
  • Solid knowledge of the field of human-computer interaction, experimental design, observational and field methods, and data analysis is required.
  • Strong aptitude for learning new technologies.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills are required.
  • Strong time management skills with minimum need for oversight.
  • Portfolio and experience should demonstrate creative solutions, leadership, and ability to handle complex UX problems.

Are you a multi-faceted Senior Designer with robust experience designing for UX and some UI, primarily within application or product design? Does the prospect of juggling a full plate of concurrent projects and tasks energize and excite you? Do you love having the ability to produce great work independently, as well as value the opportunity to collaborate with other designers? As a Senior Lead Designer within the Studios team at Allovus, you will lead our client projects from the point of initial discovery through final delivery, ensuring that our design process is a positive and successful experience for everyone involved.

What you will be doing

Our Studio team focuses on a number of (ever growing) services we provide to our clients, including conceptual explorations, testing and research-directed designs, visual and UX deliverables, all in addition to providing design scope and project management. As a Senior Lead Designer, you'll be the one to both lead and manage our team; meeting with new clients for discovery, participate in project planning, managing and providing thoughtful feedback to both our internal design team and our clients alike.

  • You'll balance several ongoing client projects at a time (invested time varies project to project).
  • You'll helm projects from beginning to end ensuring that timelines and milestones are met, the right resources are utilized, and the deliverables delight (in partnership with our Design PMs).
  • You'll lead and inspire other designers to do their best with thoughtful art direction, critique, and feedback.
  • You'll exude confidence, and guide with grace; you find the right approach to help clients make good choices throughout our design process to ensure their satisfaction.
  • You'll inject professional maturity and a bit of wisdom into our team; you can pivot, remain flexible, and help everyone stay sane when things get a bit crazy.

What skills we want you to bring

No single designer does everything well. With that said, we believe the following skills to be the most helpful.

  • Usability: you can provide navigation and flow examples that demonstrate how to solve for complexity.
  • Visuals: you can create and deliver polished visual designs that implement the desired look/feel/brand.
  • Iconography: you might not be an icon designer yourself, but you can direct our icon specialists.
  • Mobile experience: you have designed for mobile with knowledge of various patterns, OS system differences, and best practices (mobile is core to much of our Studios work).
  • Comfortable wielding the tools of the trade: Photoshop and Illustrator proficiency is expected, but we're also looking for designers with deeper knowledge of Figma in particular (Sketch + Adobe XD are good, but we're investing heavily into Figma).
  • Capable and experienced working with Design Systems: almost all of our clients have their own systems we're invited to work within.
  • Prioritization. Adapts to change and can reprioritize based on new initiatives.
  • Mission Driven. Exudes Allovus' values and supports our goals.
  • All interested candidates must have an up-to-date design portfolio for review when applying. In our wide-range of provided services, we at times also guide and deliver motion design (video + animations), logo and branding design, illustration, print materials, etc. Being comfortable leading our specialists within these services would be ideal.

Deal breakers and things we avoid

We acknowledge and celebrate differences amongst our staff, but some characteristics are dealbreakers for us.

  • Struggles to manage multiple priorities (you'll need to be flexible and champion several things at once).
  • Poor communication / presentation skills (you'll be the point person with our clients, staff, etc. - clear and concise communication skills are paramount to this role).
  • Negativity, or can't-do attitudes (we lean into challenges, look for the positive, and build one another up).

Logistics

We are headquartered in Gig Harbor (WA), but open to having someone work remotely throughout the greater Seattle area. Pre-COVID, it would not be uncommon for occasional onsite meetings with our clients, however, these days we're geographical dispersed across the Puget Sound region.

More about Allovus

Allovus is a design + recruiting firm offering highly skilled design and development creatives for full-time work, temporary placement, and fully-managed offsite design teams. We employ highly skilled design and development creatives in fulltime and temporary roles in Washington and Oregon. We are intentionally small. We value quality, diversity, and putting our candidates and employees first. We help our talent find the work they love and will always advocate on their behalf to secure them the most ideal opportunity for their personal career and lifestyle. Allovus is a woman-owned equal opportunity employer committed to fostering an inclusive and creative environment. We wholeheartedly embrace diversity and invite applications from people of all walks of life. We don't discriminate against employees or applicants based on gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race, religion, age, national origin, citizenship, disability, pregnancy status, veteran status, or any other differences. If there are arrangements, we can make to help ensure you have a comfortable and positive interview experience, please let us know! Interested?

Introduce yourself to us: work@allovus.com

We are looking for User Experience Designer with the full breadth of UX design skills for our marketing and commerce applications and who will work collaboratively with UX designers, researchers, product managers, engineers and other stakeholders throughout the software development lifecycle. The position requires a pragmatic, user-centered and data-informed design approach to enterprise design. The perfect candidate who thrives in this culture requires a growth mindset, exceptional communication and design skills, and a passion for learning.

What you will be doing

  • Designing user experience solutions that work across devices.
  • Partnering with product owners and business analysts to define UX/UI requirements for reports informed by user interviews, heuristic evaluation of pre-existing tools, and iterative usability testing.
  • Engaging directly with users and customers to gain a deeper understanding of their goals, validate design solutions, conduct quick rounds of usability testing, incorporating results into your design process.
  • Leading the early concept phase by organizing and running idea sessions, creating mood boards, storyboarding, brainstorming, creating user scenarios, and developing concept sketches.
  • Create wireframes, high fidelity mockups, prototypes, user flows, information architecture diagrams, or other artifacts required to build shared understanding across cross-functional teams.
  • Crafting pixel-perfect mockups which deliver detailed design specs and assets to engineering teams, verifying implementation quality, and tracking success metrics.
  • Mapping complex customer journeys, visualizing concepts through storyboards, prioritizing scalable information architecture, laying out detailed workflows around tech constraints, building intuitive interactions, and prototyping.
  • Practice, drive, and teach exemplary visual and interaction design practice and hold the design organization accountable to deliver high quality experiences.
  • Working closely with product teams, designers, and users to dive deeply into user journeys to identify problems, re-frame into opportunities, and co-create requirements and design plans.

What you must have to be successful

  • At least 2+ years of experience in work-related field of user interface, interaction and UX design required.
  • Education requirements include either a Bachelor's degree (or higher) in HCI, Product Design, Human Factors, or similarly related field.
  • Experience in building and shipping beautiful and intuitive applications.
  • A proven track record of delivering excellent experiences that meet user needs, product requirements, and strategic business objectives.
  • Understand user experience design, research, and content strategy processes and practices to a level that enables strong collaboration with peers.
  • Knowledge of user interface design processes and methodology, particularly as applied to consumer products.
  • Significant experience spanning the product development life cycle from conceptualization to launch.
  • Direct experience across a range of design approaches and methodologies, from persona development to prototyping and the many steps in between.
  • Show attention to detail and understanding of typography, color, and layout principles.
  • Great listening skills, with an open-minded and team-oriented approach to design.
  • Extraordinary communication skills – the ability to make complex ideas understandable, demonstrate passion and leadership, and strong presentation skills.
  • Ability to work effectively with multidisciplinary teams to drive application of results into the business.
  • Ability to organize individual work, scope interactions in task and workflows, and collaborate with multiple stakeholders on timelines and deliverables.
  • Strong aptitude for learning new technologies.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills are required.
  • Strong time management skills with minimum need for oversight.
  • Excellent communication and organization skills.
  • Portfolio and experience must demonstrate creative solutions, leadership, and ability to handle complex UX problems.

Allovus is a woman-owned equal opportunity employer committed to fostering an inclusive and creative environment. We wholeheartedly embrace diversity and invite applications from people of all walks of life. We don't discriminate against employees or applicants based on gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race, religion, age, national origin, citizenship, disability, pregnancy status, veteran status, or any other differences. If there are arrangements we can make to help ensure you have a comfortable and positive interview experience, please let us know!

Always in demand

We are always looking for talented creatives at all levels for the following types of roles. If you are one of the following, introduce yourself.

Design patterns, workflow, navigation, and structure to define the user journey, behavior, and content for ease-of-use, coherence, and consistency.

Experienced UX designers with expertise in product research, design strategy, information architecture, and/or interaction design. We look for demonstrated skill and knowledge in developing high-functioning products in the following areas: corporate websites, software applications, enterprise systems, and/or consumer electronic devices. UX Designers should be able to articulate concepts through problem solving, idea generation and mapped thought processes, highlight best practices, define project challenges, scope, prototyping and stages of delivery/execution are key.

Typical responsibilities

  • Design and specify user interfaces and information architecture using participatory and iterative design techniques, including observational studies, customer interviews, and other forms of requirements discovery.
  • Plan, prioritize, coordinate, and conduct user analysis and requirements, task analysis, conceptual modeling, information architecture design, and interaction design.
  • Produce user requirements specifications, user profiles, storyboards, scenarios, flowcharts, design prototypes, and design specifications.
  • Effectively communicate research findings, conceptual ideas, detailed design, and design rationale both verbally and visually. Develop and document detailed user experience specifications for highly interactive interfaces.
  • Collaborate with Product Management, Development and Test teams in seeing the designs through from planning to implementation.
  • Work closely with multiple stakeholders to ensure that design specifications are implemented.
The process of understanding user behaviors, needs, and attitudes using different observation, quantitative and qualitative data.

Experienced User Experience Researchers with expertise in planning, guiding and executing on a wide variety of user-centered research projects including field research, user analysis, and consumer surveys. We look for User Experience Researchers who are highly collaborative and are comfortable working with many partners across the user experience team, as well as marketing and product development teams.

Typical responsibilities

  • Design, plan, and conduct user research, including methods such as: usability lab studies, ethnographic field research, participatory design, cognitive walkthroughs and other similar approaches.
  • Partner with user experience designers, marketing, program management and marketing communications to represent user needs during product definition, requirements gathering, project planning, UI design and product launch.
  • Participate in research initiatives to ensure an applied user-centered design process addressing client needs and objectives.
  • Significant experience with multiple user research methodologies spanning the product development life cycle from conceptualization to launch, such as lab studies, field research, iterative prototype testing, and surveys/questionnaires.
Define user requirements and plan the site or product architecture through the study of site concepts, platforms, and target audience.

Experienced Information Architects are able to successfully determine user requirements and plan the site or product architecture through the study of site concepts, platforms, and target audience. Information Architects envision architectural schemes, information structure and features, functionality, and user-interface design; as well as create optimum user scenarios. We look for Information Architects who are skilled at preparing data models, designing information structure, data flow, and UX navigation.

Typical responsibilities

  • Analyze user needs, preferences, objectives, and working methods; study how users consume content, including data categorization and labeling; meeting with focus groups.
  • Produce workflow diagrams, user scenarios, flowcharts, and storyboards.
  • Prepare interaction specifications, navigation rules, organize information, and site maps.
  • Explore architecture through preparation of paper and interactive prototypes and mockups.
  • Coordinate with team to integrate site concept with visual design, content, interface, and navigational structure; document structure and processes.
Create aesthetic graphic representations that depict a concept using color palette, typography, use of imagery, defining layouts using hierarchy and organization.

Experienced Visual Designers with skills in product design, brand implementation, and common design and prototyping methodogies in web-based and mobile products. We look for Visual Designers who have talent in the creation of iconography, typography, storyboarding, and data visualization. Understanding how to leverage customer and user research to drive visual design and brand programs within a single product or across a suite of products is key.

Typical responsibilities

  • Design graphics elements, assets, and visual approaches that are user-centric and responsive.
  • Partner with UX designers and architects to create a cohesive user experience for products.
  • Create and manage brand standards and style guides for products.
  • Maintain visual consistency and quality throughout the products
Establish functionality that demonstrates the design and interaction within key areas which are created within storyboards and wireframes to outline the experience.

Experienced Prototypers with demonstrated ability in utilizing a variety of technologies and frameworks to develop working prototypes that bring wireframes, storyboards and comps to life. We look for Prototypers who can work closely with other web developers, engineers, designers, product owners, and users to create and deliver high-quality prototypes on conceptual designs that will demonstrate new ways for how people interact, create, consume, and share.

Typical responsibilities

  • Drive projects from start to finish rapidly building and iterating prototypes to validate and refine concepts as well as test ideas.
  • Work closely with developers, engineers, designers, product owners, and users to create and deliver high-quality prototypes on conceptual designs that will demonstrate new ways for how people interact, create, consume, and share.
  • Collaborating with stake holders, designers and developers to create prototypes ensuring design and user experience quality from the development process through launch.
  • Partner with design and development teams to ensure that interactive techniques and technologies translate through to shipping products and services, producing interactive and techniqually feasible experiences.
  • Recognize, recommend and execute interface design practices with respect to accessibility and usability needs; building prototypes of designs, actively contribute to the quality of our products by supplying interaction design recommendations.
Manage and schedule resources, meetings, deliverables, deadlines, and negotiate tradeoffs in budget and schedules as necessary.

Experienced Project Managers who have a track record of successfully managing complex UX, UI, Design and/or Research projects while communicating with project stakeholders, technical program managers, user experience and development teams to define and deliver complex features for products, websites, and mobile. We look for Project Managers with the ability to contribute to the project work by consulting with Clients and Account Management during planning and concepting; including managing production budget and resources, providing alternate solutions to produce scope, and managing the project timeline.

Typical responsibilities

  • Lead the efficient delivery of large, complex UX/UI/Research projects.
  • Manage ambiguity across projects with an acute sensitivity to deadlines and multiple deliverables. Anticipate bottlenecks, provide escalation management, anticipate and make tradeoffs, and balance the business needs versus technical constraints.
  • Understand and foster meaningful relationships with members of the team in order to best leverage individuals' unique skills and abilities, and avoid or minimize potential resource gaps.
  • Identify, assess, track and mitigate issues and risks at multiple levels.
  • Create, maintain and disseminate project plan and information to stakeholders.
  • Drive effective teamwork, communication, collaboration and commitment across multiple disparate groups with competing priorities.

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