Product Designer

Location: New York, NY
Date Posted: 02-01-2016
Product Designer for Biz Applications Startup Founded by Google, Facebook, and Big Data Alums
 
A tight-knit, world-class 20-person team devoted to turning complex technologies into real, bottom-line business solutions. Founders from Google, Facebook, and a Big Data pioneer. Weekly lunches and fun, take-a-load-off, team-building activities. Steps from the subway.
 
Hard to pass up, right?
 
This 2-year old startup—loaded with funding from well-known investing partners, including Sequoia Capital, and Fortune 500 clients—needs a UX Designer to help design and build data-driven, marketing-centric business applications that drive revenue. Everyone here is mad about data—about optimized system performance and tackling complicated algorithmic problems. Ideally, you should be, too.
 
This is a “full-stack” design position—responsible for research, design, and need to have knowledge of development. This is a young company and everyone else is a jack-of-all-trades, get-your-hands-wet member of the team.
 
Working with the Head of Product Design and a team of nimble engineers (you need to know how to speak ‘engineer’), you’ll develop prototypes based on user research, which you’ll be heavily involved with—and not just developing prototypes, validating concepts, and translating data into design. You’ll organize and conduct user research studies, too. They’d love your help talking up to non-designers the benefits and components of what good design looks like.
 
They’re looking for someone with at least 4 years of experience designing interfaces and shipping web applications, PLUS an academic degree in Human Computer Interaction, Interaction Design, or something similar. Do you get a kick out of making complex data look simple? Perfect!
 
You should know how to develop interactive prototypes in your sleep, and the ins and outs of UX and UI design processes and methodologies. Be prepared to show you’re familiar with agile process development and working with engineers. Remember: speak engineer! UI libraries are already in place, but you must show experience in building prototypes. Familiarity with HTML, CSS, jQuery, JavaScript is nice, but not critical; and though you won’t be coding, knowledge of code is helpful.
 
In such a small organization, everyone’s a self-starter and you should be, too. You should show that you’ve come up with original ideas and fresh approaches—and transformed them into something beautiful, but also useful and valuable. It goes without saying that your portfolio is stunning. But it should demonstrate how your designs have addressed and resolved user needs across a variety of contexts. And it can’t hurt to let your passion for the power of data visualization shine through!
 
Above all, you need to show empathy for all your different audiences and recognize the big picture: that projects are all about the user and that good design is nothing if it doesn’t advance brand and business goals.
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