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UX Product Designer

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Chicago, United States
Posted September 30
Freelance
If you are interested in this opportunity, please email your resume to melissa@thesmartdept.com.

The smartdept.inc is in search of a UX product designer working with a leading multi-brand technology solutions provider in Chicago. This is an on-going contract opportunity.

The UX product designer is responsible for developing and designing the customer experience for mobile and web products. This role translates customer needs, business goals, and technical feasibility into an effective design solution while maintaining the brand, and adhering to the  design guideline.  The Product Designer demonstrates conceptual thinking and deep understanding of a product and its users.

what you'll do: 

  • Understands and advocates the role of design in the product development process while championing for the needs of the user
  • Utilizes the Design Thinking process as a framework for product discovery and innovative problem solving
  • Collaborates cross functionally with internal/external stakeholders to help define, develop and deliver best-in-class experiences for web and mobile products
  • Takes product ownership and works closely with Product Management and Engineering to strategize and deeply understand product goals and deliver solutions within an Agile development environment
  • Works within a dedicated product team and collaborates regularly with UI design and engineering to translate wireframes and prototypes into production ready specs and requirements
  • Able to work effectively in a fast-moving environment, juggle multiple projects, and prioritize work according to roadmap discovery and delivery schedules
  • Actively participates in design critiques, executive design reviews, studios and workshops with peers across UX and UI disciplines, as well as product management and executive leadership
  • Stays abreast of industry trends, standards and best practices, consistently re-evaluating current implementations and identifying opportunities for improvement
  • Conducts user-centered research and testing using advanced methodologies and techniques
  • Works closely with A/B testing and site analytics teams to interpret quantitative/qualitative customer data and inform thoughtful design decisions
  • Presents UX recommendations in the appropriate fidelity to effectively communicate ideas and proposed customer experiences  (i.e. sketches, concept storyboarding, wireframes, user flows and prototypes)

what you'll need: 

  • Bachelor's degree in Interaction Design, Human Factors, HCI, or related discipline
  • 3+ years of professional design experience for either B2B or B2C brands with a focus on complex design systems
  • A portfolio of work demonstrating approach to complex problem solving
  • Demonstrated experience with designing user experiences across various design modalities
  • Strong familiarity with interaction design principles, usability testing, human centered research, standards and best practices
  • Attention to detail and ability to creatively problem solve
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills with the ability to effectively interact with all stakeholders including senior leadership
  • Ability to work effectively with UI designers
  • Proven track record of balancing multiple priorities simultaneously and negotiating work flow, while meeting deadlines

bonus qualifications:

  • Experience with Responsive design
  • Familiarity in CSS, Interface and Web Application Development
  • Familiarity with web standards/guidelines and designing for accessibility (WCAG 2.0

If you are interested in this opportunity, please email your resume to melissa@thesmartdept.com.