UX Strategist

Chicago, United States
Posted August 22
If you are interested in this opportunity, please email your resume to nina@thesmartdept.com.

The smartdept is in search of a UX Strategist to join a global digital team, based in the Loop. As a key player in a world-class creative effort, you will capture the needs of the business and write user stories, which then get translated into a UI/UX by the UX Architect and Designers. Once a design for a feature or page is approved, you will help create the product backlog and define technical requirements.

What you'll do:

  • As part of a larger scrum team, you will be working with a Business Analyst, Scrum Master, UX Architects, Designers and Developers.
  • Clarify requirements and segregate them into functional and non-functional categories.
  • Document the discussions, concepts and the finalized scope.
  • Responsible for requirement gathering, interface with business during discovery phases and IT during development
  • Helps manage prioritization process for maintenance and bug fixes.
  • Simplify complex concepts and ideas into user stories and functional requirements
  • Communicate and work effectively with cross-functional team members
  • Ability to quickly define needs to UX Architects and Designers, who then prototype designs
  • Proactively recognize gaps and propose solutions.


  • 7+ years experience in a commercial software product company, design firm, or consulting firm
  • Mastery of user-centered design principles and practices.
  • Quick problem solver with an eye for detail and accuracy.
  • Experience working in an agile development process.
  • Excellent communication skills (oral, written, and listening).
  • Excellent organization skills with proven ability to manage multiple concurrent projects and to adjust to frequent changes in project priorities


This role starts as an 8-month contract that has the potential to go perm. Hours initially will be full-time, but then move into part time for up to 8 months. There is potential for another project that could start later in the year, so it could be full-time indefinitely.

Alternate Titles:

UX Analyst

Usability Strategist

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