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5045 - UI / UX Designer - Houston, TX


UI UX Designer

Contract Opportunity

Location: Houston, TX (Locals only)

Summary of Project:

Working with project teams across the enterprise, this position will ensure usable applications are developed and deployed. This includes providing coaching to key roles (business analysts, designers, developers, etc.) in usability tools, techniques, and best practices as well as performing usability activities.

As the lead of the Usability COE, the candidate will create and meet the Usability COE goals, provide recommendations to project teams, and ensure consistency of tools and methods applied. This is an excellent opportunity to establish and influence company's direction and culture in scripting and delivery of IT solutions.

Required Qualifications:

  • University degree in the fields related to human computer interaction, usability, human factors, industrial design, psychology, computer science, or related field
  • More than five years of recent experience as a user experience/user interface designer, human factors engineer, animation, or comparable roles across a variety of solutions
  • Expert in user behavior analysis and usability design
  • Well-versed in user-centered methodologies and design thinking
  • Competent in information visualization
  • Working knowledge of information architecture
  • Experience with wireframe prototyping tools such as Axure, Sketchflow or Balsamiq, and equivalents
  • Ability to perform functional requirements analysis and business domain analysis
  • Knowledge of graphic design software and tools such as Adobe CS4/5, 3DStudio Max, Maya, Flash, Photoshop, Illustrator, Flex, Dreamweaver, HTML, DHTML, XHTML, CSS, JavaScript, and equivalents
  • Able to coach peers on usability standards and best practices so as to improve organizational capability
  • Able to influence and champion usability in an organization (communicate value of usability to executive and project leadership)
  • Able to manage multiple projects and tasks at one time; flexible and adaptable when priorities shift due to changing situations
  • Able to multitask, meet deadlines, prioritize requests, and work independently while producing quality work.
  • Experience working in an agile development cycle
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Able to communicate effectively with both business partners and other IT professionals at all levels of the organization
  • Highly motivated and a self-starter. Able to work independently as well as collaborate well with teams

Preferred Qualifications:

  • CUA Certification is a plus

Key Responsibilities:

  • Evangelizing a human/user centric mindset and design philosophies including design thinking
  • Provide leadership and direction on the use of current and emerging technologies based on best practices and standards relevant to company
  • Collaborate with business unit heads, service managers to understand demand for usability resources and assist in sourcing internally or externally as needed
  • Coordinate with business unit heads, service managers to understand business and functional requirements related to end-user experience
  • Create user-centered designs based on business and functional requirements, user research, market analysis, customer feedback, and usability findings
  • Develop conceptual diagrams, wireframes, visual mockups, usage scenarios, navigation maps, and prototypes
  • Lead and/or participate in user research and usability testing to help improve the user experience
  • Review and analyze user research and usability reports, for use in determining best user interface design solutions
  • Interact with information architects to understand how information is stored, modeled, and tagged, and identify ways to visualize and present information in a user-friendly manner to end users
  • Communicate user experience designs to internal stakeholders to get buy-in, feedback, and negotiate trade-offs
  • Document and communicate user-interface design specifications to in-house or third-party software engineers for implementation/coding
  • Coordinate with cloud application vendors to negotiate the required customizations for enhanced end-user experience
  • Coach business analysts, designers and developers on usability standards and best practices
  • Contribute to the design standards and promotes user-centered design throughout the organization
  • Develop guidelines, standards, and user-centered design processes and ensure that they are fully integrated into the user-centered product development lifecycle
  • Strong communication and presentation skills including the ability to interface with other parts of the IT function and external parties
  • Lead and foster the Usability Communities of Practice.
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