User Experience Designer

Andrew Merryweather
2007
User Experience Designer
August 20, 2010 - 4:18am
Cambridge, UK
United Kingdom
Employer: 
Tribal
From a recruiter: 
Direct employer
Term: 
Full time
How to apply: 
Please send CV to andrew.merryweather@tribalgroup.com
Description: 

Summary

To play a key role in designing the user experience across several of our web applications, web sites, and e-learning content products. To work with project managers and the software team to turn requirements into functional specifications. In the context of a typical UX brief, the focus of this role is on interface design and evaluation rather than user research.

Main duties and responsibilities

You will work between the product and project managers and the software team, acting as a bridge between the teams, and working with them on tasks in several areas:
Requirements and specifications

  • Create detailed functional specifications and interface designs based on high-level requirements and feature descriptions, taking account of limitations and opportunities presented by technical solutions
  • Create a range of UX deliverables to communicate with and engage internal and external clients, including functional specifications, wireframes, click-throughs, workflow diagrams, scenarios, evaluation reports
  • Help to collect, analyse and prioritise client requirements alongside project manager and/or product management team
  • Review and contribute to technical specifications


Evaluation

  • Lead or assist in user testing and heuristic evaluation of prototypes (paper, static, working) and completed software
  • Review visual designs from UX/functional perspective and feed back to designer
  • Review and improve the design of existing key products


Communication

  • Communicate specifications to rest of project team (developers, graphic designers, content writers, testers)
  • Present specifications and walk-throughs to internal and external clients
  • Be a key member of discussions around technical limitations and opportunities with the project manager, technical lead, and product management team
  • Bring a UX perspective to discussions around how we carry forward or redevelop existing products and feature sets in future product development


Business development

  • Contribute to bids (wireframes, product descriptions etc)
  • Help shape solutions with or in response to clients

 

Knowledge, experience, and skills required

Must have:
Minimum 1 to 2 years experience OR Relevant qualification (HCI, interaction design, information design, etc) to degree or Masters level, plus industry experience or placement

  • Portfolio of typical UX deliverables (functional specification, wireframes, workflow diagram, scenario, usability evaluation report)
  • Understanding of user experience design on complex web applications
  • Deep understanding of web usability and accessibility
  • Well-developed skills in one or more wireframing/prototyping tools (Visio preferred)
  • Exceptional communication and team-working skills


Desirable

  • Experience of designing administrative workflows and interfaces for managing large datasets in web applications
  • Awareness of digital learning pedagogy
  • Experience of designing products built on open source software

 

Personal characteristics

Creative and forward thinking; calm under pressure; natural communicator; goal-oriented; flexible and adaptable; able to delegate; technically aware; assertive but non-aggressive; problem solving; good judgement; pragmatic; approachable; able to deal with ambiguity.

Work environment

No blame culture; teamwork oriented; highly multi-disciplinary; seeking continuous improvement; strong on empowerment.