JOB: User Experience Lead / Redmond / Microsoft / Full Time

19 Oct 2006 - 4:54pm
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Scott Simmons

JOB: User Experience Lead / Redmond / Microsoft / Full Time

Do you want to play a leading role in the effort of designing and delivering products and services that truly change the way people connect with business processes? Do you want to be part of a unique international user experience team dedicated to the challenge of designing and delivering products and services that people love and have a lot of fun doing it?

The User Experience team for Microsoft Dynamics is seeking a User Experience Lead to make business applications from Microsoft more powerful, simpler and more compelling to use. This is your opportunity to take the next step in your career by joining the team that reinvents how people interact with business applications. Are you a talented designer; passionate about user-centered design and creating products and services people love and a great leader too, then this is the job for you! Join an organization that is creating the next growth business for Microsoft and where enabling superior user experiences for customers, partners and end-users is considered strategic to success.

Our team consists of user experience researchers and designers located in three Microsoft development centers in Redmond, WA, Fargo, ND and Copenhagen, Denmark. The team is responsible for the user experience design and research for current as well as future products within the Microsoft Dynamics family of products and services.


First, you will be a key member of the user experience management team and as such collaborate with other user experience leads on ensuring outstanding team performance. This includes setting direction and goals for the user experience team, coaching and guiding the team toward performance, recruiting and talent management and simply making the team a great place to work for user experience professional.

Secondly, you will work closely with program managers, user experience designers and researchers and other disciplines to create the best possible user experience. In Redmond we do most of most of our design and research work with feature teams within the application area of Customer Relationship Management, Project Accounting and Time & Expense Management. We also do design and research for infrastructure components such as clients, workflow, reporting and business intelligence. On our other sites we work with teams within Supply Chain Management, Financial Management and Human Resource Management.

Thirdly, you will be involved in larger cross-team design and research projects that will impact the product strategy and future direction of Microsoft Dynamics and as well as initiatives to continuously improve our design and research processes, tools and the user-centered culture in the broader organization. This work will require close collaboration with team members at all of our sites and with the large user experience community within Microsoft. The position will involve conference calls outside regular business hours as well as some travel, primarily to Europe and within the USA.

The candidate we are looking for:

- Has eight or more years of work experience with state-of-the-art user-centered design methods including contextual inquiry, task analysis, cognitive walkthroughs, usability studies and workshops, idea generation, storyboarding, information architecture, interaction and visual design.

- Has demonstrated success in leading teams in a user-centered design process to consistently produce insights, awesome experiences, and business value.

- Is a great team player and a great communicator that can connect easily with other people and disciplines within an engineering team and have demonstrated ability to work confidently with diverse teams (e.g., Program Management, Software Development, Testing, Product Planning, Industrial Design, Branding, User Assistance and User Research).

- Has a BA/BS degree in a design field.

- Has interaction and visual design skills including experience with tools like Microsoft Visio, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Flash and Abe Director.

- Has flair and passion r technology.

- Has a portfolio available for viewing.

- Have experience with developing or implementing business applications or enterprise software.

- Have 2 or more years of design management experience.

- Has been successful at building great design teams and growing individuals in their careers.
- Is knowledgeable about emerging tools, and an innovator in design tools, process, and/or methods.

- Has familiarity with accessibility and Section 508 requirements.

- Is someone who is or can become a leader across the user experience community inside Microsoft.

- You are or can be recognized for your work and insights in the user experience profession outside Microsoft.

- Has a graduate degree within the design field.

We offer you...

- The opportunity to impact how millions of users will interact with the finest of business applications.

- Highly talented and motivated colleagues who will support you while working with the latest theory's, tools and technology.

- A dynamic international workplace with unparalleled opportunities for personal and professional growth.

- An international work environment that is characterized by flexibility, an in a formal atmosphere and a fast pace.

- An attractive compensation and benefits package that will match your qualifications and responsibility.

- A well-defined career path that spans the entire range from try level to very senior levels.

- International visa

For more information or consideration please contact:
Scott Simmons
Scott.Simmons at Microsoft.Com<mailto:Scott.Simmons at Microsoft.Com>

Scott Simmons
Staffing Consultant

Microsoft Dynamics
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