JOBS: Web Producer with Wechsler - NYC

25 Apr 2007 - 7:42am
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Judith
2007

> Wechsler is a leading design, marketing and interactive agency serving the
> financial services industry.
> We're looking for a multi-faceted web producer/project manager to guide
> web projects from discovery to launch. The successful candidate is an
> intelligent, creative individual with strong collaborative project
> management and communication skills. An entrepreneurial and
> problem-solving spirit can lead to responsibilities covering everything
> from overall creative and interaction strategies to managing the testing
> of the final deliverables. Experience in an interactive agency or
> e-business team of a financial services company and a solid knowledge of
> the financial industry is a big plus.
> Key skills needed:
> Experience directing multi-disciplinary web teams composed of employees,
> freelancers and clients through development of web sites from gathering
> client requirements to code delivery
> Superior project management and communication skills
> Client communication and management skills
> Knowledge of all phases of client-side web design and development:
> requirements, creative brief, information architecture, content
> development, web design, html coding.
> Experience writing and producing estimates, proposals, schedules, project
> analysis and recommendations, creative review and status documents
> Competency with project management and design tools such Word, Excel,
> Adobe Creative Suite, MS Project/FastTrack, Visio/Omnigraffle
> Understanding and interest in web design best practices, e.g. usability,
> accessibility, web standards coding etc.
> Experience analyzing and creating information architectures and IA
> documentation a big plus
>
> This is a unique opportunity to work for prestigious clients in a
> creative, collaborative and intellectually challenging environment. We
> offer a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package that includes
> health insurance, 401(k) and profit sharing. For immediate consideration
> email your resume with "Web Producer" in the subject line to
> jobs at wechsler.com
>
> Judith Cremin
>
>

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25 Apr 2007 - 12:01pm
Chris Bobbett
2004

Sorry, I couldn't resist replying to this post...WOW! This seems like a tall
order! :)

One part account executive, one part project manager, one part team lead,
one part coder, and one part designer (three flavors - IxD, IA, and maybe
graphics).

Even if the job isn't ALL of these, it's at least a couple. I hope it pays
well because someone is going to earn it! :)

I know this reply didn't add any value to the discussion, but as I said...I
couldn't resist.

Regards,

Chris

On 4/25/07, Judith <judith at wechsler.com> wrote:
>
>
> > Key skills needed:
> > Experience directing multi-disciplinary web teams composed of employees,
> freelancers and clients through development of web sites from gathering
> client requirements to code delivery
> > Superior project management and communication skills
> > Client communication and management skills
> > Knowledge of all phases of client-side web design and development:
> requirements, creative brief, information architecture, content
> development, web design, html coding.
> > Experience writing and producing estimates, proposals, schedules,
> project
> analysis and recommendations, creative review and status documents
> > Competency with project management and design tools such Word, Excel,
> Adobe Creative Suite, MS Project/FastTrack, Visio/Omnigraffle
> > Understanding and interest in web design best practices, e.g. usability,
> accessibility, web standards coding etc.
> > Experience analyzing and creating information architectures and IA
> documentation a big plus
>

25 Apr 2007 - 1:40pm
jayeffvee
2007

This thread is interesting to me because we are just beginning to wonder
if we need producers here in our design group. We currently have a role
-- not a job title, mind you -- called "design lead." A person in this
role does pretty much what Dave Malouf described in his 1998 job: they
are a designer and they also manage the design workstream for a project:
marshal the resources, set up the meetings, do an estimate, manage the
schedule, and make sure no one of the design team is over budget -- AND,
they're in most cases also the IA/IxD for the project, and responsible
for the overall quality of the design, as well.

Note that a design lead only manages the design workstream: a project
manager from Web Development manages the whole project from design
through execution, testing, and release.

What has happened over the years is maybe what could have been
expected: great designers become design leads and then spend their time
looking at the budget. And that's helpful how?

So there's been some talk about to bring folks into the design group to
do this work -- and call them "producers." The problem is, some people
want the producers to own the design quality, too -- which just sounds
wacky to me: so, you have great designers who are now free to do design,
and someone who's good at budgets is going to decide if the great
designers' work is good?

That don't sound right...

-----Original Message-----
From: discuss-bounces at lists.interactiondesigners.com
[mailto:discuss-bounces at lists.interactiondesigners.com] On Behalf Of
Chris Bobbett
Sent: Wednesday, April 25, 2007 2:02 PM
To: discuss at ixda.org
Subject: Re: [IxDA Discuss] JOBS: Web Producer with Wechsler - NYC

Sorry, I couldn't resist replying to this post...WOW! This seems like a
tall
order! :)

One part account executive, one part project manager, one part team
lead,
one part coder, and one part designer (three flavors - IxD, IA, and
maybe
graphics).

Even if the job isn't ALL of these, it's at least a couple. I hope it
pays
well because someone is going to earn it! :)

I know this reply didn't add any value to the discussion, but as I
said...I
couldn't resist.

Regards,

Chris

On 4/25/07, Judith <judith at wechsler.com> wrote:
>
>
> > Key skills needed:
> > Experience directing multi-disciplinary web teams composed of
employees,
> freelancers and clients through development of web sites from
gathering
> client requirements to code delivery
> > Superior project management and communication skills
> > Client communication and management skills
> > Knowledge of all phases of client-side web design and development:
> requirements, creative brief, information architecture, content
> development, web design, html coding.
> > Experience writing and producing estimates, proposals, schedules,
> project
> analysis and recommendations, creative review and status documents
> > Competency with project management and design tools such Word,
Excel,
> Adobe Creative Suite, MS Project/FastTrack, Visio/Omnigraffle
> > Understanding and interest in web design best practices, e.g.
usability,
> accessibility, web standards coding etc.
> > Experience analyzing and creating information architectures and IA
> documentation a big plus
>
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25 Apr 2007 - 2:36pm
Dave Malouf
2005

Joan, isn't this just a design manager role?
Is this person on a project by project basis, or do they work across
projects? when I was a design manager, it was my job to protect my
design leads from this, add some direction as a mentor to their
designs and keep them away from politics harms way as much as
possible. While obviously, I had my own tasks, these were usually
limited to more strategic things and less so to the mundane, day to
day wireframe, prototype crunching work (that I'm back to doing now).

Sometimes I had my own "mini projects" to take up the slack of low
hanging fruit though, which kept me in the trenches so to speak.

I think most designers don't realize that one of the paths of
promotion is to actually stop doing design and start managing, which
means moving from visio, photoshop & flash to excel, project, and
powerpoint. Yea!!!!

-- dave

On 4/25/07, Vermette, Joan <Joan.Vermette at fmr.com> wrote:
> This thread is interesting to me because we are just beginning to wonder
> if we need producers here in our design group. We currently have a role
> -- not a job title, mind you -- called "design lead." A person in this
> role does pretty much what Dave Malouf described in his 1998 job: they
> are a designer and they also manage the design workstream for a project:
> marshal the resources, set up the meetings, do an estimate, manage the
> schedule, and make sure no one of the design team is over budget -- AND,
> they're in most cases also the IA/IxD for the project, and responsible
> for the overall quality of the design, as well.
>
> Note that a design lead only manages the design workstream: a project
> manager from Web Development manages the whole project from design
> through execution, testing, and release.
>
> What has happened over the years is maybe what could have been
> expected: great designers become design leads and then spend their time
> looking at the budget. And that's helpful how?
>
> So there's been some talk about to bring folks into the design group to
> do this work -- and call them "producers." The problem is, some people
> want the producers to own the design quality, too -- which just sounds
> wacky to me: so, you have great designers who are now free to do design,
> and someone who's good at budgets is going to decide if the great
> designers' work is good?
>
> That don't sound right...
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: discuss-bounces at lists.interactiondesigners.com
> [mailto:discuss-bounces at lists.interactiondesigners.com] On Behalf Of
> Chris Bobbett
> Sent: Wednesday, April 25, 2007 2:02 PM
> To: discuss at ixda.org
> Subject: Re: [IxDA Discuss] JOBS: Web Producer with Wechsler - NYC
>
> Sorry, I couldn't resist replying to this post...WOW! This seems like a
> tall
> order! :)
>
> One part account executive, one part project manager, one part team
> lead,
> one part coder, and one part designer (three flavors - IxD, IA, and
> maybe
> graphics).
>
> Even if the job isn't ALL of these, it's at least a couple. I hope it
> pays
> well because someone is going to earn it! :)
>
> I know this reply didn't add any value to the discussion, but as I
> said...I
> couldn't resist.
>
> Regards,
>
> Chris
>
>
> On 4/25/07, Judith <judith at wechsler.com> wrote:
> >
> >
> > > Key skills needed:
> > > Experience directing multi-disciplinary web teams composed of
> employees,
> > freelancers and clients through development of web sites from
> gathering
> > client requirements to code delivery
> > > Superior project management and communication skills
> > > Client communication and management skills
> > > Knowledge of all phases of client-side web design and development:
> > requirements, creative brief, information architecture, content
> > development, web design, html coding.
> > > Experience writing and producing estimates, proposals, schedules,
> > project
> > analysis and recommendations, creative review and status documents
> > > Competency with project management and design tools such Word,
> Excel,
> > Adobe Creative Suite, MS Project/FastTrack, Visio/Omnigraffle
> > > Understanding and interest in web design best practices, e.g.
> usability,
> > accessibility, web standards coding etc.
> > > Experience analyzing and creating information architectures and IA
> > documentation a big plus
> >
> ________________________________________________________________
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25 Apr 2007 - 2:48pm
jayeffvee
2007

It's project by project, though someone frequently plays design lead on
several projects at once.

And then, on top of this, we have design managers, who do what you
describe below: coach, are line managers, etc. And a design manager
might also be a design lead for a big, visible strategic project -- or,
as you say, their own pet strategic stuff sort of on the side....

So -- you don't think we need yet another layer of producers wedged in
there somewhere? ;-)

-----Original Message-----
From: discuss-bounces at lists.interactiondesigners.com
[mailto:discuss-bounces at lists.interactiondesigners.com] On Behalf Of
David Malouf
Sent: Wednesday, April 25, 2007 4:37 PM
To: discuss at ixda.org
Subject: Re: [IxDA Discuss] JOBS: Web Producer with Wechsler - NYC

Joan, isn't this just a design manager role?
Is this person on a project by project basis, or do they work across
projects? when I was a design manager, it was my job to protect my
design leads from this, add some direction as a mentor to their
designs and keep them away from politics harms way as much as
possible. While obviously, I had my own tasks, these were usually
limited to more strategic things and less so to the mundane, day to
day wireframe, prototype crunching work (that I'm back to doing now).

Sometimes I had my own "mini projects" to take up the slack of low
hanging fruit though, which kept me in the trenches so to speak.

I think most designers don't realize that one of the paths of
promotion is to actually stop doing design and start managing, which
means moving from visio, photoshop & flash to excel, project, and
powerpoint. Yea!!!!

-- dave

On 4/25/07, Vermette, Joan <Joan.Vermette at fmr.com> wrote:
> This thread is interesting to me because we are just beginning to
wonder
> if we need producers here in our design group. We currently have a
role
> -- not a job title, mind you -- called "design lead." A person in
this
> role does pretty much what Dave Malouf described in his 1998 job: they
> are a designer and they also manage the design workstream for a
project:
> marshal the resources, set up the meetings, do an estimate, manage the
> schedule, and make sure no one of the design team is over budget --
AND,
> they're in most cases also the IA/IxD for the project, and responsible
> for the overall quality of the design, as well.
>
> Note that a design lead only manages the design workstream: a project
> manager from Web Development manages the whole project from design
> through execution, testing, and release.
>
> What has happened over the years is maybe what could have been
> expected: great designers become design leads and then spend their
time
> looking at the budget. And that's helpful how?
>
> So there's been some talk about to bring folks into the design group
to
> do this work -- and call them "producers." The problem is, some
people
> want the producers to own the design quality, too -- which just sounds
> wacky to me: so, you have great designers who are now free to do
design,
> and someone who's good at budgets is going to decide if the great
> designers' work is good?
>
> That don't sound right...
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: discuss-bounces at lists.interactiondesigners.com
> [mailto:discuss-bounces at lists.interactiondesigners.com] On Behalf Of
> Chris Bobbett
> Sent: Wednesday, April 25, 2007 2:02 PM
> To: discuss at ixda.org
> Subject: Re: [IxDA Discuss] JOBS: Web Producer with Wechsler - NYC
>
> Sorry, I couldn't resist replying to this post...WOW! This seems like
a
> tall
> order! :)
>
> One part account executive, one part project manager, one part team
> lead,
> one part coder, and one part designer (three flavors - IxD, IA, and
> maybe
> graphics).
>
> Even if the job isn't ALL of these, it's at least a couple. I hope it
> pays
> well because someone is going to earn it! :)
>
> I know this reply didn't add any value to the discussion, but as I
> said...I
> couldn't resist.
>
> Regards,
>
> Chris
>
>
> On 4/25/07, Judith <judith at wechsler.com> wrote:
> >
> >
> > > Key skills needed:
> > > Experience directing multi-disciplinary web teams composed of
> employees,
> > freelancers and clients through development of web sites from
> gathering
> > client requirements to code delivery
> > > Superior project management and communication skills
> > > Client communication and management skills
> > > Knowledge of all phases of client-side web design and development:
> > requirements, creative brief, information architecture, content
> > development, web design, html coding.
> > > Experience writing and producing estimates, proposals, schedules,
> > project
> > analysis and recommendations, creative review and status
documents
> > > Competency with project management and design tools such Word,
> Excel,
> > Adobe Creative Suite, MS Project/FastTrack, Visio/Omnigraffle
> > > Understanding and interest in web design best practices, e.g.
> usability,
> > accessibility, web standards coding etc.
> > > Experience analyzing and creating information architectures and IA
> > documentation a big plus
> >
> ________________________________________________________________
> Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)!
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>
> ________________________________________________________________
> Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)!
> To post to this list ....... discuss at ixda.org
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--
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http://synapticburn.com/
http://ixda.org/
http://motorola.com/
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