Visual Design Manager (Req#: 53051)*Mountain View, CA*Intuit*Full time

20 Oct 2004 - 2:12pm
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Nancy Falkenburg

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Visual Design Manager (Req#: 53051)
Location: Mountain View, CA

Intuit Inc. is a leading provider of business and financial management
solutions for small and mid-sized businesses, consumers and accounting
professionals. Its flagship products and services, including QuickBooks(r),
Quicken(r) and TurboTax(r) software, simplify small business management and
payroll processing, personal finance, and tax preparation and filing.

Intuit isn't just another place to work. It's a company made up of smart,
motivated people with a passion for what they do. We take pride in our
dedication to the customers who use our products and services every day.
Intuit offers some of the best rewards in the industry. We don't think
you'll find another employer more dedicated to its employees' success.

The QuickBooks Group UI Design team is tasked with designing the user
experience for more than 2.5 million users of QuickBooks products and

Our group creates elegant, appealing, and extensible designs through
user-centered design practices. These practices include gathering user
needs, setting standards for design development, serving as user advocates
on development teams, and performing usability testing for effective design

Job description
The Visual Design Manager will be responsible for directing a small team of
visual designers in the QuickBooks Group at Intuit. The Visual Design
Manager will work closely with interaction design and user research groups
to ensure that high quality user experiences are integral to Intuit
products. The manager will be responsible for establishing and evolving the
visual design language for QuickBooks desktop products and online services.
In addition, the Visual Design Manager will spend 25-50% of the time on a
hands-on capacity by directly driving innovative design solutions to
completion. The Visual Design Manager must be an excellent communicator and
strong leader in a work environment that is fast paced and values excellent

- Build a world-class visual design team to meet the needs of the business.
Hire and manage designers (both staff and contractors)
- Mentor team members as necessary and provide direction in creating and
fulfilling career paths
- Ensure a positive and collaborative work environment for the team
- Define team's objectives, metrics, and priorities that align with business
- Responsible for establishing and driving an overall visual design strategy
for the QuickBooks family of products and services.
- Identify opportunities for improvements and propose innovative changes to
visual design processes.
- React to and resolve product, divisional, and strategic trade-offs
influencing visual design strategy and direction
- Consider issues outside of functional area to ensure success of
product/project, group, and division
- Co-author and maintain QuickBooks' repository of visual design guidelines
- Use strong presentation skills to influence internal and external teams
- Create a scalable and flexible framework for project management,
scheduling, and resource allocation
- Prioritize the focus of the designers work to align with corporate goals
and business objectives (critical few; high-return projects)
- Oversee multiple projects simultaneously
- Review plans and designs to ensure quality and consistency with vision and
- Manage all run-the-business aspects of the design group including budgets,
forecasts, personnel (both staff and consultants)
- Spend about 30-50% of the time in a hands-on role as a designer by driving
visual design solutions from requirements to completion
- Communicate effectively with all levels of management and across
multidisciplinary teams Qualifications:
- At least 2 years experience managing a visual design group. Proven
leadership in the user experience industry within recent years
- Strong leadership and management skills. Successful experience in building
teams, goal setting, coaching, & developing individuals to achieve targeted
- At least 7 years of professional visual design experience with proven
visual interaction design skills and familiarity with desktop application
- Bachelors degree or higher of Fine Arts in Graphic Design, Industrial
Design, or related area
- Must be able to demonstrate knowledge of visual design process with the
ability to innovate on tools and processes
- Experience in the development processes for desktop consumer software and
strong customer focus
- Experience in project management. Must be organized and able to switch
rapidly between different projects in a fast-paced and exciting environment.

- Ability to work collaboratively with cross-functional teams
- Must communicate clearly and effectively and possess strong presentation
- Excellent influencing skills
- Proficiency with design and prototyping tools (Photoshop, Illustrator,
- Experience with MS Project and Visio
- Working knowledge of HTML and Flash
- Portfolio that demonstrates superior design skills, creativity, and design
process in the areas of web and desktop application design

Please submit work samples or include a link to an online portfolio when

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