[JOB] User Experience Architects - Chicago - Sears Holdings

14 Jul 2009 - 12:31pm
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Mark Schraad
2006

User Experience Architects - multiple positions available -incredible
opportunity to improve the online retail space. Chicago, IL

Sears Holdings is a $50 billion company and the nation's fourth largest
broadline retailer - we're looking to grow our Online Experience Design
practice and we need creative, passionate, and dedicated individuals to
join our group! The ideal candidate should be able to creatively
envision, evaluate, and design successful user experiences.

Summary:

You will work with a team of 4-6 UXA's that take on new design
initiatives and platform enhancements across sears.com, kmart.com and
the associated portfolio of brand properties. You will be responsible
for conducting and analyzing research, gathering business requirements,
identifying technology constraints in order to synthesizing intelligent
and successful design solutions.

As an integral part of the Experience Design practice you will
collaborate closely with visual designers, front-end developers, and
business stakeholders on concept generation through final
implementation. This will include collaborating on new design concepts,
working on win/win solutions with primary stakeholders, consulting with
stakeholders on design enhancements, and working on small/mid-size
maintenance projects.

Your responsibilities will include making informed recommendations on
design strategies, leveraging best practices, accurately estimating and
tracking your time across multiple simultaneous projects, as well as
working with the UX staff to develop and document methodologies,
standards and best practices for the group.

Currently, we are interested in candidates with 3+ years of demonstrable
experience and who have had a background involving large scale web
initiatives, or have recently graduated from a masters program in industrial
design, interaction design or HCI. The ideal candidate will have exceptional
analytical
skills, be well versed in user-centered design practices, and can turn
business and user requirements into elegant user interfaces and
compelling interactive experiences.

All candidates under consideration must be able to present a
comprehensive portfolio.

Core Competencies:

Deep understanding and skilled practice of user-centered
design, usability, information architecture, interaction design, and
goal-oriented design

Experience and familiarity in the capabilities of HTML,
DHTML, CSS, Flash and AJAX-based applications.

Excellent communication skills - in person, written and
presentation.

Ability to prioritize and track multiple tasks across
multiple projects, under tight deadlines.

Willingness to switch gears quickly and be flexible to work
on concurrent projects.

Ability to create clean, precise and detailed IA
documentations.

Collaborate with stakeholders to deliver on new business
initiatives and platform enhancements

Desired Qualifications:

Experience working as an information architect,
interaction designer, or user experience designer.

Experience in retail merchandising/marketing,
advertising, product development, e-commerce or related field.

Experience with usability testing including
preparation, execution and analysis.

Familiarity with current user experience and usability
research, theories, best practices and methodologies.

Degree in a related field, such as information design,
human-computer interaction, library science, cognitive science, graphic
design, or industrial design a plus.

Experience with Localization Issues and Web Accessibility
Standards a plus.

Design Firm experience is a big plus. A portfolio of your best recent work
will be reviewed.

If this looks like an opportunity that suit you, email with cover letter and
resume:

Mark Schraad: Mark (dot) Schraad (at) searshc (dot) com

and/or

Tracy Hayes: Tracy (dot) Hayes (at) searshc (dot) com

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