[JOB]: Senior User Interaction Designer @ Autodesk (Manchester, NH or Waltham, MA)

21 Jul 2009 - 7:18am
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Chauncey Wilson

Please send questions or resumes to our HR contact at the end of this
job description. Thanks, Chauncey

Autodesk AEC User Experience - Senior Interaction Designer

Your Role
Do you thrive in a fast-paced, high-energy environment? Are you a
creative problem solver who enjoys collaborating with motivated
individuals from diverse backgrounds? Do you have the drive to make
things happen?

If so, this is your chance to help shape the future of design tools
for the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) industries.
As a Senior User Interaction Designer for the AEC User Experience team
you will be responsible for the application of user-centered design
methods and practices to the creation of best in class applications
for the civil engineering industry. Specifically, you will be
responsible for the research, design, prototyping, and specification
of product experiences that meet demanding quality standards and that
exploit new technologies to capitalize on emerging industry trends.
You will work with local and remote design, development, and quality
assurance teams to guide your work through the software development
process to deliver innovative, exciting, and emotionally engaging
products that solve real customer problems.

Lead and support other members of the User Experience team by:
• Driving research, analysis, conceptual design, and detailed design
phases of the product development process for one or more projects
• Establishing and tracking project goals, design tenets, and design
and usability requirements
• Planning, conducting, and documenting user research such as
heuristic evaluations, field observations, interviews, focus groups,
workshops, and surveys with other designers and researchers to
understand user needs.
• Iteratively designing solutions that satisfy project goals,
requirements, and design tenets based on research, design patterns,
and UI standards.
• Documenting design solutions through sketches, wireframes,
storyboards, UI flow charts, high fidelity mockups, and interactive
• Planning, conducting, and analyzing formative and summative
usability testing and other user research to validate existing and
proposed designs
• Documenting and presenting the findings of research to a variety of
different audiences
• Partnering with the development team to drive the successful
implementation of designs and to resolve implementation issues
• Assisting in creation and maintenance of interaction and style
guides and pattern libraries
• Providing training and leadership by example in user-centered design methods.
• Providing leadership by contributing to improvement in methods and
deliverables to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the team
• Representing the AEC User Experience team and Autodesk in the design
community through participation in conferences and industry gatherings
• Maintaining familiarity with other Autodesk products to ensure
compatibility with features shared across our product family

Your Attributes
• A portfolio demonstrating superior design and research skills and
deliverables from a user-centered design process
• Demonstrable understanding of modern software development processes
and concerns as they relate to design
• Excellent skills in problem analysis including the ability to
identify and describe the "right" problem from a set of data of
varying types
• Verbal and written fluency in the English language
• Strong verbal and visual communication and presentation skills
• Interact with and influence others effectively via teamwork and diplomacy
• Ability to adjust to changing priorities
• A solid understanding of both quantitative and qualitative research methods
• Ability to solve complex problems and drive projects from concept to
conclusion; work independently, manage multiple tasks, and set
priorities with direction or feedback from management and teammates
• Demonstrate interest in the details and the results of the design
process, not just the initial high-level concept.

Desired Knowledge/Skills
• An advanced degree or equivalent experience in an HCI-related subject
• 7+ years of professional experience doing interface design and
usability evaluation/research
• Previous experience designing for complex creative applications, 3D
tools, and/or engineering analysis tools (civil engineering industry
applications a plus)
• Experience with a range of low, medium, and high-fidelity prototyping tools
• Experience with ideation techniques such as brainstorming and design workshop

Please send your resume to Denise Johannesson at
Denise.Johannesson at autodesk.com if you are interested in this

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