Sr. Interaction Designer Opportunities with VMware in Palo Alto -- pls contact gregd at vmware dot com to pursue further. Thanks !!

10 Sep 2009 - 7:59pm
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Greg D'Augusta

This position is devoted to the development and ownership of the user
experience for enterprise class virtualization applications. The
challenge: innovate and create enterprise management and monitoring
tools that make complex virtualization software a pleasant experience
for our users.

Virtualization is the technology that is poised to change the way we
think about computing. VMware (NYSE: VMW) is the global leader in
virtualization solutions from the desktop to the datacenter.
Customers of all sizes rely on VMware to reduce capital and operating
expenses, ensure business continuity, strengthen security and go
green. With 2008 revenues of $1.9 billion, more than 130,000
customers and more than 22,000 partners, VMware is one of the
fastest-growing public software companies. VMware’s award-winning
technology, market-leading position and culture of excellence provide
the more than 6,600 passionate people we employ in 40 locations
worldwide with a platform for professional growth and the excitement
of being an early-stage innovator.


Working with multi-disciplinary development teams, the Interaction
Designer will own the user experience for a particular VMware domain
area (e.g. networking, storage, monitoring, VM management, etc.). The
Interaction Designer is responsible for defining the user requirements
and establishing a vision for product features with a focus on ease of
use and consistency.


Candidates must be able to identify requirements, develop user
models, design and prototype user interfaces for interaction, develop
and maintain user interface specifications and guidelines, communicate
with both development teams as well as product management to explain
user interface designs, and resolve design tradeoffs and
implementation issues.

The Interaction Designer will conduct necessary front-end research
and support usability efforts throughout the product development
cycle. The Interaction Designer will work closely with visual
designers to achieve a consistent branded look-and-feel that meets
existing corporate standards and guidelines. VMware typically builds
first-of-its-kind products and services. Therefore, the Interaction
Designer is required to be involved throughout the product cycle from
initial planning to development and release.

Minimum Requirements:

• Must have 7+ years Interaction Design or equivalent experience
designing software applications for enterprise, commercial desktop or
web-based products.
• Must love the challenge of quickly distilling complex problems into
clean, simple design solutions.
• Ability to efficiently create clear design specifications in
Photoshop, Visio and HTML or equivalent tools.
• Must be able to lead design discussions, “whiteboarding” sessions,
and run meetings.
• Must have first-hand, demonstrated experience in applying
user-centered design processes and methodologies to development of
commercial software products. (we will want to see wireframes,
documentation, and models)
• Must be patient and flexible enough to work in a
multi-disciplinary, collaborative, fast-paced environment.
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
• Good attention to detail, timelines, and budgets.
• Technically skilled to know the abilities and limitations of
programming tools such as: Flex, HTML/DHTML, ASP.NET, Visual Basic,
and/or similar technologies.

Additional Requirements:

• Portfolio of recent work available for review; preferably online.
• Skilled in the use of Adobe Fireworks and Illustrator; Microsoft
Visio, PowerPoint, Word, and Excel; and other comparable tools.
• Education requirements include either an MA/MS in interaction
design, visual design or highly related field, OR a BA/BS in
interaction design, visual design or a highly related field and
significant industry experience.

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