JOB: Sr. Information Architect (Full-time) Brisbane, CA, USA

8 Dec 2009 - 1:26pm
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Svetlana Yost

Qualified candidates please email resumes to sasha at

A Senior Information Architect is responsible for determining how the
interactive user interfaces we build should work. He/She creates the
plans that are used by other team members to develop the graphical
user interface, content, and functionality. He/She employs
user-centered design techniques and works on cross-functional teams.

He/She is responsible for consulting with clients about their
business goals, and proposing front-end architectural solutions and
strategies that meet both users' and business needs. Organizes site
content and functionality by creating site blueprints/wireframes,
creates identifiable nomenclature for users, creates navigation
systems that support users' needs, analyzes, develops and refines
user tasks/processes, and collaborates with the design and
development teams to build user interfaces.

He/She designs organization, navigation, search, and controlled
vocabulary systems. He/She draws upon user personas and scenarios,
prototypes, sitemaps, and wireframes to communicate solutions to
designers, developers, and senior managers.

He/She may guide and teach Information Architects and peers;
participate in critiques, give effective feedback. He/She is
expected to collaborate with User Research and employ research
methods including content and task analysis, usability testing, and
stakeholder interviews to identify problems and opportunities.

1. Concept (15%)
• Proposed and lead project definition activities when project scope
• Work with other project team members to define methods to be used,
including competitive audits and secondary research.
• Work with Creative Management and Business to suggest research
areas outside of projects.
2. Design (30%)
• Create process flows, site maps, wireframes, screen prototypes that
will advance the company's merchandising, business, marketing, or
branding objectives.
• Present chosen design to project and business teams for review.
• Work with engineering leads to determine efficacy of given
3. Specification (40%)
• Produce highly accurate wireframe documentation and other
specifications required to implement design.
• Work with Product manager and team to define documentation scope.
• Review project PRD to ensure correct translation of design.
4. Creative QA (10%)
• Provide QA feedback to and consultation with HTML, Engineering, and
PM teams prior to launch.
• Ensure that pages match wireframe spec.
• QA frequently extends beyond projects -- a Senior IA is often
looking for areas of the site that need improvement, and is able to
drive implementation of changes and solutions.
• Aware of competitor best practices.
5. Management (5%)
• May guide and teach Information Architects; learn to manage.
• Participate in formal and informal design critiques, give effective
feedback to peers.

1) Competencies: Skills, knowledge, & abilities
Functional Competencies:
• Conduct and participate in concept generation activities including
the development of: user profiles, user scenarios, organizational
models, task models and feature lists
• Conduct and participate in project definition activities including:
business requirement gathering, site assessment, competitive analysis,
secondary research, etc.
• Create process flows, site maps, wireframes, screen prototypes and
functional specifications
• Possess strong business and technical acumen; be able to quickly
learn new businesses and understand technologies
• Take leadership role in directing the user experience while working
very collaboratively with all members of the project team
• Make solid recommendations on the priorities of product and feature
• Understand the importance of flexibility and the balance of speed
and quality
Interpersonal Competencies:
• Very good project management skills: able to work on multiple
projects, reprioritize as needed, and consistently deliver on time.
• Anticipate potential project problems and create solutions or
contingency plans.
• Flexible, highly organized, and able to recommend priorities for
• Demonstrate willingness to teach and contribute to the team.
• Understand the value of other Creative and cross-functional
disciplines and how they work with IA.
• Take a proactive approach to creative and cross-functional
• Actively seek out feedback from manager and peers; improve own
performance based on that feedback.
• Develop an understanding of how to give effective feedback.
• Can resolve conflicts constructively with some input from manager.

Leadership Competencies:
• Demonstrate a high level of integrity and maturity. Constructive
approach to challenges.
• Understand Wal-Mart's three core values: Respect for the
Individual, Service to our Customers, Strive for Excellence.
• Able to persuade/influence team members, sell ideas effectively,
get results, and follow through.
• Ownership of mid-sized projects with new or complex functionality,
with input and feedback from manager.
• Present ideas effectively, and is a strong communicator in a
variety of presentation situations.
• Demonstrate initiative and resourcefulness.

2) Experience:
• 3+ years web-based information architecture or interaction design
experience including the design of the overall architecture of one or
more web sites and moderate to advanced transactional design
• Experience in client services and negotiating business decisions
• Experience in user research observation and translating user
research into design decisions
• Internet usability/user interface best practices
• Information process flow definition and improvement background
• Exceptional information presentation (graphic and written)
• Web design experience including: HTML, the capabilities of Web
browsers across multiple platforms, and new technologies a plus
• Expert proficiency with Visio required. Experience with the
following is helpful: Word, Illustrator, Photoshop, PowerPoint and
various HTML editors
• Experience with Axure as a prototyping tool is helpful

3) Minimum educational level:
• Bachelor’s degree in Human Computer Interaction, Information
Science and/or design disciplines (industrial, graphic,
instructional, architecture) , other relevant field, or equivalent
work experience

Please email your resume to sasha at

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