JOB: Senior User Experience Architect - Kansas City, MO - Long term contract - Recruiter

24 Feb 2010 - 11:57am
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Mark McConnell

Our client, VML, Inc. is asking us to help with their
search for a Senior User Experience Architect, this is starting out
as a 6 month contract that could go 12+ months with potential for
going permanent. Chosen candidate would work on a W2 with

Let’s get something straight – we’re not hiring a Senior User
Experience Architect. Still reading? Great. Because at VML, we’re not
just the titles we hold. Sure, they’re nice to see on our business
cards, but we’re really so much more. True, we have a range of
expertise from building websites and online media to developing
software and viral campaigns, but that’s not who we are. It’s just
what we do. VML is a place that values hard work, the human spirit
and the idea that if it doesn’t exist, it can be created. We’re a
full-service interactive advertising agency that thrives where
grounded solutions meet the blue sky of possibilities. We’ve twice
been voted one of the 25 best places to work in America, and have
partnered with some of the most recognizable brands in the world. And
with more than 16 years under our belt, you’d be correct to guess our
trophy case is getting pretty full, too.

Our ideal candidate for this position possesses a bachelor’s degree
with an emphasis in the liberal arts, the humanities or user-centered
design or equivalent in a related field, and a minimum of five years
of experience researching and developing strategic user-experience
design for high-traffic, dynamic websites. Digital agency experience
and background preferred.

So if this sounds like something you’re qualified for, here’s what a
Senior User Experience Architect should possess:

• A love for the digital space (practices, procedures and
technologies) and user-centered design principles
• Diagramming tool know-how (e.g., Visio, OmniGraffle, InDesign) and
communication tools (e.g., PowerPoint, Keynote)
• A desire to work in a multi-tasking, fast-paced environment — we’re
talking lightening fast
• Willingness to jet-set across the country … or the world
• Extremely strong interpersonal and client presentation skills. But
surely you knew that if you made it this far into the job
description, right?

Responsibilities will include:
• Working with our Strategy and Insights group to leverage primary
research, personas, task analysis, heuristic and competitive reviews
to craft industry-leading user experiences
• Crafting and conducting stakeholder interviews with everyone from
subject matter experts to C-level executives to determine
business/site objectives
• Creating information design and navigation systems for internet,
intranet and extranet sites, as well as online and mobile
• Creating and refining user-experience thought expressed as
deliverables, including task and gap analyses, content analysis and
strategy and feature/functionality matrices, usage scenarios, site
maps, wireframes, flow diagrams and user-requirements documents
• Preparing and presenting design recommendations based on business
goals, user research, UCD and IA principles
• Collaborating as a member of the Creative team

So, if this sounds like anything you’re looking for in a Senior User
Experience Architect position, we’d be glad to sit down and discuss
the future – it’s one of our favorite things to think about.

If you are or know someone who may be interested, please give me a
call to discuss. I can be reached at 913-664-0143.

Thank you,

Mark McConnell
Professional Recuriter - TEKsystems

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