Interaction Design opportunity at Microsoft

9 Aug 2005 - 11:04am
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Mark Alkhazov


I was wondering if we could post this opportunity to your user group? I
am attaching the info in the body of this email. All contact can go to
me directly and the position is perm and located in Washington state.

Thanks in advance for your time,

Interaction Design Manager
Innovation. A lot of people use the word. We make it happen. Lead
Microsoft Hardware's talented group of interaction designers as
Interaction Design Manager and help us redefine innovation in desktop
consumer products and their enabling technologies.

The Microsoft Hardware User Experience team is looking for a strong
interaction design leader and manager to drive all interaction design
activities in our mouse, keyboard, and emerging product businesses. You
will be working with an interdisciplinary user experience team and
leading a team of 4 interaction designers to create exceptional user
experiences for our highly successful products.

You'll direct hardware interaction designers to deliver scenarios,
prototypes, screen designs and final art for all product teams in
Microsoft Hardware Division -- so you'll need to have excellent
leadership skills and command of a wide range of interaction design
tools, prototyping techniques and processes. You'll manage a team of
exceptional talent, developing staff performance objectives, monitoring
individual career paths; and identifying and managing consultant
resources to augment employee contributions - so you will need to be an
accomplished people manager and have strong visual and interaction
design skills. You'll need to design for a wide range of user behaviors
and interaction models for both near and long term products -- so you
will need to think strategically, be creative and be able to innovate
ways to communicate and visualize user experiences. You will represent
Microsoft interaction design for customers and press so you'll need to
be a great communicator. Most importantly, you'll need to be passionate
about our customers - consumers who want great user experiences.

Additional qualifications:
At least 5-7 years of experience in the industry designing for consumer
hardware and software products. A strong portfolio demonstrating breadth
and creativity in successful product design as well as versatility with
design and prototyping tools and an illustration of design and creative
process is required.

Solid knowledge of the field of human-computer interaction, interaction
design, affordance design, interface design and visual design is
required. Strong interest in and aptitude for learning new technologies
is a must. Additional, hands-on experience in a secondary field such as
industrial design, software engineering, user research, etc. is highly
desired. Strong written and oral communication skills are required.

Education requirements include either an MA/MS in interaction design,
industrial design or highly related field, OR a BA/BS in one of the
above fields with significant industry experience.

Help us evolve the discipline of interaction design and demonstrate what
a strategic business asset it is.

Mark Alkhazov l Sr. Recruiter
desk 425.706.3476 l Microsoft Home Entertainment Division

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