Contract positions for Usability Engineer and Information Architect for Premier, Inc. (Charlotte, NC)

27 Dec 2005 - 2:04pm
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Brent Shelkey

Company name: Premier, Inc.

Arrangement: 2 to 6 month contract

Location: Charlotte, NC USA (some meetings/work must
be done on client's site in Charlotte)

Title: Usability Engineer and Information Architect (2

Timing: Immediate

Job Description: Major focus is on a corporate
web-site with goals of lead generation and triaging
existing customers to private content quickly and
easily. Selected contractor(s) will provide
specialized leadership in usability engineering
including planning and executing user-centered
activities such as user research (contextual
inquiries, field studies, surveys, participatory
design sessions), interaction design (design of
conceptual model, workflow, information architecture
and user interface), and validation (think aloud,
heuristic evaluation, user testing). The usability
engineer and information architect interact with
Visual Designers, Technical Designers, Software
Developers, and Project Managers throughout the
development lifecycle to effectively achieve business
stakeholders' objectives and meet target audience
needs and expectations.

Required Skills:

-Strong negotiation skills with diplomacy; good
judgment; ability to integrate quickly and easily
within an established corporate culture.

-Strong interaction design skills; quick grasp of
business context and goals relating to design
decisions; provides practical and creative solutions
with multiple options; can create easy to follow
process flows, site maps, wireframes for use by an
interdisciplinary team; solid user research, analysis
and testing experience.

-Strong task analysis skills; contextual inquiry and
user observations; heuristic evaluations and cognitive
walkthroughs; observation of user testing sessions.

-Minimum three (3) years experience in user-centered
design techniques (such as planning, conducting, and
summarizing usability studies; analyzing tasks and
needs of end users; identifying environmental and
competitive factors; articulating users' conceptual
models of complex tasks; and/or participating in
discount usability methods).

-Minimum two (2) years experience in web design.

-Significant training in human factors engineering,
human-computer interaction, cognitive psychology,
industrial engineering, or similar field.
-Ability to make strategic and tactical design
recommendations based on usability findings and
standard design practices.

-Must have solid understanding of Web sites and Web
application design, and working knowledge of HTML.

-Experience determining which user centered design
techniques is appropriate throughout the interface
development life cycle.

-Outstanding analytical, organizational,
collaboration, negotiation, facilitation,
interpersonal, and communication skills.

-Must be able to put ideas into a tangible form.

-Must have sound judgment and be able to work without

-Experience being a mentor to other team members
involved in usability and interaction design tasks.

-Experience in identifying, evaluating, and
recommending technology and marketing strategies to
meet user and business needs within scope and budget.

If you are interested and qualified, please email your
resume in Word or rich text format to
brent_shelkey at

Brent Shelkey
Premier, Inc.
brent_shelkey at

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