Skytap: Senior User Experience Designer

Posted by | July 12, 2012 | Web Professional Jobs Blog

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Location: Seattle

URL: http://www.skytap.com

Are you passionate
about designing user experiences that delight customers and accelerate business
success?  You will be responsible for
developing best-in-class experiences (user interface designs, interaction
models, prototypes, visual design assets, etc.) in a fast-paced, agile, startup
environment. Your goal is to bring the ease-of-use of today’s consumer web
applications to Enterprise IT and software development teams using Skytap Cloud.
You will work closely with engineering, product management, marketing, and
company leaders to successfully go from early stage product concepts to
delivery. You are a pragmatic visionary that can translate business needs into fantastic
customer-focused solutions. You are responsive, flexible, and able to succeed
within an open and collaborative team environment.  This position is a key member of Skytap’s
product management team and reports directly to the VP of Products.

RESPONSIBILITIES

The Senior UX designer is responsible
for developing a deep and evolving understanding of customers’ use cases and requirements
and is an advocate for intuitive, simple user experiences.
Specific responsibilities will include:
·       Develop a deep working knowledge of
Skytap’s customers and use cases
·       Champion intuitive, simple user
experiences with our web-based cloud computing service
·       Produce user flows, wireframes,
prototypes, user interface specifications, and final graphics
·       Create the design principles Skytap
will use for designing and implementing the user experience and associated UI
framework and assets for Skytap Cloud; follow through with the processes and
tactics to implement the vision
·       Initiate and manage user experience
research and testing to validate designs and get customer feedback
·       Drive the development and communication
of design guidelines, patterns, and libraries
·       Build strong internal relationships
with an experienced engineering team to produce optimal design/implementation
solutions
·       Measure and analyze customer and
feature usage.  Identify opportunities to
innovate and improve customer experience.
·       Collaborate
with senior leadership to ensure Skytap’s overall company success

QUALIFICATIONS

The successful candidate will be a product owner who can
lead a team through visualizing an experience in the abstract and then be able
to drive that vision into solid visual design deliverables that exceed customer
expectations.  You thrive in a start-up environment
where you wear many hats, do what it takes, work hard and smart, adapt,
innovate, and deliver.
·       5+ years professional experience as an
interactive designer / user experience designer; expertise in both information
architecture and visual design
·       Demonstrated experience with designing
B2B and B2C web-based products or web sites
·       Must have a portfolio that demonstrates
past design projects
·       Bachelor’s Degree or similar experience
required; degree in design or a related field preferred
·       Strong user experience skill set
including strategy, information architecture, and design aesthetic
·       An informed set of core values
regarding user experience, technology, and business communication and the
ability to present them with eloquence and concision.
·       Solid experience guiding or managing
user research and usability testing
·       Proven ability to work cross-team and
synthesize feedback and input from product management, engineering, and
marketing
·       Expert skill level in the standard
tools of the design trade, e.g.  Photoshop,
Fireworks, Visio, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Just-in-Mind, Balsamiq, and HTML/CSS
·       Ability to prototype in HTML, JavaScript
or similar preferred
·       Experience with agile/scrum frequent
release cycles preferred

COMPENSATION
  • Salary
    to be negotiated commensurate with experience, including quarterly MBO
    bonus
  • Stock
    options in an early-stage, private company
  • Medical,
    dental and vision benefits
SKYTAP OVERVIEW
Based in Seattle, Washington, Skytap (http://www.skytap.com) is a rapidly growing company that provides businesses with a simple and secure way to use the cloud for complex computing environments.  Customers use Skytap’s self-service web interface to create cloud based virtual environments in minutes, run applications without code changes in the cloud, and collaborate globally. IT professionals benefit by maintaining full visibility and control over cloud deployments, enforcing security, and easily tracking usage and costs. Enterprises and mid-market companies securely connect their cloud environments with their own private data center, creating hybrid cloud solutions.
Skytap has a fun startup atmosphere,
and is located in the historic Pioneer Square district of downtown Seattle. To
learn more about Skytap, please visit our website at http://www.skytap.com. If
interested please send your resume to us at jobs@skytap.com.

To apply: Send resume and link to portfolio to jobs@skytap.com

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