Use your widget sidebars in the admin Design tab to change this little blurb here. Add the text widget to the Blurb Sidebar!

Job: UX Designer at Cognitive Systems

Posted: June 12th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Jobs | Tags: | No Comments »

Founded in 2014, Cognitive Systems Corp. began with the goal of changing the way wireless is used. The founders drew on their extensive expertise in silicon design, RF, and encryption to build a cognitive radio platform. Together, they built a vertically-integrated platform and product line-up that enables wireless signals to be used in new ways.

Now Cognitive Systems is looking for a UX Designer (Web & Mobile Applications) for their Waterloo office.

Responsibilities

  • Design and deliver wireframes, user stories, user journeys, and mockups optimized for a wide range of devices and interfaces for customers and/or internal engineering teams
  • Translate concepts into wireframes and mockups that lead to intuitive user experiences
  • Identify design problems in current applications and devise elegant solutions
  • Make strategic design and user-experience decisions related to core, and new, functions and features based on research and analysis
  • Take a user-centered design approach and rapidly test and iterate your designs
  • Create assets for the developers
  • Collaborate with other team members and stakeholders
  • Take smart risks and champion new ideas

Requirements

  • Three or more years of UX design experience
  • Expertise in UX software such as InVision, UXPin, Sketch. Basic HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript skills are a plus.
  • Extensive experience in using UX design best practices to design solutions, and a deep understanding of mobile-first and responsive design.
  • A solid grasp of user-centered design and testing methodologies, subsystems, and usability and accessibility concerns.
  • Ability to iterate your designs and solutions efficiently and intelligently.
  • Ability to clearly and effectively communicate design processes, ideas, and solutions to teams and clients.
  • A clear understanding of the importance of user-centered design.
  • Be excited about collaborating and communicating closely with teams and other stakeholders via a distributed model to regularly deliver design solutions for approval.
  • Be willing to help teammates, share knowledge and experience with them, and learn from them
  • Be open to receiving feedback and constructive criticism.
  • Be passionate about all things UX and other areas of design and innovation. Research and showcase knowledge in the industry’s latest trends and technologies

Send your resume at careers@cognitivesystems.com and be sure to include short cover letter/email on why they should hire you.


Job: Senior User Experience Designer (Cloud Intelligent Assistance) at NetSuite

Posted: June 12th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Jobs | Tags: | No Comments »

Netsuite is looking for a Senior User Experience Designer – NetSuite Cloud Intelligent Assistance.

Are you ready to take on the next biggest challenge in your career?  Do you thrive in an entrepreneurial environment that delivers industry leading cloud applications? Oracle NetSuite is building a next-generation, ERP cloud suite that is powering some of the world’s highest growth medium sized companies. If you’re looking to share your unique perspective and ideas at a collaborative table and help equip all kinds of businesses achieve their visions, check us out.

Position Summary

We’re looking for a new member of our global Experience Design Team to work out of Kitchener-Waterloo office. Our team lives to bring delight to our enterprise software products, and you will too!

As a Senior User Experience Designer, you are a creative problem solver with a passion for providing innovative & engaging designs that are easy to use. Specifically, you have a nibble, imaginative mind that looks to design for the future: NetSuite’s Intelligent Assistance projects will make the most involved, esoteric and complicated workflows as easy as pie.

You’ll work with a cross-functional group of designers, developers & product managers on Intelligent Assistance functionality, as your home team, using a combination of best practice and innovation, you’ll help our team create a strong, best-in-class experience. You’ll also partner with other UX Designers and their cross-functional teams on projects that would benefit through the incorporation of adaptive and contextual Intelligent User Interface functionality. Whoa, that’s exciting. THE FUTURE IS NOW.

You understand users. You design to solve problems. You see elegance and power in simple interactions. You can gather requirements, make decisions, present ideas, and work collaboratively to come up with viable solutions.

Responsibilities

  • Hands-on creative problem solving in a cloud-driven enterprise software system.
  • Work with a multi-disciplined team of designers, user researchers and product managers in a fast-paced, dynamic, agile environment, balancing business value, technology, user needs, and operational costs.
  • Turn actionable user research & high level product requirements into high-quality design deliverables that communicate design solutions and facilitate discussion, including user flows & wireframes.
  • Facilitate design sessions, and use iterative UX techniques to synthesize findings and feedback into an informed experience design.
  • Make informed decisions: present design alternatives and effectively communicate rationale and trade-offs, and react quickly and confidently to any changes in project plans.
  • Demonstrate a passion for iteration and eagerness to receive feedback, thoughtfully incorporating user, UX team member, developer & product manager responses into design revisions.
  • Prioritize multiple projects of varying timelines, degrees of complexity and scope.

Qualifications

  • Degree in Product Design, Human Factors, Human Computer Interaction or related field, or equivalent professional experience.
  • Minimum 5 years working in the field of UX Design. Experience with “big data software” a huge plus.
  • Experience and interest in machine learning, artificial intelligence and business intelligence a huge asset.
  • Online portfolio demonstrating your problem-solving ability: problem analysis, personas, scenarios, user journeys, sketches, wireframes, prototypes, task-flows or other relevant design artifacts.
  • Analytical and strategic mindset. We privilege how you think over pixel-perfect visual design skills.
  • Flexibility to work with geographically distributed teams
  • Leadership abilities with exceptional interpersonal skills
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Experience working in Agile Development methodology is a plus.
  • Experience in User Research and Usability Testing is an asset.
  • Front end web design experience (HTML, CSS) is an asset.

As part of Oracle’s employment process candidates will be required to complete a pre-employment screening process, prior to an offer being made. This will involve identity and employment verification, salary verification, professional references, education verification and professional qualifications and memberships (if applicable).

Oracle is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability and protected veterans status or any other characteristic protected by law.

To apply, please email your resume and portfolio to Gary Good: gary.g.good@oracle.com.

Job ID: 17000OM3


Job: UX Designer at MappedIn

Posted: June 12th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Jobs | Tags: | No Comments »

MappedInMappedIn is looking for a UX Designer for their Kitchener office.

Who we are and what we do

Mappedin is building the leading platform for businesses to help their customers search and discover the indoors. Our story starts at the University of Waterloo, when the founders wished they had a way to navigate the sprawling campus. The old, out-of-date building plans posted on walls seemed painfully primitive in today’s digital world. They quickly realized the same challenge existed among many indoor spaces. To enable search and navigation indoors, Mappedin set out to build the best tools for property owners to manage their dynamic spaces. Mappedin works with the ten largest malls in Canada, the largest retail REITs in the US, and in stores, hospitals, campuses, and airports around the world.

At Mappedin, we have a strong culture of design. One of our founders is a designer himself so design has been embedded into the product development process from the beginning. We firmly believe that design plays an integral role in creating the best possible product that is used by millions of people.

Who you are and what you’ll do

You are aware and excited about new design concepts and love to learn. We expect you to be passionate about design that is research and data-driven. You don’t have to know how to code, but you’ll need to be able to interact intelligently with developers who will be bringing your designs to life.

As part of the Product Strategy team and reporting to the Head of Product Strategy, you will own UX design from beginning to end:

  • Define and execute UX process across Mappedin
  • Validate product designs through usability studies
  • Run user story mapping sessions / develop user journey maps
  • Develop & maintain user personas
  • Build and test design prototypes
  • Contribute to information architecture of Mappedin’s products
  • Effectively communicate designs using mockups, wireframes and written descriptions
  • Learn and relate to Mappedin’s customers as well as your colleagues in product management
  • Collaborate with your peers in software development to help guide them towards building the most usable version of our products
  • Embrace design challenges that come from designing for emerging platforms like large screen interactive displays

The ideal candidate likely has experience in one or more of the following areas as well:

  • Brought SaaS products to market, spanning some or all of the spectrum of research, ideation, product validation, usability testing and iterative improvements post-launch
  • Talked to customers in a design capacity where you worked to understand business pains, find insights for new opportunities and built empathy with end users
  • Made iterative improvements based on customer usage data
  • Worked collaboratively with other business units (Development, Operations, Sales, Marketing, etc.) to identify problems worth solving and prioritized solutions
  • Designed whitelabeled solutions
  • Designed for interfaces driven by user generated content

What are some challenges?

Given the rapid growth of Mappedin over the past couple years (we’ve tripled in revenue each year for the last 2 years!) there are definitely some growing pains as we figure out how to mature our processes and build new products for emerging markets. The Product Strategy team will look to you to help guide how Mappedin can bring consistency to our design process while maintaining our flair for the creative and innovative.

We are currently in the midst of a transition between agency-style design to product-style design. Up until now, we’ve had more of a consultative approach to our work, but having recently found a very strong product-market fit in the REIT space, we are well underway transitioning to building for the market instead of an individual customer. We have the opportunity to apply our history of design excellence to this new challenge, but we’re looking for your help to make it happen. Change is hard so you’ll need to be prepared to persevere through the hard times in order to work towards a better future.

Behind the scenes

Our tool set currently includes Sketch, InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop, but we are firm believers in supplying whatever tools are necessary for you to do your best work. Our final products are most often built using HTML/CSS/JavaScript, so some familiarity with their strengths and weaknesses is an asset, but not necessary.

There’s a lot of trust here at Mappedin. We work flexible hours, have a flexible vacation policy and work to provide whatever hardware or office equipment you want to help you do your best work. We will do whatever it takes to get things done if we said we would do it. We stay curious and will always ask each other questions, rarely making assumptions. We recognize that we are all different and will challenge each other’s views and perceptions from time to time, resulting in constructive and healthy debates, but that never stops us from all eating lunch together every day. If you want to join our sports team, there’s a blank bright orange jersey here waiting for your name to be printed on it.

Lastly, if you’re allergic to cats, don’t worry! Our office cat stays on the other side of the office and won’t bother you unless you decide to work in the collab area there.

Apply on the MappedIn website.


June 2017: Designing for business goals

Posted: June 6th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Events | Tags: | No Comments »

As designers, it is often second-nature for us to advocate for and empathize with end-users and customers. But in order for our solutions to be robust and sustainable, it is crucial to empathize with our business stakeholders as well.

In this talk, Computer Scientist, business-grad and designer, Ali Rushdan Tariq, will be discussing how listening to and tailoring our solutions to business goals will make us better designers. While he cannot guarantee that this talk will take the place of an MBA education, he will share a few tips and lessons learned from business school and argue how they can be applied to the practise of design without feeling like losing your soul.

Ali is a Design Lead at the Manulife RED Lab, where he helps untangle business problems through the lens of user-centered design. Previously, after earning his MBA from Ivey Business School, he decided to ditch the corporate life in favour of running a startup out of Velocity Garage. His writings on creativity, innovation, and design have been published on various outlets including Fast Company and the InVision blog.

Please register for this free event

Register

Thursday June 15, 2017
5:30 to 7:00 pm
Communitech Hub, 3rd floor theatre
[View on Google Maps]