[JOB] UX Principal Consultant, NJ | 140-160k (Relo)

16 Feb 2006 - 11:56am
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Beau Gould
2006

Principal Consultant, User Experience, NJ | 140-160k

****ATTN CANDIDATES: Please consider yourself a UX Guru before applying for this job. My client has seen all the top dogs in the NY/NJ area and is still not satisfied. Please have ALL of the required skills and education. My client will relocate the right candidate****

Role:
The Principal Consultant enters the engagement early, leading the team and working with the client to establish the strategy, vision and governing principles for the client environment. As the User Experience thought leader in user research and design, assessment, and adoption planning principles, you will provide leadership, innovation and management, determining the best practices necessary for resolving complex business issues.

Responsibilities:

* Provide User Experience thought leadership and establish long-term partner relationships with clients bridging the organizational enterprise in the areas of web and portal development
* Produce detailed user experience strategy documents in support of enterprise and process portal initiatives
* Contribute to the solution design by leading and conducting iterative user assessments, as well as defining interaction and user interface designs
* Advise and counsel clients on User Experience best practices in support of the implementation of new processes, technologies, systems and organizational structures
* Facilitate executive and subject matter interviews and other structured information gathering sessions
* Develop innovative user experience methods, tools, intellectual capital and reusable assets that improve operational excellence and efficiency
* Create and formulate frameworks and tools, designing solutions in accordance with the client's governing principles
* Provide optimal analysis, user modeling, and portal design articulation that will deliver the value promised to the client as designs are implemented
* Propose and deliver designs, across multiple releases that can be implemented within constraints of time, budget, technology and client/ processes
* Design and develop company-wide user experience/usability standards and points of reference
* Communicate UX best practices and principles through presentations to clients, and conferences.

Competencies:
The Principal Consultant must possess a successful business solution design background, with strong Principal-level consultative and presentation skills. The required knowledge and skills for the role are:

* Demonstrated UX leadership abilities, across the client enterprise and in a multiple project environment, that influences clients, team members, stakeholders and leadership for successful outcomes
* Exceptional communication skills with executive and C-level constituents; presentation, facilitation, oral, written and conflict resolution
* Documented success with developing the user experience strategy and managing complex projects
* Proven ability to innovate and structure complex solutions within the context of web and portal development
* Accomplished skills in planning and management of detailed project plans and diverse teams
* Proficiency with model processes, scenarios, business and workflow knowledge, functional requirements and design specifications
* Knowledge of enablers and constraints of technologies for web and portal development.

Work History:
The Principal Consultant must have 7-10 years general consulting experience, with at least three years in leading user experience initiatives, directing consulting engagements and managing the analysis and design of complex solutions for broad constituencies.

Education:
Master's degree in HCI, behavioral and social sciences, interaction design, human factors or related field.

Location
Morristown, NJ

Travel:
Travel to client sites, trade shows and sales prospects, as required.

Please send your (MS-Word, plan text or HTML) resume and cover letter highlighting your senior-level UX experience to beau at superiorss.com

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Comments

17 Feb 2006 - 8:35pm
benry
2008

I agree with Louise that to ask for a "guru" after 'Everyone in the NYC area has disappointed' the client may be asking too much. Who exactly is the client turning down? However, someone (the recruiter?) needs to ask the client just what s/he is looking for, without him/her answering with any of the bullet points from the job description. It sounds like a 'guru yes man' is what they may be looking for.

As for the innie/outie debate, my current innie position allows me to have much more of an influence doing direct UE work than building my own UE practice and having to spend 1/2 of my time on billing/accounting/building the business. Owning your own business is the better way to financial success, but you may have less of an impact working for a bunch of million dollar local companies, than affecting a $500 million product working as an innie.

Cheers,
Scott
Raleigh, NC

17 Feb 2006 - 11:12pm
Dave Malouf
2005

> As for the innie/outie debate, my current innie position
> allows me to have much more of an influence doing direct UE
> work than building my own UE practice and having to spend 1/2
> of my time on billing/accounting/building the business.
> Owning your own business is the better way to financial
> success, but you may have less of an impact working for a
> bunch of million dollar local companies, than affecting a
> $500 million product working as an innie.

I don't think that being a Guru is about having an effect on a product. It
is about having an effect on your discipline and on a philosphy. Look at the
#1 Guru in our midst-Jakob Nielsen. So I have no idea what product he's ever
effected, but he has put the word usability on everyone's lips and for good
or bad set a tone and direction for Usability.

Todd asked the question about someone at MS. Well, Bill Buxton just moved to
MS. I think that MS is changing its tune. It has about 5 years of continuing
in this direction, but when you read the blog of Jensen Harris, you have to
take notice. Other luminaries of mention at MS are Arnie Lund and Bill Mak
to name two.

Now, that being said, as a Guru, going into a bigger company I still feel it
is about maintaining my own brand equity. What mid-size consultancy like LDS
is going to be able to add to "my" career which in part is building my own
equity.

As for the question of gurus known outside of us besides Jonathan Ives ...
Jakob Nielsen again comes to mind, as does Don Norman. If I was in the auto
industry I probably know Bill Buxton. But I don't think being known across
the whole universe is the sign of a Guru. I also think that a Guru is not
necessarily a C-level person either. Definitely an exec, but not a
necessarily a C-level.

-- dave

25 Mar 2006 - 4:05pm
Beau Gould
2006

Principal Consultant, User Experience, NJ | 140-160k

**Required Education & Portal Experience Mandatory**

Role:
The Principal Consultant enters the engagement early, leading the team and working with the client to establish the strategy, vision and governing principles for the client environment. As the User Experience thought leader in user research and design, assessment, and adoption planning principles, you will provide leadership, innovation and management, determining the best practices necessary for resolving complex business issues.

Responsibilities:

* Provide User Experience thought leadership and establish long-term partner relationships with clients bridging the organizational enterprise in the areas of web and portal development
* Produce detailed user experience strategy documents in support of enterprise and process portal initiatives
* Contribute to the solution design by leading and conducting iterative user assessments, as well as defining interaction and user interface designs
* Advise and counsel clients on User Experience best practices in support of the implementation of new processes, technologies, systems and organizational structures
* Facilitate executive and subject matter interviews and other structured information gathering sessions
* Develop innovative user experience methods, tools, intellectual capital and reusable assets that improve operational excellence and efficiency
* Create and formulate frameworks and tools, designing solutions in accordance with the client's governing principles
* Provide optimal analysis, user modeling, and portal design articulation that will deliver the value promised to the client as designs are implemented
* Propose and deliver designs, across multiple releases that can be implemented within constraints of time, budget, technology and client/ processes
* Design and develop company-wide user experience/usability standards and points of reference
* Communicate UX best practices and principles through presentations to clients, and conferences.

Competencies:
The Principal Consultant must possess a successful business solution design background, with strong Principal-level consultative and presentation skills. The required knowledge and skills for the role are:

* Demonstrated UX leadership abilities, across the client enterprise and in a multiple project environment, that influences clients, team members, stakeholders and leadership for successful outcomes
* Exceptional communication skills with executive and C-level constituents; presentation, facilitation, oral, written and conflict resolution
* Documented success with developing the user experience strategy and managing complex projects
* Proven ability to innovate and structure complex solutions within the context of web and portal development
* Accomplished skills in planning and management of detailed project plans and diverse teams
* Proficiency with model processes, scenarios, business and workflow knowledge, functional requirements and design specifications
* Knowledge of enablers and constraints of technologies for web and portal development.

Work History:
The Principal Consultant must have 7-10 years general consulting experience, with at least three years in leading user experience initiatives, directing consulting engagements and managing the analysis and design of complex solutions for broad constituencies.

Education:
Master's degree in HCI, behavioral and social sciences, interaction design, human factors or related field.

Location
Morristown, NJ
Client will relocate the "right" candidate.

Travel:
Travel to client sites, trade shows and sales prospects, as required.

Please send your (MS-Word, plan text or HTML) resume and cover letter highlighting your senior-level UX experience to beau at superiorss.com

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