JOB: Looking for a ROCKSTAR UX Designer!

4 Oct 2010 - 5:06pm
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donguy
2010

Musician's Friend is a musician's dream job.

Where else can you use your skills to excel at a career you love with friendly, dedicated co-workers who share a common bond? Music is what defines our lives here, and the attitudes and ambitions of our employees prove this.

It might sound a little corny, but at Musican's Friend we are in the business of making dreams come true – and everyone here, from the mail clerk to our legendary cowbell-playing CEO, takes that mission very seriously.

The people who work at Musician's Friend are just as passionate about meeting deadlines as they are mastering basslines. Our headquarters is filled with aspiring musicians of all tastes, working DJs, professionals who have toured the U.S. and abroad, and even a select few who have sat on the other side of the glass manning the soundboards. We have a rockin' guitarist who manages our email marketing campaigns; experimental noise musicians and karaoke superstars who craft witty content for our products; and rough-and-tough drummers who write complex code to make our website run as smooth as a Neal Peart fill.

On any given weekend, you'll find off-duty employees featured in local bands, jumping in at a jam, or belting out a tear-jerking version of "Total Eclipse of the Heart" at venues throughout the Southern Oregon region. At Musician's Friend we walk the walk and talk the talk. Simply put, "We Use the Gear We Sell."

Ready to join the band?

Job Description:

The User Experience Designer will be responsible for designing user-centered interfaces for our high-volume ecommerce and community websites. The position will collaborate with project managers, information architects, usability engineers, and front-end developers to refine and improve the user experience.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Create annotated wireframes, use cases, scenarios and user flows, paper and interactive prototypes, storyboards, and design specifications for new features on our web properties.
  • Define and document site behavior and functionality.
  • Participate in user acceptance and usability testing.
  • Consistently deliver strong website and mobile concepts that meet our company goals.
  • Collaborate with content strategists, front-end developers, programmers, information architects, visual designers and project managers to develop site improvements and additions based on business objectives, usability studies, metrics, and real-time.
  • Work in multiple development environments on 3 or more platforms, for 6+ websites.
  • Helps participate in functional and business requirements, online help, feature lists, error messaging, and design guidelines.
  • Advocates usability best practices for internal and customer facing applications.
  • Track issues and bugs with a variety of software programs.
  • Stay up to date in current and emerging web technologies, industry standards, developing trends, and web design best practices, and apply them to our web properties.

Minimum Qualifications

  • 4-year degree in HCI (Human Computer-Interaction), graphic/visual design, or related field or equivalent work a plus, but not required.
  • 5+ years of professional experience in user-centered design and visual design is required. Ecommerce experience is highly desired.
  • Advanced experience in OmniGraffle, Visio, Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Flash (with ActionScript), and Web 2.0 concepts and methods are essential.
  • Knowledge of javascript frameworks such as jQuery and Prototype desired.
  • Experience with user interfaces, image optimization, scripting, web accessibility standards, design & development standards, and cross-platform issues.
  • Proven creative thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to write clear, concise, detailed requirements.
  • Strong project and time management, attention to detail, and organizational skills.
  • Knowledge of 3rd party service providers such as Endeca, Omniture, and ResponSys.
  • Strong knowledge of W3C recommendations, accessibility issues, and best practices.
  • Master of web standards, design principles, and scalable dynamic web user interfaces.
  • Ability to create elegant user-centered visual designs using Photoshop and/or Illustrator.
  • Ability to create highly detailed wireframes using Visio, OmniGraffle, or equivalent program.
  • Enjoy working on multiple projects and thrive on the challenges associated with working with both technical and business owners while being an advocate for the end-user.
  • Highly motivated, self-directed, enthusiastic, and truly passionate for user-centered design and user experience.

 

If you would like to be considered for this position, please email your resume to dguy@musiciansfriend.com

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