Variate is actively looking for talented UX designers for interesting projects in the commercial and government sectors. As a member of the Variate design team, you may work on more than one project at a time, supporting multiple teams with their own clients, project goals, constraints, and timelines. You will report directly to the Head of Design.
Carry out a wide variety of product research, design, and prototyping tasks in the context of developing a design system, including: Understand product goals and user needs. Conduct concept and usability testing and gather feedback. Create personas based on user research and collected data. Define an interaction model and evaluate its success. Develop wireframes and prototypes around customer needs. Prepare and present rough drafts to internal teams and key stakeholders. Identify and troubleshoot usability issues. Create mockups and prototypes, including HTML/CSS-based versions. Share progress and interact with team using a version control system.
Collaborate cross functionally in an agile environment to help create best-in-class digital experiences; working with multi-disciplinary teams including strategy, research, content, visual, and development.
Facilitate ideation through sketching and collaborative activities, such as design sprints and other participatory design activities.
Create storyboards and step-by-step flows of varying resolution to communicate a person’s experience through a system.
Conducting evaluative user research (for example, user testing of prototypes or existing products, heuristic analyses, and interviews).
Work integrally with developers to shepherd designs through the development process.
Promote the importance of human-centered design practice throughout the organization and with Variate’s clients.
Work collaboratively with senior management to bring new and innovative methodologies to Variate's user experience practice.
Implement, maintain, and expand upon project plans with emphasis on high degree of quality in conjunction product managers and development managers.
Mentor and develop team members in alignment with Variate’s brand and overall direction.
Help to build a culture of continuous improvement across all levels of design — strategic, structural, and surface — where designers (including yourself) feel challenged with meaningful work and see a clear path for growth.
Perform other duties as required.
Qualifications & Skills
5+ years’ experience in UX, product design role or commensurate work experience.
Bachelor’s degree or commensurate educational experience.
Must have a portfolio of experience that demonstrates previous work with the creation, implementation, and continuous improvement of at least one design system.
Must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident for 3+ years.
Must be able to obtain Public Trust clearance.
Agile mindset. You know about agile methodology and can apply an agile mindset to all aspects of your work.
Communication. You can communicate effectively across organizational, technical and political boundaries, understanding the context.
Team collaboration. You can contribute to the work of the organization, building successful teams through understanding team styles and influencing as well as motivating team members.
Evidence- and context-based design. You can visualize, articulate and solve complex problems and concepts, and make disciplined decisions based on available information and research evidence.
Working within constraints. You understand and can work within given constraints (including but not limited to technology and policy, and regulatory, financial and legal constraints).
Leadership and guidance. You can interpret vision to lead on decisions. You can understand and resolve technical disputes across varying levels of complexity and risk.You can solve issues and unblock problems.
Prototyping. You can apply technical knowledge and experience to create or design workable prototypes. You can prototype a code, but you don’t need to make production-ready code.
Strategic thinking. You can take an overall perspective on business issues, events, activities and discuss their wider implications and long-term impact.
Human-centered. You understand users and can identify who they are and what their needs are, based on evidence.
Inclusive design mindset. You embrace accessibility requirements as a set of design constraints that help you create better products and services for all users.