Architect

  • location: Austin, TX
  • type: Contract
  • salary: $59.35 - $75 per hour

job description

Architect

job summary:
We believe that, when done right, investing liberates people to create their own destiny. We are driven by our purpose to champion every client's goals with passion and integrity. We respect and appreciate the diversity of our employees, our clients, and the communities we serve. We challenge conventions strategically to create value for our clients, our firm and the world. We live and bring to life the concept of 'own your tomorrow' every day. We champion our employee strengths, guide their development, and invest in their long-term success. We hire optimistic, results-oriented, curious, innovative, and adaptable people with the desire to help our clients and one another succeed.

As a company, we were established over 40 years ago to champion Main Street over Wall Street, and to help Americans transform themselves from earners to owners. Through advocacy and innovation, we work to make investing more affordable, accessible and understandable for all. As we enter our fifth decade, we are looking for talented, innovative and driven people who believe they can help themselves, and our clients, create a better future.

Our Culture:

Through Clients' Eyes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qkic76FWat8

Our Opportunity:

Charles Schwab User Experience and Design is responsible for software design across mobile, web and desktop platforms. We are a multi-disciplinary group of user experience designers, visual designers, prototypers and researchers. We work with strategic business and technology partners across the enterprise.

Our business is driven by looking through our clients' eyes, which makes it a great place to practice user-centered design. Our purpose is designing tools and experiences that enable users to achieve their financial goals.

The team is responsible for:

  • Facilitate collaborative design sessions.
  • Lead design reviews and drive decisions.
  • Effectively "sell" design solutions to partners through design storytelling and by demonstrating trace-ability in the design thinking.
  • Understand great designs are achieved iteratively.
  • Visualize ideas in a clear form (sketch, diagram, wireframe or varying prototype fidelity) and provide appropriate level documentation.
  • Set expectations with the project team and prioritize activities.
  • Create and maintain design schedules
  • Communicate status and agreements with project team
  • Review work with UX managers, keep them updated on project status and escalate items appropriately
  • Design Expertise and Execution
  • Conduct the primary design activities, create deliverables and conduct QA at an expert level
  • Participate and support research efforts.
  • Commit to improving our process and methods with an emphasis on both effectiveness while being efficient.
  • Teamwork, Collaboration and Engagement
  • Work well with all partners to deliver work.
  • Strategically listen to feedback and help guide the delivery
  • Has a design position but is not rigidly fixed when presented with new information.
  • Passionate about team, our mission and the needs of our partners and users.
  • Enthusiastic about UX design.
  • Empathy & Curiosity
  • Understand user needs, walking in their shoes when possible.
  • Focus on innovation and improvement.
  • Regularly learns more about design theory, practice and tools.
Why your work matters:

  • You will support an engaged set of users who rely on our products to manage their financial lives
  • By researching and understanding the user needs you will be able to impact how our users do business with Schwab.
  • You will learn how balance functionality against complexity on a highly visible platform which serves millions of advisors and retail customers.
  • You will work with an engaged design team that fosters a learning environment.
What you have:

  • 5-8 + years of rich interaction/ product design experience focused on digital products.
  • An online portfolio demonstrating interaction design process and thinking
  • Experienced with all aspects of a user-centered interaction design process, including user research, developing user flows, creating various levels of fidelity prototypes, competent with using design system foundational elements and components, and driving outcomes
  • Experience working in a collaborative multi-disciplinary team within an iterative process and an Agile development methodology.
  • strong self-management skills, comfortable with substantial responsibility, working directly with our client partners
  • Capable of creating and managing your design project schedules
  • Proficient in design tools like Sketch, Invision and comfortable with confluence and jira
  • Experience running design sessions with cross-functional teams
  • Effective relationship builder--ability to partner cross-functionally, cross-enterprise and work effectively with various levels of the organization as well as various personality types.
  • Comfort in a project-oriented work environment, with a positive attitude and solid work ethic.
 
location: Austin, Texas
job type: Contract
salary: $59.35 - 75.00 per hour
work hours: 8am to 5pm
education: Bachelors
 
responsibilities:
Facilitate collaborative design sessions.

Lead design reviews and drive decisions.

Effectively "sell" design solutions to partners through design storytelling and by demonstrating trace-ability in the design thinking.

Understand great designs are achieved iteratively.

Visualize ideas in a clear form (sketch, diagram, wireframe or varying prototype fidelity) and provide appropriate level documentation.

Set expectations with the project team and prioritize activities.

Create and maintain design schedules.

Communicate status and agreements with project team.

Review work with UX managers, keep them updated on project status and escalate items appropriately.

Design Expertise and Execution

Conduct the primary design activities, create deliverables and conduct QA at an expert level.

Participate and support research efforts.

Commit to improving our process and methods with an emphasis on both effectiveness while being efficient.

Teamwork, Collaboration and Engagement

Work well with all partners to deliver work.

Strategically listen to feedback and help guide the delivery

Has a design position but is not rigidly fixed when presented with new information.

Passionate about team, our mission and the needs of our partners and users.

Enthusiastic about UX design.

Empathy & Curiosity

Understand user needs, walking in their shoes when possible.

Focus on innovation and improvement.

Regularly learns more about design theory, practice and tools.

 
qualifications:
  • Experience level: Experienced
  • Minimum 6 years of experience
  • Education: Bachelors
 
skills:
  • Software Architecture
  • Product Design
  • Product Management
  • User Experience
  • Interaction
  • User Interaction
  • JIRA

Equal Opportunity Employer: Race, Color, Religion, Sex, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, National Origin, Age, Genetic Information, Disability, Protected Veteran Status, or any other legally protected group status.

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