Northwoods is looking for an experienced Information Architect / User Experience Designer. Our business has been growing and we need a person skilled in architecting effective and usable websites. We have a large and growing list of high end clients, including Snap-on, Briggs and Stratton, Medical College of Wisconsin, T-Rowe Price, ABB, Badger Meter and many more.
These clients challenge us to design websites that look good and produce measurable results. We have earned their continuing trust because we do both very well.
We have been in business since 1997. We have a great reputation in the region, and have begun expanding nationally.
Here's what we know about you:
- You have worked in the web industry for over 10 years
- You are an expert in wireframes and have samples to show
- You have created Digital Strategies for B2B clients
- You have strong communication and leadership skills
- You are an expert listener
- You are an organizer. You are good at spotting patterns.
- You have great writing skills
- You understand “Writing for the Web”
- You have strong skills in SEO, SEM, and Analytics
- You can code HTML / CSS (in a pinch), and can get around Photoshop or Illustrator
- You have basic video editing skills
- You understand usability testing, and A/B testing
- You can develop Taxonomies and Content Inventories
- You enjoy being involved in the full lifecycle of projects
- You follow Neilson Norman and have read Steve Krug
- You know that family comes first and want to work with like-minded people
Here's our plan for the first three months:
- Learn all about Northwoods and the various skills of the people here
- Shadow current IA, UX staff on client projects
- Dive into a client project and start contributing
- Listen a lot. Take notes about how we work. (After three months you can tell us how we could do it better.)
Your ongoing duties:
- Provide us with IA, UX, and Digital Strategy thought leadership
- Lead requirements meetings, brainstorms, usability studies, and focus groups
- Create estimates and proposals detailing scope, risks, design, and development
- Collaborate with designers, programmers, and account directors
- Participate in scheduling, meetings, change requests, bug-tracking, deadlines, resource assignment, and deliverables.
- Work with Account Directors to guide projects from Digital Strategy through Implementation
Knowledge and Experience:
- 5-7 years of experience in leading B2B and B2C projects.
- Current on web design and web usability best practices
- Must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills to present ideas to management, and create and approve written materials.
- Must have strong project management skills including: Attention to detail, skill at meeting deadlines, and ability to lead multiple functions and activities conc
- urrently in a fast paced environment.
- Must possess strong interpersonal skills to work effectively within a team environment and deal with internal and external customers, and business partners.
- Must possess the analytical and decision making skills to develop and assess creative concepts and turn them into practical applications.
What do we do?
We build large web sites, develop content and document management products, design stunning web sites, obsess over usability and findability, and engineer half-million-dollar software systems.
Northwoods creates enterprise class web sites using our in-house team of developers, designers, information architects and project managers. We are not a staffing firm. No new cubicle every six months. No bench. You work with the same 35 really smart people day-to-day. They're (mostly) very friendly and they all like beer. Our work is never boring.
Travel is very limited and 98% in SE Wisconsin. We offer great benefits including 401(k) and great salaries. Northwoods is an Equal Opportunity employer.
At Northwoods we have created a very free and relaxed work environment. You can do what you want with your office space, dress the way you want, and even work from home if you need to.
All employees get two monitors, the latest hardware, and free popcorn on Thursdays. No need to wear shoes around the office. The boss doesn't. We also have kids and dogs occasionally running around the office. (Yours are welcome if they don’t make too much noise.)
Need a break? Challenge your coworkers to a game of ping pong or foosball. You can even take a nap if you're dragging and just need 30 minutes of shut-eye to be productive again.