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.
Northwoods employs an in-house team of developers, designers, information architects, and account managers. We are not a staffing firm. No new cubicle every six months. No bench. You work with the same 40 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. We offer health, dental, long term, and short term disability insurance, paid vacation, no limit on health days, paid holidays, paid maternity/paternity leave, and free lunch on occasion. Northwoods is an Equal Opportunity employer.
Smart people doing innovative things with interesting technology – that’s what Northwoods is all about.
With a relaxed environment, fresh hot popcorn, and the obligatory ping pong and foosball tables, we enjoy the amenities expected from a cutting-edge tech company. But that’s not what makes us love our jobs – it’s the people and the work that makes Northwoods great:
- We learn something new each day. From Fortune 500 companies to industrial manufacturers to local non-profits, we work on a wide variety of projects. The diversity of our client pool and our commitment to forward-looking technologies and strategies means we’re constantly engaged and learning new things.
- We trust and value each other. Ego has no place at Northwoods (our president sits in a cubicle like the rest of us), and we don’t focus on titles. When any one of us has an idea, solution, or criticism, we know we can voice it openly and honestly – and we listen respectfully when our colleagues do the same.
- We hire people, not skillsets. We don’t just find people familiar with specific tools or technologies; we look for motivated self-starters who know how to learn and are eager to grow. We hire the best and brightest – leaders, team players, and creative problem solvers – and give everyone the opportunity to make the most of their unique talents.
- Our families come first. We have a strong work ethic and commitment to our clients, but we also have busy lives. Sometimes we work from home, sometimes we choose to work odd hours, and sometimes we bring our kids or dogs (or both!) into the office. Each of us gets to decide for ourselves what the ideal work-life balance looks like.
- We each grow in our own way. As our interests change and career goals evolve, so do our roles with our clients and within the company. We all find new boundaries to push; Northwoods gives each of us the latitude and freedom to pursue our passions and create our own career story.
We’re all driven to constantly do our best – and Northwoods provides an environment that allows us all to do exactly that.
It’s not just a career, it’s a lifestyle.