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I recently started a Lead Experience role at a business innovations and solutions through technology company named Vernalis that was recently acquired by Orion. We have a small team in the NYC office of 4 other individuals, which includes a creative director who has a deep multidisciplinary past and excellent business acumen.

We’re currently hiring! We’re looking for a full-time junior UX designer and a mid-level/senior UX Designer to join the team. These roles would be initially working on an enterprise level project for a global brand most people will instantly recognize.

Overview - Jr UX Designer

The ideal candidates have a fascination with defining how humans interact with technology and a passion for solving complex problems. Candidates with work experience OR an educational background in User Experience Design (UX) or Human Computer Interaction (HCI) will be considered for a role in our New York office as a Junior User Experience Designer.

At Vernalis, while our business is technology, we see it as secondary to what we really do. For 15 years, our approach has been to immerse ourselves in our client’s business problems and devise thoughtful and creative solutions. Driving user behavior through exceptional user experience design is at the heart of what we do.

We’re not Google, we’re not IBM, we’re not Apple, and we don’t want to be. We don’t manufacture software; we craft it. We are a lean, nimble and expert team of specialists that apply the best design strategies to solve our client’s most profound challenges with simply the best custom enterprise software applications.

Qualifications

• Education or work experience in User Experience, design, or Human Computer Interaction
• Exhibit a portfolio or work samples that demonstrate start-to-finish work including any sketches,
wireframes, personas, scenarios, and screenshots of the final deliverable – (We want to understand
how you think about a problem)

Responsibilities

• Contribute to UX project deliverables, such as project briefs, wireframes, site maps, process flows,
and functional requirements documentation
• Champion principles of usability and user-centered design
• Participate in client meetings for requirements, reviews, and presentations
• Become a subject matter expert in our client’s business and apply technology best practices to
optimize their business objectives

Ideal Candidate

• Never be satisfied with mediocre work and expect a similar attitude of those around them
• Posses an insatiable fascination with technology and finding new ways to leverage it
• Aspire to learn and grow beyond the confines of a typical 9 – 5 job
• Thrive in a team environment
• Get excited about satisfying a client and producing successful outcomes
• Possess a general understanding of many major software platforms and technologies
• Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite, Visio or Omnigraffle, Wireframing tools, MS Office is a plus
• Proficiency in HTML5 + CSS3, Javascript, visual design principles is a plus

Overview - Mid-Level/Senior Experience Designer

At Vernalis, user experience designers are integral to the creative process and play pivotal roles in the strategy, conception, design, and execution of our products and platforms. They are charged with understanding and harmonizing user needs with business objectives to solve complex problems
through the design of intuitive interfaces and trans-formative digital experiences. The deliverables they produce become the keystone to align stakeholders and the blueprint to guide developers. They remain involved throughout the entire project execution through final delivery to ensure that positive business outcomes and exceptional user experiences are consistently delivered to our customers.

Responsibilities

• Contribute to all UX project deliverables, including project briefs, research reports, concepts,
personas, wireframes, process flows, site maps, and functional requirements documentation
• Become a subject matter expert in our client’s business
• Identify and document business objectives and requirements
• Champion principles of usability and user-centered design
• Collaborate with fellow creatives and engineers to ensure flawless design and execution
• Participate in new business pitches from conception through presentation
• Contribute to product and marketing strategies for Vernalis products and services
• Explain, internally and externally, the rationale for creative choices
• Participate in client meetings for requirements, reviews, and presentations
• Remain current and expertly informed regarding software design patterns, standards, and
technologies
• Inspire, mentor, and share expertise with fellow design staff

Qualifications

• Proven experience defining, developing, and documenting UX design and functional requirements
specifications
• Ability to execute start to finish projects with moderate senior supervision
• Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills
• Ability to take a lead role in client meetings and effectively present and defend design concepts
• Effective and enjoyable team leadership working with creatives, project managers, clients,
stakeholders, and engineers.
• Excellent client management skills
• Expert proficiency in mobile and web design patterns and trends
• Expert proficiency in common creative tools, such as Adobe Creative Suite, Sketch, Omnigraffle or
Visio, and InVision
• Knowledge of HTML, CSS, and Javascript principles and capabilities
• A general understanding of major software platforms and technologies

Ideal Candidates

• Never be satisfied with average work and expect a similar attitude of those around them
• Posses an insatiable fascination with technology and how it can be used to improve our lives
• Able to switch rapidly between projects in a fast-paced environment
• Aspire to learn and grow beyond the confines of a typical 9-to-5 job
• Thrive in a team environment
• Get excited about satisfying a client and producing successful outcomes
• Possess a broad understanding of many major software platforms and technologies

Common questions?

Q: Is this contract or full-time?
A: They’re both full-time roles.

Q: Are these remote or on-site roles?
A: They’re both on-site.

Q: Is travel involved in these roles?
A: Yes. But it’s nothing crazy from what I’ve gathered in the short time I’ve been there.

Q: What state/area is the company located?
A: NYC - Times Square

Q: Do you have the full JD’s (Job Descriptions) you copy and pasted the above from?
A: Yep.

Q: How soon are you hoping to start the interview process?
A: ASAP. Our internal HR team, the CD and myself are already looking at portfolios and resumes but it’s very early in the process.

Other questions?

If you’re interested in learning more or applying, drop me a note here or PM me and I’ll do my best to get back to you as quickly as possible. Please don’t forget to include your portfolio link and LinkedIn profile when reaching out. Thanks all! :relaxed:

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#2

I can’t apply as I’m UK based, but I liked this bit:

Ideal Candidate

• Never be satisfied with mediocre work and expect a similar attitude of those around them
It infuriates me when I see sub-standard work. Right now I’m working on some user needs left over by an ex-colleague. They are incomplete.
In my old job, my old boss would often pull me up if even something on screen was a couple pixels out of whack.

• Posses an insatiable fascination with technology and finding new ways to leverage it
I count the number of taps it takes for servers to put through a sale in a bar, restaurant and wonder what the IA is.

• Aspire to learn and grow beyond the confines of a typical 9 – 5 job
Some thing’s I’m not good at. I want to work on those.

• Thrive in a team environment
Peer review is critical.

• Get excited about satisfying a client and producing successful outcomes
Latest project we pulled out the fire. Almost ended up losing the client. In the end, they were super happy.

• Possess a general understanding of many major software platforms and technologies
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• Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite, Visio or Omnigraffle, Wireframing tools, MS Office is a plus
Axure mate, Axure. We have to model lots of complex transactions over here. None of the tools come close to Axure.

• Proficiency in HTML5 + CSS3, Javascript, visual design principles is a plus
Kinda program a bit. My old boss was strong visual designer so learned lots from him.

FYI I’m a senior UX 10 yrs experience now working to GDS .GOV framework in UK which is relentlessly, obsessively UCD

occasional blog https://colmcqux.wordpress.com/

Good luck with your search!

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#3

Thanks for the general response and follow-up comments on specific items. You’re exactly the type of individual I wouldn’t mind interviewing for our roles but you’re in the UK :slight_smile:

If you ever make to this side of the pond please look us up.

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#4

Finding a talented UX is difficult. There are loads of wannabe UX folks but they haven’t got ‘it’. Like being a naturally talented chef or musician.

Good luck!

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