Lead UX Designer Retrofit
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RETROFIT(www.retrofitme.com) is a Chicago-based startup that is doing some actual good for the world. They are tackling one of the biggest health problems affecting the United States and much of the rest of the world: unhealthy weight and obesity. In the US today, over 68% of adults are overweight and over 35% are obese. A recent report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) predicts that 75 percent of Americans will be considered overweight or obese by the 2020 (the highest rate of any country surveyed). The medical costs/implications of this epidemic are staggering - by some reports over $150 billion a year. They are not just another diet or weight-loss company. Retrofit is science-based, data-driven and outcome-focused. Their protocol was guided by their impressive advisory board which is comprised of leading experts in weight loss, nutrition and exercise. There is enormous interest in the health and wellness space. There is no shortage of investor interest in them - they have raised over $2 million since inception. If you want to join in the fight against obesity and work on cool technology at the same time, Retrofit is the place for you.
Retrofit's engineering team is small, highly accomplished. Most of the time they work from home and collaborate over email, Jira, HipChat, iChat and Skype. However, they do travel to the home office in the Loop one to two days a week for design meetings, beer and fun.
The Development Environment
For a startup, they have a very robust development environment. In fact, the first thing they did before writing any code was install Confluence, Jira, Bamboo and Fisheye / Crucible. The development process is best described as rapidly iterative with frequent releases to production (often multiple times in a week). They believe in always keeping the tree in a releasable state. They are actually agile in the true sense of the word. For those familiar with the Joel Test, they score an 11 out of 12.
The tools we use:
Atlassian suite (Confluence, Jira/Bonfire, Bamboo, Fisheye/Crucible)
The stack looks like:
Server-side: Scala (with a smattering of Java)
Data: Mongo (NoSQL)
App Server: Jetty (dev) and Tomcat (prod)
Open Source Libraries: Spring, Joda, Apache Commons, Args4J, Jackson, Scribe, EasyMock (to name a few of their favorites)
Production: Linux (CentOS)
Details on the applications:
Client management - tools employees and wellness team uses to manage their clients, view their data and keep them on track
Client dashboard - tools clients use to help them on their journey to better health
Browsers - support IE9+, Firefox, Chrome and Safari (including iOS devices)
Mobile - mobile web features for iPhone, Android
Native iOS and Android via PhoneGap
We focus on two major things
Ensuring successful outcomes for clients
Making Wellness Expert team's as efficient and scalable as possible
We are a small team and tend to contribute in one way or another to all the major projects they undertake. What keeps things interesting is the variety of things they get to work on. They try to utilize the best thinking in open source in order to develop solutions to meet the above needs. They are looking for great people to build more great stuff.
We seek a Lead UX Designer, focused on site design and interface. The Lead UX Designer will have significant input into the product as well as the overall UX and will have a voice in what is being built outside of design. This is true interactive web application design, it?s not your mom's website. The successful candidate will be a dynamic and passionate UX Designer who will provide leadership and create innovative designs for web and mobile software initiatives. The UX Lead will drive UX design efforts for all product features; facilitate design thinking sessions within the organization with product managers, software engineering teams, and senior management; mentor team on UX design methodologies; and:
Work closely with developers to facilitate the implementation of user experience designs and ensure UX compliance and consistency
Collaborate with others to make project and/or feature level decisions on UX designs based on business priorities
Lead and/or participate in competitive analyses, user research, and usability studies
Develop user personas and scenarios; understand target audiences' needs, tasks and goals, and then translate them into wireframes and functional components
Develop Information Architecture documentation, including site maps, user flows, schematics, and navigation models
Understanding and developing Mobile Applications will be a core part of the job
Three or more years experience as a UX practitioner
Demonstrated skills in user-centered design methodologies, a strong visual design sense, a passion for presenting user research, and proven expertise in designing for interactive software or Web-based applications, mobile (all platforms) and internet (all browsers)
Demonstrated ability to think analytically and work in a highly collaborative environment
Solid understanding of usability principles
Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills
Demonstrated proficiency using related UX design software
Bachelor's degree (BA or BS)
Applicants must provide examples of actual design and methodology work related to web development ? (online portfolio of wire frames, site maps, visual designs, and/or other work). Experience working with technical (e.g., engineering) teams and an understanding of the entire software development lifecycle are preferred. Experience with any of the following is a plus: creating interactive prototypes; working with CSS, HTML, and other Web technologies; designing for mobile; developing content and experience strategies; and producing creative comps, digital assets, and style guides for visual design.
Look, while it would be great if you have all of these requirements, they are interested in hiring a bright and energetic designer, not a skill set, so if you are willing to learn new skills and are excited about the opportunity, let?s talk.
Apply today or call Vikki Caruso 815-341-9223
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