Avanade Inc. UX Director | Houston Digital Studio in Houston, Texas

About the role

Avanade’s Digital Studios are standalone, agency-like, cross functional team of individuals, who will deliver end-to-end digital projects from strategy and design, through build and on-going support and optimization. Studio team members work side by side with clients on cutting-edge projects that add a layer of creative, world class delivery, on top of repeatable technology solutions. Our Studios are made up of UX and Visual folks, Digital Strategists, Content Strategists, Business Analysts, Tech Leads/UI Developers, and Delivery Managers—most of whom have lots of experience working at Digital Agencies.

As Director, UX Design, you will be a team and client leader in Experience Design (XD). You will lead projects and teams across multiple workstreams to innovate and deliver Avanade’s XD solutions. You will set strategic direction for XD engagements, pre-sales, key project stakeholder engagement and team capabilities. You will manage stakeholder relationships, guide Experience Design teams and be an active participant in the global Experience Design community.

Day-to-day, you will:

  • Lead and direct multiple operation areas and execute strategic initiatives

  • Monitor trends, document best practices and identify opportunities to deliver innovative experiences to our clients

  • Oversee teams that plan and execute workshops to gather stakeholders’ requirements using techniques to break down barriers, communicate better and generate new ideas

  • Oversee and review brainstorming and working sessions that teams conduct with cross-disciplinary consultants and clients to build meaningful visions and strategies

  • Lead delivery of high-value, complex digital products or services designs by employing the right mix of human-centered design processes and tools

  • Leverage expertise to solve complex issues in the design process and select the proper approach to fit project constraints

  • Review change-management strategies to ensure use of proven frameworks at appropriate project phases

  • Travel as needed.

About you

You are an experienced professional with expertise in research methods, product and design research and a strong analytical ability. You have demonstrated success translating research results into actionable recommendations with a traceable impact on product or design strategy and execution. You are an expert on offerings within your specialty and have a general understanding of other offerings.

Your background and skills likely include:

  • Strong knowledge in all major UX development patterns

  • Experience building and managing design teams in a consulting or agency environment

  • Knowledge and experience in Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) and/or Agile processes and methods

  • Experience working with web and mobile designs and solutions.

You likely have about nine years of relevant UX experience and three or more years of experience with managing people and teams. Your education likely includes a Bachelor’s Degree in interaction design, human factors, computer interaction, behavioral psychology, human/computer interaction or a similar field. You may have experience that substitutes for a degree. A Master’s Degree in a related discipline is a plus.

About Avanade

Avanade is the leading provider of innovative digital and cloud services, business solutions and design-led experiences delivered through the power of people and the Microsoft ecosystem. Our professionals bring bold, fresh thinking combined with technology, business and industry expertise to help fuel transformation and growth for our clients and their customers. Avanade has 30,000 digitally connected people across 24 countries, bringing clients the best thinking through a collaborative culture that honors diversity and reflects the communities in which we operate.

At Avanade, we are committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace where our people can be the best at what they do. We are proud be among leading organizations who are taking a stand for gender equity, both in and outside the workplace. This includes teaming with like-minded partners who are as passionate as we are about strengthening the role of women in the workplace, including Women in Technology International, Anita Borg Institute and Catalyst.

Majority owned by Accenture, Avanade was founded in 2000 by Accenture LLP and Microsoft Corporation.

Learn more at www.avanade.com at http://www.avanade.com/

Qualifications

Years of Experience:

9+ years relevant UX experience

Management:

3+ years managing people/teams

Education:

Bachelor's degree in Interaction Design, Human Factors, Computer Interaction, Behavioral Psychology, Human/Computer Interaction, or similar degree; experience may substitute degree. Master's in related discipline a plus.

Other Skills/Knowledge:

  • Strong knowledge in all major UX development patterns

  • Expert knowledge of offerings within one's area of specialization and general understanding of other offerings

  • Experience building and managing design team in a consulting or agency environment.

  • Expertise in research methods, product and design research, and strong analytical ability

  • Demonstrated success translating research results into actionable recommendations that have a traceable impact on product or design strategy and execution

  • Knowledge and experience in Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) and/or Agile (e.g., Scrum) processes and methods

  • Experience working with web/mobile designs and solutions

Required Certifications: N/A

Additional Area, Region or Service Line specific requirements:

Requisition ID - 52946

Avanade is the leading provider of innovative digital and cloud-enabling services, business solutions and design-led experiences, delivered through the power of people and the Microsoft ecosystem. Majority owned by Accenture, Avanade was founded in 2000 by Accenture LLP and Microsoft Corporation and has 30,000 professionals in 24 countries. Visit us at www.avanade.com.

Category: Experience Design

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