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UX Designer (Temporary)

Edmunds Website | Santa Monica, CA | Full Time

Job Description

At Edmunds we’re driven to make car buying easier.  Ever since we began publishing printed car guides in the 60’s, the company has been in the business of trust, innovating ways to empower and support car shoppers.  When Edmunds launched the car industry’s first Internet site in 1994, we established a leadership position online and have never looked back.  Now, as one of the most trusted review sites on the Internet, millions of visitors use our research, shopping and buying tools every month to make an easy and informed decision on their next car.  For consumers, we bring peace of mind. For dealers, we make tools to help them solve their problems and sell more cars.  How do we do it,  you ask? The key ingredients are our enthusiastic employees, progressive company culture and cutting-edge technology.  Want to join the team?  Read on to find out how!

 

What You’re Applying For:

This role is temporary.

The Mid-level UX Designer will help support our digital products through iterative stages of discovery, wire-framing, prototyping, usability testing, development and post-release support. You will partner with Product and interpret user needs and corporate strategies, ultimately creating an accessible and useful product.

 

What You’ll Do:

  • Develop design concepts, wireframes, prototypes, usage scenarios, task analysis, specifications, and other UX design deliverables.
  • Understand target users’ needs, motivations, and behaviors as it relates to a specific project or area. Conceptualize original ideas that bring simplicity and user friendliness to complex design challenges.
  • Participate in the product definition process with your team and drive the clarification of the users’ tasks and objectives.
  • Articulate user experience design issues effectively. Present and justify design thinking and rationale through key milestone deliverables to peers and stakeholders.
  • Proactive, creative, and logical problem-solver, who can articulate abstract concepts in concrete ways.
  • Contribute to the product roadmap by estimating level of effort and complexity of the project or feature.
  • Partner with User Research to craft user-testing prototypes.
  • Utilize Usability testing or A/B testing to present and validate design solutions. 

 

Challenges:

  • Navigate a fast-paced Agile environment requiring independent self-direction and self management with an aptitude for cross functional team collaboration and clear communication.
  • Articulate user experience design issues effectively. Present and justify design thinking and rationale through key milestone deliverables to peers and stakeholders.
  • Collaborate with product management and other stakeholders to implement an intuitive, seamless user experience. 

 

What You Need:

  • Experience​ (4+​ ​years)​ - Bachelors Degree in Design, HCI or equivalent work experience
  • Design​ – Brainstorm and sketch concepts before creating wireframes. Produce sitemaps, user flows, wireframes, specs and functional prototypes to validate user-experience.
  • Understanding​ ​the​ ​Bigger​ ​Picture:​ Ability to think and design holistically - creating a cohesive, coherent product experience.
  • Design​ ​Specification​: Deliver appropriate level of specification needed to ensure a high quality product is launched
  • Research​ ​+​ ​Trends​ ​- Researching and sharing industry trends, competitors, and comparable experiences. Using user-insights, data, best practices to inform design decisions.
  • Technical​ ​Knowledge​ - Proficient in key software packages such as Creative Cloud, Sketch, Invision and Avocode. Understand web and mobile technologies

 

Working @ Edmunds.com:

Employees think it’s a pretty great place to work and some pretty impressive publications think it is too: we have been recognized as one of the best places to work by the Fortune Magazine and Great Places to Work, LA Business Journal (for the last 6 years!), Computerworld, and Built in LA.  We've also been identified as one of the best workplaces specifically in Technology and also for Diversity and Asian Americans.  In fact, our CEO, Avi Steinlauf, was rated as one of Glassdoor's Highest Rated CEOs!  If you’re interested in learning more and joining our mission, we’d love to hear from you!

 

Edmunds will consider for employment qualified candidates with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of all applicable laws.