UX Researcher

Northbrook, Illinois
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Feb 28, 2018
Apr 29, 2018
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Job Description

The User Experience (UX) Research team is part of MARA, a group within marketing that includes a variety of consumer insights, analytics, and competitive intelligence disciplines. UX Research serves as the connection point between market & consumer research and the User Experience Design (UXD) organization, a multi-disciplinary services group made up of researchers, strategists, information architects, visual designers, content strategists, UI engineers, and product designers that design delightful experiences for Allstate customers and agency staff.

UX Research brings visibility to end-user needs and goals through creative design of data collection and analysis methods, coupled with socialization techniques that engage stakeholders in empathy building and drive the uptake and application of user research findings.

UX Research performs descriptive, generative, and evaluative research to support key strategic decision-making functions within the scaled agile product development framework.

Job Summary

The UX Researcher will be supporting a strategic business unit within Allstate that is transforming the way Allstate agents relate to and serve customers. The business unit is responsible for re-imagining and building enterprise software that 10,000+ agencies use on a daily basis to sell products, serve their customers, and manage their agencies.

The UX Researcher will work as part of a product team comprised of UX architecture, visual design, content strategy, product management, engineering, and behavioral science. Under the guidance of the UX Research manager, the UX Researcher will develop and execute research activities and deliver user insights to inform the definition, design, and evaluation of next gen agency sales tools. The UX Researcher will independently plan, recruit for, conduct, analyze, and report on research activities, and will find creative ways to document, share, and socialize findings.

The UX Researcher will work primarily onsite at the Allstate Northbrook campus to ensure close collaboration with key UX team members and business partners. Some incidental domestic travel may be involved, including local travel by car to field sites when applicable.

Key Responsibilities

Lead studies based on user scenarios and research objectives that are aligned with project and business goals.

Create project plans and artifacts that describe UX research efforts, timelines, and outcomes.

Through analysis and reporting, connect user feedback to architectural and design hypotheses for complex systems.

Leverage partnerships with analytics and other research disciplines within Allstate to independently investigate and gather relevant evidence for design direction, where relevant.

Plan and conduct formal user interface design reviews and/or heuristic reviews.

Create mapping artifacts such as service blueprints, task analyses, system maps, personas, and user journeys.

Assist in defining and refining UX research processes in agile to improve the impact and promote the value of user research, and ensure execution.

Train peers and other team members in proper testing techniques.

Job Qualifications

  • Three to five years of relevant experience within a design research function; background in a research discipline preferred.

  • Four-year degree (Masters preferred) in Human Factors/Human Computer Interaction, Cognitive or Experimental/Social Psychology, Cognitive Science, Sociology, or related field.

  • Reliable test-plan management, skillful session facilitation, and clarity in communicating research methods and outcomes.

  • Demonstrated competence with usability testing, cognitive walkthroughs, heuristic reviews, and gathering qualitative and quantitative measures using design artifacts at any level of fidelity.

  • Facility with generating and applying frameworks to organize research findings and provide decision framing for different stakeholder audiences.

  • Proclivity for balancing lean philosophy with the need for pulic artifacts that help the team understand the implication sof user research insights and track progress.

  • Strong interpersonal skills, ability to quickly build rapport, establish credibility.

  • Thrives as an independent contributor in a collaborative work environment.

  • Ability to meet and serve design teams where they are, and set them up for success.

  • Ability to structure and lead team discussions about research findings and implications.

  • Penchant for day to day problem-solving, and appetite for adopting new data collection and collaboration tools.

  • Comfort with/ courage to act and move activities forward despite uncertainty.

  • Naturally curious, empathetic, humble, and passionate about designing for behavioral change.

  • Experience/ familiarity with Adobe analytics, Tableau, UserZoom, Validately, InVision, Sketch, JIRA, Trello, Confluence, Slack, Smaply, Typeform, Survey Monkey, and other usability and analytical software tools a plus.

  • Experience with design research, lean UX methods, design thinking, and ideation methods a plus.

  • Experience collaborating and communicating on cross-functional teams representing business, technology, and design.

The candidate(s) offered this position will be required to submit to a background investigation, which includes a drug screen.

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