Sr. Staff UX Designer
, Illinois
July 24, 2016
Job Number



GE Renewable Energy

Business Segment

Renewable Energy Digital

About Us

GE {NYSE: GE} works on things that matter. The best people and the best technologies taking on the toughest challenges. GE operates in over 160 countries and employs more than 300,000 people worldwide, finding solutions in energy, health and home, transportation and finance to build, power, move and cure the world. Not just imagining. Doing.

Amid growing electricity demand, rising fuel costs, and climate change concerns, GE Renewable Energy is focused on providing wind, hydro and innovative power solutions for customers around the globe. With over 125 years of experience powering the world, GE has now become the largest renewable energy producer in the world, providing a wide range of offerings to meet customer needs. Our Renewable business is organized into three businesses including:

* On Shore Wind

* Off Shore Wind

* Hydro

GE is the world's Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. Through our people, leadership development, services, technology and scale, GE delivers better outcomes for global customers by speaking the language of industry.

GE offers a great work environment, professional development, challenging careers, and competitive compensation. GE is anEqual Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

Posted Position Title

Sr. Staff UX Designer

Career Level



Digital Technology

Function Segment

Digital Engineering

Location(s) Where Opening Is Available United States

U.S. State, China or Canada Provinces




San Ramon, Chicago

Postal Code


Relocation Assistance


Role Summary/Purpose

As a Sr. User Experience Designer, you will apply your knowledge of management and user experience design methodologies to help define, design and deliver regular releases of software products, with in planned schedule with superb quality. You will lead efforts to conduct user research, and collaborate with product management and engineering stakeholders to establish a user experience vision for multiple product offerings that address customer needs across multiple specialized business domains.

Essential Responsibilities

In this role, you will:

* Demonstrate very strong design leadership and people management skills, provide guidance and context while empowering and inspiring the team to create world-class design solutions

* Lead and drive effective documentation and communication of design - via wireframes, mockups, and requirements engineering

* Facilitate design workshops that include cross functional teams to envision product features. Often requiring creativity at eliciting balanced perspective among participants, at taking participants outside their comfort zone, and at making activities fun to keep the team engaged.

* Research and evaluate emerging design, technology, industry, and market trends

* Work in active partnership with colleagues across functional areas to define, plan, design, develop and deploy software-as-a-service products, establishing a new category of enterprise-grade industrial internet of things software

* Coach, mentor and lead a diverse group of user experience designers

* Work with product owners across the businesses to understand market needs & vision; work with teams to quickly translate that vision into designs for software

* Participate in and influence the business-wide discussions relative to the direction of design and user experience

* Demonstrate a strong understanding of Agile / Lean UX methodologies

* Guide effective documentation and communication of design - via wireframes, mockups, and user stories

* Work with product managers and architects to develop multi generation software product plans

* Work directly with customers and users to understand business and technical needs

* Drive quality, consistency and efficiency across design and engineering teams, create and leverage design patterns

* Support process improvements which guide the development, sustaining & support activities

* Communicate effectively both within immediate team and GE leadership. Ensure team receives consistent messages and has clear understanding of business direction, strategy and results


Basic Qualifications

* Bachelor's Degree in Interaction, Graphic, or Industrial Design or in "STEM" Majors (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) from an accredited college or university

* A minimum of 12 years of professional experience in user experience design OR Master's degree with 10 years of experience in user experience design

Eligibility Requirements

* Legal authorization to work in the U.S. is required. We will not sponsor individuals for employment visas, now or in the future, for this job.

* Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen.

* Must be willing to travel 25%.

* Must be willing to work out of an office located in San Ramon, CA or Chicago, IL.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

GE will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen.

Desired Characteristics

* Drives an organization forward with fresh energy and ideas. Leadership expertise in providing a vision for what has to be done, winning support to execute the vision, while achieving established business objectives

* A thought leader who can build a consensus and shared perspective, uses facilitative techniques to lead cross-functional teams

* Recognizes and shapes group dynamic, energy, progress, unproductive/disruptive behavior toward desired goals of session

* Able to translate vision/mission of the organization into actionable, quantitative plans

* Leads team's engagement with product owners and other business stakeholders to frame problems, prioritize and scope design efforts, receive and respond to design feedback, with the ultimate goal of shipping a high quality product that is valued by our customers

* Leads teams to conduct user research and design thinking workshops to understand user needs, mental models and working contexts

* Leads teams to create annotated prototypes or wireframes of user interface designs that visually and textually communicate the behavior of a software application

* Directs and mentors others to use systems thinking to address problems and questions at scale

* Uses critical thinking skills to help team and leaders and resolve issues and define solutions

* Excellent communication skills and the ability to interface with senior leadership with confidence and clarity

* Creates a team environment where people are motivated, feel engaged, and perform

* Helps colleagues see the value of a human-focused perspective in technology research, design and development

* Acts and decides appropriately when all available information may not be possible to obtain

* Supports the team to drive through ambiguity


A little about us:
GE imagination at work.

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