Staff Interaction Designer
Location:
Niskayuna, NY
Posted:
September 19, 2014
Position Type:
Full Time
Category:
Information Technology
Reference:
2002840
About Us:

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.

At GE Global Research, we're redefining what's possible. From cutting-edge research in molecular pathology for use in personalized cancer diagnostics to programs in coal gasification and renewable power that drive clean energy solutions, our work at Global Research is world-renowned. As part of our team, you'll find yourself among nearly 3,000 scientists and engineers from every discipline in a dynamic atmosphere where you'll be constantly challenged to learn and grow. You'll have access to leaders on all levels of the organization and collaborate across the globe with the very best in the field. If you have an insatiable intellectual curiosity and the ability to articulate your vision, then join us and watch the work you do create the next generation of products and processes that will impact the globe for generations to come.

At GE Global Research we redefine what's possible, finding answers to some of the world's toughest problems. Find out more at http://www.ge.com/research at http://www.geglobalresearch.com/ or http://twitter.com/geresearchjobs , and connect with our technologists at http://twitter.com/GEresearch

There is always an exciting new challenge on the horizon at GE Global Research because "what we imagine, we can make happen."

GE offers a great work environment, professional development, challenging careers, and competitive compensation. GE is an Equal Opportunity Employer at http://www.ge.com/sites/default/files/15-000845%20EEO%20combined.pdf . 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.

Role Summary:

We are seeking a Staff Interaction Designer who will help create beautiful software and brand experiences for multiple GE Global Research initiatives as an integral UX member of the Software Systems Lab. The designer will work hands-on to research and create the next generation user / application interfaces that will further define GE's brand.

Essential Responsibilities:

This role will work with software, research, and business teams to conduct user and stakeholder research to inform the design of the next generation of product, service and brand experiences for GE. You will work with other designers, software architects, developers, engineers, marketers and business leaders in an investigative research setting to create and communicate a deep understanding the needs of users of the Industrial Internet and associated technical systems. You will also work with business leaders and commercial marketers to better understand GE's customers and product users, and with designers from GE and some of the world's best design firms to help design the way GE connects with people through software and other types of interactive industrial experiences.

In this role, you will:

+ Be responsible for creating the future of software for GE and identify great interaction design as a priority in the success of our research programs

+ Collaborate with visual designers and user interface developers to execute user research and design activities for software and related technical research programs

+ Work alongside researchers and product development partners, compare and contrast various design solutions and approaches while taking technical, resource, and time constraints into account

+ Be a core member of a dynamic, fast-paced global research team focused on software to enable research and the Industrial Internet

+ Work on research project teams across different technology organizations to successfully define, create, and execute strategic research projects based on customer and business value

+ Will also liaise with GE's Software Center of Excellence and fellow Software Systems Lab members, collaboratively focused on leveraging and growing GE's software presence across multiple technical research domains

+ Research and define patterns and libraries that support a well-designed user interface on all of GE's software products. Work with various research teams to support adoption of these practices in the research environment

+ Multitask and contribute to multiple projects in a dynamic cross-functional applied research organization driving New Technology Introductions (NTIs)

+ Participate in and contribute to the effective documentation and communication of interaction design, via wireframes, mockups, and requirements engineering

+ Clearly and professionally display the ability to work with internal clients and SW/design teams, create and maintain global design systems, and further the GE brand through a variety of research oriented efforts

+ Be part of GE's User Experience Center of Excellence, a leading organization dedicated to leveraging digital technologies to drive revenue and customer value for GE's software lines of business

+ Work with some of the best external digital agencies and internal technology leaders in enhancing GE's software and brand portfolio to enable applied research projects

+ Act as a member of the UX Center of Excellence, representing the face of high quality design practices. This includes participation in all aspects of UX: research, ideation, strategy, interaction design and visual designIn addition, you will:

+ Act as a contributor to the UX Center of Excellence, representing the face of high quality design practices (This includes participation in all aspects of UX: research, ideation, strategy, interaction design and visual design)

+ Be a subject matter expert in the area of design research, service design and design strategy, contribute to GE best practices in these areas

+ Work with business leaders, marketers, product management, architecture and engineering to contribute as a team member to planning and detail executing to create a new generation of GE products and services

+ Research and define patterns related to user needs, mental models and usage context

Qualifications/Requirements:

+ Bachelor's Degree in Design, Interaction Design, Service Design, Graphic / Visual Arts, Library and Information Science, Information Sciences, Marketing, Industrial Design, Fine Arts, Computer Science or a related discipline (Or High School Diploma / GED with a minimum of 4 years of professional work experience)

+ Experience in user centered design research or user interaction design principles, processes, and methodologies

+ 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 opening

+ Must be willing to work out of an office located in Niskayuna, NY

+ Must be 18 years or older

+ You must submit your application for employment on the careers page at www.gecareers.com to be considered

Desired Characteristics:

+ Clear-minded ability to translate functional requirements into mockups and storyboards

+ Experience using Adobe's latest platforms: Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, InDesign

+ Strong working knowledge of site design; mastery in principles of Web design and associated technologies (HTML5, CSS3, Angular JS)

+ Passion for design and eagerness to collaborate with other creative people

+ Experience in user research, strategy, ideation and product definition

+ Experience delivering applications for a variety of platforms including web, desktop and mobile

+ Experience in designing native apps for platforms such as iOS, Android and Windows

+ Ability to learn quickly and work on numerous projects or work streams effectively; a consulting background will prove advantageous.

+ A demonstrated understanding of the phases of human-centered design, user interface design and development, and contemporary user interface design conventions
+ Has collaborated across organizations and disciplines to create new ideas and opportunities, and execute against them

+ Experience in an agile/scrum development process

+ Project management experience and skills

+ Visual design skills

+ Excellent knowledge and experience in user research, strategy, and ideation

+ Interaction design skills and sketching

+ Self-starter with a hands-on, natural leadership style and the demeanor, business maturity, intellect and integrity required to establish immediate credibility with partners, GE businesses units

+ Showcase intellect and integrity required to establish immediate credibility with partners, GE businesses units

+ Execution orientation and operationally focused with strong business and strategic acumen

+ Collaborative with the ability to build cross-functional and cross-divisional relationships

+ Innovative problem solving and continual attention to emerging digital marketing trends

Locations: United States ; New York; NiskayunaGE offers a great work environment, professional development, challenging careers, and competitive compensation. GE is an Equal Opportunity Employer at http://www1.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/eeoc_self_print_poster.pdf . 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.
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