IBM Senior Visual Design Lead in OTTAWA, Ontario

Job Description

Who We Are

Visualization is critical to discovering insights into your information and to effectively communicate that knowledge to others. The IBM Hybrid Cloud design team provides a key component of design thinking for IBM Business Analytics products through cross platform interactions, visual design patterns and user experience best practices. This isn't about drawing old-fashioned pie charts, it's about visually understanding data in ways that have never been seen before.

There is nothing average about what we do on the Business Analytics product design team and we aren’t looking for average people, if you are exceptional, then you will fit right in. To succeed you must appreciate that everything matters – every user, every team member, and every feature. We rely on creative thinking to come from every member of the team because we know good ideas can come from anyone. If you can bring innovative thinking and unparalleled skill to the team then we definitely want to talk to you.

The Position

We currently have an opportunity for a Senior Visual Design Lead to augment our team to help design and implement new capabilities within the IBM Business Analytics family of products. Designers in this role will create irresistible user interfaces for strategic product and service offerings within our portfolio. He or she will work with and enhance our brand design language to produce iconic user experiences. The visual designer will use their experience in designing visual communication, layout, typography, color, etc. to elicit emotional connections and intuitive, intelligent responses from our audience.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Collaborate with designers, developers and product managers to create brilliant interface and visual design solutions from concept to final code

  • Contribute to storyboards & task flows designs, effectively communicating visual intentions to the design team and sponsor users

  • Deliver pixel perfect hi-fidelity designs to enable front end development to deliver prototypes to engineering

  • Iterate quickly to incorporate new concepts and test new designs

  • Be relentless on quality issues assuring design details are implemented correctly using best practices and meeting the overall product vision

  • Continually learn and grow your skills by understanding the user experience landscape and keeping up to date with the latest interaction trends, aesthetics and practices

  • Consult with architects, product leads and key stakeholders

  • Promote a user first approach to the stated problem

  • Possess a fundamental awareness of enterprise, technology, developer, and design trends

  • Team with user experience designers, design researchers and developers to ensure visual design enhances the overall user experience

  • Work with Design Researchers to understand stakeholders, users and the markets in which they operate

  • Provide visual feedback and guidance to other designers as necessary on visual design execution as a part of a multi-disciplinary team

  • Understand how to balance an insanely high personal bar of performance, yet still remember to have fun

Who You Are

We design visual analytics products, you are a top notch designer and highly motivated team player who isn't scared off by numbers, formulas and advanced analytics concepts. The successful candidate will be a hands on expert in visual design, capable of working with User Experience designers, Design Researchers and Developers to ensure the visual look-and-feel enhances the overall user experience of our products. Pixel perfect precision and demonstrated skills in Adobe Creative Suite, InVision, Sketch, and other design software are a must. Ability to directly lead and mentor a team of User Interface designers is a must. Experience as a Design Manager is a definite asset.

This role will involve working with technology that is covered by embargo Export Regulations. If you are a Foreign National from any of the following embargoed countries (Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria) on a work permit, you are not eligible for employment in this position.

Required Technical and Professional Expertise

  • A minimum of 5 years professional experience with 2 or more years leading, or managing, design teams

  • Excellent creative, conceptual, and problem solving skills

  • Extraordinary sense of aesthetic with research methodologies, creating personas, user scenario flows, usability testing, task analysis and information architecture

  • An ability to drill down to a customer's requirements

  • Exceptional attention to detail

  • Outstanding storytelling and presentation skills

  • Strong strategic skills in assessing business and user scenarios, approaches and deliverables

  • Deep understanding of objective visual design decisions

  • Knowledge of industry standard design tools

  • Working knowledge of how compositions translate to HTML, JavaScript and CSS used to deliver feasible designs

  • Knowledge of responsive and accessible design

  • Bachelor’s degree or diploma in Graphic Design, Multimedia, HCI or related field

  • Portfolio with work samples that illustrate your process from start to finish

Preferred Tech and Prof Experience

  • Some experience with or understanding of data visualization

  • Some experience with or understanding of advanced analytics

  • Knowledge of, and experience in, the enterprise domain

  • Experience as a Design Manager providing direct management to a small team of designers - giving them support, helping grow careers and actively helping them manage their work

EO Statement

IBM is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. IBM is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.