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User Experience Designer
Ingeniously simple user experience is Red Gate's best competitive advantage. We're looking for experienced designers to make sure our products are as easy to use as possible.
Right now, our database delivery team is looking for a designer to create a new suite of tools for database administrators and make continuous integration of SQL Server databases easy. The aim is to make our individual tools work better as a coherent suite. In time, we are likely to move from desktop apps and WinForms to HTML 5, as we did with Source Control for Oracle.
It's early days for the project, and there's still a lot to discover — it's like working for a start-up without the risks.
You'll work with developers, technical authors, and product managers to define the user experience. You'll be responsible for identifying key user needs, prototyping new features, running usability tests, and iterating your designs based on feedback from the team and real users. In this role, designing the right interaction is more important than pretty pixels. You'll be the team's sole designer, so you'll need to be confident enough to push for great user experience while accommodating the team's other priorities.
We want to help our users solve their problems. If you can help us, we want to hear from you. To get a taste of what it's like being a User Experience Designer at Red Gate, check out our UX blog.
What makes you Red Gate's User Experience Designer?
- You already have a strong portfolio of work.
- You're able to work on desktop (but also web) and quickly learn to work with other platforms, too.
- You're able to work well with developers, technical authors, and testers in small project teams where you're able to advocate the user's perspective.
- You're pragmatic when it comes to design solutions.
- You think design is about problem solving, not pure aesthetics. Design starts without UIs.
- Your technical analytical skills mean you can objectively challenge problems and devise simple design solutions.
- Your clear and concise communication skills mean you're able to provide rationale and build consensus for design solutions.
- Your knowledge of user-centred design methods and tools is excellent.
- You know your way around facilitating collaborative design sessions and workshops.
What would really help?
- Familiarity with web, SQL Server, and/or .NET technology.
- Experience using an agile approach to software development.
- A university degree in HCI or a related discipline.
What's the package?
- A great benefits package.
- Salary is negotiable, depending on experience (please tell us your salary expectations in your covering letter).
- You’ll work about 40 hours a week, with flexible work time.