Sr. Usability Specialist

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Date: Sep 13, 2004 - 09:38 PM
Company: Intuit

Location: Mountain View, CA

Position Title: Sr Usability Speacialist

Duration: Full Time

Job Description:
Intuit isn't just another place to work. It's a company made up of
smart, motivated people with a passion for what they do - developing,
marketing and supporting products and services that transform the way
people and small businesses around the world manage their finances. We
take pride in our dedication to the customers who use our products and
services every day. Intuit offers some of the best rewards in the
industry. We don't think you'll find another employer more dedicated to
its employees' success.

The QuickBooks Group UI Design team is tasked with designing the user
experience for the QuickBooks family of products and services.

Our group creates elegant, appealing, and extensible designs through
user-centered design practices. These practices include gathering user
needs, setting standards for design development, serving as user
advocates on development teams, and performing usability testing for
effective design iteration.



Responsibilities:
* Promote and support User Centered Design processes through all stages
of the product development life-cycle
* Responsible for the design and facilitation of lab-based usability
studies, field studies and contextual inquiry, focus groups, expert
evaluations, brainstorming sessions, survey and questionnaire creation,
and other usability engineering methodologies
* Choose appropriate methodologies to identify issues within prototypes,
conceptual models, beta code and released products
* Analyze and synthesize qualitative and quantitative information, write
research and usability test reports, and present the results to the
stakeholders
* Provide concrete, actionable recommendations to development teams
* Manage test schedules and deliverables
* Work with other User Researchers and UI Designers to maintain
methodology guidelines
* Work with usability lab recruiters to schedule and specify screening
requirements for studies

Qualifications:
Required:
* Advanced degree or equivalent in a human-factors related discipline
* Minimum 5 years User Research job experience in the areas of gathering
user requirements, scenario development, conducting usability
evaluations, and questionnaire/survey design required
* Minimum 3 years Windows desktop software and Internet-related
interaction design experience
* Expert knowledge in usability engineering and field study
methodologies, specifically designing and conducting usability studies
(for both high and low fidelity prototypes), heuristic evaluations, and
contextual inquiry
* Proven interview and observation skills
* Proficiency in statistics, data analysis, and survey
design/administration
* Proficiency in clearly communicating report results in written
documents and presentations
* Experience with project management
* Excellent collaboration and organization skills

Desirable Skills:
* Knowledge of QuickBooks or other financial software
* Experience in usability testing consumer software
* Proficiency in design and prototyping tools (Photoshop, Dreamweaver,
Visual Basic and others)

Contact Information:
Apply to: leigh_cordes@intuit.com






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