Senior Information Architect -

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Date: Nov 17, 2004 - 06:19 AM
Description is seeking talented Information Architects and/or Senior Information Architects for the User Experience/Creative team. This is a perfect role for someone who thrives in a busy, fast-paced environment, and who can collaborate with cross-functional teams: designers, writers, engineers, program managers, and business owners.

Combining technical knowledge with a customer-focused approach to our site, Information Architects are responsible for determining how the interactive user interfaces we build should work. An Information Architect creates the plans that are used by other team members to develop the graphical user interface, content, and functionality. He/She is responsible for consulting with clients about their business goals, proposes front-end architectural solutions and strategies that meet both users' and business needs, organizes site content and functionality by creating site blueprints/wireframes, creates identifiable nomenclature for users, creates navigation systems that support users' needs, analyzes, develops and refines user tasks/processes, and collaborates with the design and development teams to build user interfaces.

Essential Duties
1. Concept: Propose and lead project definition activities when project scope requires
2. Design: Create process flows, site maps, wireframes, screen prototypes that will advance the company's merchandising, business, marketing, or branding objectives. Present chosen design to project and business teams for review.
3. Specification: Produce highly accurate wireframe documentation and other specifications required to implement design. Work with Product manager and team to define documentation scope.
4. Creative QA: Provide QA feedback to and consultation with HTML, Engineering, Design, and PM teams prior to launch.

Required Qualitifications
Functional Competencies:
Conduct and participate in concept generation activities including the development of: user profiles, user scenarios, organizational models, task models, and feature lists.
Conduct and participate in project definition activities including: business requirement gathering, site assessment, competitive analysis, secondary research, etc.
Create process flows, site maps, wireframes, screen prototypes, and functional specifications.
Work in multidisciplinary teams to map user research, test findings and input from product managers to business objectives.
Work closely with visual designers and writers to develop the final look and feel and tone of the final interface.
Understand the importance of flexibility and the balance of speed and quality.

Interpersonal Competencies:
Very good project management skills: able to work on multiple projects, reprioritize as needed, and consistently deliver on time.
Anticipate potential project problems and create solutions or contingency plans.
Flexible, proactive, highly organized, and able to recommend priorities for projects.
Collaborate successfully within the UE team, User Research, Creative team, and across the company, with product managers and engineering teams

Leadership Competencies:
Demonstrate a high level of integrity, maturity, and initiative
Understand Wal-Mart's three core values: Respect for the Individual, Service to our Customers, Strive for Excellence.
Set and take direction, and can think conceptually about a project.
Able to persuade/influence team members, sell ideas effectively, get results, and follow through.
Present ideas effectively, and is a strong communicator in a variety of presentation situations.

3+ years web-based information architecture or interaction design experience including the design of the overall architecture of one or more web sites and moderate to advanced transactional design experience. E-commerce experience preferred.
Experience in client services and negotiating business decisions
Experience observing user research and translating user research into design decisions
Expert proficiency with Visio required. Experience with the following is helpful: Word, Illustrator, Photoshop, Powerpoint, and various HTML editors.

Minimum educational level:
Bachelors or Masters degree in HCI, Information Science, and/or design disciplines (industrial, graphic, instructional, architecture), or other relevant field

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