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UX Designer - Contract

| Santa Monica

At Edmunds we’re driven to make car buying easier. Ever since we began publishing printed car guides in the 60’s, the company has been in the business of trust, innovating ways to empower and support car shoppers. When Edmunds launched the car industry’s first Internet site in 1994, we established a leadership position online and have never looked back. Now, as one of the most trusted review sites on the Internet, millions of visitors use our research, shopping and buying tools every month to make an easy and informed decision on their next car. For consumers, we bring peace of mind. For dealers, we make tools to help them solve their problems and sell more cars. How do we do it, you ask? The key ingredients are our enthusiastic employees, progressive company culture and cutting-edge technology. Want to join the team? Read on to find out how!

What You’re Applying For:

The Mid-level UX Designer will help support our digital products through iterative stages of discovery, wire-framing, prototyping, usability testing, development and post-release support. You will partner up with a Product owner and interpret user needs and corporate strategies to create accessible and useful products.

What You’ll Do:

  • Develop user- experience design concepts, wireframes, prototypes, usage scenarios, task analysis, specifications, and other UX design deliverables.
  • Participate in the product definition process with the Product Manager, Engineering and User Research. Drive the clarification of the user tasks and objectives.
  • Understand target users’ needs, motivations, and behaviors as it relates to a specific project or area. Conceptualize original ideas that bring simplicity and user friendliness to complex design challenges.
  • Articulate user experience design issues effectively. Present and justify design thinking and rationale through key milestone deliverables to peers and stakeholders.
  • Proactive, creative, and logical problem-solver, who can articulate abstract concepts in concrete ways.
  • Contribute to the product roadmap by estimating level of effort and complexity of the overall project.
  • Partner with User Research to craft user-testing prototypes and validating user-experience.
  • Utilize A/B testing to present and validate design solutions.

Challenges:

  • Navigate a fast-paced Agile environment requiring independent selfdirection with an aptitude for team collaboration and open communication.
  • Articulate user experience design issues effectively. Present and justify design thinking and rationale through key milestone deliverables to peers and stakeholders.
  • Collaborate with product management and other stakeholders to implement an intuitive, seamless user experience.

What You Need:

  • Experience - Bachelors Degree in Design, User Experience, HCI or equivalent work experience (4+ years)
  • Design – Brainstorm and sketch concepts before creating wireframes. Produce sitemaps, user flows, wire-frames, specs and functional prototypes to validate user-experience.
  • Understanding the Bigger Picture - Ability to think and design holistically to create a cohesive, coherent product experience.
  • Design Specification - Deliver appropriate level of specification needed to ensure a high quality product.
  • Research + Trends - Researching and sharing industry trends, competitors, and comparable experiences. Using user insight, analytics, best practices to inform design decisions.
  • Technical Knowledge - Proficient in key software packages such as Sketch, Photoshop, Illustrator, Invision and Avocode. Understand web and mobile technologies

Working @ Edmunds.com:

Employees think it’s a pretty great place to work and some pretty impressive publications think it is too: we have been recognized as one of the best places to work by the Fortune Magazine and Great Places to Work, LA Business Journal (for the last 6 years!), Computerworld, and Built in LA. We've also been identified as one of the best workplaces specifically in Technology and also for Diversity and Asian Americans. In fact, our CEO, Avi Steinlauf, was rated as one of Glassdoor's Highest Rated CEOs! If you’re interested in learning more and joining our mission, we’d love to hear from you!

Edmunds will consider for employment qualified candidates with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of all applicable laws.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
    • JavaLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • ScalaLanguages
    • jQueryLibraries
    • ReactLibraries
    • ReduxLibraries
    • Twitter BootstrapLibraries
    • ExpressFrameworks
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • SpringFrameworks
    • SparkFrameworks
    • HBaseDatabases
    • MongoDBDatabases
    • PostgreSQLDatabases
    • RedisDatabases
    • DynamoDatabases

Location

Conveniently located at the Colorado Center, near the intersection of Cloverfield and Colorado.

An Insider's view of Edmunds

What’s the vibe like in the office?

This is not your average corporate office. Everyone is friendly and welcoming. While we're here to get work done, not everything is all business. People here understand the importance of human relationships. Not only are we co-workers, but many of us are also friends, close ones even. To top it off, our office is fun and encouraging to take breaks!

Denise

Technical Lead

What makes someone successful on your team?

I have grown more here than any other company. I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to move between several teams. Each time, it challenged me to pick up new skills. Edmunds has a culture of continuous learning. In my time here, I have participated in study groups to learn: programming language theory, machine learning, and iOS development.

Carlos

Director, Digital Futures Engineerin

What are Edmunds Perks + Benefits

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Sabbatical
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Parking
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Tuition Reimbursement
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