XD Researcher II at Vertafore

| Greater Denver Area
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As an XD Researcher you will be an influential contributor in improving the overall user experience of hundreds of thousands of insurance providers and consumers. You will partner with the other XD team members, Product Managers, Product Owners, and Software Engineers to identify design problems and create useful, usable and innovative design solutions.


You will be part of a highly visible and growing team of experienced designers who focus on creating user-centered designs grounded in research. Our team thrives on cross-functional collaboration and connecting one-on-one with our customers to gain a deep understanding of their needs. Insurance is complicated, but we believe its software doesn't have to be!


At Vertafore, we value diverse perspectives, perpetual learning, and continuous improvement. Each day we bring an open mind, a willingness to give and receive feedback, and a dedication to creating quality user experiences. Our Product Development teams solve problems with a strong customer focus and collaborate in an open, inquisitive, and positive manner. As creative technologists, we see the beauty of humanity in each other and therefore show respect for ourselves and those around us. This allows us to show up for our team and take risks, knowing it's okay to fail.


We regularly engage in coaching, mentoring, agile ceremonies, and fun team activities. We endeavor to do things in new ways that add value to our world. All of these factors create a Product Development environment that is fun, collaborative, and innovative. This is highlighted by our quality delivery, happy customers, and diverse, highly empowered team with career mobility.

 

Core Requirements and Responsibilities:

Essential job functions included but are not limited to the following:

  • Foster a deep understanding for our customers and our industry
  • Collaborate with XD, Product and Development to identify and prioritize research opportunities
  • Plan and execute various types of user-centered research, including but not limited to concept-testing, competitor analysis, contextual inquiry/observations, surveys, interviews and usability testing
  • Communicate results, translating findings into actionable recommendations and advocating for their implementation

· Actively participate in design studios, design critiques and other design ideation activities.

· Build amicable, productive, trusting relationships with partners and team members.

 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

· You're a self-starter and a clear communicator who asks a lot of smart questions.

· You have a nuanced perspective and ask questions to get to the heart of the problem at hand.

· You have a strong knowledge of and experience with XD research best practices, including study design, recruiting, facilitation, analysis and reporting.

· You know how to adapt research approaches for the context of each project with minimal guidance.

· You have strong knowledge of XD best practices for enterprise software, including content-first, mobile-first, responsive design, and accessibility standards.

· You gladly share your knowledge and expertise with other team members.

· You have a good grasp of design thinking methodologies, using empathy and critical thinking to understand and frame problems.

· You can negotiate productively, bringing clarity and priority to user needs.

· You can collaborate and negotiate, weighing trade-offs between user impact and levels of effort.

· You are a passionate advocate for your user but know when to look beyond their requests to understand the true problem.

· You thrive on working as a part of a collaborative team, both giving and receiving feedback.

· You are able to contribute to 2 projects (at various stages) concurrently, meet deadlines, and adapt quickly to changing priorities in a fast-paced agile environment.

· You clearly and concisely communicate ideas, perspectives, user research, design problems, and design solutions in a diplomatic and persuasive manner.

· You balance passion for your craft with a dedication to on-time, on-target delivery of quality work.

 

 

Qualifications:

· You have 2+ years of professional experience doing user research.

· Your wealth of expertise is demonstrated by a compelling portfolio that showcases your research, facilitation and presentation skills.

· You have demonstrated proficiency in various research methodologies, such as survey design, in-person and remote facilitation, and contextual inquiries.

· You demonstrate strong oral and written communication skills, including presentation skills and an ability to persuasively articulate design rationale.

· You are adaptable and thrive in a fast-paced environment.

· Your working style demonstrates respect, initiative, ownership, transparency, and accountability.

· You can easily move between considering the forest and paying attention to the trees.

· (Preferred) You have experience in an agile software environment.

Additional Requirements and Details:

· Travel required up to 10% of the time.

· Ability to work remotely with a stable internet connection on an as-needed basis

· Located and working from an office location (when required)*

· Occasional lifting and/or moving up to 10 pounds.

· Frequent repetitive hand and arm movements required to operate a computer.

· Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision (working on a computer, etc.).

· Frequent sitting and/or standing.

*Our offices are currently closed due to COVID-19 and are scheduled to re-open mid 2021.

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Location

Great location in the heart of downtown Denver just a block away from the RTD lightrail.

What are Vertafore Perks + Benefits

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Vertafore offers employees 1 paid day to volunteer at the non-profit of their choice.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Vertafore offers opportunities to join several committees, including Women of Vertafore, LGBTQ+, etc.
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Vertafore employees can contribute up to $2750 annually to their FSA.
Disability Insurance
Disability insurance covers 100% of annual salary for up to 90 days of disability.
Dental Benefits
Our dental plan covers $1500 of expenses per person.
Vision Benefits
The vision benefits plan covers 100% for annual eye exams with $175 for glasses or contact lenses.
Health Insurance Benefits
Vertafore offers three different health plans to meet the needs of our employees.
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
We offer a Pet Insurance plan through Nationwide.
Onsite Gym
Team workouts
Vertafore's team fitness initiatives include in-office yoga, a partnership with Planet Fitness, and other recreational team sports.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Vertafore provides employees with a 401(k) matching plan managed by [provider]. We match up to 50% of contributions up to 3% of an employee's annual gross pay.
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Vertafore provides up to 6 weeks of parental leave for the primary caretaker. We also provides 6 weeks of leave for the secondary caretaker.
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
We reimburse up to $2,500 for eligible adoption expenses and 6 weeks of paid leave.
Company sponsored family events
Vertafore sponsors family oriented events semi-annually.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Vertafore hosts company outings annually.
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
In various areas of the office, Vertafore provides weekly fresh fruit services, bagels and donuts on specified days, as well as snacks and drinks.
Some Meals Provided
We provide free breakfast on Mondays and Fridays.
Happy Hours
Recreational Clubs
Vertafore sponsors recreational clubs that include sports, board games, video games, book clubs, etc.
Professional Development Benefits
Tuition Reimbursement
Our tuition reimbursement plan offers an annual max of $5,250.
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Online course subscriptions available
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