Does the phrase “Data Visualization” make your mouth water like warm chocolate cake? But, do you also get cozy with boxes and arrows like the delicious comfort food they are? Do you strive to transform unwieldy complexity into elegant simplicity because you know it will improve how people live and work and that’s what drives you? Yes…? Then, come work on the SpatialKey UX team!
SpatialKey is a mapping and data visualization product. We think it’s awesome. Our product is renowned for its impressive, differentiated user experience. We relentlessly pursue simplicity, while transforming complex data into actionable intelligence. Our analytics and visualizations enable enterprises to interrogate large amounts of data about their businesses and turn it into information they can use.
We serve a number of industries, from real estate to market research to human rights work. For the last two years, we have been strategically engaged in delivering purpose-built solutions to help insurance companies better understand and manage their risk before, during, and after a natural catastrophe. Despite what you may think, insurance is not boring! The problems we are tackling help insurance companies remain solvent and be prepared to help their customers through increasingly severe and frequent disasters.
We are committed to building a sustainable business alongside very supportive clients, who are also pursuing competitive edge and innovation. We have been in business for over 3 years; and we already have strong brand recognition and equity, a profit-positive balance sheet, an exciting growth story, and a proven vision! We are growing deliberately by carefully hiring the best and most dedicated people in their industry to join our team.
About the Job
Great design is ingrained into our DNA. The success we’ve achieved is in large part due to our focus on the user experience. Where our competitors deliver features, we deliver complete solutions. When we design software, our users always come first. We need to keep this edge as we grow. UX is what has made us successful, and UX will be what continues to set us apart.
Our lead UX designer joined the team last year. You’re our second UX hire. As part of our scrappy UX team, you will be expected to participate in all elements of the user-centered design process, from user research and use case articulation, to ideation and wireframing, to pixel-perfect screen designs.
You will help create and maintain a set of living artifacts including UX specifications, wireframes and visual design assets. We are in the process of creating a UX style guide that we will expect you to both follow and expand.
You will participate in and lead, collaborative engagement with clients and internal colleagues from our product management and development teams. This will include discovery sessions at client sites, capturing use cases, building an understanding of client workflows and business process, and testing your design assumptions. You will keep our end users at the heart of your work and serve as their advocate throughout the product development lifecycle; keeping our implementations relevant to our users and their business workflows.
You will turn wireframes into a product that balances form with function and invent new ways to visualize and interact with complex data. You will be empowered and expected to challenge the norm and translate observations into compelling ideation, always operating in the spirit of innovation and creativity.
Great products start with great design! UX is incredibly important to us. It has and will continue to be a critical driver of competitive differentiation and success.
About Our People and Culture
We are a lean and extremely effective team, and we’re incredibly proud of that. We are firm believers in the power of focused teams of only the top talent. We’re all remote and work from home in 3 countries and 9 different US states. While we are geographically dispersed, we operate successfully in a highly cohesive and collaborative environment. We require someone who can be productive and work autonomously, but who knows when and how reach out for help.
We’re the kind of people who are doing this because we love it and the work fascinates us. We think about the problems we’re solving while lying in bed before going to sleep. We’re definitely looking for someone who shares that passion. We don’t want you slaving away on Saturdays, but we hope you’re fascinated enough by your work that you can’t help thinking about it in the shower.
We need a designer who loves digging into complex visual problems and generates thoughtful solutions. You must exude a passion for design and how beautifully presented data impacts people’s lives. You should be comfortable in all parts of the user-centered design process. You should work well in a highly collaborative and fast-paced, yet virtual, environment. You must have thick skin! You take and encourage constructive criticism and work towards a common goal of delivering best-in-class software solutions.
You demonstrate an uncanny ability to analyze and synthesize information. The data we are working with is complex and interdependent; you’ll must to be able prioritize data elements visually.
You will be empowered with autonomy and a very supportive network of colleagues; but you will be expected to work smart and independently and deliver on your commitments. We don’t have enough people to pass the buck. Our customers depend on us to deliver as promised, and we need you to own your work.
User experience design – You should have 3+ years designing purpose-built, analytic applications that serve multiple personas. You are comfortable working in multiple development methodologies, like agile, scrum and waterfall.
Industry experience – You have experience creating data visualization from complex financial data. You know how to prioritize data visually and enjoy iterating on your designs to remove visual clutter. It would be nice if you had experience visualizing data geographically and/or creating responsive layouts.
Active listening - You should be an expert listener with superb skills in eliciting information and feedback from internal and external customers and formulating appropriate solutions – through observation, ideation and information gathering – for a variety of end users.
Passion and intellectual curiosity - Our culture is grounded in creativity and innovation. You must be passionate about data, appreciate the value of working with geeks, stay current on latest technologies and innovations in web applications, and keep the user at the heart of all your work.
How to Apply
It’s easy, email us your resume, design portfolio (interaction design wireframes and pixel-perfect visual design) and tell us why you want the job. This isn’t a big HR hiring department thing, so speak directly and let us know why you’re a good fit for what we’re looking for. Compensation will be commensurate with experience, but if you’re worried about us meeting your salary requirements please include your required range when applying. We want to see that you’re passionate, you love what you do, and that you’re good at it.