Associate UX Director (LN)

The Role:
As Associate Director of UX Design, you'll report to our UX Group Director of the Product Design Group. Like all our UX, your responsibility is to the user. You will empathize with and thoroughly understand the goals, desires and preferences of the target users. You'll use this knowledge to inform concepts and innovative solutions across one to two projects. You will be a leader in the UX group and expected to mentor junior UX and educate fellow team members and clients on the opportunity and value of UX. You will contribute to the UX practice at Code and Theory and evolve the discipline to meet the needs our of projects. You are responsible for shepherding work through the process; specifically, identifying the needed deliverables, estimating effort, ensuring collaboration across disciplines and approvals from internal and external stakeholders. And as a leader, you will be part of the work process, crafting deliverables as needed. You should have a least one area of deep knowledge - industry specialization, research, animation or prototyping - and good general skills across all.

Typically Associate Director of UX Design at Code and Theory are involved in the following activities: 
  • Managing the career and quality of work of one to two Jr UX
  • Leading UX stream of work on the one to two projects and contribute to the pitch process
  • Defining, sharing and delivering work to ensure project excellence
  • Defining and arranging a half day expert in-house training session
  • Assisting with weekly UX meetings
  • Managing and mentoring junior UX on project team
  • Contributing to overall growth of the UX team
  • Participating in all phases of the product development lifecycle, including product
  • Working on both tactical and strategic aspects of a project
  • Presenting work and rationale for internal and external stakeholders
  • Collaborating with members of multidisciplinary teams and advocate for users and user centered design practices.
  • Maintaining an understanding of digital trends and capabilities and actively participates in establishing a strong design culture
  • Conceptualizing and articulate strong, user-centered and delightful interactions
  • Assisting or leading on research initiatives
  • Creating and maintaining documentation and deliverables for multiple stakeholders: clients, visual design and developers
  • Designing applications and product experiences either from concept or as an iteration on existing platforms
  • Articulating decisions with research data, design principles or other objective information 

Requirements: 
  • 7 + years of experience. Should include some agency experience
  • Degree in Interaction Design, Graphic Design, HCI, or related field of study (or work experience in lieu of degree)
  • You listen well and have excellent speaking and writing skills
  • You can observe, analyze, question, synthesize and conceptualize
  • Ability to delegate work and give direction to Jr UX and other junior team members
  • You can articulate your decision and design process
  • Able to challenge assumptions respectfully and give and receive feedback with equal grace
  • You estimate work, commit and deliver on deadlines and are vocal when risk arises
  • You have a design aesthetic and your documents are simple, informative and filled with value
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • You understand business and account strategy and will contribute ideas and solutions to growing a project and selling ideas
  • You put pen to paper before you pick up a mouse
  • Curiosity that drives you to look at the world as a solution instead of just existing patterns and mental models
  • Ideally, you know a bit of code, most of the Adobe suite, and some animation‰ÛÓtwo of the three are essential
  • Mastery of Sketch and ability to prototype
  • Understanding of design research, user experience design processes and methodology, its value and how to integrate into work

About Us:
Code and Theory is a digital-first strategic and creative agency that designs products, content, and campaigns across physical and digital environments. Founded in 2001 and operating out of offices in New York, San Francisco, London, Atlanta, and Manila, we believe a mix of technology and creativity can solve complex business problems to drive forward innovative change. 
 
From helping to redefining the publishing landscape through our work with media companies such as NBC News, WWE, Bloomberg, The BBC, The Outline, Vogue, and The Guardian, to creating award-winning marketing programs for brands such as Maybelline New York, Victoria’s Secret, and Burger King, to developing unique customer experiences for NYLife, Quest Diagnostics, Citibank, Dignity Health, Reebok and Colgate to designing physical products for companies like Brown-Forman, Hearst, and Comcast, Code and Theory is a creative agency built for the entire ecosystem. 
 
At Code and Theory, we strive to only be limited by our own ambition and creativity. We believe in pushing beyond the easy and obvious answers in order to deliver the solutions that are right for our clients, their businesses, and their users. 

Benefits:
In addition to working with the smart and passionate people that make up the Code and Theory family, you also get the perks. Our beautiful studio is located in the historic Rochelle School in Shoreditch. Code and Theory London offers competitive private medical and dental benefits along with a pension plan. 

Code and Theory is an equal opportunity employer, and we value diversity at our company. We don’t discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability status.

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