Associate Designer, Product

| Chicago

About the Role

We are looking for an Associate-level Product Designer for our Cloud-based design team in our Professional Software group. Backed by Morningstar's independent research, methodologies, high-quality data, behavioral science and innovative product design, our team builds a modern suite of software that helps both wealth and asset managers as well as advisors hone their investment strategies, build competitive portfolios, and research industry trends. This multi-talented individual will be involved in all parts of the design process: concept development, creative visualization, user research and testing, UX writing, system design, and prototyping. This person will work within a cross-functional, global team developing software for financial professionals. We seek a curious, entrepreneurial designer who loves the challenges of elegantly simplifying complex data, translating user needs into intuitive, rewarding interactions, and beautifully expressing our brand.

 

Job Responsibilities

• Owning all parts of the design process from discovery, definition, development, and delivery
• Bringing concepts to life through clear wireframes to illustrate a single point in a flow while also exploring how this could impact or align with the experience
• Creating high-fidelity prototypes and other artifacts that communicate design direction and execution considerations
• Understanding how to connect the information we’re trying to communicate with a user’s anticipated or perceived needs and actions
• Helping implement best practices around creating a great user experience
• Creating personas, experience maps, and user journeys to identify pain points and opportunities within an experience
• Solving a variety of navigation and information organization challenges.
• Using deliverables, such as site maps, to visually communicate relationships between pages and content
• Recognizing and supporting user-focused solutions and design thinking methods by preparing materials for workshops, contributing to research sessions, and helping the team create prototypes
• Creating wireframes, low-fidelity prototypes, task flows, and other artifacts to visualize and communicate design direction
• Applying creativity, logic, and critical thinking in new situations to find the best solution while continuously striving to find better ways of doing things
• Actively seeking out new challenges and tasks and overcoming obstacles to achieve results.
• Demonstrating core design skills—especially concerning typography, composition, information hierarchy, and data visualization—to create delightful, engaging experiences that reinforce the Morningstar brand
• Solving challenging information and communication design problems and being able to present multiple concepts for consideration, with sound rationale
• Supporting the Morningstar Design System by defining and specifying consistent interactions, patterns, and conventions

You’ll also do things like:
• Collaborate with the product owner, designer, and engineers on your squad to make product decisions
• Clearly articulate design decisions and share your process with stakeholders and other designers when appropriate
• Collect, interpret, and prioritize the feedback you receive
• Participate in critiques, workshops, design studios, and other design activities
• Participate in user research and prototyping activities, such as helping with planning, taking notes during sessions, and helping analyze the data
• Demonstrate design skills, especially concerning typography, information hierarchy, and data visualization
• Be curious, resourceful, and have a desire to solve challenging information, communication, and systems design problems
• Prioritize your work and know when to ask for help or clarity

 

Basic Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree
• 1-2 years of relevant professional experience designing for software, web and/or digital products

Preferred Qualifications:
• Experience working with Design Systems
• Strong knowledge of Sketch, Invision, Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office Suite, and Mac OS X
• Knowledge of HTML and CSS
• Excellent communication skills, both written and oral

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Location

22 W. Washington , Chicago, IL 60602

What are Morningstar Perks + Benefits

Morningstar Benefits Overview

Morningstar is proud to offer a comprehensive benefits package to eligible, full-time employees in the United States who work a minimum of 30 hours per week. Our benefits are designed to invest in your -- and your family's well-being, including investments in your health and financial future.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Mental Health Benefits
Employee Assistance Program
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Performance Bonus
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
The safety of our employees is very important to us. We have been operating remotely due to COVID-19.
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Company sponsored family events
Acme co. sponsors family oriented events Annually.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Sabbatical
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Happy Hours
Parking
Recreational Clubs
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Our mentorship program includes 1-to-1 program, Career mentoring, Leadership mentoring.
Continuing Education stipend
Time allotted for learning
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications

Additional Perks + Benefits

Compensation at Morningstar is more than a salary. It’s about making positive contributions to both life and work. We give our diverse workforce the choice and flexibility they need to maintain their health, retirement plans, time, and professional growth.

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