Designer, Product

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About Morningstar
Morningstar brings inspired problem-solvers together with one goal in mind—to help investors reach their financial goals. At our core, we’re one of the world’s top investment research and data companies. But where we set ourselves apart is how we use that data and research to serve a diverse range of users. Our investment data and research enables us to deliver analytics and insights with a purely independent view, and then we leverage the latest in technology and design to deliver an array of solutions that best meet our users’ needs. This foundation of research, data, technology, and design uniquely positions us to provide a complete set of services to investors all around the world—ultimately helping people make better decisions about their money or money they manage for millions of people all over the world.

Our Design Culture
The Morningstar design team is dedicated to creating thoughtfully-designed financial products and services so that people across the world can make the best investing decisions for themselves and their clients. We synthesize complex financial information into experiences that empower our users to deliver better outcomes. We do this by not only creating the look and feel of a product but also driving product direction: prioritizing the biggest opportunities to support our users and the business while maintaining a strong sense of product ownership and its resulting success. The design organization is made up of several disciplines—visual, UX, communications, content, and research—united to help each other, and the whole company, grow. We’re always seeking designers who are motivated, are driven to deliver user-centered outcomes, and are equally committed to craft and compassion.

Position
We are looking for a product designer for our Financial Planning team in our Professional Software group. Backed by Morningstar's independent research, methodologies, high-quality data, behavioral science and innovative product design, our newly formed Global Financial Planning team builds modern software that helps advisors extend from investment selection to holistic advice through engaging software arming them to deliver goals-based advice and insights in the best interest of their clients. 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.

This position is based in our Chicago office.

You’ll be great at:
• Owning all parts of the design process from discovery, definition, development, and delivery
• Identifying connections between products, services, and touchpoints to account for a great user experience
• Utilizing user-centered design methods in day-to-day work to inform design decisions (such as user research, prototyping, and other design thinking)
• Creating high-fidelity prototypes and other artifacts that communicate design direction and execution considerations
• Guiding teams to build coordinated solutions that will support the end-to-end vision of the product experience
• Solving navigation and information organization challenges
• Making and articulating decisions around information structure, relationships, and content strategy
• Visualizing and communicating a user’s task flow through various parts of a product and system
• Creating visual artifacts to visualize and communicate design direction (such as wireframes and low-fidelity prototypes)
• 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 be tenacious in 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 using consistent interactions, patterns, and conventions

You’ll also do things like:
• Collaborate with the product owners, designers, and engineers on your squad to make product decisions
• Clearly articulate design decisions and share your process with stakeholders and other designers
• 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
• Adapt your work and approach to meet changing priorities as they occur
• Be curious, resourceful, flexible and adaptive
• Have a desire to solve challenging information, communication, and systems design problems

Basic Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree
• At least 3 years of relevant professional experience designing for software, web and/or digital products
 
Preferred Qualifications:
• 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
• Experience working with Design Systems

How to apply:
Include a link to your online portfolio or attach pdf samples along with your resume.

 

 

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Location

22 W. Washington , Chicago, IL 60602

What are Morningstar Perks + Benefits

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
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
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
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
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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