Senior Product Designer

| Chicago | Remote
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Who we are?

We’re looking for a Product Designer to join our small, select and passionate team. At Focused Labs, we are on a mission to deliver positive outcomes and help teams get to the cloud. We are dedicated to delivering products to market quickly that meet the business objectives and user needs of our clients. We work with a variety industries, collaborating as we get new products to market, modernizing legacy systems, or helping teams learn the skills they need to be successful.   

Our Values:

  • Listen first • We are experts in product practices but life long learners in the domain of our customers. We research, collaborate, and understand. 
  • Learn why • We ask questions and talk to users to understand problem spaces, objectives, and goals, which allows us to deeply invest and drive towards the outcomes of our clients. 
  • Love your craft • We love diving into a variety of domains and solving problems.  We take pride in delivering value, in communicating progress, and guiding our clients to success.
What would you be doing?
  • Balance user needs, technical constraints, and business objectives to solve problems effectively
  • Create design deliverables that define products including sketches, workflows, wireframes, prototypes and high fidelity visuals
  • Conduct and manage user research, including usability testing and user interviews to validate designs, and collect feedback for improving the user experience
  • Create high fidelity visual designs
  • Lead the design process, from early discovery and research to testing and implementation
  • Guide clients through the agile design and development process
  • Facilitate client demos, weekly planning meetings, and other team touchpoints
  • Run workshops for clients, including project scopings and project kick-offs
  • Collaborate closely with customers to solve problems that are core to their business and build impactful products
  • Work with the product manager to manage and prioritize a backlog that keeps the team on track, delivering value towards a client’s vision
  • Collaborate with developers, product managers, and clients to determine priorities and best next steps
  • Help define and improve who we are as a company and a team

If you had worked at Focused Labs over the last 3 months you may have:

  • Designed app icons for two apps being launched to the Google Play Store and Apple App Store
  • Conducted research and testing for a new Membership sign up flow, first using prototypes, and then using software during an early release 
  • Paired with engineers and the product manager to determine next steps and priorities
  • Helped our company create a new internal wiki
  • Contributed to shaping our company’s holiday leave policy
Why are we excited about you?
  • You are open to feedback and know how to give and receive criticism 
  • You break down design problems into actionable and clear steps
  • You stay up to date with the latest research, UX, and visual design trends
  • You have experience crafting designs that match the lean startup and agile development processes
  • You can quickly dive into a problem space, assess the situation, understand goals and drive towards productive outcomes  
  • You don’t just build what clients ask for - you dive into a space, understand the business objectives, and propose solutions that best solve the problems at hand
  • You are a pro when it comes to working with lean, agile, and user centered design methodologies
  • You recognize that design is more than just pushing pixels around a screen; it’s about solving problems
  • You bring empathy, humility and a learning mindset to everything you do
Benefits:
  • Competitive compensation and pay
  • Health, Dental, and Vision benefits
  • 401k and matching contributions
  • Maternity/Paternity leave
  • Focused hours
  • Competitive PTO policy

What to know before you apply: 

  • Focused Labs is open to remote employees and all of our teams, regardless of location, work around the core hours of 8:30 - 5:30 CST. 
  • Focused Labs is unable to sponsor or take over sponsorship of the employment Visa process at this time.

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Technology we use

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Location

Remote for Covid, Chicago, IL 60647

An Insider's view of Focused Labs

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

I think there's actually a deeper question. What is the balance between work, life, and time to be creative? When you spend all your time hacking away at a backlog you're not learning. At Focused, we want you to have creative time, and time with your family/friends. That's why we offer Idea Hours and have a strong culture of 8 hour days, no more!

Austin

CEO

What does your typical day look like?

Focused is an environment where coding is a social exercise and learning is a continuous process. We work together by pairing and speaking openly. We find programming to be a creative process, one that is most effective when fingers are on a keyboard, not a meeting room. By writing code all day, every day, we learn and deliver together.

Luke

Programmer Extraordinaire

What are some things you learned at the company?

Getting feedback from the people I respect helps me get better on a daily basis. I also enjoy being challenged to learn new technologies and improve my communication with clients.

Olya

Software Developer

What unique initiatives do you have that encourage innovation?

We have a program called Idea Hours. Idea Hours are accumulated like vacation and can be used to attend conferences, build an app, try a new language, or anything else. If you have an idea and a need for a team, use those idea hours to get a few folks working together.

Austin

CEO

What unique initiatives do you have that encourage innovation?

We have done weekly lunch and learns, magic shows, book clubs, and culture talks. We are always pushing ourselves toward approaching tech problems from an interesting and fun perspective. Challenging ourselves to build tested, clean software with character.

Katy

Software Developer

What are Focused Labs Perks + Benefits

Focused Labs Benefits Overview

At Focused Labs, we take great care of our customers but also of our employees. As a small and growing business, we are happy to provide our team health and welfare benefits as well as office perks and the opportunity to grow. As Focused Labs continues to expand, we are happy to add more and more benefits for our employees.

Culture
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Documented equal pay policy
Diversity manifesto
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
We cover 100% of Blue Cross Blue Shield Platinum HMO for our employees. We also offer two PPOs and an HSA and cover the equivalent of the HMO if you select those plans.
Life Insurance
We offer a complimentary $30,000 life insurance policy for every employee.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
We use and love Guideline (https://www.guideline.com) for our 401k. They make it easy for both experienced investors and people new to saving to build a great retirement
401(K) Matching
At Focused Labs we match 100% of your contributions for the first 3% of your salary contributions and 50% of your contributions for the next 2%. There's no vesting, we just want you to save!
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
We love pairing at Focused but also know that different people have different schedules. We will always work with you to make sure you can come and go as you need and be there for your team.
Company sponsored family events
We sponsor family-oriented events a few times a year.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
At Focused everyone gets 21 days of vacation, 5 days of sick and 3 floating holidays!
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Employees receive 5 days per year of paid sick leave.
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Focused Labs hosts company outings quarterly.
Some Meals Provided
Employees get free lunch on Monday, Wednesday, Friday. On Mondays, we discuss company policy and culture. Wednesdays we have brown bag tech talks, and Fridays are book club!
Happy Hours
Happy hours are hosted at the team's discretion. Normally every couple weeks
Parking
We offer employees a parking subsidy.
Relocation Assistance
If you need to relocate to work with us we are happy to cover reasonable costs incurred in your move!
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Focused Labs offers employees professional development opportunities like Annual individual budget for training, Onsite training courses, the ability to attend job-related conferences and seminars.
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Focused Labs hosts lunch and learn meetings weekly.
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Time allotted for learning
Focused Labs allows employes to set aside 10% of working hours for learning.
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