Senior UX Designer

| Chicago
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Who We Are

Ascent is a Chicago-based startup that closed its Series A funding round of $6M in 2018. Within the past year, the team has grown to 40+ full time employees, led and supported by an executive team and board of directors with extensive experience in technology, regulatory compliance, sales and business operations. Ascent’s business continues to grow quickly and now includes relationships with ING, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Wells Fargo Accelerator and others. We have developed a proprietary AI and automation solution that allows us to deliver market leading regulatory knowledge to our customers at scale. It is our mission to make a difference in the world of regulations and compliance for our customers and help them focus on what matters most to their industry. We prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion and believe strongly that a team with different backgrounds and perspectives produces better results. 

Together, we will be solving a $64 billion global problem in regulatory compliance. Watch this video to learn more about what we do.

Who You Are

As Senior UX Designer, you will be responsible for the research, design and overall user experience of Ascent’s SaaS platform. You will work with customers, Sales, Engineering and Product to deliver seamless experiences to our customers in the Regulatory and Compliance space. Your objectives will be directly linked to business metrics such as user engagement, customer satisfaction and operational efficiency.


  • Exercise your expertise in performance, architecture, and object-oriented design to deliver compelling customer experiences
  • Work with the go-to-market team and our customers to map the user journey to educate the product/technology teams on how to view every addition to the product
  • Familiarize yourself on insights on the markets and segments in which these applications compete in order to stay abreast of industry trends and channels to anticipate customer needs
  • Keep abreast of design trends in the market and bring the best practices to the product/design organization
  • Challenge the status quo and recommend efficient user interactions
  • Lead design reviews with product and technology and explain the “why” on specific user interactions
  • Critique in-progress design work, evaluating the priority and effectivity of solutions
  • Create an affinity maps, user flows, personas, and map use-cases to why a person would use the platform 
  • Create prototypes to show and demonstrate interactions
  • Conduct Usability Testing to validate design concepts
  • Study analytics and industry trends to understand user behavior

Required Knowledge and Skills:

  • 5+ years experience in full spectrum of user experience design 
  • Ability to create clean, visually consistent designs
  • Proficiency in design tools such as Invision, Sketch, Zeplin, etc
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to present complex concepts clearly and persuasively across diverse audiences at various levels of our organization
  • Meticulous attention to detail and exceptional organizational skills
  • Experience developing reporting visualizations for large swaths of data and surfacing user insights 
  • Have contributed as a leader in design and a strong collaborator across product managers and engineers
  • Previous experience with user centered design principles and practices, web/mobile 
  • Knowledgeable in creating wireframes, visual mockups, user workflows and low and high-fidelity prototypes


  • Competitive Compensation and Equity
  • Fully Paid Health Insurance Plans
  • Flexible Work Environment
  • Reimbursement for Continuous Online Learning Courses
  • Unlimited PTO and Bank Holidays
  • 401K Offered
  • Pre-Tax Commuter Benefits
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Technology we use

  • Engineering
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • RubyLanguages
    • jQueryLibraries
    • ReactLibraries
    • Twitter BootstrapLibraries
    • DjangoFrameworks
    • FlaskFrameworks
    • Ruby on RailsFrameworks
    • MongoDBDatabases
    • Neo4jDatabases
    • PostgreSQLDatabases
    • RedisDatabases


Our office is convenient to all loop trains and many buses, and the Pedway! We have a great selection of healthy lunch options nearby.

An Insider's view of Ascent

What are some social events your company does?

Our leadership really believes in building and strengthening our community here at Ascent. We've had a day-long company outing to a baseball game. We have monthly team lunches, which are a good way to connect with colleagues over food. We also have movie outings and happy hours that we all enjoy together!


Regulatory Intelligence Analyst

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

My team coordinates work that needs to be done by both people and machines. We do this by creating delightful interfaces/experiences for our users and by augmenting our workflows with machine learning to produce work that’s intuitive and efficient. This means my team gets to play with fun tech from the frontend all the way to the back.


Senior Software Engineer

What makes someone successful on your team?

Prior to joining Ascent, I used to believe "brilliance is evenly distributed but opportunity is not". Here at Ascent, irrespective of your gender, race or color, the opportunity to impact and change the world around you is evenly distributed and all anyone would require to succeed is the passion and desire to solve problems.


Software Developer

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

Our job as a leadership team is to provide context, not solutions. The people working directly on a project are in the best position to make decisions, so we hire smart people and then trust them. We're here to support our teams and to make sure efforts are aligned across the company.



How does the company support your career growth?

I started in Customer Success, but an opportunity arose for me to officially pursue the role of Product Manager for our Customer Application. I received support for this pivot across the management team and from my peers. It was such a refreshing feeling to have people who believed in my ability to support such an essential role in the company.


Product Manager

What are Ascent Perks + Benefits

Ascent Benefits Overview

Everyone brings a unique set of skills and talents, and we want to take advantage of everything you have to offer. We also want to make sure you get as much out of this opportunity as you put in, and we’ll give you the support you need for Ascent to be a transformational period of growth in your career.
Our team enjoys a number of benefits and perks, including:

— Competitive compensation
— Medical, dental, vision, mental health insurance – with individual premiums 99% paid by Ascent
401K offered
— Commuter benefits
— Unlimited PTO and Bank Holidays
— Flexible work schedule
— Professional development stipend
— The opportunity to work with smart people on challenging problems!

Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Highly diverse management team
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Multiple plan options with Blue Cross Blue Shield, as well an HSA (Heath Savings Account).
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
There is an on-site gym in Prudential Plaza which is free to employees.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
Ascent offers a completely flexible scheduling and work from home policy.
Remote Work Program
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Ascent offers a generous professional development stipend per year.
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Additional Perks + Benefits

We want to create an environment where people can do their best work. That means supporting our employees in their careers, in their health, and in their lives. We're always looking for (stage-appropriate/responsible) ways to concretely demonstrate these values. For example, we pay 100% of our employees' health premiums!

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