Kin + Carta
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Sr. User Experience Researcher at Kin + Carta

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Solstice is seeking a Senior User Experience Discovery and Validation Researcher. The ideal candidate will be analytical and have a proven ability to lead investigative conversations. In order to do so, this Researcher will be working onsite with the client and traveling to interview users. If you are passionate about getting clients closer to their customers - read on!

What we are looking for in you:

  • You are excited and passionate about immersing yourself in the customer’s environment and searching out new opportunities to improve their experience.
  • You are able to speak to the value of research and “sell” stakeholders on a comprehensive research plan.
  • You are skilled at creating discussion guides and leading open-ended, contextual conversations to help generate answers to key questions as well as discover what the team didn’t know they didn’t know.
  • You have experience crafting and leading UX research using both qualitative and quantitative research methods and analysis. You are proficient in a variety of UX research methods and tools, including rapid experimentation, prototyping, usability testing (remote and in-person), ride-alongs, journey mapping, card sorting, prototyping, user interviews, usability testing, persona development - and know how/when to advocate for different methods.
  • You’re able to manage your own time, whether working on a team in a collaborative environment or working independently.
  • Proven ability to collaborate with designers to realize human-centered designs based on your understanding of HCI fundamentals.
  • Working closely with a development and design team is something you have done and enjoy.
  • You are an advocate for the user. You’re passionate about uncovering pain points and delights in a digital interface, as well as helping to solve difficult user experience problems based on your research.
  • You are able to effectively articulate issues and concerns to team members and clients as well as work to strategize potential solutions.
  • Experience working in a consulting capacity, specifically in a client facing role is a plus.
  • You have a passion for FinTech, IoT, or other emerging tech enterprise verticals
  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Computer Interaction, Psychology, Cognitive Science, Journalism, or related field.

What you can look forward to in the job:

  • Your work at Solstice matters. The research you do here will have a direct impact on the client projects on which you’re engaged. The designs you help inform will be seen and used by thousands of people every.
  • Taking a client’s vision from conception to completion and delivery. In addition, you’ll be a trusted advisor on the mobile experience they will provide to their customers.
  • You will work with some of the brightest, most talented UX’ers around - you’ll learn something new daily, and we would like to learn from you.
  • Crafting research plans and discussion guides, conducting end-user interviews, synthesizing and analyzing research feedback, and developing lean documentation to keep your team focused on the user.
  • You’ll work closely with designers for our innovative mobile application product suite.

Any design experience (desktop or mobile) is a plus however we are looking for a UX researcher first and foremost.

We welcome Solsties to show up as their full selves everyday. Because this is so important to us, Solstice is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

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What are Kin + Carta Perks + Benefits

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Kin + Carta's value of "Make A Difference" is shown through quarterly events and activities. One in particular, Pay It FWD, is our annual day of volunteering where employees combine forces & give back
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Our Diversity, Philanthropy, Wellness, and Social Committees can be joined by any member of our Kin who is interested in collaborating on events and making an impact upon our culture!
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Highly diverse management team
Diversity manifesto
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
From sponsored 5Ks, Lunch & Learns, and a discounted gym membership, our Wellness Committee enables a workplace that encourages environmental and social support of a healthy lifestyle.
Onsite Gym
Team workouts
One of our Wellness Committee's annual initiatives includes sponsoring race teams throughout the year, like the JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Some of our favorites include our New Hire Happy Hours, our company-wide holiday party, our annual volunteer event (Pay It FWD), and team outings!
Game Room
Kin + Carta's game room is decked out with snacks, a ping pong table, Wii games, a shuffleboard, and board games for all employees to use when they need a break.
Stocked Kitchen
Our Office Experience team helps to ensure that we always have fruit, coffee (brewed & a fancy espresso machine!), tea, snacks available, and all of the flavored LaCroix that we can handle.
Some Meals Provided
We celebrates our employee's birthdays with a monthly breakfast or lunch that the whole company is able to attend.
Happy Hours
Company-wide happy hours, as well as team happy hours are common at Kin + Carta. The themes and locations differ, but they are always a good time!
Recreational Clubs
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
We offer a wide range of internal training programs and a mentor program. All full-time employees also receive $5,000 annually to pursue professional development.
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Solstice is committed to positively impact, promote, support, and raise awareness of diverse communities in the Technology industry with the leadership of our Diversity Committee.
Lunch and learns
Employees plan and host lunch and learn meetings almost weekly.
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
All Kin are assigned a mentor who provides 1-to-1 support, career mentoring, and leadership advocacy.
Continuing Education stipend
We offer $5000 annually for continuing education.
Time allotted for learning
Employees are allotted two extra PTO days to use for their own personal training and development.
Customized development tracks

Additional Perks + Benefits

We have a variety of fun perks, but our favorites focus on employee development! We know that investing in employee development is crucial to our success as a growing and forward-thinking firm. All full-time employees have an annual personal training budget and time off. Employees will use this to take classes, buy materials, and go to conferences. We also have internal training programs, a mentorship program, and knowledge sharing through discipline circles and Lunch and Learns!

An Insider's view of Kin + Carta

What are some social events your company does?

Kin + Carta celebrates holidays with our office in Argentina - our US offices have introduced Argentina to Halloween, and the Buenos Aires office introduced the US to “Friends Day” in July. We also have a book club, a board game club, football and a Bachelor fantasy draft, co-rec sports, wine tastings and happy hours to celebrate new hires.

Andrea

Client Principal

What does your typical day look like?

My days are pretty dynamic — I could be preparing to lead a workshop, working on a product roadmap, sitting with research on customer interviews, mentoring team members, etc. A few things are constant every day, though: I get to solve interesting problems, I get to be creative, and I get to work with amazing people.

Michelle

Director of Solution Delivery

What makes someone successful on your team?

To me, what makes individuals on my team successful is a recognition that there is always something new to learn and always more room for growth. An open, honest desire to not only learn from your teammates' expertise, but also to share your own, is a huge part of what makes a teammate at Kin + Carta successful.

Reid

Technical Principal

What unique initiatives do you have that encourage innovation?

As a digital innovation firm, creativity is in our DNA. We hold an annual client summit to harness the creativity of our Kin. Employees self-organize around our R&D function, solving problems with emerging technologies to show off to our clients. Many of these ideas have gone on to help our clients better understand their end-user.

Kelly

CEO

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