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UX Designer - IxD/VxD

| Chicago

Sphera, the former Operational Excellence and Risk Management business of IHS Inc. is a leading global provider of enterprise software and services that enables companies to manage and optimize their environmental, health, safety and sustainability processes. Our software allows customers to automate processes, monitor emissions, ensure regulatory compliance, and track chemical inventory throughout a manufacturing cycle. We were recently spun off by IHS and acquired by Genstar Capital, essentially positioning us as a start-up tech company with $100 million in annual revenue and over 3000 customers in 70+ countries.

 

At Sphera, it is more than just a job.  If you are looking to help change the world and challenge status quo while growing your career, you might find some interesting opportunities to pursue whether for you or to refer a colleague.

Summary:

 

At Sphera, we are helping our customers keep their people safe, their products sustainable and their operations productive. If you are a creative and passionate UX Designer, this is a great opportunity to join Sphera and together we build the cloud platform that will make our world safe and more sustainable.

 

The best people don't want a job, they want to change the world and themselves.  The best want to challenge the status quo.  The best want to grow themselves and their careers.  Come check out what Sphera has to offer and how that matches up with your career goals.

 

Sphera is looking for UX Designers who have a strong proficiency with Interaction Design (IxD). Competency in Visual Design (VxD) and user research is a plus.

 

Responsibilities:

 

  • Participate in the Agile software development (Scrum/Kanban) process from concept through delivery to ensure the successful implementation of user interfaces for our cloud software.
  • Design world class user experiences through the creation of intuitive user interafaces, using established design patterns based on user research.
  • Use established testing procedures to ensure designs are thoroughly tested throughout development and before release. In addition, designs should conform to current accessibility legislation in countries of operations.
  • Collaborate with product owners to define/refine requirements, break down into development tasks, estimate effort, and plan milestones & deliverables.
  • Continuously expand knowledge in area of specialization.
  • Perform other duties as required.

 

Required Education:

 

  • Bachelors degree in User Experience, Human Computer Interaction, Web Design, or other relevant discipline or equivalent experience.

 

Required Experience:

 

  • 4+ years of experience in user experience or a related design field. Enterprise level software experience is preferred.
  • Proficiency with design and prototyping tools such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Sketch, Balsamiq, Axure, InVision, etc.
  • Experience practicing Scrum/Kanban and can adapt to Scrum values.
  • Ensure designs conform to online style guide and contribute to efforts to standardize design.
  • Demonstrable and/or responsive design experience.
  • Work with developers to ensure design concepts (developed through paper prototyping and wire framing) are successfully realized within the product.

 

Skills:

 

  • Refined analytical and detail oriented problem-solving skills
  • Ability to justify and explain design decisions
  • Be a proactive team member who contributes, collaborates and demonstrates positive behavior
  • Works effectively & independently in a dynamic team environment.
  • Proven time management, organizational and follow-up skills to meet deadlines
  • Quality-orientation with passion for customer satisfaction
  • Demonstrated initiative to learn & experiment with new technologies and processes.
  • Strong work ethic and professionalism
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

Sphera is an equal opportunity employer.  We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status and other legally protected characteristics.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
    • .NETLanguages
    • C#Languages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • RLanguages
    • SqlLanguages
    • jQueryLibraries
    • jQuery UILibraries
    • ReactLibraries
    • ASP.NETFrameworks
    • VB.NETFrameworks
    • Microsoft SQL ServerDatabases
    • MySQLDatabases
    • OracleDatabases

Location

We are located right off of the Randolph/Wabash L stop in the Prudential Plaza with fantastic views of the Lake Michigan & Millennium Park.

An Insider's view of Sphera

What’s the vibe like in the office?

One of my favorite parts of working at Sphera is the relaxed, friendly environment. The people here are just good people. Colleagues, including executives, are friendly and approachable. There’s no drama or cliques and everyone is easy to chit chat with. If you’re a nice person and you like to end everyday knowing you’ve done a good job, you’ll fit

Ellen

Social Marketing Specialist

What does your typical day look like?

Each day I respond to design questions, consult on small self-contained design tasks with small deliverables, collaborate with other teams to ensure internal UX consistency, and make large strides on the main deliverables that will bring Sphera to the forefront of UX excellence in the EHS sector.

Edward

UX Designer

What unique initiatives do you have that encourage innovation?

We’re in the early stages of building out new office space in Chicago. Part of our design includes an Innovation Lab. We want to make some of the latest technologies available to our engineers, as well as some dedicated time, so they can develop prototype solutions that enable our clients in ways that no one is thinking of yet.

Perry

Chief Technology Officer

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

Our Team tries to collaborate by aligning on goals and share with the other dev teams to initiate the support from collaborators. We regularly share the summary of our work to create a place where others can easily find this information.

Babitha

Quality Analyst

What are Sphera Perks + Benefits

Sphera Benefits Overview

Sphera colleagues enjoy expansive company benefits that include Medical, Dental, Vision, 401k with a match, Paid Time Off, and much more.

Chicago-based employees enjoy a number of building amenities including free gym membership in the building, shuttle service to and from Union/Ogilvie stations, and plenty of restaurants and bars to chose from. Oh, and amazing views of Lake Michigan, Millennium and Grant Park(s)!

Culture
Eat lunch together
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Our FSA provides the ability for colleagues to contribute up to $2,650 annually to pay for out-of-pocket medical, prescription drug, dental, and vision care expenses.
Disability Insurance
Short-Term and Long-Term disability benefits include 60% coverage with applicable premiums and maximum payouts.
Dental Benefits
Dental coverage includes 100% coverage of the cost of preventative services including oral exams, cleanings, and x-rays with nominal monthly premiums.
Vision Benefits
Vision Benefits include comprehensive coverage for exams, lenses, frames, and contacts.
Health Insurance Benefits
Medical insurance for Sphera employees is provided through Cigna and features multiple plan options depending on individual/family coverage preferences.
Life Insurance
We offer company-paid life insurance with a payout of 1.5x annual salary for non-commission and 2x payout for commission employees. There is supplementary life insurance available as well.
Pet Insurance
Our Pet Insurance plan covers illness or injury as long as they are not pre-existing conditions. There is a nominal monthly cost to the employee.
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
We have an onsite gym in our Chicago location with membership at no cost to our employees.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Sphera's 401(k) plan includes a number of different retirement strategy options to choose from.
401(K) Matching
Our 401k plan matches 100% up to 3% of employee contributions. In addition, we match .5% up to 6% of an employee's contribution. So if you contribute 6% your match would be 4.5%.
Performance Bonus
There is a wide variety of annual or periodic incentives above and beyond annual salary.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Family Medical Leave
We offer up to 12 weeks of family medical leave and all benefits are maintained throughout that period.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Our PTO plan includes 18 days of paid time off not including holidays.
Paid Holidays
Our annual schedule includes 9 paid holidays.
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
We dress for our day at Sphera. Most days you will find colleagues in jeans but may spruce things up a bit if customers or vendors are in town...or if you just feel like it.
Commuter Benefits
We offer discounts for train, bus, and parking!
Company Outings
We actively support our mission through our three annual Community Days where all colleagues become more educated on Sustainability, Safety, and Quality.
Stocked Kitchen
The kitchen at Sphera headquarters is stocked with coffee, soft drinks, beer, wine, snacks, filtered water, and more!
Happy Hours
Happy hours occur at the office or out on the town...it just depends.
Fitness Subsidies
There is a gym in the building and available for all employees at no cost.
Professional Development Benefits
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