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UX Designer

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Who We Are

Ascent helps its customers follow laws and regulations. We are a new type of company, a "RegTech" organization that combines a SaaS platform with intelligent content to provide customized tools and targeted advice for our customers. We're using modern techniques like machine learning and predictive analytics to stay at the forefront of our industry.

The Ascent platform makes it easy for compliance officers in regulated industries to see exactly what is expected of their companies, then track and report on the steps they're taking to stay compliant. Before Ascent, this was a very expensive manual process. Reasonable regulation is an important part of the free market, protecting consumers and leveling the playing field. But due to their complexity and sheer volume, regulations often feel more like a punitive burden. By reducing the cost of compliance Ascent is encouraging innovation, helping existing companies stay in business, and making it possible for new companies to get started. The efficient intelligence we provide helps our customers fulfill the spirit (and letter) of their obligations in a way that lets them breathe easy and focus on building value for their own customers through their core business.

We’re currently focused on regulations in the financial services sector, though our platform is flexible enough to eventually handle all regulated industries (EPA, FDA, etc). We recently raised $6M in Series A fundraising from respected investors in this space who truly believe in the opportunity we’re pursuing. We're a group of about 30 people, located in Chicago at Michigan/Randolph in the Prudential building. As a team we explicitly value integrity, cooperation, persistence, customer obsession, and innovation. We believe a diversity of opinions and perspectives builds a stronger team and product.

Who You Are

As trailblazers in our space we’re looking for people passionate about building new and innovative products, who aren’t afraid of challenging the status quo, and who have a thirst for knowledge and creating amazing solutions to generations-old problems.

You’ll play an important role across the board in our technology, product, process, and culture, so it’s a bit difficult to describe what it’s like to work here. We want you to think critically about problems, potential solutions, constraints, goals - and then do whatever you can to help the team succeed. Everyone brings a unique set of skills and talents and we want to take advantage of everything you have to offer. You’ll work directly with our VP of Product on a daily basis to gain context for your work, and to get the support you need for Ascent to be a transformational period of growth in your career. We want to make sure you’re getting as much out of this opportunity as you’re putting in.

Responsibilities and Requirements

This role is concerned with both internal tools and customer-facing products. Internally, we’re creating and combining cutting edge technologies to turn regulations into the data intelligence our customers need. Efficiency here requires seamless coordination of automated and manual efforts, which means custom tools for working with text-based data. On the customer side, we’re delivering our regulatory intelligence through a modern project management platform specifically geared for managing compliance activities.

Data-heavy workflow products can easily be crushed under their own weight without a conceptual framework for visual and functional design to keep everything organized. We need a designer to help us build them cohesively and sustainably for the long term.

  • Ability and drive to collaborate with product managers and engineers from discovery to delivery
  • Enjoys speaking to users and researching the market
  • Able to prototype quickly with the exclusive intent of receiving feedback and iterating
  • Facility with modern tools to create wireframes and hi-fidelity mockups
  • Push yourself to continually grow and learn

Benefits

Ascent employees enjoy many benefits and perks, including:

  • Medical, mental health, dental, vision insurance
  • Competitive salary and equity
  • Walkable from all loop trains and many buses, including pedway access
  • Lots of easy food options
  • Whatever hardware and software you need to be effective
  • Professional development stipend
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Technology we use

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

Location

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 RegTech

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

Ascent values collaboration between teams. Our open office layout facilitates impromptu brainstorming sessions, and bi-monthly update meetings help everyone stay informed of active projects. We believe that each department can benefit from the exchange of domain knowledge with another, and strive to create an environment where feedback is welcomed.

Eric

Senior Rails Developer

What makes someone successful on your team?

A successful Ascent dev team member is comfortable solving business and technical problems and isn't afraid to bring up new ideas, no matter how outside the box these may be. He/she also values work-life balance for everyone. This person keeps our company values in mind, has a strong sense of integrity, and prioritizes doing the right thing.

Dani

Data Engineer

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.

Chris

CTO

What are Ascent RegTech Perks + Benefits

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Pet Friendly
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences

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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