Product Designer

| Chicago
 

Product Designers at Neighborhoods.com are focused on understanding user-facing problems and exploring innovative approaches to solving them. This role works to clearly identify and solution opportunities in the problem space, designing interactive solutions across web, mobile app, and other digital media. You’ll be responsible for designing delightful user experiences, collaborating with cross-functional teams, and creating user interfaces that solve users pain points. You must have a keen eye for typography, color and shape, excellent collaboration and communication skills. This role collaborates with our entire team including Designers, UX Researchers, Project Managers, Front-End Engineers, Back-End Engineers, Marketing and Content. Our mission is to help everyone find their place in the world. Join us in accomplishing that.


What You’ll Be Doing:

  • Designing projects across the entire product lifecycle and multiple product launches
  • Defining problems & goals, mapping user flows, prototyping interactions, and overseeing the building process across different client platforms
  • Building your understanding of customer problems to create elegant but practical solutions
  • Applying your knowledge and experience across a range of design approaches, methodologies and lo-fi & hi-fi prototyping skills
  • Taking initiative to identify problems and act on opportunities to improve the product offering
  • Managing and working on multiple projects concurrently
  • Inspiring a culture of design/lean thinking, user advocacy, accountability and collaboration through independent contribution and consulting as a subject matter expert.
  • Facilitating rapid iteration of products, and often presenting many solutions to a design problem to illustrate different approaches for feedback and iteration to show product flows, facilitate shared understanding, and directly collect user feedback.


Required Education and Experience:

  • A minimum of 5 years of product design, user interface, interactive, visual or graphic design experience and delivery in digital mediums.
  • A portfolio showcasing work that demonstrates critical thought process, digital cross-platform experience, and how product design adds business value.
  • Advanced skills in Adobe Creative Suite, Sketch, latest design tools and demonstrated ability in creating shared understanding in cross-functional teams.
  • Basic understanding of HTML and other web languages.
  • Deep understanding and proficiency in user-centered design best practices, cross-browser compatibility, UI patterns across platforms and designing inclusively for users of all abilities.
  • A strong conceptual and visual thinker, you are a team player who has the ability to seamlessly shift between working independently and collaboratively.
  • Deadline oriented with good organizational skills.
  • Strong communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills with the ability to articulate your design decisions clearly and to a variety of audiences.


Preferred Education & Experience:

  • A Bachelor of Arts or Science degree with a focus in Human-Computer Interaction, Graphic Design, User Experience, Product Design, Interactive Design or other related field.
  • Experience in conducting UX research, conducting surveys and synthesizing insights.
  • Experience in UI Design and leveraging motion, animation and transitions to reinforce clarity, usability & brand tone and voice.
  • Print design experience

Benefits & Perks:

  • Excellent health insurance options, plus a generous company contribution to premiums
  • 401K with match
  • Parental leave programs
  • Pre-tax commuter program
  • Near public transit - close to Ogilvie & Union Stations 
  • Kitchen stocked with snacks & great coffee
  • Cold brew coffee & craft beer on tap
  • Flexible vacation policy
  • Casual dress code
  • Competitive salary based on level of experience
  • Opportunities to participate in and/or lead volunteer and charity initiatives
  • Transparent and approachable leadership and management
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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
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    • PHPLanguages
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    • SwiftLanguages
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    • JIRAManagement

Location

We're in the West Loop neighborhood in Chicago. Plus we're near many public transit options, including Ogilvie, Union Station, & the Green/Pink lines.

An Insider's view of Neighborhoods.com

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

Our work-life balance is fantastic. We value working hard during the day and encourage everyone to go home at a reasonable time.

Bill

Front End Developer

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

We’re working on using new types of data to understand our customers better. By developing ways to use these insights effectively, we do a better job of focusing on building the features that most improve the customer’s experience.

Jill

Data Scientist

How does the company support your career growth?

Here at Neighborhoods.com, management has not only encourages learning skills outside of my job description, but actively facilitates a culture which promotes personal growth within each person's career path. I am consistently challenged to learn more about my role at Neighborhoods.com, and to continually expand my professional skill set.

Neil

Neighborhood Manager

What is your vision for the company?

My vision for Neighborhoods.com is to help people live their life to its fullest potential by helping them with the universal challenge of finding a neighborhood and house they can truly call home.

Bill

CEO

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

PMO's ideas and processes facilitate keeping our engineers and designers focused on the work they love which in turn encourages innovation.

Heather

Project Manager

What are Neighborhoods.com Perks + Benefits

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Parking
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences

Additional Perks + Benefits

Aside from all of these tangible benefits- Neighborhoods.com truly values all employees. A positive company culture, transparency, collaboration, & providing an inclusive environment for all employees, is something we value highly.

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