Senior Experience Designer (Contract Pool)

| Chicago, IL, USA | Remote | Hybrid
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Senior Designer // Experience Design (Contract)
This role is for our contract pool. We qualify freelance designers and find the right projects for their skills.
At Grand Studio, our teams collaborate to explore digital products and services in a consulting environment. At our studio, not only do our designers, both full-time and contract, contribute to the success of client projects, everyone is invited to help build our culture and design practice with us. That means we look for people who care about their craft, care about their teammates, and most importantly, care about humanity.
Our Senior Designers are passionate about finding the right design methodologies to craft unique approaches to challenging client projects. They help project teams with everything from uncovering actionable insights around customers to designing the most compelling digital products and services grounded in user value. They are versatile to help determine project strategy, mentor teammates, and create client deliverables.
We invite you to be a part of the journey of evolving a consultancy fit for designers, built by designers.
A great Senior UX Designer at Grand Studio often has...

  • Professional design experience (consulting/agency experience is extra handy)
  • A rich understanding of the end-to-end design process and evidence of using appropriate methods to inform a UX design system
  • Experience in communicating with technology teams and other stakeholder groups
  • Comfort in delivering functional specifications and content logic for technology
  • The drive and autonomy to work well independently in a remote environment (at least for now!) but also an ease for communication and collaboration during team working sessions

What you can expect from us...

  • Collaborative and supportive environment
  • Staffed 100% to a project for the duration of the contract
  • Ability to flex within focus areas and build new skills
  • Exploration of all avenues of human-centered design
  • Potential to move to a full-time role within the first three months
  • Remote friendly events, team and office lunches, and celebrations

Bring your whole self to work
Grand Studio believes that teams diverse in age, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, ethnicity, and perspective create better work. We are dedicated to creating an environment where everyone, from any background, feels included and supported to do their best work.
We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or the interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.
In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.
Please be sure to include work samples, it could be in the form of your website, a PDF, a dropbox link- we don't care, we just want to see work that shows expertise in designing for complex digital products or services grounded in what's possible, what's helpful and what the business can support. All submissions without this will not be considered.

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Technology we use

  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
    • FigmaDesign
    • MiroDesign
    • SketchDesign
    • ZeplinDesign
    • Google DriveManagement
    • Google DocsManagement
    • Google SlidesManagement
    • WordpressCMS
    • SalesforceCRM
    • MailChimpEmail


River North is the go-to district for art and design lovers. The area is bursting with energy, with an array of fabulous art galleries and history-defining buildings like the twin corncobs at Marina City and the 330 N. Wabash skyscraper by Mies van der Rohe.

An Insider's view of Grand Studio

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

It’s all I could ask for.I don’t feel like I’m ever missing out on work or home stuff.I can end work & still make it to the earlier yoga classes. I can make it to a dentist appointment & only take 1 hr off instead of half a day. The ability to work remotely makes things so much easier, especially in cases where child care is not as easy to acquire.


Senior Designer

How does the company support your career growth?

Grand Studio maintains a supportive environment that promotes peer feedback and mentorship to help designers grow. Formalized peer reviews inform what designers can work on and where they excel, in addition to day-to-day feedback throughout a project. To guide designers’ growth, designated Career Managers provide consistent mentorship.


Associate Director

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

At Grand, we empower our teams to be more creative through a few mechanisms.
1. We craft a minimal-hierarchy culture that encourages ideas to come from any level at any time.
2. In addition to only staffing designers to 1 project at a time, we set aside heads-down time daily so people have the time and space to deeply think about a problem space an



How has your career grown since starting at the company?

I’ve become more confident in openly sharing my thought process and actively participating in discussions to explore solutions for complex problems. As I continue to grow my skill set, diversity of thought being valued at Grand Studio makes it easy for me to consistently tap into my authentic self and have honest conversations with other designers.



What are Grand Studio Perks + Benefits

Grand Studio Benefits Overview

We offer 100% employer-paid health, dental and vision with additional on-demand primary care at One Medical, Fertility & IVF Coverage, transgender-inclusive benefits, generous parental leave policy, access to Teledoc, FSA and DFSA, life, supplemental life & AD&D coverage.

We are committed to transparent salary paths, always re-evaluating the market norms for pay scales. In addition when our company does well, so do you! We offer profit-sharing perks for everyone.

We want to help you plan for your future so with every dollar invested in your 401K. We match a percentage to help you reach your goals faster!

We believe in a reasonable work-life balance, so taking time off of work is encouraged. We want you at your best during team projects.

We offer flexible plans with Class Pass and Talkspace to keep your body and your mind healthy.

Working late in the office? We try not to make it a habit, but when it does happen, grab dinner and a ride home on us!

We are set up to work from our office in Chicago complete with commuter benefits, to work from home, or anywhere in the US. Your choice. We want you to be in an environment that empowers you to do your best work.

Your career and goals matter. Every employee is matched with a Career Manager to help them get the most out of every experience, and we give you an annual budget to ramp up your skills!

We continue to make our designers happy with fun team events, food, celebrations and more!

Open door policy
OKR operational model
Team based strategic planning
Open office floor plan
Flexible work schedule
Remote work program
Documented equal pay policy
Dedicated diversity and inclusion staff
Highly diverse management team
Mandated unconscious bias training
We host internal trainings and workshops to talk about bias.
Diversity manifesto
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Diversity employee resource groups
Hiring practices that promote diversity
Health Insurance + Wellness
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability insurance
Dental insurance
Vision insurance
Health insurance
Life insurance
Wellness programs
Team workouts
Mental health benefits
Financial & Retirement
401(K) matching
Performance bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave
Generous parental leave
Family medical leave
Restricted work hours
Vacation + Time Off
Unlimited vacation policy
Paid holidays
Paid sick days
Office Perks
Commuter benefits
Company-sponsored outings
Free daily meals
Free snacks and drinks
Some meals provided
Company-sponsored happy hours
Pet friendly
Fitness stipend
Home-office stipend for remote employees
Professional Development
Job training & conferences
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Continuing education stipend
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks

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