Design Researcher

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Job Type:Full Time

At IBM, work is more than a job - it's a calling: To build. To design. To code. To consult. To think along with clients and sell. To make markets. To invent. To collaborate. Not just to do something better, but to attempt things you've never thought possible. Are you ready to lead in this new era of technology and solve some of the world's most challenging problems? If so, lets talk.

Your Role and Responsibilities
IBM’s greatest invention is the IBMer. We believe that progress is made through progressive thinking, progressive leadership, progressive policy and progressive action.

IBM welcomes, includes, values and respects everyone. We celebrate diversity in all forms. Our culture is rich and intentionally inclusive.

IBM Garage is a bold, comprehensive approach to innovation, modernisation and transformation that quickly creates and scales new ideas that dramatically impact client's business.

IBM Garage is more how you work than what you work on. It combines modern ways of working into an integrated operating model to help clients identify important business problems, design, prototype and prove potential solutions, and scale those solutions across a client's business.

IBM Garage is seeking an experienced Design Researcher/Product Designer to join a dynamic product team. As part of a multi-disciplinary team, you’ll tackle complex, business challenges alongside other builders and thinkers from different backgrounds in AI, IoT and robotics, quantum and blockchain. A successful candidate will be an organized go-getter with solid experience developing key insights about diverse audiences and able to do segmentation by needs. As part of a multi-disciplinary team, you will undertake research with a range of end users to better understand their needs, and their relationship with the various factors that influence their environment. You are a quick learner, enthusiastic, detail-oriented and collaborative—ready to roll up your sleeves and join a team that’s helping to bring human-centred design to one of the world’s most vital industries.

What will I be doing?
  • Join a high performing product squad and be responsible for User experience across the stages of product development. Ultimately ensuring there is 'no bias' in the User research and product design.
  • Conduct research across the various forms including review of reports, previous experiments undertaken by various experts in the sector—to come to a point of view around what we know, where there may be bias and where we still have questions
  • Leverage IBM Subject Matter Experts Knowledge and thought leadership to appreciate domain expertise.
  • Structure appropriate forms of User research based on the degree of unknowns and lead the product squad through fieldwork, analysis of findings and insight development
  • Provide research results to product team
  • At time, provide deliverables, reports, presentations, and/or videos to document and bring to life insights in an engaging and inspiring way
  • Oversee the product design process to ensure the squad adheres to the research findings and help remove 'bias' in design.
  • Work with cross-capability teams of UI and service designers, Product Engineers, and SMEs to create and manage a product’s lifecycle
  • A senior role may see you managing a team of designers, providing training and mentorship.

What experience do I need?
  • Senior, 10+ years experience - ideally in a start up environment or other comparable exposure
  • Mid-level, 3-5 years - ideally in a start up environment or other comparable exposure
  • Method experience: Design Thinking, Lean Startup, Lean UX, Design Sprints and Agile.
  • Usability research, sprint based research experience
  • Qual/Quant/Behavioural research experience with a proven ability to scope research, lead fieldwork, conduct interviews, perform desktop research, lead synthesis and communicate findings to stakeholders
  • Experience recruiting and interviewing research participants within an organisation and its external customers
  • Ability to synthesize research findings to uncover and articulate insights that will inform and inspire design
  • Ability to shape and lead strategic, systems thinking based upon insights gathered through research. A background in organizational/business/service design.
  • Exceptional communication and storytelling skills; fluency and confidence in inspiring teammates and partners with user-driven rationale
  • Ability to communicate information visually
  • Ability to work flexibly and efficiently, exercising a balance between research rigor and speed; we are looking for people who can maintain no bias throughout, but who also experiment in their approach and methodology.
  • Experience using technology and digital methods to uncover needs (e.g.: experience conducting online ethnography, implementing remote user studies, moderating/monitoring online communities, collaborating with developers to build web or digital prototypes to gather feedback, etc.).
  • Experience working in a Product Squad, Startup or cross-functional team.
  • Exeptional skills in Adobe, Sketch, InVision, Keynote or other design software tools
  • You love working on teams and share a passion for IBM’s mission to Be essential and to do work that matters, making the world a better place.

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