Tuesday, October 10, 2017

VP/Group Director, User Experience: Austin, TX - full relo offered!

Shortly after falling in love with the realm of recruitment*, I became enamored with user experience. Fortunately for me, I’m able to combine my passion for both in my work, and have done so since it was called “Information Architecture”.

This agency's work makes me positively giddy. This thriving and pioneering shop in Austin, Texas is adding a VP-level Group Director, User Experience Design role to head up their growing UX practice across their four offices.

Let me tell you a little bit about the company. It's a 25+ year old, privately- and woman-owned boutique, so there are no stockholders dictating them how to treat their employees or clients. This gives them a lot of flexibility to pursue and do the type of work they want. They focus on people first, which is an attitude that has led to great work and success over the years. Their culture is one of innovation crafted with soul, in that innovation is at the heart of everything, but it's crafted with a 'hand touch'. It's more than just technology though; as they’re always at the forefront of trying out new things. The soul part is who they are as a people - a very kind, Texas-friendly organization with high standards and expectations.  A highly enforced, top-down, “no egos or @$$holes allowed” policy reigns true here and safeguards their phenomenal culture. They were initially known for their branding work, but these days they are a solid think tank that is constantly re-imagining and reinventing the digital and physical realm. Over the years, they have grown to 250 people spread across four states, but the majority of the UX team resides in their Austin Headquarters, which is where this position is located.

The VP, Group Director, User Experience Design position reports to the COO, a former UX leader and colleague of mine (and helluva nice guy)  who was overseeing the team for a while. This company has invested heavily in User Design as a practice and capability, and as a result, are winning a lot of research-, user experience- and design-centric engagements. Given this, it’s time for the COO to add a VP-level leader to focus 100% on the UX Design practice. This is an ideal career move for a relationship-builder who is passionate about the industry, ready to join a leadership team, where s/he can leave his/her mark on shaping a discipline, selecting design methodology, and building out, coaching and managing a team while working on some very memorable engagements.

Sound good so far? As much as I like these people and their culture, it's their work that gives me goosebumps. After all, these are the folks behind the one of my favorite desk accessories. Some of their other projects include:
-A bot that uses AI to track how the stock market reacts to tweets in real time, powers trades and donates profits to an animal welfare organization (So they're helping homeless animals, too!)
-VR sensory immersion that will blow you away
-A massive global communication plan announcing the launch of global client's new website. Web site visuals, site tours, demo videos, social posts and e-marketing accompanied users on an multifaceted e-expedition that humanized big data (including 500+ assets versioned for use in 200+ countries) and projected it in a more visualized, accessible way.

About You:
Personality-wise, you’re a super smart, hands-on leader, with an upbeat energy and enthusiasm for future forward technology that’s positively infectious.
-10-15 years’ overall experience in user experience design, with at least 2 + years’ experience at the director level, and a management and mentorship style that enables people to realize their best potential
-You’re an active and well-known leader in your UX community, and have a highly regarded blog or have published papers on UX-centric subject matters, as well as judged UX design award shows and spoken at conferences
-Both feet firmly planted in the digital realm. You’re an active participant in the product design scene and you’re constantly thinking about “the next wave of the future”, digitally and otherwise. Your entrepreneurial spirit and proactive personality help you stay abreast of technological innovations in graphic, user/experience design
-Exceptional client presentation skills complemented by your ability to articulate and justify your vision and rationale for design decisions to clients and colleagues alike
-Direct experience creating pure brand interactive, social, and mobile experiences, and combining them with emerging technologies to creating new products or experiences, ranging from bots to beacons, and everything in between, including AI, AR, iTV &/or VR. That being said, you don’t pursue trends simply for the sake of for the sake of staying on trend. For you, the means has to justify the end goal, and it’s all about creating well-designed items and the stories they maintain over their lives.

Have I piqued your interest? If so, please your resume and portfolio to CarolTaylorRecruits(at)gmail(dot)com

Other:
-This is a full time, 100% on site during regular business hours; no part time, freelance or remote talent please 
-At this time, we cannot provide Visa assistance
-Full relo provided within the U.S.
-Willingness to travel up to 20% to other offices and client meetings
-Due to the high number of responses received, we will only respond to those people who meet the above-mentioned criteria

REFERRAL BONU$
Up to $5K Referral Bonus Eligibility if we successfully place your referral in this full time role, so thanks for telling a friend!


*I’d be happy to chat about my love affair with recruiting in further detail another time.


Sr. Director, Marketing; North Shore (Boston) area


                                 
I'm looking for an advertising agency Account Director to pump up my client's marketing efforts! 


Sr. Marketing Director wanted
Greater Boston Area - North Shore/128 belt

Looking for an agency Account person with no more than 15-20 years' total experience put their marketing & media muscles to good work at this fiscally fit, privately owned, growing (franchised) company.

The ideal person will have a solid background in media, marketing and advertising. This person will manage everything from the  media budget and external agency relationship, to grand openings, integrated and digital marketing efforts, and social media campaigns.

Local candidates only please.
No relo/visa assistance available.

Interested? Please send resume to CarolTaylorRecruits(at)gmail(dot)com

#AdvertisingJobs #MarketingJobs #MediaJobs

Monday, October 9, 2017

Something's missing from our client's Fall lineup: Copywriter wanted

Something's missing from our client's Fall  lineup. 
Mid/Sr. level integrated Copywriter wanted 
North Shore/Greater Boston area 

My client, a 100+ year old world-renown sports brand, is looking to hire a Mid/Sr. level copywriter for their recently-established  in-house ad agency. This is a great opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a brand spankin' new advertising department and grow with it, while sharing your creative talent and passion for sports with a national, if not international, multi-channel audience. If you are interested in hearing more,  please email your resume and portfolio link to CarolTaylorRecruits(at)gmail(dot)com If now is not the time to change jobs BUT you know someone with 5-7 years' experience who'd be perfect for this role, feel free to send him/her my way, as I'm offering up a generous bonus for the person who helps me fill this position via a great referral!  
#AdvertisingJobs #CopywritingJobs

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Sr. User Experience Designer wanted for thriving retail/e-tail chain! Greater Newark, NJ Area (NOT in Newark though)


Sr. User Experience Designer wanted for thriving retail/e-tail chain!
Greater Newark area (but NOT in Newark)

My client is a retail/e-tail giant with several well-known & much-loved brands under their expansive corporate umbrella. But all that glitters is not gold - especially if their website is looking old. So they've heavily invested in their e-commerce team and are planning to migrate over to a new platform which will ultimately help them add some much-needed razzle to make their products dazzle. Fortunately, they recognize that user experience is critical to their guests' overall shopping experience. Given this, they are adding a senior-level user experience designer to their team.

On a day-to-day basis, you will:
Collaborate with our product managers, developers and internal business partners to design great customer experiences across all digital channels and deliver great products to our customers
Work with a small team on a specific area of the site, where your core focus will be to work on one of those tracks. Within each of these tracks, there are any number of things happening in a modified agile environment. This is where teams break down the work, decide what to work on, create a plan & execute against it.
Represent the consumer: advocate for our customers at all times while leading the design of new features, site experiences from concept to launch
Partner with product team to identify current and future needs, and how to leverage emerging trends and technologies to optimize customer experiences
what’s now & what’s coming up in couple of years.
Act as a UX evangelist: help shape the UX practice by proactively identifying and suggesting best practices and methodologies
Do the usual UX stuff, such as: create flow diagrams, wireframes, prototypes/rapid iterations, detailed visual design, documentation, and presentations; conduct user research, usability testing and A/B tests, validate your work through analysis of quantitative and qualitative data, follow/maintain/update style guide and DSL as needed

About you:
5-7 years' front-end UX and visual design experience; min. 1-2+ years' experience working on responsive e-commerce sites
You're a user experience evangelist with a solid understanding of user design principles and design methodologies
You're a bit of a hybrid between a user experience designer and a designer. Perhaps you worked as a visual designer before switching over to UX design full time.
You're an entrepreneurial, innovative, and critical thinker, with a collaborative work style, but can also work on independently as needed
You've worked at UX-driven companies and have helped build a UX practice in the past
Your portfolio showcases your ability to distill complex problems into elegant solutions and displays a genuine love of storytelling and a solid understanding of a customer's digital journey
You have omni channel store and large site redesign/re-architecture experience
You rabidly follow and evaluate current trends in UX, design and e-commerce and enjoy sharing this information with less experienced colleagues
You have a clear understanding of the cross platform feature design and how to apply data to design decisions
You've worked on projects using Redjacks, JavaScript, CSS, JQuery
You have solid proficiency in a variety of design tools such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Omnigraffle, Axure and Sketch; and experience prototyping with tools such as InVision, Axure, Flinto, FramerJS
You have 1-2+ years' experience designing iOS and Android apps
3D modeling experience/exposure is a plus
Accessibility and/or WCAG 2.0/Section 508 experience

Other:
This position is full time, 100% on site.
No freelance, part time or remote talent.
Local candidates only: at this time, we cannot provide relocation or visa assistance

Interested?
Please email resume and portfolio link/samples to: CarolTaylorRecruits(at)gmail(dot)com
No phone calls please.

REFERRAL BONU$
If you know someone who would be great in this role, please feel free to make an introduction. If I successfully place your referred candidate in this full time position, you will receive a $weet referral bonus!

Due to the high volume of resumes received, we will only be responding 
to those that meet the above criteria. Thank you for understanding!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Great article regarding the future of AR


What Snapchat's Dancing Hot Dog Means for the Future of AR 

Snapchat's augmented-reality hot dog has started an obsession. To read on, visit :  http://www.socialmediopolis.com/socialtrax-blog/4602-what-snapchats-dancing-hot-dog-means-for-the-future-of-ar

Monday, August 7, 2017

I need me a UX Superhero!

VP, Group Director, User Experience Design
Austin, TX
Full relo offered within the U.S.

Shortly after falling in love with the realm of recruitment*, I became enamored with user experience. Fortunately for me, I’m able to combine my passion for both in my work, and have done so since UX was called “Information Architecture” way back when.

This agency's work makes me positively giddy. This thriving and pioneering shop in Austin, Texas is adding a VP-level Group Director, User Experience Design role to head up their growing UX practice across their four offices.

Let me tell you a little bit about the company. It's a 25+ year old, privately- and woman-owned boutique, so there are no stockholders dictating them how to treat their employees or clients. This gives them a lot of flexibility to pursue and do the type of work they want. They focus on people first, which is an attitude that has led to great work and success over the years. Their culture is one of innovation crafted with soul, in that innovation is at the heart of everything, but it's crafted with a 'hand touch'. It's more than just technology though; as they’re always at the forefront of trying out new things. The soul part is who they are as a people - a very kind, Texas-friendly organization with high standards and expectations.  A highly enforced, top-down, “no egos or @$$holes allowed” policy reigns true here and safeguards their phenomenal culture. They were initially known for their branding work, but these days they are a solid think tank that is constantly re-imagining and reinventing the digital and physical realm. Over the years, they have grown to 250 people spread across four states, but the majority of the UX team resides in their Austin Headquarters, which is where this position is located.

The VP, Group Director, User Experience Design position reports to the COO, a former UX leader and colleague of mine (and helluva nice guy)  who was overseeing the team for a while. This company has invested heavily in User Design as a practice and capability, and as a result, are winning a lot of research-, user experience- and design-centric engagements. Given this, it’s time for the COO to add a VP-level leader to focus 100% on the UX Design practice. This is an ideal career move for a relationship-builder who is passionate about the industry, ready to join a leadership team, where s/he can leave his/her mark on shaping a discipline, selecting design methodology, and building out, coaching and managing a team while working on some very memorable engagements.

Sound good so far? As much as I like these people and their culture, it's their work that gives me goosebumps. After all, these are the folks behind the one of my favorite desk accessories. Some of their other projects include:

  • A bot that uses AI to track how the stock market reacts to tweets in real time, powers trades and donates profits to an animal welfare organization (So they're helping homeless animals, too!)
  • A VR sensory immersion that will blow you away
  • A massive global communication plan announcing the launch of global client's new website. Web site visuals, site tours, demo videos, social posts and e-marketing accompanied users on an multifaceted e-expedition that humanized big data (including 500+ assets versioned for use in 200+ countries) and projected it in a more visualized, accessible way.
About You:
Personality-wise, you’re a super smart, hands-on leader, with an upbeat energy and enthusiasm for future forward technology that’s positively infectious.
  • 10-15 years’ overall experience in user experience design, with at least 2 + years’ experience at the director level, and a management and mentorship style that enables people to realize their best potential
  • You’re an active and well-known leader in your UX community, and have a highly regarded blog or have published papers on UX-centric subject matters, as well as judged UX design award shows and spoken at conferences
  • Both feet firmly planted in the digital realm. You’re an active participant in the design scene and you’re constantly thinking about “the next wave of the future”, digitally and otherwise. Your entrepreneurial spirit and proactive personality help you stay abreast of technological innovations in graphic, user- and experience design
  • Exceptional client presentation skills complemented by your ability to articulate and justify your vision and rationale for design decisions to clients and colleagues alike
  • Direct experience creating pure brand interactive, social, and mobile experiences, and combining them with emerging technologies to creating new products or experiences, ranging from bots to beacons, and everything in between, including AI, AR, iTV &/or VR. That being said, you don’t pursue trends simply for the sake of for the sake of staying on trend. For you, the means has to justify the end goal, and it’s all about creating well-designed items and the stories they maintain over their lives.
Have I piqued your interest? If so, please your resume and portfolio to CarolTaylorRecruits(at)gmail(dot)com

Other:
  • This is a full time, 100% on site during regular business hours; no part time, freelance or remote talent please
  • At this time, we cannot provide Visa assistance
  • Full relo provided within the U.S.
  • Willingness to travel up to 20% to other offices and client meetings
  • Due to the high number of responses received, we will only respond to those people who meet the above-mentioned criteria
REFERRAL BONU$
Up to $3,500 Referral Bonus Eligibility if we successfully place your referral in this full time role, so thanks for telling a friend!



*I’d be happy to chat about my love affair with recruiting in further detail another time.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Business Development Specialist Wanted for Thriving Ad Agency Team; Boston, MA

This agency isn't well known outside of New England, but it's competing successfully on a national level and generating a lot of buzz within Boston's advertising community. Business is great, but thanks to a highly successful expansion plan, they'd like to bring in more new business - which is why they are adding a Business Development Specialist to their flourishing team.At this shop, it's all about the people - so they are willing to entertain the candidacy and title/level of any candidates with 5-10 years' of experience and a proven track record of building his/her own book of business in the healthcare, financial services, and consumer packaged goods (CPG) verticals. We are pitching on a national account level, and expect you to do the same. You will manage 2 business development associates in this role. This role isn't about upselling to existing clients - we have people who do that already. 

We're a little different from all the other shops out there. We're privately owned, so we don't have to report to the stockholders every time business dips by .001%. We believe in rewarding our colleagues for a job well done, and put our money where our mouth is with a robust profit-sharing plan. We strongly believe and endorse a work-life balance here, so you won't find us burning the midnight oil (or weekends) very often. We treat our employees well, so turnover here is incredibly low. Most of our job openings over the past year have been attributed to agency growth, not attrition. Everyone gets four weeks' PTO, plus an extra two weeks off for good behavior. Add an upbeat, energetic culture to the mix and you have a vibrant, collaborative culture where people look forward to coming to work here each day. 

Compensation: generous base salary + commission + profit-sharing

Interested? Drop me a line, along with your resume - to CarolTaylorRecruits(at)gmail(dot)com

Other:
At this time, we cannot provide visa assistance

Local candidates preferred
Due to the high volume of resumes received, only those meeting the above criteria will receive a response