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VP of Product Development and Engineering - Foodservice Equipment
We are a rapidly growing fun and profitable privately held company based
in the East Bay. We develop and market automated frozen beverage
blenders (think milkshakes) for commercial/foodservice use, generally in
self-serve applications such as convenience stores. We also market
associated frozen food products for use with our blenders. We have a
"razor handle, razor blade" business model and the frozen food products
(think milkshakes again) are our razor blades. We currently manufacture
about 1,500 blenders per year, which we sell for in excess of $5K each.
We have patented technology developed by our founder and President which
serves as the basis of our exciting growth.
We are bringing our Engineering and Product Development functions
in-house after using outside consulting firms to date. This position
will lead the development of our in-house engineering and product
Responsibilities will include leading existing product refinement to
improve quality and cost, as well as leading new product development.
We are about to begin development of our next generation blender, which
will present an opportunity to thoroughly reconsider most aspects of our
current designs with a sharp eye for improving the consumer use
experience as well as the blender's reliability and cost. We currently
use a domestic contract manufacturer and will be evaluating offshore
sourcing as well for our next generation blender.
This position will be a hands-on development position. You will lead a
team including our company President, internal engineers, outside
engineering consultants, our contract manufacturer and our component
suppliers. This position offers the exciting and challenging
opportunity to provide the creative leadership for this dynamic team.
Terrific project leadership and management skills will be essential to
your success. A desire to dig into and live the details of the design
work will be equally important. This is a small team taking on a big
challenge. There is no bureaucracy to get in your way (or hide behind).
You will lead the product development and refinement process.
A strong working knowledge of SolidWorks will be very helpful as all of
our design work is done in SolidWorks, and you will be knee deep in it.
The blender design will address several dynamic mechanical engineering
challenges using powerful variable speed motors, and it will incorporate
sophisticated electronic controls developed in partnership with one of
our key suppliers. In addition, the blended beverages we market are a
consumer product, and an ability to thoroughly understand and optimize
consumer interactions with the blender and product are keys to our
success. Lastly, a desire to understand the subtleties of working with
food products to make them great tasting and safe will be very important
in this position.
If you are looking for an opportunity to lead in a demanding, fast
paced, fun environment, and you can get excited about a great milkshake,
this could be a perfect opportunity for you. We are seeking a great
team leader and player with eight or more years of proven engineering
leadership experience, who is comfortable in a smaller, rapidly growing
business environment. The successful candidate will have an outstanding
ability to see the big picture while working the details. A bachelor's
degree from a well known engineering school is very much a plus, though
if you can demonstrate in other ways that you have awesome talent, that
is even better. A good sense for industrial design is also a plus.
Experience in the foodservice industry will be helpful but not a
necessity if you are a quick, self-directed learner. Excellent salary,
bonus and benefits are all included.
Please respond to Jim Farrell - at firstname.lastname@example.org with your resume
and a clear, well written cover letter describing why you think you are
well suited for this position. Thank you!
Sent: Wednesday, March 22, 2006 5:01 PM Subject: job_032206e - Sr User Research Specialist, Intuit (Mountain View, CA) Senior User Research Specialist Mountain View CA
Are you a talented, skilled, and influential user researcher with strong customer affinity and user empathy? Do you want to improve business and improve lives by applying your skills to create world-class applications? Do you want to be a key player in a community that is leading the industry in designing compelling and useful user experiences for business and information workers?
The QuickBooks user experience team seeks an accomplished User Researcher to help grow our User Centered Design team capability and to uplift our product efforts. It could be you! You could play a role in defining and building a strong user experience team that actively works with a variety of functional teams across the group and across the financial software and services Intuit provides to small businesses. We seek a strong researcher with previous leadership and product/interaction experience, one with passion around communications, product innovation, field and laboratory research. You will provide thought leadership toward our ability to understand users and customers in context and to turn that understanding into action. You will help build a culture that is able to collect and analyze relevant data (from planning, support, lab testing, and your own field research) and to turn it into compelling, useful, and successful QuickBooks products.
Duties and Responsibilities - Develop and execute innovative strategies to answer user research questions - Gather information on user needs and goals from user research, field studies, lab studies, site visits, market researchers, support personnel, customer feedback channels; turn that data into actionable design requirements and use it to influence product direction - Apply knowledge of usability, human factors, experimental or cognitive psychology, ethnography, anthropology, and the user-centered design process to product design - Design and conduct competitive reviews, usability tests, focus groups, site visits, longitudinal studies (field research, ethnographic studies, benchmarks); will include U.S. travel - Analyze and present results of research efforts, creating both compelling presentations and design/product recommendations - Collaborate with initiative and product management, other user researchers, and designers on conceptual models, process flows, user scenarios and tasks, UI design and architecture - Drive innovations in methods and tools to move QuickBooks and the user experience team forward - Participate in and contribute to the Intuit user experience community and other professional activities
Preferred Experience - Five+ years ethnography, usability, user research professional/corporate work - Strong understanding and practice of the fundamentals of social research and ethnography - Expert knowledge in usability engineering and field study methodologies, notably designing and conducting usability studies, heuristic evaluations, contextual inquiry - Proven laboratory, interview, and observation skills - Proficiency and polish in written and oral communications - Strong project management skills - Strong collaboration and organization skills - Prototyping, video capture and editing, and design skills a plus; basic familiarity with Morea a plus - Statistical analysis skills a plus - Advanced degree or equivalent in HCI, Cognitive Science, Human Factors, Usability Engineering, Anthropology, or related field. Proficiency in design and prototyping tools (Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Visual Basic and others)
For consideration please email resume and any attachments you wish to provide to email@example.com. Include "Senior User Research Specialist SA14" in the subject line. To learn more about careers at Intuit visit www.intuit.com/WeGetIt