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Sr. User Experience Designer

Grainger Chicago Full-Time
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Company Overview

Grainger is a broad line, business-to-business distributor of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) supplies and other related products and services. More than 3.2 million businesses and institutions worldwide rely on Grainger for products such as safety gloves, ladders, motors and janitorial supplies, along with services like inventory management and technical support. These customers represent a broad collection of industries including commercial, government, healthcare and manufacturing. They place orders online, on mobile devices, through sales representatives, over the phone and at local branches. Approximately 5,000 suppliers provide Grainger with more than 1.6 million products stocked in Grainger’s distribution centers and branches worldwide.

 

Position Description

Purpose

At Grainger, we are building systems that will extend our market leadership for another 90 years. While lots of companies talk about “digital revolutions” or “delightful experiences,” we’re focusing on building the stuff that matters. We strive to have a profound understanding of our customer and their needs to ensure that our products and services create value for them.

We are looking for an exceptional Sr. User Experience Designer to help build experiences for Grainger’s enterprise systems and applications so that Grainger continues to be the destination for “the ones that get it done.” The ideal candidate is both pragmatic and creative, and can translate complex business needs into user-focused solutions.

Responsibilities

 

The Sr. User Experience Designer:

  • Works with Product Managers and Engineers to define and design user experiences for Grainger’s internal and external customers  
  • Contributes to early stage discovery and product definition by developing a deep understanding and definition of users, framing the problem, generating design principles, developing concepts and models, evaluating current state experiences, etc.
  • Plans and conducts user research, user testing and secondary research
  • Translates business requirements and user needs into tangible interaction designs through detailed user flows and wire frames
  • Contributes to the development of interaction patterns and cataloguing experiential debt
  • Develops detailed documentation for all standard work  

Position Requirements:

Requirements

  • Training in Human Centered Design, Design Methods, or related field
    Master of Design or Master of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) preferred
  • 5+ years of design experience working with a product team; corporate B2B experience preferred
  • Demonstrated understanding of design, usability, and research best practices and standards
  • Portfolio of work that demonstrates process/approach and designing solutions that solve complex problems
  • A desire to advocate, driven by strong empathy for the user, that is paired with the ability to communicate informed design rationale and value
  • Experience designing data-intensive applications preferred
     

Competencies

  • Strong written, verbal, and presentation skills; strong interpersonal skills
  • Continuous improvement and innovation mindset that results in creativity, acting with agility and thinking outside current boundaries
  • Ability to embrace ambiguity and break down complexity

  • Strong process design skills and operational orientation
  • Strong ability to partner across multiple disciplines and navigate a matrix organization
  • Understanding of how to use hard data and metrics to back up assumptions and contribute to project business cases
  • Ability to work efficiently and demonstrate a bias for action in a fast-paced, sometimes ambiguous environment
  • Insatiable will to get stuff done

 

EEOC Statement

Grainger is an Equal Opportunity Workplace and an Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

 

Recommended skills

Creativity
Leadership
Human Computer Interaction
Presentations
User Flows
Usability Testing
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With 2016 sales of $10.1 billion, Grainger (GWW) is North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products, with operations in Asia, Europe and Latin America.

Grainger is a business-to-business distributor of products used to maintain, repair or operate facilities. Approximately 3 million businesses and institutions worldwide rely on Grainger for products such as safety gloves, ladders, motors and janitorial supplies, along with services like inventory management and technical support. These customers represent a broad collection of industries including healthcare, manufacturing, government and hospitality. They place orders online, with mobile devices, over the phone and at local branches. More than 4,800 key manufacturers supply Grainger with 1.5 million products made available to customers through Grainger's distribution centers and branches.

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