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Senior User Experience Researcher

M&T Bank Wilmington Full-Time
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Overview:
Creates understanding and empathy around user needs, stated and unstated, for the product team including designers, product managers and engineers. Develops and conducts primary research studies and explores behaviors and motivations of users through field visits, ethnography, surveys, usability testing and logs analysis. Based on research findings, assists with creation of new products and features, as well as continually innovates existing products. Delivers written, in-person, and visual presentations on research findings to support all stages of product development.

Primary Responsibilities:
  • Strategize, implement and maintain a consistent research discipline, discovering how users interact with modern financial products and enabling a deep understanding of the Bank's current and potential customers.
  • Create and execute brainstorm sessions and research studies with customers, stakeholders and internal users for concept generation, concept validation and usability.
  • Gain user insight through qualitative in-depth interviews, stakeholder interviews, usability testing, quantitative surveys and contextual inquiries.
  • Build and maintain a strong partnership with Market Research to leverage existing research, stay aligned across scheduled research efforts and inform the Company's overall understanding of user needs and expectations.
  • Communicate research results, set baseline requirements for design and implementation and recommend strategic improvements to teams.
  • Understand and adhere to the Company's risk and regulatory standards, policies and controls in accordance with the Company's Risk Appetite. Identify risk-related issues needing escalation to management.
  • Promote an environment that supports diversity and reflects the M&T Bank brand.
  • Maintain M&T internal control standards, including timely implementation of internal and external audit points together with any issues raised by external regulators as applicable.
  • Complete other related duties as assigned.


Scope of Responsibilities:
At M&T Bank, user experience (UX) is at the forefront of how we create intuitive, innovative and visually appealing products that people love. The job holder strives to learn and understand our users' needs, behaviors, and emotions to yield insights that inform product strategy and guide design of the experiences created. The position develops relationships and works closely with leaders in Product Management, Software Engineering, Marketing, and Business to solve complex challenges and craft powerful experiences that highlight our products' unique capabilities and personalities.

Education and Experience Required:
Bachelor's degree and a minimum of 5 years' related experience, or in lieu of a degree, a combined minimum of 9 years' higher education and/or work experience, including a minimum of 5 years' related experience

Background in the user experience researcher field, designing and conducting user research studies and applying design-thinking methodologies

Prior experience with innovative thinking, the value of research and working with stakeholders to deliver results

Strong understanding of strengths and shortcomings of different research methods, including when and how to apply them during product development processes

Experience dealing with ambiguity and leveraging design research as a means to bring clarity to abstract ideas

Experience with accessibility standards, cross-platform issues, mobile user interfaces and systems-thinking

Experience using modern design, prototyping and collaboration tools

Experience interacting with various multi-disciplinary teams of professionals

Strong time management skills

Strong problem-solving skills

Strong critical thinking skills

Strong verbal and written communication skills

Strong collaboration skills

Education and Experience Preferred:
Minimum of a master's degree in a related field

Experience in survey design, including working knowledge of statistics and experimental design

Experience in creating use cases, flow diagrams, prototypes, scenarios and wireframes in the context of user research

Proficiency in industry best practices for desktop, mobile and web applications

Experience working with Product Managers, Product Designers and Product Marketers

Experience working in the financial industry

 

Skills required

Prototyping
Usability
Persona (User Experience)
User Centered Design
Information Architecture
Experience Design

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M&T Bank is a multi-state community-focused bank serving New York, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C. Founded in 1856, M&T Bank provides banking, investment, insurance and mortgage financial services to consumer, business and government clients.

Fast Facts

  • One of the 20 largest U.S.-based commercial banks
  • $123 billion in assets as of December 31, 2015
  • 3.8 million customers
  • 17,000+ team members
  • 800+ domestic full-service branches
  • 1,600+ ATMs
  • Online banking (mtb.com) and mobile devices

We’re headquartered in Buffalo NY, and we are organized around 17 community bank regions lead by local regional presidents. This means decisions about loans and community activities are made locally, by the people in the bank who know the community best.

Of the largest 100 banks operating in 1983, only 23 remain today. Among the remaining, M&T ranks 1st in stock price growth.

M&T has been profitable for 158 consecutive quarters—more than 39 straight years.

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