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Senior UX Designer

Company: Vast
Location: Long Beach
Posted on: September 20, 2023

Job Description:

Vast is looking for a Senior UX Designer, reporting to the Director, Ground Software & IT, to support the development of the software that will be required to test hardware on the ground and command and monitor Vast artificial-gravity human-rated space stations while on orbit. This will be a full-time, exempt position located in our Long Beach location.
As a UX Designer, you will work closely with engineers across disciplines to understand the problems they face. By empathizing with our engineers and understanding their needs - including their workflow, pain points, and perspective - you will design interfaces that are efficient, effective, and user-friendly. UX Designers at Vast are members of our software engineering teams. You will work side-by-side with software engineers on a daily basis to help make the designs you researched and created a reality. Through this close collaboration you will support rapid agile and iterative development to ensure the team can quickly respond to user feedback and move swiftly towards a functional design.

  • Interview users of the software we are designing and building to understand their needs and compile requirements
  • Storyboard user journeys to understand how users approach tasks they need software to accomplish
  • Create low-fidelity prototypes to rapidly ideate on application layout and functionality using digital design software, whiteboard, or paper
  • Gather and assimilate user feedback and apply to designs in an iterative fashion
  • Create high-fidelity prototypes incorporating colors, fonts, buttons, menus, navigation to emulate as close as possible the functionality of the app being built
  • Build and maintain design systems of UI components to promote design cohesion across software products and teams

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • Bachelor of Science degree in informatics, human-centered design & engineering, or graphic design
    • 5+ years experience in graphic or user interface design

      Preferred Skills & Experience:

      • Experience with graphic and interface design tools like Adobe Creative Cloud, Sketch, Figma, or similar
      • Familiarity with the software development lifecycle and agile methodologies
      • Familiarity with design thinking methodologies
      • Understanding of visual taxonomies and their applications in design
      • Knowledge of computer applications and the ability to easily navigate through different computer software programs
      • Ability to work effectively in a team environment
      • Ability to make independent judgments with limited information
      • Communication skills for relaying data (verbally and in-writing) between other employees, vendors, and customers
      • Logical and strategic approach to solving problems
      • Comfortable working in a high-stress environment balancing several projects at any given time, and the flexibility to adjust for abrupt changes in strategic direction.

        Additional Requirements:

        • Willingness to work overtime, or weekends to support critical mission milestones

Keywords: Vast, Long Beach , Senior UX Designer, Other , Long Beach, California

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