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Lead UX Researcher
San Francisco, CA (SOMA District)
This is a fantastic opportunity to join the PlayStation UX Research Team and become a key player in defining the product and design strategy of PlayStation’s products and services, and the future of interactive entertainment. In this role, you are responsible for leading a broad range of Research projects in collaboration with UX Design, Product Management, Engineering and other partners. You are a tireless advocate of a user-centered and insights-based approach to product design and development, a strong performer in Strategic Research (qualitative and quantitative), Design Research, and Evaluative Research. Your role is to compliment business strategy, inform direction, and help deliver best-in-class creative user experiences. You let your passion shine by consistently advocating for users' need and collaborate with cross-functional partners to implement the best solutions to user problems. You provide valuable feedback to both peers and managers and are a model to junior researchers. You have an excellent understanding of the UX Design process and principles, and technological capabilities/limitations.
Role & Responsibilities:
- Own and conduct end-to-end UX Research - from foundational research to inform product direction, all the way to concept and usability testing.
- Conduct Design Research and format findings in impactful UX Deliverables including User Personas, Mental Model Maps, Journey Maps, User-flows, etc.
- Translate development goals and strategies into research opportunities.
- Be accountable for ensuring that research deliverables are high quality and meet the established standards and guidelines and go beyond “bullet points”.
- Lead the work of researchers and vendors, assigning and reviewing tasks across specific domain areas and programs.
- Coach and mentor researchers toward innovative and creative thinking when approaching research challenges.
- Spearhead initiatives to craft new and evolve existing research methods and processes by staying up-to-date with innovations in the industry.
- Lead communication with partners, including designers, product managers, project managers and engineers inside various divisions.
- Handle partner agencies and consultants, directing their efforts through clear input and feedback to ensure high quality deliverables that suit the needs of the internal partners.
- Minimum BA/BS degree in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Human Factors, Psychology, UX Design, related field or equivalent experience.
- 8+ years of industry UX Research experience demonstrated in a portfolio of projects.
- Proven track record of conducting Strategic and Design Research projects.
- A robust understanding of industry-standard UX research methods including ethnographic methods (e.g., in-depth interview, group interviews), evaluative methods (e.g., concept testing, in-lab/remote usability testing, tree testing, etc.), and quantitative methods (surveys, behavioral analytics, etc.).
- Thought leadership in UX research – has given talks, published papers, influenced and promoted the field of UX.
- Extensive experience providing research and deep insights leading to compelling and quality interfaces.
- Experience mentoring or leading UX researchers and/or designers on high profile programs and projects.
- Strong capacity to build and sustain internal and external partnerships.
- Deep experience working within a technical (preferably agile) environment.
- Knowledge of, and passion for gaming, media and software industries is a big plus.
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