Are you good at analyzing UX on websites using heuristic? Do you like discussing the smallest of UX details?
We’re seeking a full-time UX Auditor for our auditing team.
Baymard Institute is an independent e-commerce UX research organization – beyond conducting our own large-scale research studies for Baymard Premium, we also conduct client-specific work in the form of ‘UX Audits’.
This is a remote full-time position that you can occupy from anywhere in the world (except Asia and the Pacific, due to time zone differences). Preferred working hours is “early” if you are on the US East Coast.
As a UX Auditor, you will be responsible for conducting client-specific UX audits, 80% of the job will be:
Around 20% of the time you will also be performing UX Benchmarking, an almost identical work process, only where the ‘client’ isn’t the website that’s being benchmarked, but rather our Baymard Premium customers.
Depending on your qualifications other roles will be possible over time.
We’re looking for the following qualifications for this role:
(7/7) Firm understanding of UX and user behavior – in this role you will not conduct usability testing yourself with end-users, but rather be performing heuristic evaluations – analyzing the UX of a website across Baymard’s 700+ parameters/heuristics. This will require a firm understanding of UX and user behavior. Having past experience with performing usability testing (remote or in-person testing) will however be a plus (but is not a strict requirement).
(6/7) Finding attention to detail exciting – in each audit we analyze the client site across 700 UX parameters, each of these 700 parameters then has 4-7 defined implementation nuances the audit must account for. This requires an extreme level of attention to detail and excitement for exploring the smallest of UI nuances of a site. Our best auditors know all 700 parameters, and most of the nuances within, by memory.
(4/7) Ability to communicate UX in writing – the primary deliverable for an auditor is the 50-150 page audit report. As the audit report relies on the foundation of Baymard’s vast catalog of UX research findings, but at the same time is a bespoke consulting project – you as an Auditor have to be good at accurately describing complex flows and user behaviors in writing. The audit reports are often read by a team with diverse backgrounds (managers, UXers, designers, and developers) – they all need to understand the described UX issue in just 4 paragraphs of text.
(5/7) Rigor over time – while the typical audit project lasts just around 2 weeks (and you’ll, therefore, work for a new and interesting e-commerce site roughly every 2nd week) – the auditing process itself and the underlying UX research dataset doesn’t change that much. So the UX Auditor role requires that you have a high degree of stability and will find it exciting to look for the same set of 700+ e-commerce UX nuances all year round (although obviously applying that dataset to a very broad variety of sites and clients, that change every 2nd week).
(4/7) Comfortable with client presentations – while audits are never presented in-person at the client offices (due to global clients, a remote team at Baymard, and somewhat short projects), the audit report deliverable is always followed up with a 2-hour conference call where you will be sharing your screen, walking the client through the audit report and key findings. Prior experience with client meetings and an ability to (correctly) answer general questions on anything related to e-commerce UX will be a plus, but is not a requirement.
(2/7)Good understanding of web-jargon – being able to describe the differences between ‘auto-complete’, ‘auto-fill’, and ‘auto-correct’ on the spot will be a necessity when presenting and discussing your findings with a diverse set of clients.
Each of the above qualifications is weighted, 7 is highest.
(Note that this is not a UX Designer or a UX Researcher job. At Baymard we don’t perform any kind of client design or client development work. The only client-specific work we perform is the highly detailed UX audit analysis in the auditor team – so if you are looking for a UX designer role or a role with very long and deep client relationships, this role as a UX Auditor is not for you. This is not a UX Researcher or UX Writer position either, so if you are looking for a job where you will be performing a lot of direct usability testing with end-users and want to write Baymard guidelines or article, this role as a UX Auditor is not for your either (instead sign up for our job alert as we do hire UX Researchers from time to time).
If you’re interested in this position please send the following documents:
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Deadline is August 2nd, 2020 – but apply as soon as possible as applicants will be processed as they are received. A paid hiring test will be performed for all selected candidates.
Tip, if you want to prepare the best possible consider:
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If this job isn’t you, but you know someone who’ll be the perfect fit, please send them the link to this page. If we end up hiring the person you referred, we’ll give you a 1 year access to a Baymard Premium ‘Medium’ plan (normally $1560/year).
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