Principal User Experience Researcher

| Greater Boston Area
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Acquia is the open source digital experience company. We provide the world's most ambitious brands with technology (built around Drupal) that allows them to embrace innovation and create customer moments that matter. At Acquia we believe in the power of community and collaboration - giving our customers the freedom to build tomorrow on their terms. Headquartered in the U.S., we have been named as one of North America’s fastest growing software companies as reported by Deloitte and Inc. Magazine, and have been rated a leader by the analyst community and named one of the Best Places to Work by the Boston Business Journal. We are Acquia. We are building for the future of the web, and we want you to be a part of it.

Acquia is seeking a Principal User Experience Researcher to identify and define the ideal customer experience for the company’s emerging digital experience platform product line. We are looking for innovators, professionals with an unrelenting belief in the power of user experience to transform businesses, and with the passion and commitment to help Acquia become recognized for elegant and powerful product experiences.

You’ll be joining a talented team of researchers and designers creating breakthrough products for people developing rich digital experiences with Drupal. Our customers are a savvy, demanding group; you and this team are responsible for delivering best-in-class applications in a fast-paced, agile, growth-oriented environment.

Responsibilities

  • Ensure a clear understanding of the goals and objectives for research projects and execute against them
  • Communicate and translate research insights into actionable recommendations that inform design and implementation
  • Provide thought leadership for UX, both in cross functional meetings and for more junior researchers
  • Prepare study plans, moderator’s guides, and other artifacts related to designing and conducting studies
  • Analyze, synthesize, and report the results from research studies with teams and key stakeholders
  • Recruit, screen, and schedule participants matching our personas using internal contacts, customer relationships, social media, and local events
  • Moderate user research, including usability studies, competitive tool analyses, and diary studies
  • Refine existing personas and goal:needs decompositions to inform product and design decisions
  • Partner with our UX designers to define, test, and iterate on design concepts grounded in research findings

Key Skills and Attributes

  • 6+ years of experience conducting both qualitative and quantitative user research in all stages of the process (scoping, leading fieldwork, conducting in-context interviews, analysis, presenting recommendations)
  • Strong understanding of User Experience principles and best practices, including: usability testing, field research, knowledge elicitation techniques, and mastery of qualitative methods
  • Exceptional ability to create compelling presentations, facilitate user-sessions, and confidently convey insights through storytelling
  • Ability to lead rapid, iterative, ideation and prototyping efforts across the gamut of presentation fidelities (e.g., sketches, storyboards, wireframes, clickable prototypes)
  • Self-motivated and execution-oriented. Ability to execute at a high level of quality in a fast-paced, complex environment
  • Open, collaborative, team player with a passion for documenting insights and collaboratively translating user requirements into an actionable design vision
  • Desire to be involved in brainstorming and iterative work, contributing and driving innovation whenever possible
  • Driven to identify and acquire the specific information needed to clarify a situation, or justify how a decision improves the end-user’s experience

Extra credit

  • Excellent hands-on wireframing and/or graphic design skills
  • Experience with Figma, Adobe Creative Suite, or similar prototyping tools
  • Experience with SaaS product design and development
  • Familiarity with web development best practices and cloud architecture
  • Experience with enterprise software development and/or Drupal experience

Acquia is an equal opportunity (EEO) employer. We hire without regard to age, color, disability, gender (including gender identity), marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Sales & Marketing
    • GolangLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PHPLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • jQueryLibraries
    • ReactLibraries
    • AngularJSFrameworks
    • Ember.jsFrameworks
    • HadoopFrameworks
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • SymfonyFrameworks
    • MemcachedDatabases
    • MySQLDatabases
    • DrupalCMS

Location

Acquia is in the Financial District near Faneuil Hall and Post Office Square with tons of great restaurants and fun after-work venues to choose from!

An Insider's view of Acquia

What are some social events your company does?

For the past five years, the Boston office has partnered with the Wonderfund (www.wonderfundma.org) to pair Acquians with the holiday wish lists of local children. We sponsored 250 kids in 2019 and look forward to continuing our partnership in 2020!

Amy H.

Senior Talent Operations Partner

What projects are you most excited about?

There are a number of different projects we are always working on from maintenance and performance optimizations to new customer features. For me, the most exciting and rewarding projects are where we release a piece of functionality that excites and delights our customers and makes their jobs easier.

Rok

Senior Director, Engineering

How does the company support your career growth?

Our culture of continuous, lifelong learning allows every Acquian opportunities to learn, stretch and grow. With support and coaching from their managers and Global Learning Programs, Acquians have access to a robust online learning platform, a mentor program, and more. Every day offers the opportunity to take on unique challenges.

Amy P.

Senior Director, Global Talent Development

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

The trick to empowering creativity is encouraging frequent communication and iteration. Embrace behaviors, not platitudes, that remind the team there is no such thing as failure. Embed creativity and make it more than a tagline. Show that nothing is unsalvageable; focus on ‘why’ things occurred, and make everything a learning opportunity.

Brian

Manager, User Experience Research

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

We are able to influence how content is delivered and monetized by global businesses in 2 ways. Acquia's founder created Drupal, the leading open source CMS in the world and we are proud of our close relationship with the Drupal community. We have also pivoted towards DXP capabilities and offer a full suite of solutions to our customers.

Charley D.

Vice President, Products

What are Acquia Perks + Benefits

Acquia Benefits Overview

Work/life balance is important to us. Employees take time off when they need it, and come back to work feeling refreshed. We offer up to 13 weeks of maternity and six weeks of paternity, partner and adoption leave, all paid at 100 percent. Our returning-parent transition program allows new parents to ease back into work. Office amenities include snacks and beverages, common areas, a game room, Friday afternoon Happy Hour, and Mac computers.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
In Boston, Acquia has partnered with Cradles to Crayons, Pine Street Inn, Wonderfund, TUGG (Tech Gives Back), Bow Market, Horizons for Homeless Children, and the Maurice J. Tobin School in Roxbury.
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Acquia offers various trainings via our company-wide online learning program (Acquia Academy).
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Acquia has both Black Employee and Pride Resource Groups.
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Acquia has a 'take it when you need it' PTO policy.
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
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