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Associate UX Designer

| Greater Boston Area
Associate Designer User Experience (UX)
What we’re about:
Cantina is a strategic design and development agency. We accelerate an organization's ability to innovate, grow, and deliver better digital products and services. Our design team works closely with our clients to deliver solutions that consider all aspects of the customer experience. We start with the human experience and design with, not for people using qualitative and quantitative evidence to show our work and tell a compelling story.
About you:
You’re a UX designer with a track record of data-informed, outcome-driven work eager to join a team of thoughtful problem solvers. You are curious, critical, and equally comfortable considering the big picture and the tiny details. You’re pragmatic instead of dogmatic, and not married to one program or philosophy. You prefer an ugly design to an unusable one. Your portfolio speaks for itself, but you’ve got more to say. You are able to explain the details of design implementation but also tell the story of the decision making process that’s behind the final design solution.
You have experience translating business and user goals into human-centered designs through some combination of research, wireframing, visual design, prototyping, and usability testing. You know, and love solving many of the common UX problems organizations face but aren’t afraid of the bleeding edge of technology either. You are familiar with emerging technologies such as Machine Learning, Virtual Reality, and IoT, but also aware of their limitations and constraints.
Must-haves:
  • A strong portfolio showing solid interaction and visual design capabilities
  • Foundational knowledge of both web and mobile design
  • A passion for learning new methods & tools in order to use the right tool for the job
  • The ability to thrive in a fast-paced startup environment
  • A self-starter mentality with motivation to work independently
  • Proficiency with industry-standard design tools like Sketch & the Adobe Suite, and prototyping tools like InVision, Marvel, UXPin etc.
  • The ability to identify project issues and communicate them effectively
  • Strong design opinions, loosely held - You know how to advocate for users, but also how to problem solve for the good of the team and the specific project requirements
Nice-to-haves:
  • Some level of dabbling in code - be it HTML/CSS, mobile dev, or animation
  • Experience working with IoT, Machine Learning, Augmented/Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence, or other connected technologies
  • The ability to communicate your expertise via writing
  • An understanding of the unwritten rules of Slack’s @-channel
Key Responsibilities:
  • Collect and synthesize complicated requirements and distill them into effective solutions
  • Support user research and customer interviews
  • Balance stakeholder and user feedback, analyze metrics, and use evidence to keep the user’s needs at heart
  • Work within the bounds of existing client style guides, or create new ones from scratch to ensure visual consistency across the project
  • Create a wide range of deliverables, from low-fidelity prototypes to development-ready visual comps and design assets
  • Communicate interactions and flows to other teams and departments while working effectively within an agile environment
  • Deliver design solutions on time and on budget, with appropriate documentation
  • Improve your skills with every project and share the lessons you’ve learned
Compensation
  • Competitive salary based on experience
  • Eligible for target bonus of up to 20% of base salary
Benefits and perks
  • 100% employer-paid insurance premiums for health, dental, vision, and disability
  • Optional company-paid mobile phone plan
  • Company-paid bike share program
  • Flexible work arrangements (such as work from home days) available upon request
  • Paid parental leave for up to six (6) weeks
  • 401(k) retirement plan with employer match
  • Vacation time accrued to twenty (20) days per year
  • Convenient downtown Boston location
  • Snacks, refreshments, coffee, tea, and more in the office
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Location

On the 19th floor of a building that stands 450 feet tall, Cantina's in the heart of the Financial District. The walk score ranks 98 to amenities.

An Insider's view of Cantina

What are some social events your company does?

We have a Thursday DJ 'jam' happy hour where employees gather and have a few drinks while Cantinista's DJ or learn how to..

Katrina

Service Designer

What does your typical day look like?

I start my day usually with a team check-in, then dive right into my tasks planned for the day. There are, of course, days that aren't as predictable but that's an aspect of the job I enjoy. In any case, there's always time for lunch and catching up with others at the office/project.

Shawn

Senior Engineer

What makes someone successful on your team?

Communication is key. Willingness to be open and adapt to new situations.

Brian

Associate Engineer

What is your vision for the company?

My vision for Cantina is a place to foster a team that brings drive, creativity, smarts, kindness, openness, and caring to the challenge of solving hard problems and creating things that will add value for people. We'll do this for businesses and for community.

George

Chief Innovation Officer

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

To me, the best indicator of a good work-life balance is the feeling that you have enough time. Enough time to sleep, to feel like part of a team, to relax, to hone your skills, to recover from illness, to get your ideas across, to spend time with loved ones, to learn, to make a lasting contribution, and to do anything else you might want to do.

Danika

Senior Engineer

What are Cantina Perks + Benefits

Cantina Benefits Overview

We support our employees by providing competitive pay and benefits, an inclusive and affirming culture, and opportunities for accelerated career growth in a stimulating environment. We also get out of our peoples’ way so they can do their best work by limiting bureaucracy and a formal management structure; fostering a rich learning environment where anyone can take the lead.

Cantina encourages collaboration across the company and strives to make everyone feel included in its success.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Documented equal pay policy
Diversity manifesto
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Lunch and learns
Acme Co. hosts lunch and learn meetings once per month.
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