Creative Director

IBM - Research Triangle Park, NC3.9

Full-timeEstimated: $98,000 - $130,000 a year
Thomas J. Watson said it best: “Good design is good business.” Visualization is critical to discovering data-driven insights and effectively communicating that knowledge to others. Designers at IBM work to create experiences that work together, work the same, and work for our clients. Does the thought of creating the platform at the heart of solutions like Watson, Blockchain, IoT, and Security excite you? If so, read on!

Your Role and Responsibilities
The IBM Cognitive Applications team is seeking innovative and enthusiastic software engineering and design professionals to join our team building the next generation multicloud marketplace platform. If you love working with cutting edge technologies, dynamic and high performing teams, then this is the right next step in advancing your career. You will be challenged to design and develop cloud applications and services leveraging a wide variety of open source, machine learning, and commercial technologies aimed at dramatically expanding the reach of the IBM Cloud to millions of enterprise developers. Our focus on delivering performance and predictability for our customers' most demanding workloads, at global scale and with leadership, efficiency, resiliency and security is the cornerstone of our development model and will result in maintaining IBM’s leadership position for years to come.

Who We Are
Today’s operating environment demands a stack that’s responsive to the innovative enterprise – one that can leverage all data types & access the latest technologies. By 2020, businesses will commit at least 50% of IT spend on cloud. Businesses are prioritizing the secure connection and extension mission-critical apps, and IBM Hybrid Cloud is a leader in providing these solutions. Here’s a chance to become a part of the IBM Cloud Design team – a well-established user interface design team designing integrated cloud services for IBM's premier cloud platform, Bluemix, as well as other Fortune 500, on-premise, and enterprise software offerings.

The Position
We have an exciting opportunity for a Creative Director to join our team. Designers in this role will create irresistible user interfaces for strategic product and service offerings within our portfolio. He or she will work with and enhance our brand design language to produce iconic user experiences. Our designed outcomes will be used across the world by hundreds of thousands to build, deploy, and manage apps for use by millions of IBM clients. The Creative Director will use their experience in designing visual communication, layout, typography, color, etc. to elicit emotional connections and intuitive, intelligent responses from our audience.

Who You Are
The successful candidate will be a hands on expert in visual design, capable of working with User Experience designers, Design Researchers and Developers to ensure the visual look-and-feel enhances the overall user experience of our products. Pixel perfect precision and demonstrated skills in Adobe Creative Suite, Sketch, and other design software are a must. You possess….Excellent creative, conceptual, and problem solving skills
Communication skills and an ability to drill down to a customer's requirements
Ability to work within a cross-functional team and handle multiple projects with tight deadlines
Exceptional attention to detail
Outstanding storytelling and presentation skills
Strong strategic skills in assessing business and user scenarios, approaches and deliverables
Deep understanding of objective visual design decisions
Knowledge of industry standard design tools
Demonstrated knowledge of best practices in typography, color theory, page layout, and iconography
Own the visual design, branding, assets, and visual language across our product
Work hands-on, creating interface and visual design solutions from concept to final code
Provide visual feedback and guidance to other designers as necessary on visual design execution as a part of a multi-disciplinary team
Team with user experience designers, design researchers and developers to ensure visual design enhances the overall user experience
Contribute to storyboards & task flows designs, effectively communicating visual intentions to the design team and sponsor users
Work with Design Researchers to understand stakeholders, users and the markets in which they operate
Deliver pixel perfect hi-fidelity designs to enable front end development to deliver prototypes to engineering
Collaborate on user experience planning with the team’s UX lead
Consult and effectively communicate with architects, product leads and key stakeholders
Possess a fundamental awareness of enterprise, technology, developer, and design trends
Guide and mentor other designers; you're seen as a thought leader who via skills transference will grow and mature the designers you're leading
Direct and design multiple projects simultaneously; successfully managing various projects at various stages of the design and review process.

Required Professional and Technical Expertise
Portfolio and work samples including user-centered design skills, visualizations of complex experiences such as flows, scenarios, personas, etc. (any fidelity), sketches to mid-fidelity interactions (show your process) and clickable prototypes (any fidelity)
6 years of experience solving complex user problems and in working in a broad portfolio of related products and/or constitute a complex solution
Bachelor's degree in a design field or Computer Science or Human Computer Interaction
Mastery of design and prototyping tools such as Sketch, inVision, Adobe creative suite
Successful track record leading interdisciplinary teams informed by stakeholder and user inputs
Demonstration of committed and respectful collaboration between members of cross-functional teams
Demonstration of delivering exceptional user-centered outcomes to market

Preferred Professional and Technical Expertise
Master’s Degree in a design field or Computer Science or Human Computer Interaction
10 years of experience in design
Successful track record participating in interdisciplinary teams informed by stakeholder and user inputs
Technical background
Experience creating clickable prototypes (Flinto or Invision)

About Business Unit
At IBM Cognitive Applications, we build open applications that unlock the power of data for clients, partners, and developers. Running on top of IBM's unique Hybrid, Multicloud and AI infrastructures, these applications work across horizontal domains and bring our technology to life for end users. Cognitive Applications unit includes: Watson Customer Engagement, Watson IoT, Watson Media and Weather, Talent & Collaboration, and IBM Developer teams

Your Life @ IBM
What matters to you when you’re looking for your next career challenge?

Maybe you want to get involved in work that really changes the world. What about somewhere with incredible and diverse career and development opportunities – where you can truly discover your passion? Are you looking for a culture of openness, collaboration and trust – where everyone has a voice? What about all of these? If so, then IBM could be your next career challenge. Join us, not to do something better, but to attempt things you never thought possible.

Impact. Inclusion. Infinite Experiences. Do your best work ever.

About IBM
IBM’s greatest invention is the IBMer. We believe that progress is made through progressive thinking, progressive leadership, progressive policy and progressive action. IBMers believe that the application of intelligence, reason and science can improve business, society and the human condition. Restlessly reinventing since 1911, we are the largest technology and consulting employer in the world, with more than 380,000 IBMers serving clients in 170 countries.

Location Statement
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Being You @ IBM
IBM is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. IBM is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.