Senior Manager UI
Zynga - San Francisco, CA

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Sr. Manager UI – User Interface/User Experience

Zynga is a pioneering game company whose mission is to bring cutting edge, innovative gaming to the social network party.
To help us stay there we need you! We are currently looking for a Sr. Manager User Interface/User Experience designer with a passion for UI/UX, a strong vision, and the leadership skills to deliver that vision.

Join the Z-revolution, apply now!

Here are the requirements:
  • Work closely with the Creative Director or Executive Producer to lead the strategic vision the game
  • Establish benchmarks for our user experience, evangelize them to the team and enforce them in practice
  • Challenge and motivate the UI team to lead the studio in innovation and evolution of our UI/UX
  • Leading and collaborating with a multi-disciplinary design team for user experience planning and development
  • Generate crisp, innovative, and elegant design solutions for complex online social products
  • Responsible for execution of strong interaction design and visual design principles
  • Lead rapid iterations and testing on a variety of ideas using wireframes and sketches to fully designed comps
  • Enthusiastically partner with user research specialists to understand the goals of multiple user types and create designs that uphold their needs
  • Partner with engineers to collaborate and iterate in fast-paced design-build cycles
  • Facilitate dialog around end-user requirements and business requirements
  • Help build a dynamic, creative environment in which you can design while also motivating and mentoring other team members
  • Work with a program manager to coordinate project scheduling and resource allocation and ensure solutions are delivered on time and exceed expectations
  • Researching interaction design trends
  • Make a point to understand how Zynga’s audience interacts with its games/services, and make use of this knowledge in the development of the best possible user experiences
  • Play our game daily and ensure the UI team does the same. Be an expert user of our game.
The Skills you need:
  • 5 + years of professional design/user experience for software, web applications which leverage emergent technologies, consumer electronics and/or mobile devices
  • 3+ years managing staff
  • Degree in Interaction Design, New Media Design, Industrial Design, HCI, Human Factors/Ergonomics or related field
  • Technical competency. The ability to understand and articulate file architecture for swfs using Flash 5 and AS3
  • Thorough understanding, and passion for user experience design for social applications or rich Internet experiences
  • Excellent leadership skills. The ability to communicate effectively, while motivating and inspiring a team.
  • Proven ability to work with cross-functional teams and successfully launch new products
  • Strong working knowledge of Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, and associated design tools
  • Extensive experience with user interface design patterns and standard UCD methodologies across multiple platforms
  • Knowledge of, but not a deal breaker- Flashscripting and animation

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