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Ascendant Technology hiring UX and BA staff in central US

Ascendant Technology, a Premier IBM Business Partner, delivers web-based, Workplace solutions built on dependable IBM technology, enabling our clients to improve employee productivity and extend process efficiencies to their customers and partners.  We offer packaged solutions and custom development services to help businesses large and small to web-enable applications and reap the benefits of portal delivery.  Ascendant Technology offers services and solutions that improve employee satisfaction, provide the ability to extend and leverage existing technology investments, and vastly improve communication and collaboration.

 

Benefits:

Flexible environment

Full-time, salaried position

Performance-based bonus plan
401(k) program (historically matched 25% of first 5% contributed)
Medical, Dental, Vision, Life
Flexible Spending Account
On-going training to keep your skills sharp and up-to-date

Ability to live in any major U.S. city

We stay on the cutting edge of IBM technology, consistently reinvest in our employees through training, annual company meeting / tech exchange, small company environment, access to everyone in the company and we have a great culture with a proven management team. At Ascendant Technology, we pride ourselves on our stellar team of consultants.  Come and join our team!  Ascendant Technology is an EOE. Visit our website at www.atech.com.

 

Please email your resume to hr@atech.com.

 

 

 

Position: Business Analyst

 

Responsibilities:

  • Business modeling and requirements standards definition including templates, artifacts, roles and responsibility definitions, process and tool usage
  • Development of sales and marketing collateral for business analysis
  • Integration with creative and usability practice
  • Auditing and compliance of standards
  • Mentoring
  • Liaison to IBM requirements and business modeling communities of practice
  • Pre-sales support
  • Project delivery

Qualifications:

The successful candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • BA / BS – engineering, MIS, or CS, Masters a plus
  • Minimum 8 years as business analyst
  • Prefer 2-3 years of full lifecycle software development
  • Certifications:
    • RUP
    • IBM Requirements Management, Requisite Pro, Websphere Business Modeler
    • Prefer one of the following: ITIL Foundations, CoBIT, or CMMi
    • Knowledge of BABOK and EPIC
    • Very strong problem decomposition skills
    • Experience capturing requirements for both custom development and COTS packages
    • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
    • Level 5 Competency (Ability to mentor, train and lead a team) in:
      • Requirements Management
      • Business Modeling
      • Cost / Benefit Analysis
      • Planning
      • Facilitation
      • Scope management
      • Change Management
      • Rational Requisite Pro, Doors, or equivalent
      • Rational Rose, Software Modeler, or Websphere Business Modeler
      • Rational ClearQuest or equivalent
      • Level 4 Competency (Ability to deliver without assistance) in;
        • Quality Management
        • Process Engineering
        • UML
        • User interface design
        • Project management

 

 

Position: UX Designer

 

Description:

The UX Designer’s responsibilities include the development of specifications and designs for web/application interfaces, and includes close collaboration with internal business partners, QA teams, Development teams, Project Managers, Client Services teams and Architecture teams.  In addition, product designs will be validated via user-centered methods including usability testing and field research.  The ability to manage multiple projects is required.

 

Candidates should have outstanding skills in the area of user research and interaction design including the ability to create interaction patterns and page layouts for software or the web. We require a proven ability to articulate ideas through high fidelity prototypes. They should be an excellent communicator and presenter, and show experience applying user research throughout the design process.

 

Requirements:

  • Experience developing low, mid, and high fidelity prototypes
  • Experience using Microsoft Visio, Photoshop and other MS Office Products
  • Thorough understanding of how to prepare and facilitate different UCD methodologies, including heuristic evaluations, focus groups, contextual inquiries, listening labs, task analysis and usability testing
  • Experience in preparing facilitating and analysis in benchmarking applications
  • Strong cross team communication/Team-player
  • Capability to perform in a high pressure environment
  • Ability to research and define user requirements
  • Strong knowledge of user interaction models, information architecture, navigation models, tasks/flows/workflows and overall UI components
  • Experience developing User Interface Specifications for hand-off to either Onshore or Offshore development teams
  • Extensive experience developing wireframes
  • Ability to develop and enforce Guidelines & Standards amongst different groups
  • Ability to make strong recommendations based on usability data /research, business needs and technical feasibility/difficulty
  • 2-5+ years of experience with the above requirements, lesser experienced candidates will be considered but must have at least2 years minimum experience. 

 

Preferred Skills:

  • BS or BA in Interface and Information Design, Interaction Design, Communication Design, Graphic Design, HCI, Industrial Design, or equivalent level of proven experience
  • Knowledge/experience using iRise v.5+, Axure RP Pro 4, or similar rapid prototyping tools
  • IBM product suite knowledge, specifically WCM, Portal, Commerce and Lotus
  • IBM product suite knowledge, specifically WCM, Portal, Commerce and Lotus
  • Some understanding of the technical limitations and advantages of: HTML, JavaScript, DHTML and CSS
  • Understanding of Web 2.0 Concepts
  • Familiarity with implementing W3C and section 508 standards
  • Ability to establish UCD timelines/select appropriate techniques to meet timelines
  • Good understanding of Visual Design Patterns and concepts

 

Benefits:

Flexible environment

Full-time, salaried position

Performance-based bonus plan
401(k) program (historically matched 25% of first 5% contributed)
Medical, Dental, Vision, Life
Flexible Spending Account
On-going training to keep your skills sharp and up-to-date

Ability to live in any major U.S. city

We stay on the cutting edge of IBM technology, consistently reinvest in our employees through training, annual company meeting / tech exchange, small company environment, access to everyone in the company and we have a great culture with a proven management team. At Ascendant Technology, we pride ourselves on our stellar team of consultants.  Come and join our team!  Ascendant Technology is an EOE. Visit our website at www.atech.com.

 

Please email your resume to hr@atech.com.

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