Research Director - UX & Accessibility

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Sep 16, 2017
Oct 25, 2017
Business, Other
Employment Status
Full Time
Research Director - UX & AccessibilityThe Research Director is responsible for building empathy for the Target Guest throughout the product development lifecycle for Target's web, app and registry product teams. As a leader in Target's UX and Accessibility team, this team member will collaborate and partner with Product Designers, Product Managers and Engineering for a broad set of digital and in-store experiences. Build and maintain relationships with Senior Leaders (Site Merchandising, Target Creative, Guest Satisfaction, etc.) and serve as partner on projects, key strategies, decisions and problems facing the business.Engage with Senior Leaders to identify knowledge gaps and appropriately pre-scope questions to determine if a project is necessary and what resources are needed. Align Senior Leaders on strategy development goals and commitment for each project and support annual learning plans.Assist in translating research insights into powerful stories that help shape product design and development and garner leader's support within the team. Utilize quantitative and qualitative research methods and know when to use one or the other. Manage a team of researchers including hiring and on-going training and development, providing guidance, coaching and feedback, performance management and day to day oversight of projects including directing, assigning and prioritizing work. Use your skills, experience and talents to be a part of groundbreaking thinking and visionary goals.  Take the lead as you…
  • Connect UX Research learnings and projects to other businesses and enterprise-wide initiatives to create greater synergies and amplify the learnings to infuse the voice of the guest into the culture. 
  •  Consult or have an inform role on projects led by Researchers, matching appropriate level of support based on team member needs. Provide necessary resources/support and remove roadblocks. At times,lead extremely ambiguous/complex projects that require director-level leadership.
  • Serve as accountable owner of designated Research budget, including forecasting and monthly adjustments
  • Uncover deep and relevant insights, and ensure these are translated into actionable outcomes that affect product design, whether through relevant recommendations or through leading ideation sessions.
  • Provide inspiring vision and leadership for the team to set priorities, scale for growth and elevate the overall impact of the team.
  • Fuel individual growth by providing on-going coaching/conversations to help team members deliver results against their goals and outcomes and create actionable development plans
  • Apply a broad research toolkit while sharing deep UX experience and expertise.
  • Lead key projects and develop in-house capabilities (innovation efforts, usability, etc.
  • Together with UX and Product team leadership, understand and support the strategic direction of the company and the digital teams' businesses through research and discovery.
  • Ensure relevance and quality of insights through thoughtful assessment of risk, establishment of clear success criteria, and the use of methodology based on sound research principles and practices.
  • Advocate for the guest by driving research at the core of product development. Serve as a catalyst to educate, accelerate, and activate product design and development to be masters of guest needs and apply that into their product designs. 
  • Continue to grow and innovate in the use of current and emerging Lean UX Research techniques and tools.
  • Serve as a leader within product teams (design, engineering) throughout the research project life cycle - recommending appropriate methodology, scoping, and coordinating the entire process, facilitating in-field research and post-research synthesis through analysis.
  • Act as a strategic thought partner and provide expert guidance in leading, conducting, and synthesizing qualitative research projects - including, but not limited to: in person moderated testing, remote moderated & un-moderated testing, surveys, heuristic reviews, benchmark studies, concept testing, online & in-store intercepts, ethnographies, shop-alongs.
  • Lead synthesis and analysis of research findings - activating the insights gleaned through observations and interviews and identifying key opportunity and whitespace areas. 
  • Upon completion, conducts a thorough analysis of data to generate insights and recommendations aligned with corporate strategic directions.  Delivers findings to the team in a compelling, storytelling way - either via an executive report (including supplementary data, photos, and videos) and presentation. 
Required Qualifications
  • 10 + years of experience practicing UX design research for digital product teams.
  • 4+ years of experience managing people
  • 10+ years of experience in a digital or ecommerce environment
  • Excellent strategic thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to use company strategy as a guidepost to execute on research projects to support that strategy.
  • Passion for coaching others - directly and indirectly - and developing team capabilities
  • Ability to push yourself and your partners out of their comfort zone in a healthy manner.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; demonstrated ability to effectively communicate complex concepts to cross functional partners
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills; comfortable speaking to a diverse group of people and leading conversations to discover research insights. 
  • A strong ability to tell compelling stories from data.
  • Comfortable within ambiguity with the ability to prioritize; demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects (both small and large) and adjust to changing priorities
  • Strong project management skills - experience managing multiple projects at various stages in the project life cycle.
  • Experience running, recruiting, moderating and analysis of online panels and thinking strategically about their application.
  • Proficient in PowerPoint, Outlook, Word and other MS Office software.
  • Expertise in video editing software.
Preferred Skills
  • 4-year degree in Anthropology, Social Science, Design Research, Psychology or related field
  • Experience in Lean UX Research methods, including remote moderated & un-moderated testing, online & in-context (store) intercepts.
  • Demonstrated understanding of accessibility user testing using assistive technologies.