UX Design Lead

User Experience · Ada, Michigan
Department User Experience
Employment Type Full-Time

At MichiganLabs, we develop custom software for medium-sized organizations all the way up to Fortune 500’s. Our culture is friendly and our people are excellent at what they do.

UX Lead

As the User Experience (UX/UI) Design Lead, you will help define the future of design for our clients. You will set product strategy, solve complex UX problems, and inspire the team to push past boundaries. You will take time to understand the business problem and design solutions that meets the needs of users while accomplishing business objectives.

The task at hand

In this role, you will be the main advocate for crafting human-centered experiences, while also balancing what works for businesses and is technically viable. You will have the opportunity to mentor other designers and collaborate with clients to push the envelope on innovation, aesthetic, and complex problems made simple.

Outcomes you will create

  • User experience vision for projects developed in partnership with our clients and their users, which may include any or all of the following outcomes:
  • Deep understanding of target users, archetypes, and customer journeys
  • Synthesis of user research into easy to understand recommendations
  • Effective ideation, sketching and wireframing, sometimes in a collaborative setting
  • High-fidelity designs heavily informed by user needs
  • Designs that adhere to technical capabilities of the selected platforms (iOS, Android, Angular, Responsive Web, etc)
  • Clearly communicated designs and easily exportable assets for development team to build
  • Interactive click-through prototypes
  • Collaboration with development team during the development process as design enhancements and changes are needed
  • UI quality assurance
  • Hands-on user testing of beta and production apps and synthesis of results and recommendations
  • Thought leadership, direction, and mentorship for UX designers and developers at MichiganLabs and our clients.

Basic competencies

-Clear, consistent communication

-Creative and informed on the best practices of UX

-Strong follow-through when faced with competing priorities

- Proven ability to navigate technical constraints, nail down business value, pinpoint user needs, generate creative ideas, and ultimately produce simple design solutions.

- Leadership initiative, both internally and with clients

- Ability to present and sell designs appropriately and powerfully to any team member or stakeholder - developers, product owners, or even client executives.

Must have’s
-Product design background (Sketch or Adobe products)

-Software background (education or professional)

- Experience with proper design project setup, workflow, and design systems

- Deep understanding of iOS, Android, and Web technologies and how to design for them

Nice to have’s

-Experience with one or more agile methodologies

-Consulting background

-Large project team experience

- Experience with proper design project setup, workflow, and design systems

- Deep understanding of iOS, Android, and Web technologies and how to design for them

What we offer

-Competitive salary

-Beautiful new office in downtown Ada

-Option to work remote on Wednesdays

-Great people with lives outside of work

-Buttoned-up process based on iterative development and weekly client feedback

-Reasonable workload—generally 40-hour weeks

-Slack to stay connected


-Excellent health and dental (we pay 100% of premiums for employee, legal spouse, and children)

-Paid vacation and time off

-401(k) with a one-to-one match for employee 401(k) contributions up to 3% of annual salary and .5% on the next 2% of employee contributions

-Ongoing professional development, including books, conferences, and certifications

-Community—We spring for lunch every other Friday up on our roof deck

-12 paid holidays: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day After Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day through New Year's along with one floating holiday

Interested? Here’s how we bring people on

1. [Connect] Start by reaching out to us: https://michiganlabs.com/careers

2. [Quick Response] A member of our leadership team will connect with you promptly—this will continue throughout the process because we value getting to know you

3. [30 Min Call] Show us your skills! This could be a technical exercise or simply learning more about the projects you’ve worked on.

4. [1 Hour Interview] We’ll have a conversation to determine the next steps. Whether you’re ready to join MichiganLabs now or down the road, one thing is for sure: the experience will be positive and our feedback will be transparent. We may even offer an optional trial day.

5. [1 hour Lunch] We’ll grab a bite and you can experience a day at MichiganLabs

6. [Offer Letter!] Finally, we’ll check your references and extend a formal offer. Once you get your foot in the door, you’ll know you’re in the right place.

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  • Location
    Ada, Michigan
  • Department
    User Experience
  • Employment Type