Mar 08 2010

Principal Creative Director for Microsoft in Redmond, WA

Published by CBLoeb at 8:26 pm under Career

Principal Creative Director- Communications Server


In Microsoft’s Unified Communications Group we develop next generation communication and collaboration experiences. The scope of work today is instant messaging, group based chat, online collaboration, phones and mobile device experiences. We are looking for a highly creative and visionary designer to help build new experiences across these, as well as harness new technologies, interpret emerging social and business trends to deliver what is next. As our Principle Creative Director you will set the vision for and manage the team that develops the creative vision, design principles and language, and core product experiences.
We are looking for an individual who can think blue sky and turn them into inspiring new ideas. You will play a lead role on the team defining anchor product scenarios and experiences, the end to end visual and sensorial design language, and the UX story. To be considered you must be capable of innovative thinking, and have a proven history of using design to uncover new ideas. You should be proficient at zooming from the thinking big picture to guiding the details. You should be able to illustrate how you have used these skills to drive design change and have impact within you career. At your core you should be known for having a good eye, visual flair and aesthetic values, and inspiring communication skills.


In this role you will need to apply strategic thinking to business goals to drive multiple design streams. Primary duties for you and your team include helping initiate new enquiries with our research team, driving visualization of new ideas, defining core product attributes, developing creative briefs, and concept prototyping. You will work with collaboratively with other designers, product planning, user research, and marketing on a regular basis. Successful candidates will be able to balance multiple roles including: hands-on creative direction, team management and growth, oversight of outside vendors and contract designers.

Primary Qualifications

  • 8+ years of related UX Design experience in a product company or agency
  • 5+ years UX Leadership and/or people management
  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design, Industrial Design, HCI, or related field. A Master’s degree is a huge plus.
  • An exceptional design background demonstrating innovative and strategic thinking and creativity
  • Ability to translate brand values into design language
  • Be able to tell a compelling design story to all levels of management
  • You must have a passion around innovation using new technologies and the ability to inspire, manage, grow and retain, a creative team
  • Outstanding design and problem solving skills. Must be able to work effectively at multiple levels, from creating clear design goals to hands on design solutions
  • Experience with any of the following are huge plusses: mobile device design, motion graphics, film


If you are interested, please send me a mail with your resume and sometimes you are available to talk. If you aren’t interested, please send this along to anyone you know who might be a fit – or could know someone who would be.


Ryan Graves
Staffing Consultant *|* (425) 421-8953

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