Aug 25 2011

Staples is looking for an IA

Published by at 9:58 pm under Job Postings

Who you are

As the ideal candidate for this position you must have a thorough grounding as an information architect and in interactive design. You must be able to produce and refine brilliant ideas that work with existing solutions and be able to communicate these ideas easily.

What you will do

  • Identify key user-interaction requirements by participating in JAD sessions and other business requirement forums.
  • Facilitate user interface definition sessions by leading teams through white boarding exercises and discussions.
  • Pin-point important issues that may require further user research by collaborating with usability resources.
  • Architect user interaction solutions/schema based on sound usability principles, research and technical feasibility.
  • Express these solutions through design documents. These documents include sitemaps, architecture-maps, user flows, thumbnail flows, and wireframes. 
  • Partner with Usability Manager on research plans and integrate findings into design through an iterative process.
  • Manage contractors as needed.
  • Perform expert reviews on concepts and wireframes and integrate this into the design process on an iterative basis by presenting the findings and suggest changes where necessary.
  • Create and maintain a centralized repository of IA documentation.
  • Provide IA support for ongoing application production and bug fixes.



  • Minimum of 4 years experience as an Information Architect, Interactive designer, UI designer , or other similar User Experience role within a corporate or consulting environment required.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Interaction Design, Cognitive Psychology, MIS, Industrial Design or related discipline required.


  • Strong background in a retail/e-commerce environment and/or web-based application design preferred.
  • Master’s degree preferred.
  • Portfolio demonstrating expertise in translating business strategies into visual representations such as conceptual diagrams, task flows, and site maps.
  • Expertise in Visio preferred.
  • Training or solid experience in leading high-level, cross-functional definition meetings that map out the user experience of new projects.
  • Experience managing internal and contract employees essential.
  • Understanding of system development methodology including the Software Development Life Cycle and techniques for contextual inquiry and task analysis required.
  • Experience running usability tests and analyzing findings preferred.
  • Some technical skills in putting together click-through prototypes and versed in HTML, JavaScript.
  • Approximately 10% travel required.


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