Supporting the Kaman Distribution Group’s (KDG) eCommerce strategy at our corporate headquarters in Bloomfield, CT, the Front-end User Experience (UX) Designer creates compelling experiences for customers, partners and sales teams. Candidates should have experience in all phases of user experience design: discovery (competitive research, persona development, and user journeys), wireframe design, mockups, prototyping, and interactive design. The UX designer must also be skilled at balancing user needs and business demands, and effectively communicating those needs through designs and documentation. Collaboration with internal and external teams is essential. Properties include Kamandirect.com, Kamanfluidpower.com, Kamanautomation.com, along with several private label sites.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Define the user experience for product and platforms by creating storyboards, wireframes and mockups, and conducting usability tests.
Transform complex tasks into an intuitive, easy-to-use experience.
Collaborate with IT, development partners and eCommerce team members to brainstorm and review designs collectively in a collaborative manner.
Effectively communicate research findings, conceptual ideas, detailed design, and design rationale both verbally and visually, including presenting to product owners, stakeholders, and cross-functional teams.
Lead multiple projects to completion (within deadlines), considering the full context of the user experience, including business challenges, user needs and technological capabilities.
Develop, test and maintain email templates.
Be flexible and iterate designs in a fast-paced, sometimes ambiguous, environment.
Identify trends and actively improve the customer experience through the application of the latest in front-end development practices and technology.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Skills/Abilities Essential to the Position
Customer Service Focus
Team and Results Oriented
Organized, Attention to detail
Communication (Speaking, Questioning, Listening, Presenting, Writing)
Some travel may be required
Knowledge Essential to the Position
In depth understanding of web design and user experience best practices and methodologies
Desktop software: PowerPoint, Excel, Word, Access, Microsoft Project
Proficiency with design software such as Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe XD, Invision
Basic understanding of HTML5, CSS3
Understanding of current front-end web technologies, native interface guidelines, web services, and APIs
Undergraduate degree, or equivalent experience, with an emphasis on Visual Design, Web Design, Interactive Media, or Computer Science.
Five-years professional experience in interaction design or user experience design.
Kaman Distribution Group, a division of Kaman Corporation, is comprised of three business platforms: Kaman Automation, Kaman Fluid Power, and Kaman Industrial Technologies. We offer more than four million items including bearings, mechanical power transmission, electrical and automation, material handling, motion control, fluid power and MRO supplies to customers in virtually every industry. Additionally, we provide engineering, design and support for automation, electrical, linear, hydraulic and pneumatic systems as well as belting and rubber fabrication, customized mechanical services, hose assemblies, repair, fluid analysis and motor management. Offering products and solutions from more than 250 locations, our people are the foundation of our success. We recognize that our ability to sustain our competitive advantage rests among our talent.