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The Researcher is responsible for project leadership, commercial and sales bid approaches for project engagements. This position handles all phases of the UX product suite, including bidding and scoping, preparation, execution, and delivery. Essential Duties and Responsibilities: The Researcher operates autonomously and confidently managing clients, leading projects and writing or designing deliverables Specific responsibilities include: Oversight of research material preparation and implementation of best practices Provide oversight and guidance to moderators and note takers. Execute these activities independently when appropriate while simultaneously managing a project Identify final client deliverables that will address research objectives, and independently develop or oversee the development of those final deliverables, including research reports, executive summaries, and design recommendations Effectively and efficiently review deliverables and provide constructive, actionable feedback. Communicate these deliverables to clients effectively Recommend redesign of application if needed. Leads finding workshops. Defines ways to integrate research and design on specific projects Ensure quality of service delivery for all direct reports where applicable, as well as for all projects supervised. Actively collect feedback on direct report performance where applicable, and implement improvement plans on an individual level Maintain a solid understanding and fluency with UX products. Support VPs and KAMs to recommend approaches and create proposals and budgets with supervision. Identify an area of focus to improve the UX business This focus may be developing, or refining methods or tools used by the business, developing or refining internal training or onboarding, general process refinement, or other areas with manager approval Optionally, demonstrate independent proficiency in business development skills and lead sales calls, scoping, bidding, and proposal efforts with minimal oversight Experience and Skills: Solid consulting skills are required, strong client management skills are also critical for success Mastery of core UX skills (teaching and mentoring) to educate the team Must have an exceptional understanding of the larger picture of UX engagements, and experience in managing multiple projects with proper delegation of activities is a business imperative Ability to network at all levels with self-confidence. Capable of winning business and building meaningful client relationships Strong commercial management skills with demonstrated success in client management Competent skills in moderator's guide development, analysis and recommendations for reporting Ability to orchestrate a variety of projects types and to utilize different UX techniques Project management skills for logistics and planning and team activity execution Communication skills to explain design justification and flexibility to adapt to client needs 3-7 years' experience in related field (i.e., user experience research or design) Education: Bachelor's degree in human factors, HCI, Psychology, Industrial Engineering, Industrial Design, Visual Design, Behavioral Sciences or equivalent experience is required (Master's degree or higher preferred)
Onward Search is hiring a Paid Media Specialist to be responsible for managing all phases of our clients’ SEM e-commerce campaigns. This is an opportunity to work each day to maximize results and produce winning campaigns for large brands’ e-commerce programs. If you are passionate about unlocking the potential of a keyword, converting searchers into buyers and helping clients understand the value of Paid Online Marketing, you have the potential to grow with our client. In this role, you will be responsible for a supporting of activities including developing Paid Media strategies, managing paid search, affiliate, display, paid social, and CSE campaigns, and management of client deliverables. This is an opportunity for an online marketing champion to have a major impact on our client’s business. We are looking for someone who is not just versed in the industry, but also has the passion and desire to grow with the company. This is a role where a successful person will be trained for management duties and responsibilities, And, the people have fun too. Responsibilities: Monitoring paid media campaigns, including keyword generation, ad copy writing, budget management, tracking, reporting and analyzing Optimizing paid media campaigns to achieve desired goals for traffic, conversions and profitability Present regular performance reports to clients Collaborate with internal and client teams in media strategies and best practices Assist in current or new client business development and proposals Perform website analysis, consultation and additional services Stay abreast of latest trends in the industry with constant research in the Online Marketing community; recommending and implementing strategies accordingly Manage a team of junior to senior analysts, providing growth opportunities, reviews and feedback, and helping to set priorities for efficient time management Handle site authorizations, media placements and billing issues Prerequisites: College degree 2+ years managing online paid marketing campaigns Experience with comScore, DART and DoubleClick Key Required Skills: Ability to communicate the benefits of Paid Media to internal teams and clients Ability to measure and report on the success of online marketing campaigns Ability to manage campaigns, budgets for marketing spend and resource hours Ability to audit and identify strategies to improve under-performing campaigns Experience managing SEM or paid search campaigns across Google & Bing Experience working in a retail/e-commerce environment Excellent communication, presentation and written skills Capable of facilitating two way communication and building consensus
Motion Graphics Designer
Our Detroit client is seeking a Motion Graphics Designer to join a bustling team of creatives, researchers, analysts in near their Hockeytown office. This is a tight group where teamwork is essential to get the work done. Must be open to presenting ideas and backing up your ideas and claims. They need their designers to be UI experts and responsive design focused. SKILLS: Be a user advocate on cross-functional teams, ensuring that we are moving towards providing an optimal user experience in terms of interactions and design aesthetic Collaborate with designers, editors, developers, product and project managers to ensure that we are executing against project goals and milestones Ingest the business requirements, product goals and technical capabilities and come up with a successful UX solution that meets the business and experience needs Provide direction and support in regards to user interaction and experience, ensuring that users are able to interact with our products in intuitive, usable, and delightful ways Provide direction and support in regards to visual design, taking into consideration the interaction design direction, and adding the look and feel for brand identity and KP standards Create key design deliverables such as site maps, user flows, wireframes, style guides, visual design comps and interactive prototypes throughout the project lifecycle Apply company branding guidelines, UX standards and voice to a consistent brand experience Collaborate with the research team on usability testing, providing insight as well as prototypes for testing Collaborate with development to check that output coincides with an optimal user experience Collaborate with outside vendors and agencies on projects that include cross-collaboration between external and internal resources REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor’s Degree in Human Factors, Psychology, HCI, Design or related field (or equivalent experience) Minimum of 5 years of UX/UI experience Proficiency in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign 3D, Maya or After Effects experience is necessary Proficiency in Sketch and InVision Experience working with digital, interactive UX design Excellent communication, presentation and interpersonal skills Experience working with cross-functional teams in an agile environment Proven experience working with strict brand and style guide standards in a bigger company environment PREFERRED REQUIREMENTS: Automotive industry experience Experience in responsive design Mobile UX experience Experience with visual design as well as interaction design
Senior Art Director
Our Detroit client a full service mid-size agency is looking for an Art Director with 5+ years of experience with conceptual and hands on design skills within the digital, social and traditional creative space. Requirements: 5+ years of design experience within digital, print and social media advertising This person needs to have strong conceptual and hands on design skills Must be comfortable interacting with internal team members as well as clients. Expertise in Adobe Creative suite Ideal candidate will have agency or at least in-house agency experience within a large brand Candidate must have portfolio showcasing ability to work on a variety of creative projects (digital, print, social) and also have examples showcasing conceptual chops Responsibilities: Conceptualize and execute design campaigns Will work alongside Sr and Jr members of the International creative team to deliver print, digital, social and content focused advertising for their clients Exciting opportunity to grow within a team, work on a huge variety of creative deliverables across web, logos, branding campaigns, print and social media for clients in different industries This team provides a lot of mentorship but this Art Director will have the opportunity to contribute in a big way Deliverables include: microsites, logos, banner ads, content marketing, social media campaigns, print advertising and marketing collateral
Promotional Materials Designer
Our client, a top rated Promotional Materials firm located in southern Wisconsin, is seeking an entry level designer to join their team in a full-time capacity. In this role, you will concept, package, and present unique promotional marketing ideas to Fortune 50 and like companies. This role is part designer, part Project Manager, part merchandiser. The ideal candidate will have savvy design chops, be a quick thinker, and have the ability to manage multiple project simultaneously! Required Qualifications: Degree in Design (or related) from accredited school Portfolio that reflects a range of design style Ability to think quickly on your feet Apply now for immediate consideration!
Onward Search is working in partnership with our Detroit client who is renowned as a market leader within the designing field for retail buildings and structures. As the Marketing Director, you will oversee leadership to the current Marketing functions within the organization’s impressive clientele. This role will report directly into the Sr Management. The primary responsibility of this role is the creation, implementation and measurement of the entire marketing strategy relating to all branding, communication, public relations and social media programs globally. This will include activities and materials to support media relations, publications, new product launches, POP, acquisitions and brand awareness, supporting departmental objectives and contributing the company’s image and profitability of the business. You will be responsible for the marketing content to attract potential clients and engage existing ones. The successful candidate will be required to work collaboratively with leadership to implement strategies in branding, marketing and digital communications that advance the organization’s goals and international standing. The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate the following key competencies and have held the following responsibilities: Responsibilities: Responsible for creating, implementing and measuring (with Sr Management) the success of comprehensive marketing, communications and public relations program for North America that will enhance the companies brand image and position within the marketplace facilitate internal and external communications and all marketing, communications and public relations activities and materials including publications, media relations, new product launches, POP, acquisition and so forth Ensure articulation of Organization’s desired image and position, assure consistent communication of image and position throughout the Organization, and assure communication of image and position to all constituencies, both internal and external Responsible for editorial direction, design, production and distribution of all Organization publications Coordinate media interest in the Organization and ensure regular contact with target media and appropriate response to media requests Occasionally act as the Organization’s representative with the media Act as internal and external brand guardian Responsible for quarterly reports to Sr Management on the marketing budget and expenditures Develop, coordinate and oversee programs, technical assistance and resource materials to assist chapters in the marketing, communications and positioning of their activities Provide counsel to chapters on marketing, communications and public relations Ensure that the Organization regularly conducts relevant market research and coordinate and oversee this activity. Monitor trends Establish a framework for competitive analysis that is communicated regularly to the Global business Leads projects as assigned, such as cause-related marketing awards ceremonies, industry meetings, conventions and special events Excellent financial and budgeting skills (multimillion dollar marketing budget) Skills & Qualifications: Excellent attention to detail 8+ years’ experience in Marketing Bilingual in French a plus Willingness to travel (up to 50% of the year) A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration or other Business discipline with a major in Marketing Excellent computer skills, with experience working with Adobe CSS, Google Analytics, Microsoft Outlook, Excel, and Word Excellent written and verbal skills as it pertains to a business setting Self-motivated with the ability to prioritize multiple projects under tight deadlines and work independently with little to no oversight Strong accountability and follow-through skills Well-versed in CMS, web publishing systems and social media platforms is preferred Experience in cross cultural management (will regularly work with colleagues in Canada) Ability to lead coach junior staff members Experience in retail building and commercial structures is a bonus Experience in global marketing is essential
Client Strategy Director
Our client, a dynamic small agency located in the heart of the Loop, is seeking a Client Strategy Director to join their team. This role is open due to new business growth within the agency. The Client Strategy Director is responsible for the supervision and overall success of agency relationships with specific clients. The Client Strategy Director drives the development of strategy and planning for key clients/projects, oversees all client-specific strategic and account service activities and processes, and contributes to personnel management within the strategy/account planning team. The Client Strategy Director reviews all client creative concepts to confirm whether they meet strategic goals before they are delivered to the client for approval. Primary responsibilities: The Director of Client Strategy is responsible for the supervision and overall success of agency relationships with specified client/project Provide strategic and marketing leadership by working closely with the client to uncover business needs and objectives, craft appropriate strategies, and identify/implement initiatives to help achieve client/project goals Demonstrates and cultivates a solid understanding of client’s business, business drivers, customer segments and competitive set Drives marketing and creative strategies and makes recommendations based on relevant customer insight Develops strategic documentation, including, but not limited to creative briefs, research reports, strategic documentation and recommendations Actively seeks opportunities to share knowledge, best practices, case studies or other program results across team Create and interpret effective analysis, including primary and secondary market research, to support marketing recommendations Contributes to client team education, development & retention Participates in key internal meetings with Creative Directors, Art Directors, Copywriters, Production, Technical Directors, Application Directors, Information Architects, Media Developers and Administrative Managers Presents and participates in key client meetings, including but not limited to strategic planning meetings, creative presentations, client sales meetings, etc. Daily oversight and mentorship of specified strategy/account planning personnel and facilitating the work needed by the client, including review of client correspondence: creative briefs, conference reports, call reports, estimates, invoices, job status reports and creative concepts Consults in interviewing, hiring, management, assessment and annual reviews of client-specific strategy/account planning personnel Ensures a smooth workflow between the client, strategy/account planning team, project managers and the creative department
PHP Web Developer
Our Detroit Michigan client has an immediate opening for an energetic, highly creative Graphic Designer. They work collaboratively in a friendly, open environment to produce great work, helping clients from around the world bring their projects and can conceptualize ideas into reality. This is a contract to hire role and could lead to a Sr Designer or Art Director. A passion for design and creativity, as well as a mindset to learn are a must. The role has excellent scope for personal development and an opportunity to be involved in creating highly conceptual artwork. The work environment is fun and enthusiastic and needs someone with a can-do, team player attitude. Responsibilities: Collaborate with a variety of internal and external stakeholders to develop and produce graphic design elements to enhance our world-class exhibits and environments Projects include sales decks, print ads, email campaigns, signage and wayfinding, collateral, 2D/3D direct mail, case studies, brand/ID design--you name it, we do it Qualifications: BA/BFA in Graphic Design or a related field A strong working knowledge of Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign) An excellent eye for design and meticulous attention to detail A practical understanding of all print and digital mediums A killer portfolio with variety of industries and deliverables represented The ability to manage multiple projects and remain flexible through multiple revisions An eye for detail and the little things in life You must enjoy creating pieces that will make a difference for the client’s brand and an impact on their consumers