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Lead Design Researcher

  • Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
  • FullTime
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Description

Rocket Mortgage, backed by Rocket Companies®, means more opportunities for you to carve your own career path forward. From our desire to revolutionize the way people get mortgages to addressing challenges big or small with outside-the-box solutions, we’re not your typical employer. We’ll provide you with everything you need to make sure you’re successful here.

Apply today to join a team that offers career growth, amazing benefits and the chance to work with leading industry professionals.

Minimum Qualifications

  • 10 years of experience in user research and/or similar field
  • 3 years of experience mentoring researchers
  • Master’s degree in human-computer interaction (HCI), psychology, anthropology, sociology or related field
  • Advanced demonstrated ability in collaborating with cross-functional and interdisciplinary teams to curate, plan, execute, synthesize and share user research for multiple initiatives at once
  • Advanced demonstrated ability in facilitating ideation, alignment and engagement workshops with a variety of disciplines and stakeholders

Preferred Qualifications

  • 12 years of experience in user research and/or similar field
  • 5 years of experience mentoring junior researchers
  • Professional degree in human-computer interaction (HCI), psychology, anthropology, sociology or related field
  • Advanced demonstrated ability in leading exploratory research activities such as contextual inquiry, ethnography and diary studies
  • Advanced demonstrated ability in leading evaluative research activities such as usability testing, heuristics evaluations, surveys and clickstream analysis
  • Demonstrated ability in building a UX research community of practice at scale
  • Demonstrated ability working with the mortgage or financial services industry (fintech)

Job Summary

As the Lead Design Researcher, you'll use generative and evaluative research methods to plan and execute creative studies that drive empathy and understanding of user goals, needs, attitudes and behaviors. Collaborating across disciplines and business areas, you'll provide actionable insights and artifacts that drive direction and confidence in product decisions. You'll lean into ambiguity, inspiring those around you to experiment and think creatively as you explore possible solutions. As champions of the UX research discipline, you'll foster a culture of research and continuous learning across the company.

Responsibilities

  • Actively identify research opportunities across business areas, then size and prioritize tasks to meet deadlines
  • Partner across disciplines and business areas to align on a unified research strategy that informs future product roadmaps
  • Design and conduct creative studies that balance diverse research methods (qualitative/quantitative, behavioral/attitudinal, generative/evaluative) within the appropriate scope
  • Apply a deep understanding of project assumptions and/or potential bias when planning and conducting research studies, and limit those biases whenever possible
  • Gather and synthesize research findings into actionable insights and artifacts, packaged and delivered in a compelling narrative that drives change
  • Collaborate across product teams to build balanced, data-driven backlogs that address both user and business needs
  • Build strong relationships across business areas and disciplines as an evangelist and thought leader of UX Research
  • Strengthen the maturity of the UX Research team by mentoring and shaping best practices through dedicated feedback, collaboration, delegation and interactive learning activities

Benefits and Perks

Our team members fuel our strategy, innovation and growth, so we ensure the health and well-being of not just you, but your family, too! We go above and beyond to give you the support you need on an individual level and offer all sorts of ways to help you live your best life. We are proud to offer eligible team members perks and health benefits that will help you have peace of mind. Simply put: We’ve got your back. Check out our full list of Benefits and Perks.

Who We Are

Rocket Companies® is a Detroit-based company made up of businesses that provide simple, fast and trusted digital solutions for complex transactions. The name comes from our flagship business, now known as Rocket Mortgage®, which was founded in 1985. Today, we’re a publicly traded company involved in many different industries, including mortgages, fintech, real estate and more. We’re insistently different in how we look at the world and are committed to an inclusive workplace where every voice is heard. We’re passionate about the work we do, and it shows. We’ve been ranked #1 for Fortune’s Best Large Workplaces in Financial Services and Insurance List in 2022, named #5 on People Magazine’s Companies That Care List in 2022 and recognized as #7 on Fortune’s list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2022.

Disclaimer

This is an outline of the primary responsibilities of this position. As with everything in life, things change. The tasks and responsibilities can be changed, added to, removed, amended, deleted and modified at any time by the leadership group.

We are proud equal opportunity employers and committed to providing an inclusive environment based on mutual respect for all candidates and team members. Employment decisions, including hiring decisions, are not based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, military or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. We also provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities in accordance with state and federal law.

Rocket Mortgage, backed by Rocket Companies®, means more opportunities for you to carve your own career path forward. From our desire to revolutionize the way people get mortgages to addressing challenges big or small with outside-the-box solutions, we’re not your typical employer. We’ll provide you with everything you need to make sure you’re successful here. 

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