Junior UI/UX Designer: Maple Ridge, BC

THIS POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED; HOWEVER, WE DO VALUE GREAT TALENT AND CONTINUE TO ACCEPT OUTSTANDING APPLICATIONS.
Are you keen on making a difference within your team, your community, and the increasingly connected globe? If so, our career opportunity with Left™ as a Junior UI/UX Designer might be the right career move for you!
Who is Left you may be asking? Left is the back-to-back winner of the Community Engagement Award at the Technology Impact Awards and the Best Workplace as awarded by Small Business BC. It is also the parent company of several successful web and mobile brands. At the heart of our business is a platform to connect the next billion people using a fully-distributed mobile mesh network for Android and iOS mobile phone platforms, along with IoT devices. Our platform will enable affordable, reliable, resilient, and secure access to the internet and connectivity to all users.
How does this relate to you? Well, we are looking for someone to work across our multiple projects, including a whole bunch of apps that we are building across our mesh platform as well as other apps that support our existing business lines. The possibilities are endless. You will be working closely with our Product Managers and Developers. Your skills in app design and UI/UX implementation for both Android and Apple will be relied upon and further developed by assessing product usability. This fast-paced environment boasts high rewards for change-makers and innovators, while offering a corporate culture that makes all the hard work with a special team very valuable.  If you are the right candidate and you are thinking to yourself, “This is going to change the world, and I want to be a part of that!”—Your dreams are as big as ours.
Our team of Lefties (this is what we call ourselves) take our core values, one of which says, ‘Think Different’. We live this value so much so that our co-founders decided to locate our office in the suburbs of Maple Ridge where we are easily accessible to the surrounding areas such as Langley, Surrey, Tri-Cities and only a 40-minute drive from Vancouver. Maple Ridge offers a large pool of extremely talented people who are tired of losing valuable family time to commuting. We might have the coolest office space in the Lower Mainland (BC) complete with a games room, library, lots of beer, and plenty of smart and silly people.
Are you still ready to ‘Make You Mark’ (another core value) in history with us?
About the Job: So what will you be doing?

  • Collaborate with our domestic and offshore Development/Engineering teams to get your designs and user flows implemented, define product features while making sure the product meets spec expectations
  • Take ownership of the design of new apps from the ground up, and maintain and improve the design for our existing products
  • Work directly with Product Manager to design new features and products
  • Drive design discussions and collaborative sessions with teams and stakeholders, helping generate concepts and inspire peers and teams
  • Help create and maintain style guides, brand identities, and pattern libraries
  • Gather, define, and document functional requirements for our mobile applications
  • Define intuitive and easy-to-use user interfaces and flows as wire frames or mock-ups
  • Help to develop new ideas based on your industry experience and customer research
  • Conduct independent user research studies, and analyze and present data for the Product Team

Essential Skills: What do you need to get here?

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent life experience preferably in HCI, Human Factors, Interaction Design, or related field of study
  • Prior UX/UI design experience (or willingness to dig deeper into UX and expand on your school experience in UI design)
  • A portfolio of mobile app or website designs that you can proudly show-off to us
  • An understanding of both the Google Material Design Guidelines and iOS Human Interface Guidelines
  • Experience creating wireframes or app flow diagrams
  • You’ve made polished app prototypes using a program of your choice (Adobe XD, Sketch, etc.)
  • Setting high expectations of yourself and others
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills that compliment your effective team work abilities

Useful Things

  • Experience planning and observing user tests and other design research activities
  • Experience working in an Agile environment
  • You’ve created brand identities from scratch, and know what makes a standout brand.
  • An app launched on the Google Play or Apple App Store
  • Ability to review product usability, including conducting early user feedback and deployments
  • Experience in web design, conversion rate optimization, or advertising copywriting a definite plus

Personality:

  • You must be a risk taker with a passion for entrepreneurism; therefore, failure is not a fear of yours
  • We still classify ourselves as a Startup even though we are a rapidly growing international team of 80+ (20 in Maple Ridge and 75 in Bangladesh). As such, it’s important you want to work in a startup environment
  • You value small teams where you have a direct impact on the business as a whole
  • You thrive on multi-tasking and prioritizing in a fast-paced and collaborative environment
  • You must be a self-starter and able to manage yourself and your projects
  • You can self-learn as things change; and quickly, because we value continuous learning and we do it daily
  • You proudly boast that your attention to detail is just the right side of being anal retentive [and the fact that I used a split infinitive in this sentence is driving you nuts]
  • You should be up-to-date on your Internet memes (that way you know if we are laughing at you or with you). Bonus points if you have earned a whack of karma on Reddit
  • You must believe in the mantra of “Work hard, play hard.”
  • You must be able to tolerate animals as our “Director of Greetings” is a dog named Django who is regularly in the office
  • You must be willing to dream, and have an interest in achieving your dreams, because we want to help you achieve them

Compensation & Next Steps
Your salary will be competitive and based on your experience. Upward movement and potential is something that we value and reward.
If you are interested in working on a world-class platform and business, then please send us a recent resume (online links are fine) along with your salary expectations to careers@left.io. Please also include a link to your portfolio. No phone calls or unexpected visits please because we have developers here and they are easily startled.
Left is a small, but growing company. Fit and a willingness to learn is more important than experience. Thanks in advance for considering us.
Learn more about Left or about our hot project at http://www.wave.io/.
We are an equal opportunity employer and love diversity at our company!  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status