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Design & UX
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Rakuten Kobo Inc.
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00013257 Requisition #

Senior Product Designer


The Company:

Here at Rakuten Kobo Inc. we offer a casual working start-up environment and a group of friendly and talented individuals. Our employees rank us highly in terms of commitment to work / life balance. We realize that for our people to be innovative, creative and passionate they need to have healthy minds and bodies. With that in mind, we offer one of the best group benefits plans as well as gym discounts and a personal fitness budget. We hold an annual Wellness Day, host Lunch and Learns to promote a healthy lifestyle and provide fresh fruit daily and other healthy snacks. Teams love our Pooch program and say "dogs in the office make everything better".

 

Booklovers are thrilled to see that we offer employees a free device upon joining. We encourage reading time as well as host frequent Lunch and Learn Author Series.


We believe in rewarding all our employees with competitive salaries, performance based annual bonuses, stock options and training opportunities.  For our growing Kobo families, we offer a maternity/paternity leave top up, as well as time off for the non-child bearing parent.



The Role:

Rakuten Kobo Inc. is looking for a Senior Product Designer to join our Product Design Operations and Product Pillar Teams! Product Design Operations is responsible for building a design practice that is scalable, holistic and inclusive. Product Pillars are responsible for connecting our cross-functional teams to our reader’s needs all over the world. 

Reporting to Product Design Operations, the Senior Product Designer plays a vital role in delivering amazing product design capabilities and features to our users, bringing us closer to our company goal of enabling people anywhere in the world to read more. Our products are designed by readers, dedicated to readers. We are focused on crafting the best experience possible for all people, all languages, and all devices.  The Senior Product Designer will be responsible for: Defining design strategy, leadership, planning, and creativity.


The Person:

COLLABORATION

  • Working alongside various practices such as architects, developers, researchers, analysts, product management, and scrum.

  • Opportunity to work on multiple platforms such as the eReader, Apps, and Responsive Web.


DESIGN STRATEGY

  • Define design vision of a multi-year product roadmap  

  • Define how to integrate customer centric research findings into product design decisions 

  • Define how to ensure the agile teams’ understanding of the WHY and building of the WHAT


DESIGN LEADERSHIP

  • Define and facilitate stakeholder workshops to drive opportunity understanding and gap analysis

  • Define user opportunity mapping and how it provides business value

  • Define product design discovery and definition techniques


DESIGN PLANNING

  • Define design stories and design acceptance criteria 

  • Define how to measure product design release outcomes

  • Define design optimization user stories


DESIGN CREATIVITY

  • Define how to evolve our design centric culture by focusing on user intent, user needs, and shareholder value 

  • Define how to build a best in class design system and component library

  • Define our design artifacts, the status quo and competitive benchmarks


The Skillset:

Required:

  • Minimum 5-6 years experience as a product designer, UX designer, information architect, interaction designer, or visual designer

  • High proficiency with design tools such as Figma, Sketch, Creative Suite, and prototyping tools

  • A portfolio demonstrating artifacts such as taxonomies, flowcharts, wireframes, interaction design specs, visual design, journey maps, personas, and prototypes

  • Ability to articulate and rationalize your concepts or process through white-boarding

  • Ability to facilitate stakeholder workshops and enable collaboration

  • Interest in user testing methodologies to help conduct studies, create protocols and present findings in an agile environment

  • Extensive experience designing for multiple form factors and platforms such as iOS, Android, and responsive web


Nice to Haves:

  • Previous experience working in eReading, ecommerce, entertainment, and software environments

  • Experience working with teams in an Agile environment, using an iteration backlog, and comfortability being part of a product development team

  • Awareness of the capabilities of react.js, html, and css


To Learn More About Kobo:


Rakuten Kobo Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.  Accessibility accommodations for candidates with disabilities participating in the selection process are available on request.  Any information received related to accommodation needs of applicants will be addressed confidentially.


Rakuten Kobo would like to thank all applicants for their interest in this role however only qualified candidates will be shortlisted.


About Rakuten Kobo Inc:
Owned by Tokyo-based Rakuten and headquartered in Toronto, Rakuten Kobo Inc. is one of the world’s most innovative eReading services offering more than 5 million eBooks and audiobooks to millions of customers in 190 countries. Believing that consumers should have the freedom to read any book on any device, Kobo provides people with a choice when reading. Kobo offers an eReader for everyone with a wide variety of E Ink eReaders to suit any Reader’s style including Kobo Aura, Kobo Aura H2O, and Kobo Aura ONE; along with the company’s free top-ranking eReading and audiobook listening app for Apple® and Android®. Kobo’s award-winning eReaders can be found in major retail chains around the world. For more information, visit www.kobo.com.

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