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JOB: Info Architect for Barnes & Noble .com

Barnes & Noble .com

Information Architect

Barnes & is seeking an Information Architect to join its Experience Design team. We’re looking for a design professional with 3+ years of demonstrable experience leading information architecture development for web-based projects. Our Information Architects (IA) work closely with business sponsors, designers and other project leads to develop user-centered solutions of varying sizes—from enterprise-wide applications to smaller maintenance or seasonal projects. We’re looking for an IA with strong analytical skills who can translate business and user requirements into supportive experiences and effectively communicate solutions, both visually and verbally. All candidates should be prepared to show representative projects and documentation. Responsibilities include:

∑ Participate in all phases of scoping, architecting, and design
∑ Define the user model and user interface for new Barnes & Noble products and features
∑ Partner with business owners and the project team to define an experience that meets business and user goals
∑ Translate specific use cases and business rules into a recommended approach
∑ Develop high-level and/or detailed user scenarios, wireframes, and prototypes to effectively communicate design ideas
∑ Consult with technical leads to determine feasibility of the recommended approach
∑ Produce the detailed functional specifications required to implement design
∑ Gauge the usability of new and existing features, and make constructive and reasonable suggestions for change
∑ Work with designers and engineers to realize the blueprint
∑ Support the QA team through integration and end-to-end testing
∑ Monitor user feedback, site data and customer service inquiries to identify opportunities for growth and improvement

∑ 3+ years of demonstrable experience leading information architecture projects, preferably with a retail or transactional focus
∑ Knowledge of/experience with a range of user research and testing methodologies
∑ Complete understanding of constraints of designing for the web, including HTML, Web browser capabilities across multiple platforms, and new technologies
∑ Proficiency with Visio or Illustrator and the MS Office suite
∑ Clear understanding of the roles and responsibilities of an IA and contingencies with other team members

∑ Strong analysis and communication skills
∑ B.A./M.A. in a related field, such as interaction design, HCI, communications or library science
∑ Knowledge of the Rational toolset, Photoshop and HTML authoring and prior employment with client-side organizations and agencies a plus.

Mark Israel
Senior Manager, Recruiting