Senior User Researcher

Product - Product Mgmt Remote, United States


Description

Job Summary

BlackLine is a technology-based company with a sense of adventure and a vision for the future. Since being founded in 2001, BlackLine has become the world’s most trusted name in financial automation and defines the cutting-edge category of Modern Finance. We are a named Leader in the 2019 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Financial Corporate Performance Management, and one of the country’s best workplaces in Technology by Fortune™ Magazine.

The Research team is growing at BlackLine, supporting design, product, and other departments to help them make better informed decisions. We are looking for someone not afraid to voice ideas and give their input into how to best grow research at BlackLine, as the organization is looking to transform the finance space with novel technologies.

This role will collaborate and align with design, product, engineering partners, and more, to plan out research projects to answer important research questions. The ideal candidate will have a passion for collaborating and finding new ways to streamline and grow the research practice.

The User Researcher will contribute to the standardization of process and best practices within the growing research team and between cross-functional teams. This role will also participate in planning, goal, and success metrics creation in the research team as well as helping the team to reach the next level. The candidate should be comfortable in various UX methodologies, workshop facilitation, principles of design and UX best practices with good hands-on skills. The candidate should be a UX evangelist who has a passion for helping bring user empathy to the forefront of all that BlackLine does.

Responsibilities include stakeholder engagement, research method selection, tool selection, user recruitment, test creation, analysis and reporting.

 

Roles and Responsibility (list in order of importance)  

  • Create deep empathy and understanding of BlackLine users and represent their voice in product discussions
  • Drive a culture of research evangelization & democratization via various activities and techniques
  • Improve the level of research and best practices at BlackLine
  • Create research strategy, vision and roadmap
  • Own and run mid to large scale projects from beginning to end: plan, design and execute end-to-end user research studies, utilizing qualitative and quantitative methodologies
  • Define research questions and find the right mix of methods to answer the questions via collaboration with various stakeholders, users, clients, and colleagues
  • Analyze and report out on both quantitative and qualitative data
  • Collaborate and align with product and design to form actionable insights from research
  • Plan and facilitate workshops with various members within and outside the organization
  • Evaluate third-party vendors to bring in new research tools to our growing team

 

 

 

Required Qualifications

Years of Experience in Related Field: 5–7 years of applied user research

Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Human-Computer Interaction, Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Information Science, Data Science, Statistics, Human Factors, or another related field. Master’s degree preferred.

 

Design/Specialized Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Competent in variety of qualitative and quantitative methodologies, including but not limited to, interviews, usability testing, card-sorting, field studies, surveys
  • Experienced in conducting user research studies end-to-end, from defining research questions and goals, method selection, to analyzing and sharing out results
  • Competent in user needs evaluation, usability evaluation, metrics and measurements, stakeholder management, workshop facilitation
  • Experience in working in agile environment
  • Experience working with large data sets/volumes of information
  • Excellent written and verbal skills to articulate concepts, feedback and rationale and promote research-led initiatives
  • Kind, assertive, positive, easy to work with, and a team player
  • Statistical analysis is a plus
  • Experience scaling research processes and operations within an organization is a plus
  • Formal portfolio presentation is required during interview

 

 

Preferred Qualifications

 

  • Enterprise SaaS experience
  • Experience with FinTech products / Finance Automation
  • Lean UX practice
  • Experience in scaling a research team

 

Working Conditions

  • Work is primarily sedentary in nature; no special demands are required.
  • Working with Customers on site maybe required as part of this role

Equal Employment Opportunity

BlackLine believes that our diversity is one of our greatest strengths, and we do not tolerate discrimination. It is our policy to recruit, hire, train, and promote individuals, as well as administer any and all personnel actions, without regard to sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or related medical conditions), race, natural hair, religion (including religious dress and grooming practices), color, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), national origin (including language use restrictions and possession of a driver's license issued under Vehicle Code section 12801.9), ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, including HIV and AIDS, genetic information, marital status, registered domestic partner status, age, sexual orientation, military and veteran status or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law or ordinance or regulation.

We’re proud to continue to stand by this policy and will grow our company with attention to this instrumental belief in our hiring and promotion practices.

We encourage applications from all qualified candidates and will reasonably accommodate applicants’ needs in accordance with applicable law throughout all stages of the recruitment and selection process. If you need a reasonable accommodation to assist with your job search or application for employment, please contact us by sending an email to [email protected]