Senior Experience Design Research Lead

    • USD 109,000.00 - 179,800.00 per year

    • Full Time

    • Work from home


  • Service design
  • Training
  • Presentations
  • OER
  • Usability testing
  • Mentorship
  • HCI
  • Writing
  • Management

Job Description

Who Are We?
Taking care of our customers, our communities and each other. That's the Travelers Promise. By honoring this commitment, we have maintained our reputation as one of the best property casualty insurers in the industry for over 160 years. Join us to discover a culture that is rooted in innovation and thrives on collaboration. Imagine loving what you do and where you do it.

Compensation Overview
The annual base salary range provided for this position is a nationwide market range and represents a broad range of salaries for this role across the country. The actual salary for this position will be determined by a number of factors, including the scope, complexity and location of the role; the skills, education, training, credentials and experience of the candidate; and other conditions of employment. As part of our comprehensive compensation and benefits program, employees are also eligible for performance-based cash incentive awards.

Salary Range
$109,000.00 - $179,800.00

Target Openings

What Is the Opportunity?
Do you enjoy distilling the complexity of qualitative studies, quantitative research, and analytics into consumable patterns, findings, and design recommendations?


Are you energized by the challenges of generative research, using contextual inquiry and ethnography to understand behaviors, needs and desires that can inform the ideation of a product?

If you want to track, learn about, and iterate upon enterprise, end-to-end user experiences that just work and you love to follow through on complex plans, mentor other professionals, and teach design-thinking methods to colleagues, keep reading. This just might be the role you've been looking for.

Leading in-person and remote primary research studies, in this role you collect qualitative and quantitative, formative, and evaluative, large and small feedback for analysis and action. Your research contributes to uncovering new opportunities, rapid new concept prototyping, usability testing, and experimenting with real-world offerings.

You are part of a team of experienced designers and researchers working with product managers, architects, and business and technology leaders. Fueled by your team's research insights, you tell powerful stories that help build empathy and inspire the next iteration of highly engaging experiences.
What Will You Do?
  • Design and Lead Research Efforts: You will collaborate with experience designers, product teams, and business stakeholders to articulate research questions and plan, execute, and analyze appropriate user experience research.
  • Synthesize Data to Identify Actionable Insights: You will perform rigorous analysis of both qualitative and quantitative data to turn observations into action.
  • Socialize Findings: You will distill complex analysis into compelling and easy to understand research reports and presentations. You will use storytelling and other techniques to effectively communicate findings to stakeholders and build empathy for customers.
  • Strengthen the Research Practice: You will drive the evolution of the expanding user experience research practice. You will guide and mentor less experienced design and product staff, contribute to and help lead team and practice development, and grow your own skills while advancing the user experience research function.
  • Lead the research of solutions for products and services by defining, creating, and improving models and concepts (e.g., experience goals, journey maps, information architecture, scenarios, personas, interactions) guided by established design objectives, principles, and standards.
  • Identify, plan, and execute research and testing activities to gather user experience data, evaluate the usability of solutions, and determine the effectiveness of concepts; analyze, evaluate, describe, report results and recommendations to design stakeholders.
  • Guide collaborative activities with various stakeholders (i.e., end users, other business and technology functions, and outside partners), integrating and advancing a human-centered focus that informs work through research-based insights and design exploration.
  • Identify and influence the adoption of new and improved tools, methods, and processes.
  • Guide and mentor other XD staff to support their advancement, lead and take part in team and practice development, grow leadership capacity, and help to attract high quality talent to the XD practice.
  • If managing others, set performance goals, provide ongoing feedback, and conduct standard performance reviews.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

What Will Our Ideal Candidate Have?
  • Experience in a related field, such as HCI, VCD, Service Design, Anthropology, etc.
  • Seven years of related experience.
  • One year of leadership experience (formal management or other).
  • Strong knowledge of most areas, along with proficiency in application of three or more:
  • Design research
  • Information architecture
  • Interaction design
  • Visual design
  • Content design (strategy, writing, editing for interaction)
  • Information design
  • Service design
  • Prototyping
  • Presentation and communication
  • Collaboration and facilitation
  • Design strategy
  • Usability testing
  • Data analysis
  • Design systems

What is a Must Have?
  • Bachelor's degree or its equivalent in work experience.
  • Six years of related experience.

What Is in It for You?

  • Health Insurance: Employees and their eligible family members - including spouses, domestic partners, and children - are eligible for coverage from the first day of employment.
  • Retirement: Travelers matches your 401(k) contributions dollar-for-dollar up to your first 5% of eligible pay, subject to an annual maximum. If you have student loan debt, you can enroll in the Paying it Forward Savings Program. When you make a payment toward your student loan, Travelers will make an annual contribution into your 401(k) account. You are also eligible for a Pension Plan that is 100% funded by Travelers.
  • Paid Time Off: Start your career at Travelers with a minimum of 20 days Paid Time Off annually, plus nine paid company Holidays.
  • Wellness Program: The Travelers wellness program is comprised of tools and resources that empower you to achieve your wellness goals. In addition, our Life Balance program provides access to professional counseling services, life coaching and other resources to support your daily life needs. Through Life Balance, you're eligible for five free counseling sessions with a licensed therapist.
  • Volunteer Encouragement: We have a deep commitment to the communities we serve and encourage our employees to get involved. Travelers has a Matching Gift and Volunteer Rewards program that enables you to give back to the charity of your choice.

Employment Practices
Travelers is an equal opportunity employer. We believe that we can deliver the very best products and services when our workforce reflects the diverse customers and communities we serve. We are committed to recruiting, retaining and developing the diverse talent of all of our employees and fostering an inclusive workplace, where we celebrate differences, promote belonging, and work together to deliver extraordinary results.

If you are a candidate and have specific questions regarding the physical requirements of this role, please send us an so we may assist you.

Travelers reserves the right to fill this position at a level above or below the level included in this posting.

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