Design Researcher

Job Description

Job Number: 1957870BR
Employment Type: Regular Full-Time
Job Category: Retail
Shift: Daytime
Region: 000 : Corporate
Address Line 1: 7900 Legacy Drive
City: Plano
State: Texas
Zip Code: 75024

Position Summary

The Design Researcher will design studies, recruit participants, moderate, analyze, identify key insights, and develop recommendations that improve our customer experience. This role will define, plan, and execute a wide range of human-centered discovery and validation activities, including both generative and evaluative research with current and potential customers. Having a broad toolkit of research techniques to draw from, and can recommend the right research methodology for any scenario. You have experience researching across digital e-commerce mobile and desktop platforms, as well as in physical retail stores. Drawing on experience to build relationships with product, business, and technology stakeholders; collaborate and influence in a cross-functional context; and help teams leverage research and data to inform the design of the experience.

General Duties and Responsibilities

(This is a representative list of the general duties the position may be asked to perform, and is not intended to be all-inclusive)

  • Develop a comprehensive research strategy to drive qualitative insights and quantitative data into decisions across the product and experience lifecycle.
  • Lead, plan, recruit, and execute a range of formative and iterative research studies, including empathy interviews, ethnographic/field research, diary studies, heuristic evaluations, rapid and iterative usability and concept testing, surveys, etc.
  • Conduct research for both digital (web/mobile) and retail (in-store) experiences, across all development stages from conception to design to release.
  • Translate research findings from multiple data sources into actionable recommendations. Communicate and evanglize research results in compelling ways to cross-functional teams and leadership.
  • Assist in influencing leadership with a persuasive insight-driven stance on difficult customer experience and business issues.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams, including CX, design, product, business, IT, and marketing, to define and prioritize research needs across a breadth of experiences and platforms.
  • Provide recommendations for appropriate research to inform customer strategy, vision, roadmaps, and initiatives. Practice and help evolve the team’s research techniques and toolset to work effectively within a rapid product and experience development cadence.
  • Partner with business and product teams to leverage quantitative research into insights. Leverage analytics tools and quantitative techniques to measure success, present opportunities, and support decision-making and prioritization
  • Leverage deep human-factors expertise to guide design teams in the development of highly intuitive user interactions and interfaces across a variety of experiences, including online and in-store.
  • Identify and champion opportunities for infusing a learning mindset throughout the organization and promoting transparency and accessibility to collective insights across teams and departments.
  • Build and maintain reusable knowledge base of customer/experience research. Assist team members with leveraging previous research studies and insights to drive strategy and decisions for current initiatives.
  • Provide coaching to team members who are developing and conducting user research activities. When needed, oversee the research relationship with vendors and contractors.
  • All other duties as needed or required

Minimum Qualifications and Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in behavioral science, HCI, human factors, user-centered design, psychology, anthropology, or sociology or equivalent experience.
  • Masters degree a plus
  • 7+ years professional experience in full-cycle design research methods which range from ethnography to statistically-based user testing
  • 3+ years of experience researching for retail omni-channel services, including digital e-commerce and physical retail store interactions
  • Portfolio of work samples demonstrating experience influencing customer experience and strategy through research planning, execution, data, and insights
  • Hands-on experience with lab-based user testing, remote testing, paper prototype testing, iterative prototype testing, concept testing, field research, and survey design
  • Strong understanding of strengths and shortcomings of different research methods, including when and how to apply them
  • Exceptional behavioral data-collection and analysis skills (e.g., designing, conducting, and analyzing all kinds of user data)
  • Excellent problem-solving skills with the ability to analyze situations, identify existing or potential opportuities, and recommend solutions
  • Experience working on cross-functional teams and synthesizing feedback and input from CX, product, business, IT, marketing
  • Experience presenting to and advising senior management; able to comfortably and confidently present to all levels within the organization in both written and verbal communication
  • For new hires, must meet all FedEx Office employment qualifications in force at time of hiring
  • For current FedEx Office team members, must meet hiring criteria for the position and transfer requirements as outlined in the Team Member Handbook

Essential Functions

  • Ability to travel as required in order to meet with customers, vendors, other team members, and/or other business necessities
  • Ability, on a consistent basis, to maintain attention and concentration for extended periods of time
  • Ability, on a consistent basis, to read and interpret documents and instructions from customers, vendors, and other team members
  • Ability, on a consistent basis, to communicate effectively with customers, vendors, and other team members
  • Ability, on a consistent basis, to perform work activities requiring cooperation and instruction
  • Ability, on a consistent basis, to function in a fast-paced environment, under substantial pressure
  • Ability, on a consistent basis, to work within the appropriate level of independence
  • Ability, on a consistent basis, to report regularly to work and maintain established business hours in order to support the FedEx Office business; regular attendance and/or reporting could include regular attendance at a physical location and/or maintaining established business hours depending on the scope and nature of the position

Quality Driven Management (QDM)

(Quality Driven Management strives to deliver market-leading customer experience, business excellence, and financial return through a Quality-oriented culture and day-to-day application of Quality science.)

  • Suggests areas for improvement in internal processes along with possible solutions
  • Works with management to reduce company costs/wastes, and to optimize profitability in areas of responsibility
  • Applies Quality concepts presented at training during daily activities
  • Supports FedEx Office Quality initiatives

EEO Statement

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

FedEx Office will consider for employment all qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable federal, state, and local laws, including the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, the City of Los Angeles’ Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance, and the New York City Fair Chance Act. FedEx Office encourages all qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, to apply for any open position.

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