• UX Researcher

    Job Locations US-MA-Cambridge
    Category
    Research
  • Overview

    Fuel your intellectual curiosity and professional growth. Forrester is an idea company, where smart, motivated, curious people bring a diversity of opinions and the courage of their convictions to collaborate on ideas that change the course of business. Most of all, bring a point of view; here, every voice has value. At Forrester, you’ll work with innovative clients at emerging and established brands; these are the business and technology leaders we inspire and who inspire us. The Forrester experience is built on a singular, powerful purpose: to challenge thinking and lead change.

     

    About This Role:

     

    As a User Experience (UX) Researcher on Forrester’s evaluative research team, you will lead our business-to-consumer (B2C) digital experience evaluative research projects. In this role, you will oversee several research initiatives per year, managing them from inception to completion. You will play a key role in assessing digital experiences, overseeing the evaluation process, and influencing the reports that we generate for Forrester clients.

     

    In Forrester’s digital experience evaluative research, we follow a transparent methodology to compare the digital experiences that market-leading companies provide to consumers. Our clients use our evaluations to understand best practices, benchmark their own digital experience capabilities, and inform their strategic planning. Our methodology is a multiweek process that involves defining the scope of the evaluation; understanding the right companies for inclusion; evaluating their digital channels (websites, apps, or other); working with the companies to gather information (as necessary); scoring the companies on a predefined set of criteria; and preparing a final document to share with clients. We have conducted these evaluations in the retail, banking, insurance, automobile, and investing industries, among others. 

     

    As a UX Researcher, you will work closely with Forrester analysts to follow the evaluation methodology and create an accurate and fair view of the results. You will also interact with other Forrester teams — such as publishing, sales, marketing, and production — to create and share a consistent and high-value research product.

    Responsibilities

    • Work with analysts and research directors to define and refine the scope of the evaluations, inclusion criteria, and scoring criteria.
    • Contribute to report plans, premise documents, timelines, and scorecard templates.
    • Lead kickoff calls with analysts, research directors, and participating companies.
    • Conduct the evaluation by reviewing the digital channels of leading brands; completing a scorecard for each brand, consisting of 30 to 60 evaluation criteria. A UX analyst will evaluate UX using a predefined set of criteria; other analysts on the project team will assess digital functionality with your support.
    • Use remote unmoderated testing tools (e.g., UserTesting, UserZoom).
    • Facilitate in-person and remote moderated testing (both formative testing as well as benchmarking).
    • Deliver recommendations on "best" interface and interaction design patterns.
    • Provide timely and value-added project management support for designated research projects.
    • Manage important deadlines for reports, scorecard reviews, graphics, and publishing requirements.
    • Work to improve the methodology, operations, and design for executing the evaluation process.

    Qualifications

    • A UX specialist with two to three years of experience.
    • Fluency in user-centered design best practices for desktop and mobile interfaces.
    • Experience conducting heuristic/expert reviews of products and creating presentations to report on findings. Candidates will need to provide samples of deliverables from heuristic evaluations or usability tests they’ve conducted.
    • A passion for research with a willingness to be pragmatic and creative about how it's done.  
    • The ability to supervise (though not necessarily directly manage) Forrester partners and other team contributors.
    • The ability to independently conduct expert reviews and run usability testing.
    • Preferably some knowledge of globally recognized accessibility guidelines (WCAG 2.1) and experience of evaluating designs against these (e.g., color contrast).

     

     

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    FLSA Status:

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    Forrester Research, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to equal employment opportunity for all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, genetic information, military service, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law. Minorities, Women, Individuals with Disabilities, and Veterans are especially encouraged to apply.

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