Design Research Lead

Location:

San Francisco, California
Bellevue, Washington
Requisition Number:
R0042472

Location: San Francisco, San Jose or Bellevue

eBay is a global commerce leader that allows you to shape how the world buys, sells, and gives. You’ll be part of a work culture that’s been genuinely committed to diversity and inclusion since its founding 25 years ago. Here, you can just be yourself, do your best work, and have a meaningful impact on people across the globe. We are looking for people with drive, ideas, and a passion for helping small businesses succeed to help shape the future of eBay—does this sound like you? If so, we’d love to talk to you!

About the Team

Human-centered insights and a deep understanding of people and cultures are critical to how we do our best work. Our team of Design Researchers guide design partners and cross-functional teams at eBay to discover, interpret, and communicate insights and opportunities in an inspiring way, while contributing to all phases of the design process.

We’re looking for a driven research leader who is radically inspired by people and excels at leading the charge of gathering and communicating insights that put our users at the center of our product thinking. This researcher will lead research that guides the design of experiences of buyers and sellers. The ideal candidate loves working with peers and leaders to mine for insights that drive elegant solutions to tough problems. 

In this role, you will work within the Product team, alongside partners from Design, Product Management, Engineering, Marketing, and other core teams to ensure your research is optimized to develop key insights to drive great experiences. You will design, plan, conduct, and socialize user research across a spectrum of methodologies. You will be a strong influencer and promoter within and outside the Design organization, as well as an external face for eBay’s Design Research team.

Responsibilities

As a Core Product Researcher on the eBay Search team, you will:

  • Devise and curate a mixed-methods practice of gathering both generative insights into customer problems and needs, and evaluative insights on potential solutions. 
  • Apply expertise with a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods, including a mix of the following: in-depth user interviews, in-lab and field studies, usability testing, moderated and unmoderated remote testing, online surveys, participatory design, customer journey mapping, personas, benchmarking, heuristic evaluations and stakeholder interviews. 
  • Independently lead research projects including: managing stakeholders, prioritizing research requests, planning and executing research, analyzing and synthesizing data, and translating findings into insights to inform strategic decisions, catalyze design direction, and influence product roadmaps.
  • Going beyond simply capturing insights, you will be using them to inspire your teams and clients, thereby putting design in motion.
  • Manage internal relationships with peers across the Design Organization and partners in Product Management, Engineering, Analytics, Marketing and other roles.
  • Establish and maintain an efficient strategy for scoping research, execution, and readout to ensure velocity and visibility across internal partners, adapting agilely when business priorities shift. 
  • Monitor the impact of insights generated and take part in evolving the always-growing Design Research practice at eBay.

Qualifications

  • 4+ years of experience in an applied user research setting.
  • Advanced Degree in Human Factors, Human-Computer Interaction, Cognitive or Experimental Psychology.
  • Practical experience in deploying qualitative and quantitative research methods throughout the product development lifecycle, from conceptualization to launch.
  • Experience drawing from a variety of research methods–interviews, observation, diary studies, prototyping, surveys, user testing, and experiments–at different stages of the design process: to encourage early design work, inform the initial opportunity, collect formative feedback to support iteration, and validate a go-to-market solution.
  • Ability to uncover deep customer insights, apply creative approaches to complex design/research problems and engage design and product partners in participatory processes to synthesize and evangelize insights.
  • Strong communication and storytelling skills, experienced influencer, and advocate for user research.
  • Prior experience mentoring junior researchers.
  • Prior experience with eCommerce and/or global research.
  • Demonstrated success influencing leadership-level stakeholders.

eBay Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, and disability, or other legally protected status.  If you are unable to submit an application because of incompatible assistive technology or a disability, please contact us at talent@ebay.com.  We will make every effort to respond to your request for disability assistance as soon as possible.

For more information see:  EEO is the Law Poster and EEO is the Law Poster Supplement

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Design Research Lead

San Francisco, California
Bellevue, Washington
Requisition Number R0042472 Subsidiary eBay

Location: San Francisco, San Jose or Bellevue

eBay is a global commerce leader that allows you to shape how the world buys, sells, and gives. You’ll be part of a work culture that’s been genuinely committed to diversity and inclusion since its founding 25 years ago. Here, you can just be yourself, do your best work, and have a meaningful impact on people across the globe. We are looking for people with drive, ideas, and a passion for helping small businesses succeed to help shape the future of eBay—does this sound like you? If so, we’d love to talk to you!

About the Team

Human-centered insights and a deep understanding of people and cultures are critical to how we do our best work. Our team of Design Researchers guide design partners and cross-functional teams at eBay to discover, interpret, and communicate insights and opportunities in an inspiring way, while contributing to all phases of the design process.

We’re looking for a driven research leader who is radically inspired by people and excels at leading the charge of gathering and communicating insights that put our users at the center of our product thinking. This researcher will lead research that guides the design of experiences of buyers and sellers. The ideal candidate loves working with peers and leaders to mine for insights that drive elegant solutions to tough problems. 

In this role, you will work within the Product team, alongside partners from Design, Product Management, Engineering, Marketing, and other core teams to ensure your research is optimized to develop key insights to drive great experiences. You will design, plan, conduct, and socialize user research across a spectrum of methodologies. You will be a strong influencer and promoter within and outside the Design organization, as well as an external face for eBay’s Design Research team.

Responsibilities

As a Core Product Researcher on the eBay Search team, you will:

  • Devise and curate a mixed-methods practice of gathering both generative insights into customer problems and needs, and evaluative insights on potential solutions. 
  • Apply expertise with a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods, including a mix of the following: in-depth user interviews, in-lab and field studies, usability testing, moderated and unmoderated remote testing, online surveys, participatory design, customer journey mapping, personas, benchmarking, heuristic evaluations and stakeholder interviews. 
  • Independently lead research projects including: managing stakeholders, prioritizing research requests, planning and executing research, analyzing and synthesizing data, and translating findings into insights to inform strategic decisions, catalyze design direction, and influence product roadmaps.
  • Going beyond simply capturing insights, you will be using them to inspire your teams and clients, thereby putting design in motion.
  • Manage internal relationships with peers across the Design Organization and partners in Product Management, Engineering, Analytics, Marketing and other roles.
  • Establish and maintain an efficient strategy for scoping research, execution, and readout to ensure velocity and visibility across internal partners, adapting agilely when business priorities shift. 
  • Monitor the impact of insights generated and take part in evolving the always-growing Design Research practice at eBay.

Qualifications

  • 4+ years of experience in an applied user research setting.
  • Advanced Degree in Human Factors, Human-Computer Interaction, Cognitive or Experimental Psychology.
  • Practical experience in deploying qualitative and quantitative research methods throughout the product development lifecycle, from conceptualization to launch.
  • Experience drawing from a variety of research methods–interviews, observation, diary studies, prototyping, surveys, user testing, and experiments–at different stages of the design process: to encourage early design work, inform the initial opportunity, collect formative feedback to support iteration, and validate a go-to-market solution.
  • Ability to uncover deep customer insights, apply creative approaches to complex design/research problems and engage design and product partners in participatory processes to synthesize and evangelize insights.
  • Strong communication and storytelling skills, experienced influencer, and advocate for user research.
  • Prior experience mentoring junior researchers.
  • Prior experience with eCommerce and/or global research.
  • Demonstrated success influencing leadership-level stakeholders.

eBay Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, and disability, or other legally protected status.  If you are unable to submit an application because of incompatible assistive technology or a disability, please contact us at talent@ebay.com.  We will make every effort to respond to your request for disability assistance as soon as possible.

For more information see:  EEO is the Law Poster and EEO is the Law Poster Supplement

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