Research & Design

E-commerce UX/UI Designer (part-time W-2 or 1099 contract)

About your role and team

If you would rather feel trusted to use your expertise and problem-solve than have your manager hawking over your shoulder micromanaging you, keep reading! Here at surefoot, we carve out time for you to get shit done and deliver real value to clients. Leave the wasted time, infighting with colleagues and finger-pointing to someone else. You didn’t become a UX/UI designer to deal with that stress mess day in and day out!

As an E-commerce UX/UI designer, you’ll enjoy talking to a variety of people to help solve their problems and collaborating with kind, supportive co-workers who respect you and your time – both at and away from the virtual office. You’ll be recognized by peers, leadership and clients for your organizational skills and attention to detail, which are critical to your success. In fact, disorganized, dependent personalities don’t last long here. Nor do people with “that’s not in my job description” attitudes. When smart people collaborate instead of compete and bring solutions instead of problems, amazing things happen.

Speaking of collaboration, that’s something you’ll do regularly with our clients. We bend over backwards (but not forwards) to make sure they’re happy. Our goal is to be the best, most helpful agency they’ve ever worked with. To help us achieve that goal, we encourage you to share and celebrate your authentic self day-in-and-day-out with co-workers and clients alike. Even if it means letting your “weird” show every once in a while.

We’ll be honest; surefoot isn’t for everyone. We encourage and expect you to use your expertise, make decisions without a lot of oversight, go above and beyond to help a teammate or client, spend time to thoughtfully communicate asynchronously, and manage your own work schedule. If you’re a humble team player who likes to see and contribute to the success of something greater than yourself, then we want you to apply. Now.

A day in the life of a

E-commerce UX/UI Designer (part-time W-2 or 1099 contract)

  • Start your morning with a cup o' joe and fire up your computer to check emails, contribute your Wordle screenshot or thoughts on having either Cheeto dust for fingers or tennis ball fuzz for skin to Slack, check-in on your Asana task list to plan your day, etc.
  • It’s 10:30 CST, time for our team video stand-up to chit chat with teammates a bit, then talk about what you worked on yesterday, are doing today and any blockers.
  • Shortly after stand-up, you’ll set to work re-designing the buy box of a client’s PDP that user research has shown to be a key pain point of their site.
  • After a stretch break and a #self-care Slack post to enter the monthly drawing for an extra hour of vacation time, you’re back at your desk to migrate your design to InVision and add tour points so your teammates and the clients understand your changes.
  • You spend your early afternoon reviewing a research findings presentation from the UX research team, and adding potential hypotheses to test based on the learnings.
  • Around mid-afternoon, it’s time to tackle another design challenge - this time, a client’s navigation needs some love. You open the card sort results and set to designing something that is functional and more clearly aligns with users’ mental models.
  • Once “quitting time brain” begins to settle in, you do a final file wrap up to pass a design to a developer, then perhaps a few email/slack responses and checking in on #watercooler to interact with teammates before you close up shop for the day.

Role requirements

must-haves

  • 5+ years of experience designing for e-commerce and the web
  • 2+ years of experience with Adobe XD, Figma, Sketch, Zeplin, InVision
  • Detail-oriented - you notice things like extra spaces, font mismatches, color imbalances and more
  • Self-motivation, ability to work independently and remotely
  • Strong desire to continuously learn and grow
  • High "give a damn" factor - you care about the quality of your work, helping your teammates be successful, your clients, and those around you.
  • Hobbies outside of work.

nice-to-haves

  • Past agency experience
  • Experience with user testing and user research
  • Experience with A/B testing or personalization
  • Background in graphic design, color theory, illustration or similar
  • Some knowledge of basic HTML/CSS (even console dev)
  • Experience creating low fidelity mock-ups
  • Funny GIF library, good emoji usage, sense of humor

Hourly rate and hours per week

This is a part-time W-2 (preferred) or 1099 contract opportunity. There is currently no potential for full-time.

  • Hourly rate: $85-$100/hr, depending on experience and employment status (1099 or W-2)
  • 10-20 hours/week, based on your availability and our need
  • Timezone is generally flexible, but we request you be online for at least 3-4 hours during the window of 9-5pm CST.

Benefits and perks

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Vacation & time off

30-62.5 hours paid vacation to start (more accrued annually), 11 paid holidays.
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Self care

Self-care bonuses, company-sponsored all-hands trips, smart thermostat reimbursement.
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Professional development

$400 annual learning budget to be used on anything, personal or professional.

Ready to apply?

Great, we’re looking forward to meeting you! To get the ball rolling, please submit your application.

If all is well there, you’ll move on to phase two which involves a Zoom video call or two to get to know one another a bit better. If we’re feeling good about that, we’ll contact your references.

And finally, if your references check out and confirm you’re not a stabber, we’ll ask you to do some actual paid work with us to determine fit for both parties. This paid project is a nice way for both parties to get a feel for one another’s work, communication style and more.

All applicants will receive a response. We know through experience that different ideas, perspectives and backgrounds foster a stronger and more creative work environment that delivers better business results. We strive to create workplaces that reflect the clients we serve and where everyone feels empowered to bring their full, authentic selves to work. We are an equal opportunity employer and we are committed to building a company that embraces and celebrates diversity and inclusion. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We are also committed to working with candidates from all ability levels throughout the recruitment process to ensure they have what they need to be at their best. If you need accommodation during the application or interview process, please contact us to begin a conversation about your individual accessibility needs throughout the hiring process.
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