Dayforce – Senior UI Designer

Toronto, ON

dayforce About Dayforce

Dayforce, the innovator in Workforce Performance Management, enables organizations to integrate corporate performance objectives into the planning, scheduling, and management of their workforce for optimal performance and profitability. Dayforce’s enterprise solutions are delivered on-demand and with latest generation technologies resulting in faster deployments, lower costs, a superior user experience, and a return on investment that is delivered more quickly and more sustainably.

About the Position

Reporting to the Development Manager responsible for user experience, the Senior UI Designer is responsible for designing the user interface for new development projects. The Senior UI Designer will collaborate with Technical Product Managers, Developers, and Quality Assurance throughout the development process to ensure a consistent and intuitive user experience across the entire application.

Job Description

  • Document user interface requirements
  • Conceive, storyboard, design, prototype, and build consistent and compelling user experiences and user interfaces
  • Work with clients, prospects, implementation partners, and Dayforce personnel to validate and refine those user experiences and user interfaces
  • Contribute to internal UI standards and best practices

Job Requirements

  • 6+ years of experience in software development
  • 4+ years of experience in UI and graphic design
  • 6 – 12 months of experience working with Microsoft Silverlight and C#
  • 6 – 12 months of experience working with Microsoft Expression Blend
  • SQL experience
  • Experience working in an agile development environment
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills
  • Workforce management domain experience a significant plus

Candidates will be asked to present a printed copy of their portfolio for review.

We sincerely appreciate your interest in Dayforce. Only those candidates that have been successfully selected to proceed to the first round of interviews will be contacted.

To apply

Please visit http://www.dayforce.com/en/company/careers or apply directly to careers@dayforce.com

Reach and Rich

Nikhil Kothari has a great post about Silverlight versus Ajax. It’s a view of the front-end technology stack, including Silverlight, WPF, Flash, Ajax, Gears and AIR. I guess the only thing it’s really missing is Mozilla’s XUL stack that’s been used to build Skype and Joost (and JavaFX and OpenLaszlo for RIAs). It’s a very honest look at the types of applications and the islands of functionality, aka the sweet spots, that are starting to develop.

AppContinuum

Interesting thinking about what are the sweet spots for the users of particular applications. Funny that, it comes back to understand people and their environment. There are tradeoffs and benefits to moving along the axis.

Applications have distinct scenarios and correspondingly gravitate toward a sweet spot. Some apps lie squarely on the left, with the need to first and foremost prioritize universal reach. At the same time, some apps have experience or functionality as the high order bit, where it is necessary to leverage a more capable platform, even if it means somewhat reduced reach. Still, the best apps will probably be those that leverage multiple front-end options to follow the user, with a common back-end (sort of a software and a service model). 

Building RESTful applications on the server can enable the creation of really powerful, customer-driven tools. Understanding the people using the tool and the context of how they are using it build better applications. Blogging provides a simple example, WordPress 2.5 has a fantastic Ajax admin UI, but requires that the user has a live network connection. This does not alway make sense, just imagine writing blog posts on an airplane without network connectivity. Tools like Windows LiveWriter or MarsEdit enable richer experiences and offline editing of blog posts (among other features like plugins for creating hCalendar microformat events).

The Web is rapidly transitioning from being the “second screen“, to being the primary screen as the number of hours and the consideration of the web as the primary source of information and news has steadily risen to eclipse television watching (IBM Institute for Business Value – The end of advertising as we know it [PDF – 303kb]. The Web is the hub. Ray Ozzie described the web as the “hub of our social experiences, our social mesh, the hub of our technology experiences, our device mesh”. Your devices, your data, your applications all need to be connected to the web. It means that great applications will be loosely coupled systems built on interoperability and open-standards.

Corporate Brand <> User Experience

Front-end development technologies are becoming increasingly important. Understanding what is possible, i.e., the sweet spot and the limitations, helps makes it easier to start building applications that match usage patterns and device capabilities. The user experience will continue to evolve to span of mesh of Web-connected devices increases. Tim O’Reilly introduced me to the concept of software above the level of a single device, where software becomes more valueable as manages and mediates access to local resources and the internet cloud.

It’s about looking for tools, design patterns and methods that allow you to create connected experiences. Building reach applications is the first step, but it’s the rich applications that are memorable and have the power to change the human condition.

Finance Innovation Contest Winners

Paul Hounshell screenshot

Daniel Chait announced the winners to the Lab49 WPF in Finance Innovation Contest. All of the finalists applications are available on his SkyDrive account and can be installed on a Windows box (running .NET 3.0).   I’m impressed with the different designs and the implementations in WPF.

I didn’t see a submission among the finalists from Oculus. Which probably means they were busy working on other things, because their financial visualizations and WPF skills are among the best in the world. Mike Peters has agreed to present at a future DemoCamp and show some of the visualizations using both DirectX or WPF.

I’d really like to see a similar contest for building visualizations and experiences in Silverlight using Deep Zoom. (Lee says that you can do the same stuff in Flash, and Lee is a rockstar and there is no reason to disagree with his assessment). I love the the resurgence of visualization methods as RIAs and their development tools are maturing. Infosthetics and the Period Table of Visualization Methods are great starting points for visualization techniques.

Deep Zoom

There’s the really interesting to create a shared community around data sets and visualizations called Many Eyes. The goal is to "democratize" visualization and to enable a new social kind of data analysis. The efforts to build a shared space and shared tools for building new visualizations. Along with the efforts from Digg Labs, Google, and Microsoft LiveLabs.

What are you’re favourite visualization?