CAPLINQ Front End UI/UX Designer

Job Description Front End UI/UX Designer SUPERSTAR

Web­site caplinq CAPLINQ Europe BV

Spe­cial­ty Chem­i­cals, Plas­tics & Products

THE NO-NONSENSE SUMMARY: 

This posi­tion is intend­ed for seri­ous, hard-work­ing pro­fes­sion­als look­ing to be part of a multi­na­tion­al growth orga­ni­za­tion. Our prod­uct and ser­vice mod­el has proven suc­cess­ful in Europe and we’re expand­ing our busi­ness across the globe, hav­ing recent­ly opened offices in the USA, Cana­da, and the Philip­pines. Ide­al­ly, you will be work­ing out of our Nether­lands office, but “remote work” or work­ing from anoth­er of our glob­al offices can be con­sid­ered for the posi­tion if we find a can­di­date that has the skills and mind­set we’re look­ing for. You will be part of our devel­op­ment team mak­ing pages for our cus­tomers as well as for your col­leagues to improve their online expe­ri­ence with CAPLINQ. 

THE ROLE’S MISSION
Yes, you read that right – we’re look­ing for a SUPERSTAR. If the title sounds uncon­ven­tion­al, it’s because CAPLINQ is too. We’re look­ing for that spe­cial some­one who has not one, but two com­ple­men­tary skills – the amaz­ing abil­i­ty to explore and imag­ine bet­ter user expe­ri­ences as well as being able to cre­ate the design that best express­es this experience.

CAPLINQ is a small, fast-grow­ing com­pa­ny and we’re look­ing for tal­ent­ed, team-play­ing indi­vid­u­als to join our team. We’re a dif­fer­ent kind of com­pa­ny look­ing to find spe­cial peo­ple, so we also write our job vacan­cies in a way to attract sim­i­lar like-mind­ed peo­ple. We’ve been suc­cess­ful in Europe for 15 years and have only recent­ly expand­ed our oper­a­tions to the USA, with our first offi­cial loca­tion in Livo­nia, Michigan.

In the descrip­tion below, we try to give you an idea of exact­ly the kind of peo­ple we are look­ing for by list­ing the desired out­comes of the posi­tion and the desired com­pe­ten­cies of the ide­al can­di­date. If you find your­self nod­ding along with this descrip­tion and see your­self as a per­fect fit for this posi­tion, then I encour­age you to read on. If on the oth­er hand, you’re already exhaust­ed read­ing this, I rec­om­mend you take a nap and check out anoth­er job post.

DESIRED OUTCOMES

  • Devel­op inter­faces and user expe­ri­ences to increase pro­duc­tiv­i­ty and reduce man­u­al work
  • Be self-suf­fi­cient, able to ulti­mate­ly imag­ine the designs and then work with the team to imple­ment them
  • Be able to quick­ly and effec­tive­ly trans­late user sto­ries to amaz­ing user experience

CANDIDATE COMPETENCIES | Can­di­date is able to:

  • Research and under­stand best prac­tices in the field of user inter­face and expe­ri­ence (UI/UX)
  • Adapt oth­er com­pa­nies’ amaz­ing design solu­tions to CAPLINQ spe­cif­ic requirements
  • Work effec­tive­ly with team mem­bers to under­stand & imple­ment changes with atten­tion to detail
  • Use cre­ative tools (Adobe, Wire­frame, etc) to cre­ate amaz­ing user experiences
  • Pro­fi­cient in mod­ern HTML, CSS, and any JavaScript frame­work (we cur­rent­ly use Aurelia)

So, what will you be doing?
You will be work­ing with the devel­op­ment team to cre­ate new or extend­ing exist­ing func­tion­al­i­ties. Part of our appli­ca­tions still exists out of old PHP code which your col­leagues will com­plete­ly rebuild using the designs and user expe­ri­ence that you pro­vide to the team. 

1. Think­ing about design and the user expe­ri­ence (30% of your time)

We have tal­ent­ed devel­op­ers that can imple­ment your designs, but we don’t want to waste their time think­ing about the designs them­selves — this is your most impor­tant task. Before you present ideas and designs to us, you need to have thought about “what is it that we’re try­ing to achieve?” and “what design can pro­vide the best way to get it done?”.

Exam­ples of activities:

  • Learn how Caplinq cur­rent­ly does it now and what is miss­ing to help the user
  • Research what oth­er com­pa­nies do and why they have done it
  • Research and under­stand best prac­tices for today and the next 3 years

2. Cre­ate the visu­al design that best accom­plish­es the best user expe­ri­ence (50% of your time)

Love Pho­to­shop? Great. Pre­fer Illus­tra­tor? Cool. Are you into wire­frames or web-0based inter­faces? Awe­some. Long sto­ry short, we don’t care what you use as long as what you DO use best demon­strates what you have in mind, how it’s going to work, and per­fect­ly describes the user experience.

Exam­ples of activities:

  • Select col­ors, designs, images, and all the visu­al ele­ments you want to use
  • Make (mul­ti­ple) mock­ups of the designs and alternatives
  • Make screen­shots for desk­top, tablet, and mobile devices
  • Make a walk­through of what hap­pens when the user clicks & selects and what they will see next
  • Design, redesign and redesign one more time to make sure what you will show is your best example

3. HTML, CSS and Javascript (bonus points for JS) (20% of your time)

The most impor­tant part of the devel­op­ment is HTML and CSS. If design and UX is your bread then HTML and CSS should be your but­ter. You should be able to trans­late your designs into clean HTML pages and struc­tured and main­tain­able CSS. Our team CAN sup­port you on Javascript if you are not able to do it com­plete­ly inde­pen­dent­ly, but if it is not your strong suit, you will be expect­ed to learn it on the job.

Exam­ples of activities:

  • Cre­ate mod­ern HTML pages from scratch
  • Out of the box” design using grids and flex design
  • Cre­ate CSS from scratch (we use SASS but do not use Bootstrap)
  • Cre­ate reusable HTML ele­ments and designs systems
  • Use Aure­lia frame­work to imple­ment Javascript functionalities

DESIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE 

What mind­set do you require?
Skills can be learned. Mind­sets, though they can be learned too, are more often a part of who you are. We val­ue the mind­set at least if not more than either expe­ri­ence or hard skills.

  1. Curios­i­ty – We want a per­son who is curi­ous, and rarely sat­is­fied with the first answer. If you find some­thing that doesn’t agree with what you already think, then we want some­one who wants to know why. 
  2. Atten­tion to Detail – We want a per­son who is orga­nized, man­ages their time well and has good obser­va­tion skills. Hint! Don’t for­get to read the last paragraph 😉
  3. Con­tin­u­ous Improve­ment – Peo­ple and process­es can always get bet­ter. We’re look­ing for some­one who ques­tions every process to see if there’s no room for improvement.
  4. Courage – Boss­es make mis­takes and col­leagues aren’t always fair. That’s life. We’re look­ing for some­one who may be afraid to con­front these issues, but does it anyway.

What skills do you NOT need?
Before we list the skills you do need, it is impor­tant that you know what skills or expe­ri­ence we do NOT require:

  • Prod­uct knowl­edge: You do not need to know any­thing about any of the prod­ucts CAPLINQ sells, nor any of the ser­vices we pro­vide. All will be taught on the job.
  • Javascript: Though Javascript is crit­i­cal to the out­come, it doesn’t ever need to be your job. If you are an amaz­ing design­er but have no inter­est in ever being a JS devel­op­er, we can live with it. If you are also skilled, great. If you are not, but want to learn, also great.
  • Lots of work expe­ri­ence: We are open to accept­ing entry-lev­el can­di­dates with the right mind­set and can learn on the job. On the oth­er hand, if you have a lot of expe­ri­ence, you are also encour­aged to apply. Salary will be com­men­su­rate with skills and experience.

JOB REQUIREMENTS | What skills do you require?

Very few hard skills are required. Can­di­dates will be required to:

  • Prag­mat­ic, ana­lyt­i­cal, results-focused. This is the basic require­ment for the position.
  • Be a pos­i­tive team play­er. A pos­i­tive atti­tude and ener­gy feed the team and we can always use more.
  • Pays atten­tion to detail. The very last para­graph of this job vacan­cy has very impor­tant infor­ma­tion. Be sure you read it twice before applying.

Skills not required, but that get bonus points (any of them count):

The job does not require these skills, but they are wel­comed extras, be sure to men­tion them.

  1. Javascript: As men­tioned sev­er­al times already, JS is impor­tant to the cre­ation of the design, but it doesn’t nec­es­sar­i­ly need to be your strong suit.

There is no need to send your CV unless it looks awe­some and you want to impress us with how it looks. Oth­er­wise, we will use your LinkedIn pro­file (bet­ter make sure it is complete!). 

Instead, can­di­dates wish­ing to apply are request­ed to send an email to hr@caplinq.com that includes:

  • A link to your LinkedIn pro­file (Ok, if you don’t have a LinkedIn pro­file, you can send your CV)
  • A one-page, per­son­al cov­er letter

Let me repeat that last part in a dif­fer­ent way… We are look­ing for peo­ple who stand out from the crowd with a well-writ­ten, enthu­si­as­tic one-page let­ter telling us why this posi­tion speaks to you and what you could bring to the team. 

If all you do is send a CV (we told you not to), and no cov­er let­ter your appli­ca­tion will be dis­card­ed with­out even being read.

To apply for this job email your details to hr@caplinq.com

About Chris Perabo

Chris is an energetic and enthusiastic engineer and entrepreneur. He is always interested in taking highly technical subjects and distilling these to their essence so that even the layman can understand. He loves to get into the technical details of an issue and then understand how it can be useful for specific customers and applications. Chris is currently the Director of Business Development at CAPLINQ.