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Data Visualization Designer

Are you a Data Visualization Designer who loves working through complexities and big data sets to transform data into meaningful dashboards, reports, and actionable insights for customers? Do you get energized by working collaboratively with data science, UX, and development teams to use data to tell stories? Do you love creating visual representations of data, leveraging proven best practices? We’d love to hear from you.

We’re looking for a data visualization designer who is fluent in the design process and backs up their decisions with user research, stakeholder validation, and other tools. They will own the vision and front-end interface for data visualizations, working side by side with the technical team that makes their designs a reality for customers. Their collaborative skills include knowing when to involve other stakeholders, being able to readily articulate design decisions, and anticipate feedback. This designer will be a part of the UX Design team.


Please reference Job ID: FPCADUXVIS

What is the UX Design team like?

We’re currently in the process of growing the UX Design team at Blackline Safety. Our team is currently 5 UX designers and a UX researcher strong – and we’re hoping to double that number within the next year. The data visualization opening is to backfill a position.

What would I be designing?

The UX Design team works on four main product streams – digital interfaces for our hardware products (what goes on the screen and how do you interact with it), Blackline Live (a cloud-hosted portal for configuring devices), Blackline Analytics (reporting, analytics, and data visualizations leveraging our cloud-connected safety data), and native companion apps for iOS and Android.

You would be producing design assets and mock-ups that come alive in Blackline Analytics, where we share and visualize the data coming out of our cloud-connected platform. Our solutions and data set are complex, and you will work proactively with internal clients to understand complex business requirements.

Whatever solution is designed should interpret customers’ business needs into meaningful and impactful visualizations, and core to this role is understanding user needs. This includes developing mock-ups and concept designs for visualizations and reports using data viz tools in combination with Adobe Illustrator or other Creative Cloud apps.

You would also be proactively identifying logic gaps, errors, anomalies, inconsistencies, and redundancies in the content and structure within the reports.

What is the general workflow for this role at Blackline?

This usually involves meeting with a variety of stakeholders, disseminating user and stakeholder interviews into plans, collaborating with the project management and data science teams on what to create, diagramming, and documenting as needed. Once the solution is roughly defined, we ideate, sketch, design, prototype, test, and iterate as appropriate, while keeping stakeholders informed. Once solutions are defined, this person will collaborate with Data Science to get the designs into production.

At Blackline, all members of the product development team contribute to the overall user experience of our hardware, software, and service products. The user experience designer communicates effectively and appropriately. This could be a user flow diagram, a high-fidelity prototype of a new SaaS feature, a whiteboarding session with product management, or the digital interface for a physical product — there are no boundaries for great design.

What's your toolset like?

The UX Design team currently uses Miro to document workshops, research, workflow, and screen flow diagrams. We wireframe, design, and prototype in Adobe XD. Visualizations are created in Adobe Illustrator (or similar) and are developed by our data science team in PowerBI, Tableau, or other data tools. We collaborate in person with whiteboards and screen share when we’re working from home. We chat and share GIFs with MS Teams.

What makes someone a good fit for this position?

  • Good with simplifying complexity. Our solutions often involve complex data sets and business challenges and require someone comfortable with figuring out and designing solutions that involve many moving parts. Our most successful designers possess a talent for translating highly technical information into clear and concise communications and interfaces.
  • Prioritizes collaboration and communication. We work closely with many other Blackline teams, both technical and non-technical. We value the ability to work well with multiple teams and personalities.
  • Self-directed and flexible. The people who excel are great at taking a broad outline of what needs to be done, then figuring out how to do it and making it happen. They regularly check-in to ensure projects are still on track and are open to adjusting plans as needed.
  • Happy to lend a hand. Some of what our UXers do is help other internal teams understand the impact of our designs – meeting with the software team on how the design affects code, working with product management to document how our designs affect an internal process or working with the Performance and Learning team on what might be needed to train users on new features or products.
  • Likes to work on full-cycle UX. This includes conducting user research, competitive analysis, internal workshops, and other design thinking activities. We develop and deliver high-level and detailed storyboards, concept diagrams, workflows, screen flows, user interface sketches, wireframes, mockups, prototypes, and detailed design specifications. Although deliverables are what we create, it’s the planning and thought behind all the deliverables that make them valuable.

We're looking for a designer who:

  • Has a minimum of 3 years of work experience in data visualization.
  • Has a portfolio demonstrating graphic design principles (balance, weight, color, typography, hierarchy) and data visualization expertise.
  • Has great problem-solving skills with an ability to communicate complex ideas in clear and concise ways. They can translate complex data into user-friendly and meaningful information.
  • Continuously researches and learns about subject matter quickly
  • Is a solid communicator (verbal, written, presenting). This is a collaborative position.
  • Is eligible to work in Canada or the United States. Our team works business hours in the MST time zone.
  • Demonstrates skill in data visualization development, advanced calculations, and developing interactive visualizations and demonstrated experience creating graphical user interfaces, mockups, prototypes, and design documents.

We prioritize applicants who have:

  • Education in Information Design, User Interface Design, UX Design, Computer Science, Information Systems, or Data Science
  • Experience in Agile Environments
  • Experience with PowerBI is a plus
  • Experience within Business Intelligence or Data Science field with a focus on Data Visualization
  • Experience with Data Visualization tools such as Qlik Sense, Power BI, Tableau. Other tools will be considered a plus.
  • Have experience working at a medium to large-sized business and cross-functional teams.

Benefits & Compensation

  • Full-time salaried position: compensation to match your experience and talent.
  • Rapidly growing tech company expanding globally
  • Extended Health and Dental benefits, along with a wellness program
  • Employee Family Assistance Program
  • Educational Assistance Program
  • Company stock purchase plan with matching RSP contributions

About Blackline Safety

Blackline Safety is a world leader in the development and manufacturing of wirelessly connected safety products. We offer the broadest and most complete portfolio available in the industry. Our products are designed to save lives and we monitor personnel working alone in populated areas, complex indoor facilities, and the remote reaches of our planet. Blackline’s products are used to keep people safe in the event of falls, missed check-ins, man-downs and exposure to explosive or toxic gas. Our design, development, sales, marketing, support, and production are all performed in-house at our headquarters in Calgary, AB. Blackline Safety is a publicly traded company (TSX: BLN). To learn more about our company visit www.blacklinesafety.com

Blackline Safety is powered by the diversity of our talented employees. We are an equal opportunity employer. We consider all applicants, regardless of age, religion, race, color, ancestry, gender, gender identity or expression, disability, national origin, race, sexual orientation. We enthusiastically encourage all individuals to apply for positions that fit their passions. Come join our inclusive team and start collaborating with us on exciting projects!

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