UX Researcher

Posted on:
April 5, 2021

About the job

Hi, I’m Melissa Casburn, Director of UX at Puppet.

We’re looking for a UX Researcher to join our global team. The person in this role will work with me, the Director of Research, Product Managers, Engineers, and UX designers to shape the experience of our products by building and nurturing research participant pipelines, designing and executing research studies, helping to marry the results with analytics data to give informed guidance to the organization, and driving improvements to our ResearchOps process.

Our users are passionate about improving our products and technologies; over 1,000 of them have volunteered to participate in the research process. Puppet is refining its offering from several differentiated products to a converging set of workflows that support different teams working apart and together within large enterprises, and our participant pool must evolve as well.

Puppet tools are more than the GUI: we also offer APIs and command-line tools. Our products serve a technical audience. You should have an affinity for technology and empathy for people who do technical jobs. You have a strong technical aptitude which you will use to understand system administration, Puppet tools, and related software that our users live and breathe.

If you’re the right person for the job, after getting accustomed to working at Puppet you will have:

  • Helped evolve our products to accommodate diverse user needs, fulfill Puppet’s business objectives, and deliver a compelling product experience for those who rely on them.
  • Learned about how customers can (or can’t) use our products, and made related recommendations.
  • Stepped bravely into technical discussions and asked “why?” repeatedly to ensure our products help our users get their work done better than they could have without them, even when that’s challenging to implement.
  • Developed mutually beneficial relationships with UX architects, UI designers, product managers, and software engineers in all regions where Puppet operates.
  • Actively worked with Product Management, Marketing, Product Marketing, and our analyst/research partners to ingest and share customer insights across the organization and ensure we maximize the return on our investment in every research study regardless of where it originates.

You are:

  • Effective at conducting qualitative & quantitative remote research using storyboards, prototypes, and mockups
  • Able to tie research goals & recommendations to business goals
  • Ready to collaborate with a cross-functional team to deliver on shared goals
  • Technically curious, seeking out and becoming immersed in the challenge of creating great software products that stretch technology and empower customers
  • Focused on seeing work through to completion with a strong eye for detail
  • Skilled at succinctly communicating key information, tailored to the audience you are addressing
  • Committed to practicing ethical and inclusive research

Valuable experiences and skills you’ll bring to Puppet:

  • Minimum 3 years of UX research experience, preferably in a software company with complex enterprise applications
  • Familiarity and experience with qualitative & quantitative UX research methodologies, (e.g., field studies, contextual inquiry, surveys, concept evaluation, usability testing, and benchmarking) and strong desire to expand your knowledge & skills
  • Experience partnering with subject matter experts to maximize the learnings in each research study
  • Able to work efficiently without compromising research integrity
  • Able to package & present research findings using written, verbal, and visual methods

Bonus, but not required (shout about it in your application if you have experience):

  • Managing participants & studies in a centralized platform (we currently use Dovetail)
  • Familiarity with product telemetry/analytics and how to combine it with research study outcomes to develop a point of view
  • Familiarity with Puppet tools (or those of our competitors) and with DevOps, or previous experience in our industry
  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in a technology, software, or design-related discipline, or equivalent professional experience

Application Instructions

With your online application, please include a cover letter and link to your online portfolio (if you have one). In your cover letter, please address the following:

  1. Why are you interested in working for Puppet?
  2. How would you describe the purpose of UX research to someone working outside of UX?
  3. We believe researchers must be open to learning the unexpected. Tell us about a research insight that surprised you.

We are hiring at various experience levels and we’re particularly interested in having a diverse team with a broad set of skills and viewpoints. If this seems like your dream job, but you’re not sure if you qualify, apply anyway!

*Visa Sponsorship

Please note, this position is not eligible for visa sponsorship.

About Puppet

Puppet’s core mission is to eliminate soul crushing work. We created the industry standard for managing infrastructure as code. And we didn’t stop there—our product portfolio has grown to help organizations automate across their entire software delivery lifecycle. With more than two-thirds of Fortune 100 companies using Puppet’s open source or commercial products, our code is helping power thousands of organizations across the world.

As the industry leader in DevOps solutions, we realize that our success is a collective effort; all made possible by the incredible people working here, our customers, partners, and Puppet community. Our culture is built on positivity, diversity, inclusivity and support—and we seek people who are resilient, entrepreneurial-minded, team players who continually strive to be incrementally better every single day. In our work together we aim to be curious, accountable, empathetic and, above all, collaborative. If this sounds like the environment you’d thrive in, why not say hello?

Learn more about Puppet by checking out the values we live by and the awesome benefits and perks we offer employees!

Puppet is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, ancestry, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class.

If you are an individual with a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to complete any part of the application process, or are limited in the ability or unable to access or use this online application process and need an alternative method for applying, you may contact +1-877-575-9775 for assistance.

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