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Head of UX Ad Platform - Activision Blizzard Media

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Job Title: Head of UX Ad Platform 
Reporting To: VP of Ad Product
Department: Product Design
Location: San Francisco, CA

Your Mission

We are seeking a contributing lead to set the vision for and manage our Ads user experience team that spans visual design, interaction design and prototyping. As UX lead you will apply your passion for research and design processes, rapid product iteration and strong collaboration to design experiences that span the earliest ideation phases to preparing in-game advertising products and platform tools for launch to a worldwide market.

You will work closely with product managers as well as game artists, producers and developers, where your contribution will help define the best user flows and interaction paradigms for our players, transforming these into wireframes and prototypes that will assist the team in shaping the next generation of Ads within games across Activision, Blizzard and King. You will also lead the designers responsible for creating highly usable tools for our ad operations team and game teams.

  • Create a vision for ad innovation that pushes the boundaries of our existing technologies.
  • Use customer research to assist in developing personas, use cases and design proposals.
  • Translate various models of player behavior into conceptual diagrams, wireframes, visual mockups, information architecture diagrams, interaction specifications and working prototypes.
  • Develop and maintain detailed user-interface specifications and design documents.
  • Identify opportunities to improve the tasks of our internal stakeholders.
  • Lead, mentor, and grow a world-class design team.
  • Collaborate cross-functionally with product, marketing, engineering, and game designers and developers.

Player Profile
  • 8+ years of experience in creating UX strategy and designing products for mobile applications and/or web-based tools.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Design, HCI, Interaction, or equivalent practical experience.  Masters a plus.
  • Experience in a user experience designer, interaction designer, information architect, or similar role as well as leading a team of these individuals.
  • Previous experience working within the advertising and/or gaming industries. 
  • Knowledge of technical constraints of designs and ability to advise on optimization and implementation.
  • Experience with qualitative and quantitative usability methods.
  • Portfolio demonstrating innovative products that have achieved market success.
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to listen to stakeholders and effectively advocate for your design position.
  • Experience working in an agile development environment.

Your Platform 

Activision Blizzard is currently scaling its advertising business, Activision Blizzard Media, an embedded business unit of King - the makers of the #1 mobile game Candy Crush Saga and wholly-owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard. This team is building innovative, impactful, and rewarding advertising experiences to our huge audience of highly-engaged players and to create powerful solutions embraced by the world’s biggest marketers.

Our World 

Activision Blizzard, Inc. is the world’s largest interactive entertainment company, with operations across North America, Europe, and Asia. We are home to some of the most beloved entertainment franchises including Call of Duty®, Destiny, Skylanders®, World of Warcraft®, Overwatch®, Diablo®, Candy Crush™, and Bubble Witch™. Our combined entertainment network delights hundreds of millions of monthly active users in 196 countries, making us the largest gaming network on the planet!

We’re proud to be recognized as one of FORTUNE’s "100 Best Companies To Work For®” for four consecutive years and have earned a spot on FORTUNE’s “Most Admired Companies,” and “Future 50” lists. Our 10,000+ global employees are some of the best and brightest talents across entertainment, media, and technology.

The video game industry and therefore our business is fast-paced and will continue to evolve. As such, the duties and responsibilities of this role may be changed as directed by the Company at any time to promote and support our business and relationships with industry partners.

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