tl;dr My team is hiring a junior UX/interaction designer in Zürich. Contact me on Twitter or Linkedin if you’re interested or know a good candidate (while we’re in the process of setting up an offical Google Careers page).
Role and responsibilities
We’re looking for a junior UX or interaction designer. At Google, those two names are interchangeable, and they both describe the same role. From creating user flows and wireframes to building user interface mockups and prototypes, interaction designers take complex tasks and make them intuitive and easy to use.
What does junior mean in this context?
- That’s someone fresh out of design school or someone with a year or two of design-specific work experience.
- A junior interaction designer is proficient with core tools and methods (for example, they would have read these books or know what’s described in them). However, they would still work with a senior designer to deliver a complex project.
Team and products
My team works on a suite of enterprise business tools that keep YouTube free for more than two billion viewers and support many creators worldwide by sharing tens of billions of dollars with them over the past several years (source).
The most well-known external tool that we work on is Google Ads. If you have experience with similar complex applications, that’s a plus; if you don’t, you’ll learn :)
The UX team (designers, researchers, and writers) is very diverse and split between Switzerland and the US. About twenty UXers in Switzerland work closely with almost two hundred cross-functional local team members on the YouTube tools mentioned above.
Google Switzerland office is home to several thousand people, significant product areas (YouTube, Assistant, Ads, Google Workspace, and similar), and more than a hundred UXers overall.
Our design team also has several helpers :)
Future of work and remote
With the global working-from-home experiment running for fifteen months already, some of you might wonder about remote work. In addition to that, Google has announced that it will lead the transformation of the workplace as we know it. As this is a new policy, we’ll work with everyone interested on a case-by-case basis.
How to apply
If you’re interested, read How to get a UX job at Google, where I compiled the frequently asked questions I had received over the years.