UX Researcher (Open to hiring at higher levels) - #604253

Wellmark Blue Cross & Blue Shield

Date: 11/25/2021 22:01 PM

City: Des Moines, Iowa

Contract type: Full Time

Work schedule: Full Day

Job Summary

Job Level: This role can be filled at a UX Researcher or Sr UX Researcher level dending on work experience, skills, and demonstrated ability. Please apply if you have the minimum experience required below or if you have much more experience!

About the Career: In this role, you will drive research activities, deriving insights, generating concepts and working with developers and product managers to build and test these concepts. You will conduct user research, analysis & synthesis, persona development, interaction design, and usability testing to create products that align to overall business needs. And you will work across multiple projects collaborating with designers, developers, product managers, and business stakeholders to show the value behind research, what it can do, and why its important.

Our Ideal Candidate: You look forward to engaging with a large variety of research audiences, both inside and outside our organization (i.e. members, agents, providers, employers, etc). You feel effective when you are part of a team and can partner with other UX researchers and/or UX designers on project deliverables. You feel fulfilled when you can provide consultation around the best qualitative research method(s) for the project at hand.

Help us lead change and transform the member experience. The health care industry is changing and Wellmark is working to help change it for the better. We recognize that our health insurance members (customers) deserve health care with a focus on quality – not quantity – of care. We also recognize that health care is complex. We're working to ensure our organization is positioned to drive deeper understanding of solutions that help our clients navigate the system and make clear, informed decisions, and we're ensuring that we take a team-centric approach to providing that analysis to our members. Click here to learn more about us and meet a couple of our members (customers).

COVID-19 vaccine requirement:

Wellmark administers the Federal Employee Health Program (FEP) in Iowa and South Dakota, which makes us a federal contractor subject to the federal contractor COVID-19 vaccine requirement. As a result, after January 4, 2022, all Wellmark employees must be fully vaccinated unless entitled to a medical or religious accommodation. New hires must become fully-vaccinated or have an accommodation approved within a reasonable time after accepting an offer. Unless an accommodation is in place, proof of vaccination will be required.



  • Require PhD in Social Sciences (e.g. Economics, sociology, psychology, decision sciences, Human-Computer Interaction), statistics, computer science or related field
  • Experience with designing and analyzing


  • Bachelor's degree in Social Sciences (e.g. Economics, sociology, psychology, decision sciences, Human-Computer Interaction), statistics, computer science or related field
  • Plus, 2 or more years practical work experience in applied product research, UX Research, experience design, usability, analytics, data science or product teams. Prefer: journey mapping experience
  • Experience with designing and analyzing A/B experiments

  • Knowledge of qualitative research methods and at least one subset of methods (e.g., ethnography) plus usability, user interviews
  • Strong analytical, and synthesis skills with a proven ability to turn research results into product insights. Experience conveying research findings and implications to audience
  • Track record of collaborating across disciplines (design, engineering, data science) to drive change into products
  • Proven ability to work within tight timelines utilizing excellent project management skills


  • Master's degree
  • 5+ years of work experience in a relevant position or industry
  • Experience working with large-scale data in multi-method studies
  • Thorough knowledge and experience across a range of UX research approaches and methodologies - especially {RITE}


a. In collaboration product owners, managers, or business stakeholders, develop test plans, conduct research, synthesize findings, make workshop agendas, and create actionable outputs.b. Work closely with product and design teams to identify research questions, build a research plan, and communicate the insights to shape the user experiences of Wellmark products and capabilities.c. Design and conduct generative and evaluative research studies using methods such as ethnographic research, interviews, surveys, usability testing, collaborative design among others. Identify the best method or mix of methods based on research questions, timeline and resourcing.d. Create an ongoing user feedback and testing program to ensure product development teams are meeting the needs of current and future customers.e. Proactively and routinely surface factbased, forwardthinking customer insights across business partnerships.f. Other duties as assigned.

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