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This is what we do. Every day. Not satisfied with simply what is, we take initial concepts and intentions and push them beyond what’s expected to create actively engaging experiences that stand apart from the competition. If you live on that same line that teeters between impossible and revolutionary, you may just be the one we’re looking for.

Our Smashing Values

We are a band of artists, engineers, creators, and mischief-makers that harness the power of play to make things that matter.
The Business of Fun
Forget the tired “work hard, play hard” corporate jargon. Wouldn’t you rather work in an environment that is so enlivening you can’t believe you actually get paid to be there? Thought so, and it might look something like this: buzzing around the office via scooters, the not-so-infrequent tequila Friday, and most importantly, working with the mantra of making things that matter. We also have the best digs in town. Located right next to Pike Place Market, you’ll likely find Smashers wandering around the market grabbing some of the freshest food in Seattle, buying flowers, or jogging along the waterfront. Bonus points, you can’t beat our view.
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QA Engineer (Contract)
At Smashing Ideas, we make things that matter. We’re a team of creative pioneers partnering with Global 500 companies to create groundbreaking digital products and services (think mobile apps, VR, websites, internet-of-things, etc.). We take complex challenges and use a combination of business strategy, user experience design, and technical aptitude to craft cutting-edge solutions that transform the lives of end-users. Our team is comprised of fun, curious, and brilliantly eccentric individuals collaborating in an environment that nurtures creativity and exploration. Designers at Smashing Ideas are knowledge-seekers, user-champions, strategists, and storytellers. What excites and unites us is crafting relevant and meaningful solutions that delight people, clients included.

We’re looking for a motivated QA Engineer on a contract basis to join our team. This role is responsible for testing and analysis of simulation software, web applications, and mobile applications to ensure quality standards and adherence to functional requirements through manual and automated testing. Working closely with a project team, the QA Engineer is responsible for identifying defects and risks as well as assisting the development team in preventing or resolving quality issues.

Responsibilities

  • Work with QA documentation, including test plans and test cases.
  • Perform functional, performance and content testing and analysis of applications.
  • Write, isolate and regress technical and content related issues
  • Assist with user and acceptance testing.
  • Contribute to continuing improvement of QA department processes, tools and standards.

Qualifications

  • 2+ years experience in QA
  • Experience in testing iOS or Android mobile products.
  • Ability to rapidly identify and document technical issues
  • Able to work independently or in small teams effectively.
  • Ability to handle shifting schedules and multiple projects with flexible hours.
  • Demonstrable understanding of test plan and test case creation
  • Experience with development tools including Mobile (XCode, Android SDK), test management systems, issue tracking systems (JIRA, Bugzilla), Git, SVN, Build management (Jenkins, Test Flight) and profiling tools.
  • Experience with API testing tools (Charles, Postman or similar)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Desired Skills

  • Integration and regression testing for mobile applications.
  • Experience with test automation tools (Appium preferred)
  • Working knowledge of automated unit testing methodology and tools.
  • Experience with agile development methodologies.
  • Experience in interpreting wireframes, design comps and functional requirements.
  • Experience isolating issues through logs, analysis tools and code reviews.
  • Experience working on a mass-market product from start-to-finish
  • Thorough understanding of the deployment processes for mobile applications

Personal Qualities

  • Collaborator:  Ultimately you will become part of a team and build a positive relationship with both coworkers and clients to facilitate better communication.
  • Detail-oriented:  You will be responsible for many small aspects of projects large and small. A desire to thoroughly understand a project quickly is key.
  • Proactive & Organized: You see what needs to be done, and you are on it. You know what stage each of your projects is in and communicate regularly with all team members to ensure each project receives the attention it needs.
  • Tenacious: Success depends on rooting out the source of defects and finding the right answer, not necessarily the most obvious possibility. Do you habitually dig deep to find answers?
  • Adaptive:  Able to pick up and use newly introduced tools and technologies and respond to the needs of the problem in front of you.
  • Communicative:  You will be responsible for relaying a great deal of information. Being able to convey ideas in their simplest form as accurately as possible is essential

*Smashing Ideas is an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender presentation, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We are committed to hiring and cultivating a diverse team and inclusive environment.

** This is an onsite position in our beautiful Seattle, WA office. This is not a Telecommute/Remote Work position.

***Principals only, please. No recruiters.

Visual Designer, Contract-to-Hire
At Smashing Ideas, we make things that matter. We’re a team of creative pioneers partnering with companies around the globe to create groundbreaking digital products and services (think mobile apps, connected devices, websites, etc.). We take complex challenges and use a combination of business strategy, user experience design, and technical aptitude to craft cutting-edge solutions that transform the lives of end-users.

Our team is comprised of fun, curious, and brilliantly eccentric individuals collaborating in an environment that nurtures creativity and exploration. Designers at Smashing Ideas are knowledge-seekers, user-champions, and pragmatic dreamers. What excites and unites us is concepting and crafting relevant and meaningful solutions that delight users and clients alike.

Visual Designer, Contract-to-Hire

We are seeking a passionate and collaborative Visual Designer to join our team and help design the visual experience for a wide variety of groundbreaking digital products.

The right person for this role will be, first and foremost, passionate about visual design. Sure, you need to understand how UX design plays a role in what you do, but you’re crazy about wielding fonts, color, photography, animation, illustration, video, iconography, and design systems to excite, inspire, engage, and empower users.

This role requires 1+ years of experience working in digital visual design and reports to a Creative Director.

What You’ll Do

  • Create detailed visual comps of and visual assets for web pages for desktop, tablet, and mobile screens
  • Working with and presenting concepts directly to clients.
  • Prepare creative files for hand off to developers
  • Develop detailed design specs for production
  • Work closely with visual design, UX, and development to ensure that design specifications are implemented
  • Work with Creative Directors and project managers to understand design requirements
  • Regularly review creative work with senior creative staff to get feedback on direction and to ensure the work is aligned with other activities in the group
  • Manage quality control of final files
  • Manage time well across a handful of concurrent projects
  • Follow a development timeline to ensure tasks are being completed on time

Does This Sound Like You?

  • Highly collaborative. Not a sole-contributor. Work closely with Strategy, UX and development teams to ensure that designs are implemented.
  • Proactive and self-driven. You don’t wait. You seek out the information you need and look for help from colleagues when needed.
  • Constant seeking of feedback, inspiration, and ideas from colleagues, users, clients, and exemplars.
  • It only works if it works for the user. Your personal preferences from yourself, your teammates, and clients take a backseat.
  • Work out loud. You show your work when in process because you know exposing it frequently will improve it.
  • Iterator. You expect your first go-arounds just capture the expected solutions and that the innovative solutions can only be found by repeated digging.
  • Lean and efficient. You don’t agonize over pixels until the time is right. You create just enough to communicate the right amount at the right time.
  • Strong critical thinking. Design is problem solving and art. You can solve problems.
  • You know the best practices, the trends and what’s relevant, but are always looking to bring something new and exceptional to the experience you’re designing.
  • You understand the importance of visual design as part of an experience from both a human-centered and business perspective.

*Smashing Ideas is an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender presentation, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We are committed to hiring and cultivating a diverse team and inclusive environment.

** This is an onsite position in our beautiful Seattle, WA office. This is not a Telecommute/Remote Work position.

***Principals only, please. No recruiters.

Senior UX Designer
At Smashing Ideas, we make things that matter. We’re a team of creative pioneers partnering with companies around the globe to create groundbreaking digital products and services (think mobile apps, connected devices, websites, etc.). We take complex challenges and use a combination of business strategy, user experience design, and technical aptitude to craft cutting-edge solutions that transform the lives of end-users.

Our team is comprised of fun, curious, and brilliantly eccentric individuals collaborating in an environment that nurtures creativity and exploration. Designers at Smashing Ideas are knowledge-seekers, user-champions, and pragmatic dreamers. What excites and unites us is concepting and crafting relevant and meaningful solutions that delight users and clients alike.

Senior UX Designer

We are seeking a passionate and collaborative Senior UX Designer to join our team and help design the user experience for a wide variety of groundbreaking digital products.

The right person for this role will be, first and foremost, passionate about UX design. Sure, you need to have a good understanding of how business strategy, visual design, product ownership, and development play roles in what you do, but you’re crazy about understanding needs and contexts to craft flows, information structures, and interactions that excite, inspire, engage, and empower users.

This role requires 5 years of experience working in digital UX design and reports to a Creative Director.

What You’ll Do

  • Lead and create UX design solutions for one or more projects on one or more platforms or screens. Much of our work is for mobile screens, but also for proprietary screens (think IoT) and responsive web.
  • Apply excellent UX know-how and experience to analyze user and content requirements, define user flow and information structure, and describe intended user experience through means such as storyboards, experience maps, app/site maps, interactive wireframes, and prototypes.
  • Participate in immersive user research, research analysis, concept testing, usability testing, and analytics.
  • Work closely with Strategists to define abstract outputs of value props, user archetypes, experience maps, user flows, and wireframes and partner with Visual Designers to empower them to create beautiful, elegant, exciting, fun, and engaging screen designs, motion studies, and prototypes.
  • Use tools such as Sketch, Figma, and InVision to communicate design intent to users, stakeholders, and team members.

Does This Sound Like You?

  • Highly collaborative. Not a sole-contributor. Work closely with Strategy, Visual Design, and development teams to ensure that designs are implemented.
  • Proactive and self-driven. You don’t wait. You seek out the information you need and look for help from colleagues when needed.
  • Constant seeking of feedback, inspiration, and ideas from colleagues, users, clients, and exemplars.
  • It only works if it works for the user. Your personal preferences from yourself, your teammates, and clients take a backseat.
  • Work out loud. You show your work when in process because you know exposing it frequently will improve it.
  • Iterator. You expect your first go-arounds just capture the expected solutions and that the innovative solutions can only be found by repeated digging.
  • Lean and efficient. You don’t agonize over pixels until the time is right. You create just enough to communicate the right amount at the right time.
  • Strong conceptual thinking. You have a POV and you aren’t afraid to share it.
  • Strong critical thinking. Design is problem solving and art. You can solve problems.
  • You know the best practices, the trends and what’s relevant, but are always looking to bring something new and exceptional to the experience you’re designing.
  • You understand the importance of UX design as part of an experience from both a human-centered and business perspective.
  • Demonstrate excellent knowledge of all aspects of the UX approach and the ability to apply them flexibly across a variety of project types.
  • Work with and present concepts directly to clients.
  • Mentor more junior design team members and contributing your 2 cents to the Design Team on a frequent basis.

*Smashing Ideas is an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender presentation, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We are committed to hiring and cultivating a diverse team and an inclusive environment.

** This is an onsite position in our beautiful Seattle, WA office. This is not a Telecommute/Remote Work position.

Senior Project Manager
At Smashing Ideas, we make things that matter. We’re a team of creative pioneers partnering with Global 500 companies to create groundbreaking digital products and services (think mobile apps, AR/VR, websites, internet-of-things, etc.). We take complex challenges and use a combination of business strategy, user experience design, and technical aptitude to craft cutting-edge solutions that transform the lives of end-users. Our team is comprised of fun, curious, and brilliantly eccentric individuals collaborating in an environment that nurtures creativity and exploration. Put simply, we solve hard problems and make some really cool things.

Smashing Ideas Senior Project Managers have extensive experience scoping, planning, budgeting, resourcing, tracking, and launching a range of large-scale, complex digital projects. The Senior PM uses their exceptional project management skills to oversee the day-to-day operations of cross-functional teams, focusing on maximizing team performance and meeting project objectives.

What you’ll do:

  • Lead, support and motivate internal and external teams of developers, QA engineers, designers, strategists, and project managers.
  • Based on budget, capacity and skillset, create and manage staff plans and schedules for each project.
  • Plan, track, and assure quality through all project phases.
  • Analyze existing processes and make recommendations for improvement.
  • Create client-facing reports and documentation related to production operations.
  • Conduct daily standups in order to review project activity, providing current status information and addressing issues or barriers that may prevent a smooth workflow.
  • Provide direction on business decisions and in the execution of projects.
  • Effectively manage internal team, client and stakeholder expectations throughout projects
  • Proactively manage changes in project scope, identify potential risks, and create contingency plans.
  • Review and approve deliverables prepared by team before posting for client.
  • Oversee and coordinate all project documentation, including project briefs, functional specifications, bug reports, and knowledge transfer to project stakeholders.
  • In collaboration with others, identify, vet and hire contractors and outside partners necessary for project execution.
  • Support business development initiatives in the scoping, estimating, and pitching of new project opportunities.
  • Mentor and guide Project Managers and Associate Project Managers.

Personal Strengths

  • Critical Thinker: You’re able to evaluate feedback and ideas from clients and team members, consider all implications and risks, and determine the best next steps and recommendations that will benefit your projects.
  • Communicator: You know how to develop and communicate an idea to clients, how to exchange ideas with technical and creative types and how to keep your teams motivated and informed.
  • Negotiator: You’re comfortable discussing project scope, schedules and budgets with clients and vendors, as well as working out project details with internal teams.
  • Problem Solver: You can anticipate most issues before they occur, and you can find solutions quickly and effectively.
  • Collaborator: You build and nurture positive working relationships with clients, partners, and internal teams.

Job Qualifications

  • Minimum of five years experience leading teams and collaborating on large-scale, complex digital projects within an agency environment.
  • Minimum of five years working directly with clients.
  • Experience leading cross-divisional, enterprise-level projects.
  • Passion for working and leading in a fast-paced, high-volume production environment.
  • High level of ownership, enthusiasm, and a collaborative, professional temperament.
  • Proven supervisory, mentoring, and talent development skills.
  • Ability to be attentive and responsive to client concerns.
  • Ability to prioritize and multi-task within time and technical constraints.
  • Ability to establish effective collaborative working relationships across different functional areas.
  • Strong working knowledge of current native mobile (iOS and/or Android) and web technologies.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience with Agile methodologies.
  • Experience with Atlassian Jira and Confluence.
  • Bachelor’s degree or advanced training or certification required.
  • Scrum Master or Product Owner Certification preferred.
  • Experience working with and building remote teams a plus.

*This is an onsite role in our Seattle, WA office; no relocation assistance is available for this position.

**This is an onsite position in our beautiful Seattle, WA office. This is not a Telecommute/Remote Work position.**

Senior Visual Designer
At Smashing Ideas, we make things that matter. We’re a team of creative pioneers partnering with companies around the globe to create groundbreaking digital products and services (think mobile apps, connected devices, websites, etc.). We take complex challenges and use a combination of business strategy, user experience design, and technical aptitude to craft cutting-edge solutions that transform the lives of end-users.

Our team is comprised of fun, curious, and brilliantly eccentric individuals collaborating in an environment that nurtures creativity and exploration. Designers at Smashing Ideas are knowledge-seekers, user-champions, and pragmatic dreamers. What excites and unites us is concepting and crafting relevant and meaningful solutions that delight users and clients alike.

Senior Visual Designer

We are seeking a passionate and collaborative Senior Visual Designer to join our team and help design the visual experience for a wide variety of groundbreaking digital products.

The right person for this role will be, first and foremost, passionate about visual design. Sure, you need to have a good understanding of how business strategy, user research, and UX design play roles in what you do, but you’re crazy about wielding fonts, color, photography, animation, illustration, video, iconography, and design systems to excite, inspire, engage, and empower users.

This role requires 5 years of experience working in digital visual design and reports to a Creative Director.

What You’ll Do

  • Lead and create visual design solutions for one or more projects on one or more platforms or screens. Much of our work is for mobile screens, but also for proprietary screens (think IoT) and responsive web.
  • Work closely with Creative Directors to identify and define emotional goals, tone and voice, and translating client brand documentation.
  • Work closely with Strategists and UX designers to transform their abstract outputs of value props, user archetypes, experience maps, and user flows into beautiful, elegant, exciting, fun, and engaging screen designs that enable users, teammates, and clients to visualize the final product.
  • Lead the creation of design systems to empower and align distributed designers across time and space.
  • Work with and presenting concepts directly to clients.
  • Work closely with development teams to ensure that designs are implemented as intended.
  • Mentor more junior design team members and contributing your 2 cents to the Design Team on a frequent basis.

Does This Sound Like You?

  • Highly collaborative. Not a sole-contributor. Work closely with Strategy, UX and development teams to ensure that designs are implemented.
  • Proactive and self-driven. You don’t wait. You seek out the information you need and look for help from colleagues when needed.
  • Constant seeking of feedback, inspiration, and ideas from colleagues, users, clients, and exemplars.
  • It only works if it works for the user. Your personal preferences from yourself, your teammates, and clients take a backseat.
  • Work out loud. You show your work when in process because you know exposing it frequently will improve it.
  • Iterator. You expect your first go-arounds just capture the expected solutions and that the innovative solutions can only be found by repeated digging.
  • Lean and efficient. You don’t agonize over pixels until the time is right. You create just enough to communicate the right amount at the right time.
  • Strong conceptual thinking. You have a POV and you aren’t afraid to share it.
  • Strong critical thinking. Design is problem solving and art. You can solve problems.
  • You know the best practices, the trends and what’s relevant, but are always looking to bring something new and exceptional to the experience you’re designing.
  • You understand the importance of visual design as part of an experience from both a human-centered and business perspective.

*This is an onsite role in our Seattle, WA office; no relocation assistance is available for this position.

**This is an onsite position in our beautiful Seattle, WA office. This is not a Telecommute/Remote Work position.**

C++ Developer (Simulation)
At Smashing Ideas, we make things that matter. We’re a team of creative pioneers partnering with companies around the globe to create groundbreaking digital products and services (think mobile apps, connected devices, websites, etc.). We take complex challenges and use a combination of business strategy, user experience design, and technical aptitude to craft cutting-edge solutions that transform the lives of end-users. Our team is comprised of fun, curious, and brilliantly eccentric individuals collaborating in an environment that nurtures creativity and exploration.

C++ Developer

We’re looking for a motivated C++ developer to join our team. This role is responsible for developing simulation software as a part of our simulation development team. The right person for this role will be a productive developer who can design and implement systems quickly. Effective communication skills are crucial for this role.

Responsibilities

  • Work with our requirements analyst to determine required functionality
  • Architect systems and produce software design documents
  • Implement simulation components and their unit tests
  • Participate in project brainstorms, stand-ups, and retrospectives

Personal Qualities

  • Highly collaborative. You’ll be working closely with the development team, QA, our requirements analyst, and our project manager
  • You can understand complex systems quickly, and can realize them in code
  • Proactive and self-driven. You don’t wait. You seek out the information you need and look for help from colleagues when needed
  • Comfortable with fast paced projects
  • Can work with some degree of ambiguity

We’d love to hear from you if you have:

  • 2+ years professional development experience and proven knowledge of C++
  • Experience working on large projects and shipping digital products
  • Ability to be flexible and adapt to shifting client needs
  • Experience working in an Agile environment
  • Experience with project management and bug tracking tools such as JIRA
  • Experience with Git
  • Experience with Unit Testing or Test Driven Development (preferred)
  • College level schooling in Computer Science or equivalent (preferred)

 

*This is an onsite role in our Seattle, WA office; no relocation assistance is available for this position.

**This is an onsite position in our beautiful Seattle, WA office. This is not a Telecommute/Remote Work position.**

None Fit the Bill?
If none of our open positions are a match, fill out the form and let us know why you’d be a great addition. Psst…details matter, so don’t forget to include your resume.