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Sr. User Researcher

Department: Design and Creative

Location: Santa Barbara, Seattle

Req#: 5895

“The only true voyage of discovery ... (would be) to possess other eyes, to behold the universe through the eyes of another” - Marcel Proust, French Novelist 

The Product team at Sonos is seeking a curious and resourceful User Researcher to work closely with hardware and software leaders, engineers and designers and help them understand the world “through the eyes of another.” 

Every day, more people around the globe are embracing Sonos experiences. Sonos is growing and so is our need for actionable, coherent user research. In an effort to support an increasing number of software product efforts, we are looking to hire a Senior User Researcher for our Santa Barbara or Seattle office to shape and execute research, inspired by business priorities and product timelines. 

The person in this role would work out of either our Santa Barbara or Seattle office, and you will spend approximately 10-15% of your time in other Sonos offices (Seattle, Santa Barbara, Boston). 
About You

More than a candidate that checks every box, we’re looking for people who are excited to work, learn, and grow at Sonos—no matter their background or how they identify. If that’s you, we hope you’ll apply for this role.

You want to be part of a team.

You come with new ideas and a unique point of view. You look forward to collaborating with a diverse team of individuals. You assume everyone’s best intentions, welcome a healthy debate, and embrace differing opinions. You eagerly seek and give help. Transparency tops your list of values, and you proactively contribute to a culture of respect and inclusion.

You enjoy a challenge.

Inquisitive and focused, you see every challenge as an opportunity. You’re ambitious and comfortable making mistakes because you learn from them and bounce back quickly. You would rather create the future than wait for it. You prioritize long-term value over short-term objectives.

You love to listen.

You approach every interaction with curiosity and a desire to understand. You want to make a positive impact in the world. You’re passionate about culture and know the power that music, film, podcasts, games, and stories have to bring people together.

What You’ll Do
  • Gather and prioritize key questions from the product team to help define, plan, and execute the research from concept testing through the evaluative phase.
  • Partner with Product Managers, User Experience, Industrial Designers, Data Analysts and the Beta team to plan and ensure the research is impacting product decisions. 
  • Based on research insights, build and document fundamental knowledge of the Sonos software experience to create product design principles.
  • Bring together the world of qualitative and quantitative data to provide a holistic view of the problem and tell a cohesive user story. 
  • Coach designers and product managers in conducting their own research projects.
  • Be an advocate for the Sonos customer and product research. 
Skills You’ll Need
  • 5+ years of experience conducting, presenting and leading user research projects at an agency, in-house or both for technology companies, consumer hardware and/or mobile software products and systems. 
  • Strong portfolio demonstrating expertise in multiple research methods applied to varying goals and outcomes.
  • Experience executing research in agile software development with an understanding of how design research fits in an agile framework. 

  • Excellent communication skills with a special focus on creative ways to tell the story of research insights and projects in a memorable and engaging style.
  • Comfortable with multitasking and adapting to an ever-evolving, energetic environment and collaborating with teams across multiple geographies and time zones.
  • Masters or PhD in technology, design or in a field of human behavior is preferred.
More About Sonos

Sonos is a sound experience company. We pioneered multiroom wireless audio, made it sound amazing, and changed the way people listen, making it effortless for them to enjoy what they want, where they want, how they want.

Today we continue empowering listeners by developing new technologies, thoughtfully designing products, expanding our software platform, and crafting brilliant sound experiences while participating in a culture that values respect, transparency, collaboration, and ownership.

Together we’re working to positively impact the world and inspire everyone to listen better—because listening brings people together, builds understanding, drives change, and makes us happier.

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