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Capital One

Design Researcher (R142408)

Business and Financial Operations



Full Time


McLean, Virginia, United States

Center 1 (19052), United States of America, McLean, Virginia

Design Researcher

Our Small Business.xd team is looking for a Researcher to help plan, facilitate, and synthesize quantitative and qualitative user research for key digital product and service initiatives to help teams understand and manage their money in confidence.

Who We Are:

The Small Business.xd team is a group of human-centered designers and strategic thinkers passionate about creating digital banking and credit solutions that help small businesses understand their money, optimize their cash flow, and keep their financial engines running smoothly so they can focus on building their business dreams.

Inspired by the mission and entrepreneurial spirit of small business owners, SB.xd collaborates with partners across the enterprise to bring a persistent focus to our customers and ensure their unique needs are represented in the products we build.

Comprised of both Small Business Bank Design and Small Business Card Design teams, SB.xd strives to create more holistic experiences for our shared customer. In the United States, 99.9% of all businesses are small businesses — it is a space rife with opportunities. And with many of our own team members being small business owners themselves, the passion to build elegant, simple financial tools and make a positive impact on the lives of small businesses everywhere is personal. We truly believe that what’s good for the customer is good for our business and we show up to work every day to bring those beliefs to life.

What You’ll Do:

You’ll be asked to handle a variety of responsibilities, including:

Collaboration & Connecting

  • Collaborate with technology, product, and business teams to inform intuitive and engaging customer experiences

  • Translate complex ideas into understandable concepts that evolve and enhance the product experience

  • Advocate for the customer through human-centered design methodologies

  • Champion prioritization of design centered product enhancements grounded in research and analysis

  • Actively teach and mentor designers

  • Working with partners and teams across various geographie

  • Embracing and advocating for an experience mindset - this is as important to the work as the results

Discovery & Delivery

  • Demonstrate fluency with design research tools and techniques to measure success, present opportunities, and support decision-making and prioritization

  • Practice and help evolve the team’s research techniques and toolset to work effectively in cross-team collaboration

  • Participate in end-to-end product design by:

    • Conducting in-person and remote research studies at all stages from discovery to validation, using a variety of methods to understand customer needs and define opportunities such as usability studies, card sorting, field studies, cognitive walk-throughs, contextual inquiry, participatory design.

    • Helping designers and non-designers on project teams understand and apply research findings by framing problems, defining insights, and designing new methodologies/practices to serve customer needs

    • Distilling findings into clearly articulated and actionable insights to influence the direction of research for stakeholders

    • Facilitating and participating in workshops with internal and external stakeholders to align with business needs

    • Participate in presenting research and analysis clearly and effectively across various organizations by supporting, explaining, and demonstrating usability approaches and research to a variety of audience types from design experts to non-designers

Basic Qualifications

  • At least 4 years of experience with human centered research

Preferred Qualifications

  • Masters Degree in social sciences, human factor, cognitive science, human computer interaction, or behavioral economics

  • Advanced degree or certifications in a design or research related field

  • Comfortable working with a variety of business partners and delivering outcomes

At this time, Capital One will not sponsor a new applicant for employment authorization for this position.

No agencies please. Capital One is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, color, age, national origin, religion, physical and mental disability, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/assignment, citizenship, pregnancy or maternity, protected veteran status, or any other status prohibited by applicable national, federal, state or local law. Capital One promotes a drug-free workplace. Capital One will consider for employment qualified applicants with a criminal history in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable laws regarding criminal background inquiries, including, to the extent applicable, Article 23-A of the New York Correction Law; San Francisco, California Police Code Article 49, Sections 4901-4920; New York City’s Fair Chance Act; Philadelphia’s Fair Criminal Records Screening Act; and other applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations regarding criminal background inquiries.

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