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Experience Designer I- Research & Strategy (Work From Home)


Do you have a passion for health care, putting people first, or simplifying complexity? Do you enjoy solving big challenges? If you’re interested in these questions, this opportunity may be the perfect fit for you!

The Company:

UPMC Health Plan is among the nation's fastest-growing health plans. It is owned by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), a world-renowned health care provider. As part of an organization rooted in medical excellence, UPMC Health Plan is committed to being a partner in health, financial security, and peace of mind.

The Team:

At UPMC Health Plan, we put health within reach through digital innovation. The Experience Strategy team uses human centered design to elevate the voice of our customers and generate concepts for improved customer experiences. Our team exists in the “fuzzy front end” of the innovation process. We are change agents leading business transformation and helping our business partners to embrace innovation.

The Position:


  • You will uncover customer insights and create influence by
  •  Using a variety of research methods to answer complex questions (e.g. interviews, diary studies, user testing products/prototypes and more)
  • Looking across research projects for higher level learnings and connections
  • Using storytelling and videos to bring customers into the room
  • Translating research insights into recommendations that can be applied



  • You will bridge customer needs with business opportunities by
  • Drawing connections between research insights and business goals
  • Identifying opportunities for innovation
  • Learning from analogous industries (e.g. how does banking solve this problem?)
  • Strengthening concepts with data and pitching new ideas to leadership



  • You will generate new and improved customer experiences by
  • Helping to frame big problems for our partners and cross-functional teams
  • Supporting Design Sprint workshops, each starting with a challenge and concluding with reactions from real customers on a prototyped solution
  • Using Design Sprint learnings to activate change and innovation across the business


Now let’s talk about you...

  • You seek to understand and respect others, moving from empathy to compassion in your life and work
  • You are passionate about advocating for customer needs
  • You embrace a growth mindset, always looking for opportunities to learn and improve
  • You are willing to give and take feedback because you care about continuous improvement
  • You like solving problems and working back from an objective
  • You don’t take things at face value, questioning assumptions and asking “why?”
  • You’re a strategic thinker, seeing patterns where others see complexity
  • You enjoy working collaboratively, but you’re willing to take a swing on your own
  • You don’t mind ambiguity, especially when it means being empowered to shape your work or the direction of a project
  • You are an excellent communicator—listening, storytelling, visual design
  • You are a unicorn, because no one is all of these things

We are headquartered in downtown Pittsburgh. This is a remote position, however, employees may be requred to travel limitedly througout the year.  (eligibility is subject to continued achievement of business goals and on-site department needs)





  • Bachelor's degree in design, UX, product development, communication, anthropology, psychology or related discipline from an accredited college or university (or comparable degree and/or experience.)
  • Experience in a consumer product design, service design, product development or related role (required) This can also include experience with research, idea generation, or other forms of process improvement. 
  • Related educational experience including internship/externship will be considered.
  • Experience conducting qualitative and quantitative research through methods such as interviewing, observation, surveys, participation activities, and document and literature reviews.
  • Successful synthesis and analysis of findings.
  • Experience working across the entire design process from user research, insights, ideation, prototyping & iteration, detailed design and bridging to implementation. Experience with any part of this process will be considered.
  • Experience with digital product development experience with proven ability to translate business and user problems into solid solutions (preferred).
  • Experience in the following with depth of expertise in at least one of them: Information Architecture, User Research, Usability Testing, Interaction Design, Content Strategy, Human Factors, Visual and Information Design, Ethnographic ResearchWorking knowledge of design tools including but not limited to Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Axure,, Optimal Workshop, or equivalent software.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

Total Rewards

More than just competitive pay and benefits, UPMC’s Total Rewards package cares for you in all areas of life &emdash; because we believe that you’re at your best when receiving the support you need: professional, personal, financial, and more.

Our Values

At UPMC, we’re driven by shared values that guide our work and keep us accountable to one another. Our Values of Quality & Safety, Dignity & Respect, Caring & Listening, Responsibility & Integrity, Excellence & Innovation play a vital role in creating a cohesive, positive experience for our employees, patients, health plan members, and community. Ready to join us? Apply today.

   Current UPMC employees must apply in HR Direct