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Alight Technology Director, Front End Designer in Chicago, Illinois

Alight unlocks enterprise growth for the world’s most influential companies with future ready human capital and business solutions. We combine industry leading data and insights with unmatched depth and operational expertise to improve the employee experience and optimize cloud-enabled business processes. Our 15,000 colleagues proudly serve thousands of clients and their more than 30 million employees and family members throughout 180 countries. Learn how Alight helps organizations of all sizes, including over 70% of the Fortune 100, achieve next level transformation at alight.com .

We're looking for an experienced and profoundly engaged Technology Director, Front end, based in Chicago, IL or virtually, who is motivated to combine the art of design with the art of programming. We're looking for a creative Front end Director that brings fresh ideas from all areas, including information retrieval, distributed computing, large-scale system design, networking and data storage, security, artificial intelligence, natural language processing, UI design and mobile; the list goes on and is growing every day. As a Technology Director, you will need to be versatile, display leadership qualities and be enthusiastic to take on new problems across the full-stack as we continue to push technology forward. You will work on enterprise projects critical to Alight's needs, most importantly the Alight Design System, with opportunities to create, grow and evolve the Front end strategy, application and management.

The Technology Director, Front End Designer will be responsible for working with the team to implement visual elements that users see and interact within our applications, owning the Alight Design System (ADS) component libraries from conception to application. ​You will be responsible for ensuring the alignment of design and user experience requirements, optimizing web pages for maximum efficiency and maintaining brand consistency across all web pages, among other duties. The Front end development team is required to work in alongside Back-end Developers and Product Designers to ensure all elements of our applications creation are consistent. 

  • Lead the front-end technology team to create engaging, reliable, high-performance digital experiences across Enterprise products via theAlight Design System

  • Work with the technology managers and leads to ensure the team, projects, and systems are working and running as effective as possible

  • Leads the technology conversation in a cross-functional team to translate product, design & business requirements into well-realized deliverables

  • Partner withCreativeDirectors,Design Leads, and product owners to ensure designs, wireframes, and pre-development technical decisions will produce compliant results

  • Serve as a liaison within all teams (content, design, development,softwareengineering, marketing, and UX) driving consistent standards compliant with best practices, applicable laws, and/or relevant digital guidelines

  • Develop, socialize, and foster ongoing prioritized progress towards a roadmap across the digital channels to meet accessibility compliance and inclusion

  • Promotes and supports a culture of compliance, risk avoidance and corporate accountability throughout the organization

  • Be able to explain clearly the accepted compliance, best practices, accessibility standards, WCAG, ATAG, Title III and best in class industry guidelines

  • Manage team members under their purview, including performance review management, career development, and conflict mitigation

  • Responsibilities will include translation of the UI/UX design wireframes to actual code that will produce visual elements of the application

  • Work with the Product designer and bridge the gap between design and technical implementation, taking an active role on both sides and defining how the application looks as well as how it works

  • Determining thestrategy,structure and design of web pages andapplications

  • Ensuring user experience determines designchoices

  • Developing features to enhance the userexperience

  • Striking a balance between functional and aestheticdesign

  • Ensuring design is optimized forsmartphones

  • Building reusable code for futureuseand optimizing for maximum speed andscalability

  • Utilizing a variety of markup languages to write webpages

  • MaintainingADSconsistency throughoutdesign

  • Work with other teams within the business to make sure all visuals arein linewith the product branding

  • Proactively solve problems and review ways to improve business processes, competencies, tools, standards, and best practices

  • Represent the team in all meetings and events required by Products and Alight in general

  • Other duties including, but not limited to, assisting other teams from time to time

  • Strong technical leader capable of motivating the very best Front End Developers.

  • Experience leading, managing and growing Front End talent.

  • Leader capable of creative collaborationswithdesigners andUXarchitects, technical involvement with software engineers, improving deliverables with quality assurance teams, andparticipationwith the business and stakeholders.

  • Strong management and organizational skills in-depth knowledge of accessibility-related guidelines and standards including ADA, WCAG, AODA, DDA, European Accessibility Act.

  • Experience with accessibility evaluations, testing and assisted technologies.

  • Experience with digital channels including mobile, web and kiosk, and potentially physical channels.

  • Consistent upward and downstream communication.

  • Excellent knowledge and understanding ofHTML, CSS andJavascript.

  • Good understanding ofdata exchange concepts (database,api, json, etc..).

  • Understand FE build and package processes, such as webpack and NPM

  • Familiar with best practices in Unit Testing

  • Angular front-enda must, React, Vue experience a plus.

  • Experience working with json and json parsing.

  • Knowledge of cross browser compatibility,components basedweb development, Sass, Typescript.

  • Experience with component-based web development libraries​,Storybook experience a must

  • Proven ability to effectively communicate with others to achieve desired results; must be approachable and open-minded.

  • Strong team interaction with the ability to work with geographically dispersed teams.

  • Able to work under pressure of tight deadlines.

  • A very good eye for detail while safeguarding the big picture.

  • Flexibility and patience in working in a challengingand transformingenvironment

  • 8+ years of industry related experiencewith development projects is required

  • 2+ years of experiencemanaging Front End dev tea incollaborationwith engineering/development and design teams

By applying for a position with Alight, you understand that, should you be made an offer, it will be contingent on your undergoing and successfully completing a background check consistent with Alight’s employment policies. Background checks may include some or all of the following based on the nature of the position: SSN/SIN validation, education verification, employment verification, and criminal check, search against global sanctions and government watch lists, fingerprint verification, credit check, and/or drug test. You will be notified during the hiring process which checks are required by the position.

At Alight, we believe that diversity should be visible, valued, and sustained throughout the organization. Alight provides equal treatment and employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to any protected status or other protected characteristic.

Alight does not discriminate against anyone based on sex, race, color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, medical condition, pregnancy, marital or domestic partner status, citizenship, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, genetic information, or any other legally protected characteristics or conduct covered by federal, state or local law. In addition, we take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment qualified minorities, women, disabled persons, disabled veterans and other covered veterans.

Alight provides reasonable accommodations to the known limitations of otherwise qualified employees and applicants for employment with disabilities, sincerely held religious beliefs, practices and observances, unless doing so would result in an undue hardship. Applicants for employment may request a reasonable accommodation/modification by contacting his/her recruiter.

We offer you a competitive total rewards package, continuing education & training, and tremendous potential with a growing worldwide organization.


Nothing in this job description restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities of this job to other entities; including but not limited to subsidiaries, partners, or purchasers of Alight business units.

Alight Solutions provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition, veteran, marital, parental, citizenship, or domestic partner status, or any other status protected by applicable national, federal, state or local law. Alight Solutions is committed to a diverse workforce and is an affirmative action employer.

About Alight Solutions

With an unwavering belief that a company’s success starts with its people, Alight Solutions is a leading cloud-based provider of integrated digital human capital and business solutions. Leveraging proprietary AI and data analytics, Alight optimizes business process as a service (BPaaS) to deliver superior outcomes for employees and employers across a comprehensive portfolio of services. Alight allows employees to enrich their health, wealth and work while enabling global organizations to achieve a high-performance culture. Alight’s 15,000 dedicated colleagues serve more than 30 million employees and family members. Learn how Alight helps organizations of all sizes, including over 70% of the Fortune 100 at alight.com

Our values are the essence of who we are:

People Matter

We believe in the power of people and know that the best ideas can come from anywhere. We act with respect and accountability, mindful that our actions affect the lives of millions in meaningful ways.

Excellence Every Day

We believe that every day is an opportunity for growth and are energized by going above and beyond what’s expected. We are one team, hungry for results, we focus on what matters, and know that for even the most difficult challenges, there is a solution – and we will find it.

Think Forward

We continuously reimagine what the future could be and believe that tomorrow is created by the actions we take today. We learn from one another, champion progress and challenge the status quo.

Act Now

We are brave in spirit, act decisively, learn quickly and get it done.

Be Real

We are forthright and genuine when we speak. People can always trust us to say what we mean and depend on us to do what we say.

Our Colleague Experience

At Alight Solutions, we are reimaging how people and organizations thrive. To deliver on this purpose, we do things differently. From company leaders to our newest colleagues, we all play a role in bringing our values to life. Every colleague shapes how Alight can become better, stronger and brighter – together. With technology as our catalyst and humanity at our core, we advance each day toward a better future in work and life.

We understand the powerful human connections that create success for organizations. We bring an industry leader's expertise and a true partner's commitment to our benefits and administration solutions around health, wealth, HR, finance and consumer experience.

Are you interested in helping us shape the future of work and life for organizations, people and their families? If so, you've come to the right place.

Help us reimagine how people and organizations thrive!

Our story starts with a simple, universal truth: Every business is a people business. We are Alight Solutions. Reimagining how people and organizations thrive.