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Product designers at Wirecutter create smart and meaningful digital product experiences that directly meet the needs of both our readers and team of testers and editors. These experiences inform and inspire; create emotional connections to what people care about; and help them make daily decisions.
We think holistically and contribute to high-level product strategy. We develop frameworks, interaction flows, mockups, and quick prototypes as well as polished visual design. We know when to apply established patterns and styles, and when to evolve them or leave them behind entirely for something completely new.
Wirecutter is looking for a Product Design Director to drive our next phase of growth. Reporting to the Chief Digital Officer, this design leader will manage a team of 3 - 4 product designers who work cross-functionally with product management, technology, project management, brand, our editorial team, data analysts, and other functions.
The ideal candidate will have a passion for understanding the needs of users, deep interest in journalism as a driver of guidance and clarity in peoples’ lives, experience in systems thinking, an expertise in visual design and comfort partnering with editorial peers.
Guide and mentor a small team of designers, ensuring high quality output of work
Manage the work of your design team while making individual design contributions of your own
Collaborate extensively with product, editorial, research and technology partners to define and realize a vision and implementation of an ecosystem of product features that adds up to a meaningful user experience and driver of our business goals
Conduct user experience research with our readers and internal users to position Wirecutter as the largest and most beloved product recommendation service in the U.S.
Enthusiasm for Wirecutter
Experiencing leading a design team, in both design practice and people management
A mastery of user interface, interaction design, and prototyping
Deep understanding of how qualitative and quantitative research inform product and design decisions
Strong visual and typographic sensibility
Belief that product and design decisions are inextricably linked
An empathetic listener who can give and receive honest, thoughtful feedback
Steadfast in defense of both the user experience and the editorial brand while also contributing to solutions that drive our business forward
Able to present and explain design effectively, regardless of the audience
Enjoy leading design as a practice on multidisciplinary teams, alongside editors, engineers, product managers and other designers
Enjoy shipping small, quick experiments to explore or validate your ideas
Have 6-8 years of design experience, preferably working on experiences that span different devices and screen sizes
BA, BFA and/or MFA in interaction/product design or a related discipline
Company is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, one that reflects the varied global community we serve. Our journalism and the products we build in the service of that journalism greatly benefit from a range of perspectives, which can only come from diversity of all types, across our ranks, at all levels of the organization. Achieving true diversity and inclusion is the right thing to do. It is also the smart thing for our business. So we strongly encourage women, veterans, people with disabilities, people of color and gender nonconforming candidates to apply.
Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's sex, age, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage, religion, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation or affectional preference, gender identity and expression, disability, genetic trait or predisposition, carrier status, citizenship, veteran or military status and other personal characteristics protected by law. All applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to legally protected characteristics. Company will consider qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local "Fair Chance" laws.
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