Product Design Lead

in New York, NY

Job #:534097

Practice Area: IT

Date Posted: 09/15/2020

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Product Design Lead, Platform

The Condé Nast Global Media Platform powers a network of over 65 websites, 5,000 editors, and hundreds of millions of monthly visitors and digital revenue dollars. Teams create the software and technologies that make this possible; spanning from a robust multi-brand design system and web framework, to CMS and other publishing products, to user accounts and subscription journeys, to robust ads and commerce products. 

Our client, Conde Nast, is looking for an experienced product design leader to partner with their product and engineering orgs to execute the strategy, user experience, and visual design across the User Platform teams. You’ll join at an ideal time to make a big impact—responsible for a large new initiative focused on improving our acquisition, consideration, and conversion funnels (and the tools that power them) for subscribers and members during a time when the business is investing heavily in consumer revenue. The User Platform also enables Condé Nast's world-leading brands to connect directly with the people passionate about the topics they cover, creating new engagement and community experiences on our own sites and apps.


What you’ll do:

  • Drive clarity in undefined, yet complex problem spaces; balance contributing individual work and setting direction for other designers
  • Manage 1-2 product designers on your team, directing and facilitating their day-to-day work and supporting their career development with the support of the larger design organization
  • Develop and drive the process and approach for tackling a problem and creating successful solutions
  • Support high-level product strategy, ensuring we’re asking the right questions and solving for distinct user and business needs
  • Partner with the team’s product manager, as well as project and tech leads, to bring ideas from early stages to well-defined, actionable projects
  • Partner with our UX researchers and UX writers to understand and communicate user behaviors and complex user journeys
  • Create user flows, prototypes, and production-ready visual designs for tools that our consumer marketing teams use to test messaging and product offers, as well as seamless consumer-facing offer pages, order forms, and checkout flows
  • Collaborate with engineers in multiple locations, on implementing the features you and your team design, and ensure the visual and user experience quality of our output
  • Represent your team’s work to leadership and other teams at the company
  • Use and contribute to our design system, Verso
  • Provide thoughtful feedback, mentoring and coaching more junior designers through problem solving
  • Active participant on the design and platform leadership teams, setting the tone and shaping our organizational culture while evangelizing the value of user experience design, research, and writing


 Your qualifications:

  • A portfolio that shows a wealth of clear UX solutions, strong visual design, and the ability to make sense of complex workflows
  • Fluency in e-commerce. marketing, and conversion driving product and design principles
  • Experience leading and shipping large web and mobile products with an e-commerce focus, and managing designers within a product development context
  • Familiarity and experience with hypothesis-driven design as well as qualitative and quantitative testing; a data-driven mindset
  • Established approach to framing and solving hard problems and a rich understanding of a range of design and research tools and methods
  • Experience with current web technology capabilities and limitations (html/css/modern web frameworks)
  • Confident and enthusiastic collaborator and communicator
  • Experience managing senior stakeholders and their expectations across departments
  • Experience with, or a desire to learn how to work within a globally distributed team


What we’d like to see:

  • Experience with payments, checkout flows, and marketing order form design
  • Your experience with complex, multi-user workflows
  • How you’ve designed clear and thoughtful UI and microinteractions
  • Your process for problem-solving (rather than just polished, final design work)
  • Varying types of design artifacts, and your sensibility of which design exercises meet a particular purpose

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