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Director of Design



San Francisco, CA, USA · Remote
Posted on Friday, June 14, 2024


As the Director of Design at CircleCI, you will lead our design team and shape our overall creative vision and design strategy to deliver developers a first-class, consumer-grade, user experience. You will work closely with product management, engineering, marketing, and other key stakeholders to create an exceptional experience that aligns with our business goals. This role requires a leader with a deep understanding of design principles, a passion for user-centric design, and the ability to inspire and mentor a team of talented designers.

What You’ll Do

  • Direct the product design and visual design functions to align the talent, tools, and processes with the business goals and product strategy.
  • Bring a first-class, consumer-grade, user experience to developers.
  • Use your knowledge of best practices to lead a design team across the full product life cycle, from user research to requirements refinement to prototyping and ultimately to production product
  • Work with Engineering, Product Management, and Marketing to translate business strategies into actionable products and design deliverables.
  • Become deeply immersed in the developer ecosystem and understand developer problems.
  • Understand and measure the metrics that drive business success and the impact of the design team's work.
  • Practice a highly efficient, iterative design process to support the vision.
  • Get hands-on by rapidly developing user flows, wireframes, mockups, etc. as needed.
  • Attract, inspire, mentor, and grow top design talent while building a culture that elevates performance.
  • Improve the operational model to increase team effectiveness.
  • Create a culture of craft, quality, and execution by inspiring and leading product designers across experience levels.

Who You Are

  • 10+ years of experience in designing user experiences and interaction design for rich, interactive consumer or enterprise applications, with a minimum of 5 years managing and leading design and research teams.
  • Thrives in a fast-paced product environment
  • Experience in building and designing tools that are productivity enhancements for teams, preferably for the developer ecosystem.
  • A proactive problem solver with a strong bias towards action and curiosity to go beyond the job description.
  • A proven track record in bringing a user focus to high-impact, high-visibility projects.
  • A respected people manager with high EQ, and excellent storytelling and communication skills.
  • A strong portfolio showcasing problem-solving skills at a large scale and high design caliber.
  • Ability to lead the design of complex systems of interactions across web, mobile, and API touchpoints.
  • Ability to quickly grasp and distill highly complex user design issues into clean, understandable solutions
  • Ability to lead, coach, inspire, and motivate a team to create and deliver truly remarkable work
  • Ability to attract and recruit exceptional talent
  • Demonstrated understanding of user-centered design skills, disciplines, and principles as well as an eye for subtle detail
  • Experience facilitating workshops and brainstorming sessions

United States Base Pay Range
$243,000$303,000 USD

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

About CircleCI

CircleCI is the world’s largest continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD) platform, and the hub where code moves from idea to delivery. As one of the most-used DevOps tools - processing more than 3 million jobs a day - CircleCI has unique access to data on how the most effective engineering teams work, and the tools to help software companies successfully leverage the power of AI into their commercial applications. Companies like Hinge, HuggingFace, and Samsung use us to improve engineering team productivity, release better products, and get to market faster.

Founded in 2011 and headquartered in downtown San Francisco with a global, remote workforce, CircleCI is venture-backed by Base10, Greenspring Associates, Eleven Prime, IVP, Sapphire Ventures, Top Tier Capital Partners, Baseline Ventures, Threshold
Ventures, Scale Venture Partners, Owl Rock Capital, Next Equity Partners, Heavybit, and Harrison Metal Capital.

CircleCI is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, sexual stereotypes, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local law.