Principal Designer (Teams)


  • Remote  
    Washington, United States
    perm, remote  
  • Company
    Start date
    $133,600 to 256,800 per annum  
  • Closing date
    15 May 2023  
    Posted on
    15 March 2023  

Microsoft Teams is the fastest-growing app in the history of our company. The recent launch of Teams Preview marks an exciting new era for the product, bringing performance gains, new capabilities and mission critical integrations into products and services, making Teams the best-in-class collaborative platform. 
We’re looking for a Principal Designer with a strong background in enterprise products to lead integrations with other Microsoft products to craft seamless and delightful experiences. As part of our cross-org design team, you’ll play a pivotal role in identifying new growth opportunities for collaboration, shaping compelling experiences that empower people around the world to achieve more together. The position will also spearhead the vision of how we plan on driving more coherent experiences across the Microsoft ecosystem, while driving Teams growth at the same time. 
We cultivate a culture of creativity and encourage open communication and collaboration. Above all, our ultimate drive is to create products that are loved by the people who use them. As a leader on our team, building strong partnerships with engineering, product management, and design teams across various locations will be crucial in this role. 

The ideal candidate will possess strong personal and organizational skills, innate creativity, and the versatility to tackle a diverse range of design challenges. Excellent communication skills are a must, as you will need to convey your ideas through a variety of mediums including wireframe flows, detailed mocks, working prototypes, and clear and concise presentations, accompanied by comprehensive documentation. 
We work closely with designers and stakeholders from across Microsoft, fostering a supportive environment where we can collectively drive success. Our collaboration goes beyond just Teams and extends to multiple products within the company, allowing us to make a meaningful impact together. 


  • Influence product strategy and coordinate stakeholders and teams towards successful end-to-end experiences. 
  • Lead cross-collaboration to ensure readiness for shipping. 
  • Communicate design expertise and maturity. 
  • Inspire stakeholders and senior leadership through storytelling. 
  • Drive success via empowerment and modeling design leadership. 
  • Provide leadership and guidance to the product design team. 
  • Embrace company culture, values, and leadership principles. 
  • Help track consensus and differences of goals and continued success for all groups. 
  • Leverage stakeholders capabilities and aspirations to encourage team cohesion. 



  • Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Design, Product Design, Human Computer Interaction, or related field AND 8+ years’ experience working in product or service design, using design thinking to solve problems
    • OR Master's Degree in Industrial Design, Product Design, Human Computer Interaction, or related field AND 6+ years’ experience working in product or service design, using design thinking to solve problems
    •  OR equivalent experience. 


  • Diverse portfolio showcasing your skills and accomplishments. 
  • History of having a significant impact on shipped products. 
  • Comprehensive knowledge of Figma. 
  • Graphic and visual design experience is ideal.
  • Exceptional communication, storytelling, and presentation skills. 
  • Ability to collaborate effectively across teams and persuade others. 
  • Strong drive for attention to detail and self-motivation. 
  • Team-oriented approach and a passion for inspiring others to achieve success together. 

Microsoft has different base pay ranges for different work locations within the United States, which allows us to pay employees competitively and consistently in different geographic markets (see below). The range above reflects the potential base pay across the U.S. for this role (except as noted below); the applicable base pay range will depend on what ultimately is determined to be the candidate’s primary work location.

Individual base pay depends on various factors, in addition to primary work location, such as complexity and responsibility of role, job duties/requirements, and relevant experience and skills. Base pay ranges are reviewed and typically updated each year. Offers are made within the base pay range applicable at the time.

At Microsoft certain roles are eligible for additional rewards, including merit increases, annual bonus and stock. These awards are allocated based on individual performance. In addition, certain roles also have the opportunity to earn sales incentives based on revenue or utilization, depending on the terms of the plan and the employee’s role. Benefits/perks listed here may vary depending on the nature of employment with Microsoft and the country work location.

U.S.-based employees have access to medical, dental, and vision insurance, a 401(k) plan and company match, short-term and long-term disability coverage, basic life insurance, and wellbeing benefits, among others. U.S.-based employees also receive, per calendar year, up to 10 scheduled paid holidays, and up to 80 hours Holistic Health Time Off. Additionally, hourly/non-exempt employees accrue up to 120 hours paid vacation time, and salaried/exempt employees have Discretionary Time Off (DTO).

Our Commitment to Pay Equity:
We are committed to the principle of pay equity – paying employees equitably for substantially similar work. To learn more about pay equity and our other commitments to increase representation and strengthen our culture of inclusion, check out our annual Diversity & Inclusion Report.

Understanding Roles at Microsoft​:
The top of this page displays the role for which the base pay ranges apply – Product Design IC5.
The way we define roles includes two things: discipline (the type of work) and career stage (scope and complexity). The career stage has two parts – the first identifies whether the role is a manager (M), an individual contributor (IC), an admin-technician-retail (ATR) job, or an intern. The second part identifies the relative seniority of the role – a higher number (or later letter alphabetically in the case of ATR) indicates greater scope and complexity.

Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process.

Benefits/perks listed below may vary depending on the nature of your employment with Microsoft and the country where you work.

Benefits and Perks:

  • Industry leading healthcare
  • Savings and investments
  • Giving programs
  • Educational resources
  • Maternity and paternity leave
  • Opportunities to network and connect
  • Discounts on products and services
  • Generous time awa

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