Principal Product Design Manager

Job

  • Remote  
    Washington, United States
    perm, remote  
  • Company
    Microsoft  
    Start date
    ASAP  
    Duration
    n/a  
    Wage
    Undisclosed
  • Closing date
    20 November 2022  
    Posted on
    20 September 2022  

We’re seeking an awesome Design Manager to create and lead a design systems & UX platform team powering SharePoint, SharePoint Syntex, Viva Connections, Viva Topics, and more. Our products drive employee engagement, culture, and communication in a hybrid world for hundreds of thousands of organizations and millions of people worldwide.

In this role, you'll integrate and advance the Microsoft Fluent Design System in SharePoint and build innovative new system capabilities on top of this foundation. You'll work on a design-to-code system that empowers internal teams and external developers to be more productive and craft beautiful software, in part by creating new capabilities around typography, color, motion, and more. 

You’re passionate about design systems, a committed advocate for the end user, and a seasoned communicator. You come alive when people talk about craft, you love engaging with others in the design systems community, and you are dedicated to growing and coaching talented teams. Finally, you love working across disciplines and collaborating with other teams to bring about the best outcome. 

This is a rare opportunity to have both meaningful impact on the design and development of a family of products and to grow and shape a team of incredible designers.

Our Culture:

Our Studio is a diverse team of designers, researchers, and UX Engineers who partner closely with PM, Engineering, Marketing, and other disciplines. We are a high-performing team that challenges ourselves to live the Microsoft philosophies around inclusive culture and growth mindset. We embrace the Microsoft Model, Coach, Care management framework and support the growth of each individual on the team. 

We have a proven track record of delivering strong business results. Much of our team is local to Redmond, Washington, but we also partner closely with our teams in India, China and new teams in Atlanta & Vancouver, Canada. We re-use rather than reinvent. We contribute to each other’s work to make it better. We like to have fun, celebrate our wins, and learn and grow from our mistakes. 

We focus on creating an inclusive workplace where all people and ideas are welcome. To this end, we have created local mentoring rings and communities where we can learn from each other and grow. We focus on having inclusive interactions that foster open dialog. We are dedicated to the work of creating a strong, inclusive, and transparent culture – a safe place to do our best work!

Join us!

This team supports our employees in all locations around the country. This job has the option to be remote or located in one of our hubs.

Responsibilities:

  • Inspire, grow, and lead teams of designers at all levels of experience and skill sets. 
  • Define crisp product design direction for your areas, and collaborate with partner design, research, product management, marketing, and engineering teams around the company and globe, leveraging partnerships for diverse perspective on our products. (10-25% travel)
  • Work proactively through the ambiguity of new product definition, the application of new and emerging technologies, and ensure the resulting experiences are human, beautifully crafted, and delightful to customers.
  • Lead by example with clean, focused, and inspiring work, through all phases of the product design cycle; conceptualize and design original ideas that bring simplicity and ease of use to complex design issues. 
  • Provide Principal-level thought leadership and storytelling skills with the ability to compose highly polished design prototypes, vision vignettes, framing memos, creative briefs, and other communication artifacts to express inspiring product vision.
  • Scope and estimate efforts accurately and prioritize tasks and goals with your team and partner teams.
  • Contribute to broaden design team creative processes, team building, and our strong cultural values around diversity, inclusion, transparency, and growth mindset.
  • Drive for excellence while never losing sight of the human side of the equation and what it means to be a great leader and partner. 

Qualifications:

  • An up-to-date portfolio and/or work samples demonstrating your design leadership philosophies, approaches, and team building highlights, in addition to end-to-end delivery of a design system (UX flows, interaction patterns, visual design, etc). 
    • Please include URLs (+ credentials, if applicable) for an online portfolio
  • 4+ years' experience shipping products and/or delivering to customers as a result of an end-to-end design process
  • 3+ years' people management experience; a demonstrated ability to hire and foster growth within a teams/build culture.
  • A foundational understanding of platform differences, design tokens, and design trends. 
  • Proficiency in a variety of design & productivity tools: chiefly Figma, as well as Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office Suite, etc.
  • Experience in/knowledge of inclusive design and accessibility. 
  • Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Design, Product Design, Human Computer Interaction, or related field AND 8+ years' experience working in product or service design
    • 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 
    • OR equivalent experience (e.g., experience using design thinking to solve problems). 

Additional/Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Design, Product Design, Human Computer Interaction, or related field AND 12+ years' experience working in product or service design
    • OR Master's Degree in Industrial Design, Product Design, Human Computer Interaction, or related field AND 8+ years' experience working in product or service design 
    • OR equivalent experience (e.g., experience using design thinking to solve problems). 

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 away
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