Product Designer - Design Systems and Guidelines


  • London  
    Competitive plus benefits
  • Company
    Start date
  • Closing date
    9 March 2022  
    Posted on
    7 January 2022  

Since 1869, our customers have been at the heart of what we do. Today those customers number in the millions and its our privilege to design exceptional experiences for them. 
That could be tonights dinner from Sainsburys. The perfect present (for you or someone else) from Argos. Styling your home with Habitat. Finding the perfect outfit at Tu. And financial support from Sainsburys Bank, all whilst getting rewards through Nectar.

Why join us?

We know that great experiences arent created by accident. Thats why we've built a large, diverse and inclusive team. It may be surprising but there are 80 of us. From UX to service designers. UX writers to researchers and accessibility specialists. Together, we craft exceptional products and services across all our brands and channels. We make things better, and were respected across the group for the impact we have.
Did we mention that were an award-winning team? At the Grocer Gold Awards 2021, we won E-commerce Initiative of the Year. Our work helped elderly, vulnerable and disabled customers through the pandemic. It gave them priority access to home delivery slots. We also won Technology Initiative of the Year.


What we offer:

• A mix of home and office working
• Flexible hours 
• Colleague discount at Sainsbury’s, Argos and Habitat
• Bonus scheme
• Holiday allowance
• Pension plan
• Special offers on gyms, restaurants, holidays, vouchers and more

The Role:

You'll be working within our Customer Experience Design team. We design digital products for millions of customers and over 200,000 colleagues.

You'll work within a multi-disciplinary product team. You'll support and collaborate with designers, engineers, product managers, copy and accessibility experts. Together, you'll evolve and scale our design systems. These systems empower our teams to create on-brand, consistent and accessible experiences.

Your aim will be to understand how we can support teams across the Sainsbury's Group. You’ll get to know these teams, their work, and the challenges they face.

Our work spans transactional and non-transactional websites, apps, self-service tills and loyalty propositions. You’ll define and design best in class guidelines, styles, components and patterns. Your work will include iterative and conceptual design. It will delight our customers, drive best practice and help teams release faster. You’ll think systematically and design inclusively. You'll also be comfortable testing and validating your work.

Millions of people will use the designs and patterns you create.

You can find out more about us, our work and our culture on our Medium blog.

What youll do:

  • Evolve and scale our guidelines, UI kits, component and patterns libraries
  • Interact with design teams and stakeholders to understand how design systems can support
  • Engage with teams from across the group to embed guidelines and principles
  • Design and test concepts and solutions
  • Collaborate with diverse teams from different disciplines
  • Champion inclusive design principles in your work and throughout the team

What were looking for:

Industry experience as a UI, UI/UX, or Product designer is essential. As are the core technical skills outlined in the role details above. Alongside this, were looking for certain behaviours and competency skills. These skills will help you thrive in a dynamic team like ours.

Skills were looking for:

• Experience of working on or contributing to a design system 
• Knowledge of how to design inclusively
• Expertise designing and prototyping with tools such as Figma
• Capable of conducting research and interpreting results
• Influence and negotiation skills
• Adaptable to changing priorities, complexity and unknowns
• Confidence challenging your peers and stakeholders
• Taking the initiative and driving change
• Tailoring your approach for different audiences

Our interview process is simple. Well review your CV and portfolio before inviting you to interview. We have 2 interviews. The first is between 45-60 mins; its a chance for us to learn about each other. The second is around 1 hour 30 minutes. Youll present a project and talk through your process. Well then ask behaviour and competency questions. 
Tips and guidance on what we look for in portfolios.

Work-life balance is important to us, so we offer our colleagues as much flexibility as possible in line with the needs of their role. We trust them to decide how, where and when they work, combining remote and collaborative working with a flexible approach to hours, giving them plenty of time and space for life outside of work whilst delivering against our business goals.