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Product Designer in Lift Off

We're looking for a well-rounded designer who is interested in growing their design, code, and consulting skill-set over time, to join our team, Lift Off (https://thoughtbot.com/lift-off-mvp-design-development), which focuses on working on significant initial versions of new products for existing companies or complex new startups. In this role, you’ll partner closely with engineers and clients to help solve problems and grow products. Designers in this role will wear many hats, so we’re hoping to see both examples of UI and UX work and examples of front-end engineering in your portfolio.

thoughtbot is a Work From Anywhere company. This is a fully-remote position on the Lift Off team, which focuses on building significant initial versions of new products for existing companies or complex new startups. We're looking for teammates who overlap with our clients' working hours. This position is available to anyone throughout the Americas (UTC-3 through UTC-10).


About thoughtbot

We believe that it is possible to continuously learn and improve the way people work while building higher-quality products that make positive contributions to the world. We work with companies in every step of the product development and maintenance process to help identify and solve problems. We lead and participate in product design sprints, build high-quality apps, and then deploy them.

We proactively work on improving diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) at thoughtbot. We aim to maintain an inclusive work environment where everyone can thrive professionally, as well as have full lives outside of work. Read about our DEI efforts in the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion section of our Playbook. We acknowledge that DEI work is never done, and that we will make mistakes along the way. We are continuously working on learning, improving ourselves, and the company.

As a member of thoughtbot, you’ll be part of our distributed remote community. We’re continuously working to assure remote work is inclusive, collaborative, comfortable, and social.

Want to dig deeper? Read more about our Purpose and Values, and how we work in our Playbook.

Requirements

You value design and employ a broad set of design tools using the best for the project

  • You communicate user flows and know which tool to use depending on the scope and phase of the project. You seek out new tools, try them out, and assess whether it’s best for the task at hand.
  • You demonstrate and articulate an understanding of layout, typography, visual hierarchy, and accessibility in web and mobile interfaces.
  • You see code as a design tool. You understand that your design needs to be carried through to the platform that it is designed for. For web applications, this means implementing your designs with HTML & CSS, maintaining a clean markup and style, and working with our Developers in Git. You can examine how these same implementation principles apply to mobile, service design, and experience design.

You pride yourself on being a good teammate.

  • You foster a highly-collaborative and inclusive design process and workplace.
  • You live out and uphold our thoughtbot values and purpose, actively shaping these values to make sure they continue to align with the entire team.

You think strategically.

  • You research to gain understanding, conduct user interviews and usability tests, and document ethnographic research or other methods, so you can synthesize well and craft actionable steps from it.
  • You take responsibility for the user experience for the products you work on
  • You think iteratively and holistically about how to release design in small pieces and regularly look for opportunities to validate the team’s ideas.

You are a leader.

  • You take the initiative to lead rather than waiting for somebody else to.
  • You describe yourself as a self-starter and take part in our team goals, lead a group of people through iterative design exercises, and in the design community by writing, participating in online forums and networks, and attending meetups and conferences.

You have experience with consulting.

  • You communicate well and show your work often to clients and team mates
  • You articulate design decisions well and can give constructive and impactful feedback to others. You know to support clients through learning more about design, validating products, and through difficult situations or tough conversations.
  • You communicate complex ideas clearly and succinctly, helping educate the client.

You can contribute to some of our team’s goals.

  • You have experience with facilitating design sprints and building design systems
  • You have an interest in impactful projects in healthcare, education, and social good


Well-qualified candidates value diversity, equity, and inclusion, and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment.

We especially appreciate candidates that demonstrate commitment to valuing DEI and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment. We also understand that not everyone has had the opportunity to commit to this work, and that's okay.

We encourage you to apply even if you don’t match 100% of the requirements. Let us know if you need any specific accommodations during the interview process.


About the interview process

There are a few stages to the process that include conversations with managers and pairing sessions on design and coding. It’s okay if you do not meet every requirement, we encourage you to apply.

Our Benefits

Our goal is to provide ourselves with the best possible benefits, tools to use, and environments to work in while staying sustainable. We've shared the full details of all our benefits here.

  • Investment Time

    We reserve at least 20 days of the year for continuous improvement to make ourselves, the company, and our community better by learning new tools and techniques, working on open source, blogging, creating new products, volunteering our time, and more.

  • Always Learning

    We pay 100% of expenses when you speak at conferences and 50% of the cost for attendees. We also pay 50% of all expenses for job-related training.

  • Stay Fresh

    We work a sustainable pace of 40 hours/week. We have four weeks (24 days in the UK) of vacation time per year, in addition to company holidays and sick days. For new parents, we also have at least 6 weeks paid leave in all locations, as well as the ability to take at least 6 months off.

  • Healthcare + Financial

    In the U.S. we provide competitive medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, and a comprehensive 401k plan with matching. In the UK we provide supplemental private insurance and a group personal pension scheme.

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