Manager, Product Design
As the world moves faster, connection and agility have never been more important. We started Airtable so that people can create software that fits the unique needs of their businesses. Now, we’re doubling down on this original vision to create a future where co-workers are deeply connected and, as a result, better equipped to face their most important goals. With Airtable, companies create connected apps that unify their teams, operationalize their most valuable data, and power critical workflows in ways that are unique to how their organizations function.
Our product design team is at the core of that work, breaking down barriers and unlocking the potential of an intuitive platform and thoughtfully crafted product experiences. We’re passionate about designing a future where software creation and workflow problem-solving aren’t limited by sophisticated technical skills.
We’re looking for a product design manager to join our skilled crew of design leaders at Airtable. If these sound like puzzles you’re eager to help us solve and you’re excited about the chance to lead a team of humble, talented, and deeply thoughtful designers, we can’t wait for you to apply.
What you'll do
Shape and communicate our strategy
Projects aren’t just handed off to design in a fully defined state at Airtable. You’ll partner closely with Product Management and Engineering partners to define roadmaps, goals, and success metrics focused on compelling and high-impact problems. Everyone on the team has a voice to identify opportunities and sharpen the vision. You’ll leverage design-led explorations to unpack tricky product and business problems and bring a balance of user-focus to the conversation. As a key member of our Product Development Leadership team, you’ll engage directly with our executive team
Set the bar for design quality and craft
You’ll oversee the design of high-quality features and workflows, from problem-setting to polishing details (and every step in between), while creating a sense of empowerment for your team throughout the process. Our managers own their team’s critique and feedback culture—we believe in engaging conversations and spaces that set a high bar for quality in a supportive and constructive environment. And when you see an opportunity, you’ll lead the way with thoughtful team design sprints and initiatives.
Drive operational excellence
When it comes to design leadership, it’s not just what we deliver but how we get there as a team. You’ll develop and drive important relationships, practices, and processes from both a design and cross-functional perspective. We work to balance quality and efficiency in our product development process. You’ll actively manage design resourcing to create healthy and sustainable dynamics for our designers. You’ll also help set the pace for shipping and learning with considerate tradeoffs in mind.
See Airtable through the eyes of our customers
We have a diverse customer base, which means a broad and nuanced set of customer needs and use cases. You and your team will work with cross-functional partners across the business and engage directly with our customers to understand goals and behaviors in many industries. You’ll help establish approaches, programs and relationships to get high-quality customer and user feedback on developing initiatives. You’ll translate insights into artifacts and frameworks to focus and influence your team and the organization.
Help our design team thrive
We are all stewards of our design culture at Airtable. We’re constantly learning and evolving — we make intentional space for diverse perspectives and experiences. You’ll provide thoughtful day-to-day leadership and continually guide the development of your reports. You’ll also provide mentorship to the broader team and influence our organizational rituals and dialogue. You’ll be an important member of a design management crew that values the balance of people, product and process in our work. We support each other through big and small challenges, working together as we strive to grow as people managers and design leaders.
Who you are
You’ve led product design teams before
...and have a track record of thoughtful, impactful work to show for it! You have experience managing a team of designers working on projects where quality, scale, and execution are a priority.
You’re a lifelong learner
Your work’s details and nuances are important to you, and you never feel “done” learning the craft of design and the art of management.
You gravitate towards complex problems
There’s no shortage of gnarly and impactful problems to solve at Airtable. If you thrive on wrangling ambiguity and helping teams find their footing when overwhelmed by the possibilities, we think you’ll have a good time here.
You like saying “we” more than “I”
Your team and functional partners will be a collaborative bunch, and you’ll be working closely with other designer managers, PMs, engineering, PMMs, and more. We are greater than the sum of our parts.
You just go for it
There are lots of opportunities to have a measurable impact as a self-starter at Airtable. You don’t hesitate to champion a good idea until it turns into something that works.
You enjoy leading in a dynamic environment
We’re still growing and changing as a company which can be both exciting and challenging. We're looking for leaders who are comfortable with uncertainty and can help us rise to the occasion of each new moment in our company's rapid development.
- You inspire your colleagues to be the best versions of themselves
We genuinely admire and respect each other which motivates us to show up as our best selves and take pride in the work we do together.
Compensation awarded to successful candidates will vary based on their work location, relevant skills and experience. The base salary range for this role is $254,000 - $359,800 for work locations in San Francisco, Mountain View, Seattle, NYC and LA. Our total compensation package also includes the opportunity to receive benefits, restricted stock units, and may include incentive compensation. To learn more about our comprehensive benefit offerings, please check out Life at Airtable.
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