Lead Product Designer - Design Systems

We are in the midst of a work revolution – quality work is moving online. And Upwork is where the jobs are going. We’re building the infrastructure that capture clients' and freelancers’ preferences and requirements, matching jobs with the best freelancers available, and improving the chance of great outcomes. And that’s where you come in.

As a Lead Product Designer with a focus on Design Systems, you will have the opportunity to create and manage the product user experience that matches clients with premier talent. You will design products and features that help millions of users collaborate with distributed teams and manage their Upwork activities ‘on the go’ through mobile applications.

In this role, you will:

  • Collaborate across design, product and engineering teams to be the horizontal champion for a high quality, consistent and holistic product user experience.

  • Own our UI component library including crafting and documenting new components and design patterns while continually refining existing ones.

  • Gather customer needs, motivations and behaviors and to solve complex interaction problems while effectively communicating findings and detailed design rationale both verbally and visually.

  • Build designs that adhere to and extend our existing style guide.

  • Prototype new components and interactions using HTML, CSS and Javascript to effectively communicate to engineers and other designers.

  • Generate detailed specs and work closely with our engineering team to ensure components are coded properly using modern and clean HTML, CSS and Javascript.

  • Enforce the proper use of components and design patterns across agile teams.

To win in this role, you will need:
  • 4+ years of relevant work experience, with a focus on design systems.

  • Experience designing for systems (style guides, component libraries, design patterns, and frameworks).

  • Authority in user centered design methodologies with a consistent track record of creating beautiful, delightful products for a variety of platforms including desktop, web and mobile.

  • Experience working in an Agile development process.

Come change how the world works.

At Upwork you’ll make a real difference in the world, rolling up your sleeves to help reinvent how the world works. As a major player in one of the most exciting and fastest growing markets on the planet, you’ll join a team that’s leading the charge in online work – creating new freedom and opportunity for businesses and freelancers alike. In short, you’ll change lives, which will do wonders for your career, self-esteem and karma.

Along the way you’ll enjoy a bona-fide work-life balance (we practice what we preach), with all of the perks you expect from a thriving tech leader (think free breakfast and lunch, happy hours, team outings and the like). You have the flexibility to work from either of our two main offices in San Francisco (one block from Cal Train) or Mountain View. Plus every Wednesday is a work from home day! Naturally you’ll also draw a nice paycheck and competitive benefits. So join us as we work wonders creating the future of work.

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