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Sr. Product Design Manager, Design Systems



Product, Design
United States · Remote
Posted on Friday, May 26, 2023

Who We Are

Addepar’s purpose is to maximize the positive impact of the world’s capital. More than 850 of the world’s leading financial services firms trust Addepar to unlock the power and possibility of informed, data-driven investing and advice. These family offices, wealth managers, banks and institutions use Addepar’s tech and data platform to deliver exceptional value to their clients in a modern, scalable and secure way.

Our clients use Addepar to manage and advise on more than $4 trillion in assets. Our board and investors are some of the best in the business: D1 Capital, WestCap, 8VC and Valor Equity Partners have led our last few rounds.

We’re now expanding Addepar’s business around the globe, with clients in more than 30 countries. We’re constantly doubling down on tech- and data-fueled innovation, and our product and platform roadmap is more ambitious today than ever. We place our clients at the center of everything we do, and see a virtually unlimited set of opportunities to expand our client footprint and deepen the value we can unlock by building together.

Addepar is a Forbes Fintech 50 company and an honored member of the CB Insights Fintech 250. Addepar embraces a global flexible workforce model with offices in Silicon Valley, New York City, Salt Lake City, Chicago, London, England, Edinburgh, Scotland and Pune, India.

*Marketplace and brokerage services provided by Acervus Securities, Inc., an SEC registered broker‑dealer and member FINRA / SIPC.

The Role

Our Design Foundations team is a key pillar of design excellence and execution at Addepar. The group works horizontally across all our multi-product platform to provide product development teams with UI standards, components, and documentation needed to build outstanding experiences for our global audience. They encourage cohesion across our product areas while also allowing for innovation and creativity to push our standards and systems forward. They have a mastery of our design tools and steward the many projects in flight by evangelizing consistent processes and structure.

We’re looking for an experienced design systems leader, familiar with the challenges of scaling systems across products, platforms, and teams. You are able to identify inconsistencies and inefficiencies in process, design improvements for them, and build the required relationships to get broad adoption of them in a complex organization. You’re an empathetic manager, aligning business needs with the skills and interests of your team, and guiding their careers.

Reporting to the Head of Design, you are the glue between many important, innovative teams, as you partner closely with design leadership and cross-functional teams to elevate, adapt, and unify our products.

What You’ll Do

  • Develop and maintain a compelling vision and roadmap for the product design system, which aligns with the company's overall strategy and objectives.
  • Evangelize outstanding UI and form consensus across teams on the value of investing in and adopting our design system.
  • Partner with R&D teams to successfully implement and manage a new visual design across multiple products.
  • Build a strategy for incorporating accessibility practices into our product development processes in partnership with design, engineering, product management, and QA.
  • Collaborate with teams to ensure a streamlined user interface and seamless integration of design components.
  • Incorporate user research and usability testing practices into component development to inform key decisions.
  • Uncover design system adoption roadblocks and build solutions to remove them, helping development teams gain efficiencies.
  • Evolve and manage the documentation website to create a single-source of truth for teams to gain knowledge on our standards.
  • Communicate effectively at all levels of the organization, gathering feedback and managing expectations.
  • Establish goal-driven metrics to measure the impact of the design system and continuously optimize its efficiency.
  • Stay current on the latest digital design trends and new technologies, incorporating them into the design program as needed.
  • Be responsible for and mentor a team of senior designers, fostering collaboration, innovation, and continuous improvement.
  • Actively contribute to evolving Addepar Design by partnering with your design leadership peers and contributing to operational duties that optimize our design practices.

Who You Are

  • Bachelor's degree in human-centered interaction design or a related degree
  • Minimum of 7 years of experience in user experience design with at least 3 years in a management role
  • Proven track record of leading design systems programs and initiatives for enterprises or B2B organizations
  • Solid technical understanding of user-interfaces and global accessibility standards
  • Excellent project management and organizational skills, with the ability to adapt to changing project requirements and prioritize effectively
  • Ability to thrive in a growth environment and understand how to scale design operations and best-practices
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, with a demonstrated ability to collaborate with diverse teams and manage relationships
  • Proficiency in Figma and other industry-leading design tools
  • Knowledge of the latest design standard methodologies, with a passion for staying ahead of the curve

Our Values

  • Act Like an Owner - Think and operate with intention, purpose and care. Own outcomes.
  • Build Together - Collaborate to unlock the best solutions. Deliver lasting value.
  • Champion Our Clients - Exceed client expectations. Our clients’ success is our success.
  • Drive Innovation - Be bold and unconstrained in problem solving. Transform the industry.
  • Embrace Learning - Engage our community to broaden our perspective. Bring a growth mindset.

In addition to our core values, Addepar is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We seek to bring together diverse ideas, experiences, skill sets, perspectives, backgrounds and identities to drive innovative solutions. We commit to promoting a welcoming environment where inclusion and belonging are held as a shared responsibility.

To ensure the health and safety of all Addepeeps and our prospective candidates, we have instituted a virtual interview and onboarding experience.

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.