Product Design Manager
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Our mission at Airtable is to democratize software creation. Every community, curator, and corgi parent has different goals. Their potential amplifies if they have the right tools to help get work done.
Before Airtable, building custom software was gated by specialized knowledge, time, and high costs. With great design, we can remove these barriers — orders of magnitude more people will have the power of software engineering in their hands! Our challenge is to evolve and reinterpret decades-old concepts such as database creation, control flow, and usability into an accessible platform that anyone is empowered to use.
We’re looking for a product design manager to contribute to this challenge from start to finish. That means we’re asking ourselves lots of questions about the following:
How do people manage their processes today? (Spoiler: some of the wildest Excels you’ve ever seen.) What would the ideal software solution look like? How can we craft an elegant set of product concepts and interaction paradigms that allow people to build this software without code?
If these sound like puzzles you are eager to help us solve, we can’t wait for you to apply.
What you’ll do:
Think deeply about the future of software creation
This is a complex problem space that needs to distill down into simple design solutions. You’ll immerse yourself in company strategy and enable your team to exchange ideas with our passionate team of researchers, data scientists, and customer specialists to understand our biggest growth opportunities. You will be able to think holistically about the architecture and systems that make Airtable work.
A very satisfying amount of design
You’ll oversee the design of extremely high-quality features and workflows and foster a sense of ownership throughout the process from your team. You’ll lead your team to partner with engineering and understand technical constraints and how to make pragmatic tradeoffs on their designs.
Shape our strategy
Project ideas aren’t just handed off to designers in a fully defined state. Designers partner with PM to build roadmaps, goals, and success metrics focused on the most exciting and high-impact problems. Everyone on the team has a voice to give structure to a vision, even in the “what if” stage.
See Airtable through the eyes of our customers
We have a fascinatingly diverse customer base, which means a broad set of customer needs. You’ll help your team partner with our researchers, customer success managers, and others to understand the goals of customers in many industries, and conduct interviews and feedback sessions alongside our researchers.
Help our design team thrive.
The design culture at Airtable is a living, breathing group effort. You’ll provide thoughtful leadership to your reports and mentorship to the broader team.
We might be a good fit for you if...
You’ve led 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. Bonus if the teams were in a subscription-based software space.
You’re a lifelong learner.
Your work’s details and nuances are important to you, and you never feel “done” learning the craft.
You gravitate towards complex problems.
There’s no shortage of challenging, tangly problems to solve at Airtable. If the ideas of mind-boggling ambiguity, torrential brainstorming, and feeling overwhelmed by possibilities have you nodding “yes” at this screen, we have some ideas about what you can work on.
You like saying “we” more than “I”.
Your team will be a collaborative bunch, and you’ll be working closely with other designers, engineers, PMs, data scientists, researchers, 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’re not afraid to ask a “spicy” question.
Growing our product, team, and culture means reflecting and sometimes challenging our practice and approach. We are open to adapting and growing.
You inspire your colleagues to be the best versions of themselves.
We authentically admire and respect each other, and we think that motivates us to create great work.
You can weather a growth spurt.
Airtable has more than doubled in size since early 2020, and we’re not slowing down soon. Things change a lot around here– just when you have your head around a process, we outgrow it. We're looking for people who are patient with uncertainty and can help us rise to the occasion of each new moment in our company's rapid growth.
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