Overview

Job Description

About the position
Wirecutter is seeking a Lead Product Designer to join our growing team to help shape Wirecutter’s mobile strategy and user experience. As the lead designer on the team, you will be at the center of a new product area. You will be pivotal in developing our understanding of rapidly evolving reader behavior and have the chance to foster deeper relationships with our existing readership as well as develop a whole new audience of people.

Responsibilities

  • Operate independently on a small team, leading a product design process from discovery through to initial delivery of a product to market.

  • Work closely with digital leadership to establish the user experience vision for Wirecutter on mobile.

  • Collaborate closely with partners across editorial, product and engineering to define how people will discover, consume and return to wirecutter content

  • Use quantitative data and qualitative research to identify and prioritize new opportunities, and run experiments to test and validate new ideas

  • Partner with product and engineering to design and build scalable solutions that meet the diverse needs of our mobile users readers across platforms, with a focus on mobile, email and push alerts

  • Designing user-experiences from low-fidelity sketches to high-fidelity pixel perfect mockups

  • Creating prototypes to validate design concepts with partners and users

  • Clearly communicate design directions and rationale to your team and stakeholders

  • Communicate design specifications to engineers and validate completed work (VQA).

  • Collaborate with user researchers to discover and understand user needs and behaviors

  • Stay informed about UX trends and looking for creative ideas and inspiration in parallel products and creative fields

  • Establish a creative process and culture that knows when to explore broadly, quickly and knows when to sweat the details

  • Continuously think about how we might build habits into the experience

  • Focus on both the presentation of information on static screens as well as how users move through them

  • Establish and foster a healthy culture of curiosity, experimentation, collaboration and inclusiveness across all disciplines on a brand new team

Qualifications

  • Minimum 7+ years of product design experience ideally with experience in multimedia, consumer and subscription products

  • Distinctive portfolio of shipped work that demonstrates a strong understanding of human-centered design practice as well as a deep understanding of mobile UI/UX best practices

  • Experience working fluidly across strategy and execution

  • Excellent interpersonal skills

  • Expertise in verbal and written communication skills (the ability to effectively communicate and sell an idea)

  • A great listener who loves giving and receiving honest, thoughtful feedback

  • The ability to balance longer term strategic thinking with scrappiness and getting features out the door

  • Strong grasp of the engineering challenges and core technologies that drive a media business

  • Excellent analytical skills with strong user empathy and awareness driven by qualitative research methods

  • Real passion for The Times’ mission and a commitment to be a part of our innovation and growth

About Wirecutter

Wirecutter helps people buy the right things for the way they want to live. The site was founded by journalists in September 2011 and was acquired by The New York Times Company in October 2016. Our recommendations are made through vigorous reporting, interviewing, and testing by teams of veteran journalists, scientists, and researchers. Consider us a best-of list for everyday things; a curated gallery filled with only interesting, useful objects; a thank-you note to the designers and engineers who create the stuff that makes our lives better; a geeky friend with next-level research skills who tests everything they buy so you don’t have to. The point is to make buying great gear quickly easier so you can get on with living your life.

We pride ourselves on following rigorous journalistic standards and ethics, and we maintain editorial independence from our business operations. Our recommendations are always made entirely by our editorial team without input from our revenue team, and our writers and editors are never made aware of any business relationships. Wirecutter is mission driven and reader supported; learn more about us here.

Our Company Principles

Our principles help us create a work environment that breeds trust, respect, learning and is one that we all are excited about showing up to each day.

Seek Understanding: We are lifelong students who want to understand the world around us. We are curious to understand our readers, how we get better at our own disciplines and how we can work better together. This means we are active listeners, information hunters and empathetic.

Explain Why: Because we seek to understand, we value the importance of explaining our ideas and our understanding. This means we are constructively candid, sharing our perspectives and the thought process behind it. And then learning from the conversation that ensues. We are all teachers and students, helping each other grow.

Solve Things: We love to solve things, whether they are our own problems, our readers problems or our colleagues problems. While we often can solve problems on our own, we believe our best results come out when we solve them together.

Get It Done: We are passionate about getting things done. Whether it is our own individual work or teamwork, our instinct is to forge a path forward and learn as we go. This means we continually focus on how to turn work into achievable chunks, communicate those effectively to the team and efficiently execute against them.

Make It Better: We aren’t satisfied with perpetuating the status quo. We’re always looking forward. We live to change the world around us for the better, making a difference in our own lives and our readers’ lives. If we are being ambitious enough, this means that we will both fail and succeed and we take pride in owning both of those outcomes as long as we are learning.

Locations

Even with our offices in New York City and Los Angeles, Wirecutter remains a highly remote-friendly culture, and proud to employ incredible people across the country. Right now, we are eligible to hire in AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, HI, IA, IL, IN, MA, ME, MI, MN, NH, NY, OH, OR, PA, TX, UT, WA.

Overview of Benefits at Wirecutter and The New York Times Company

Though Wirecutter has physical locations in both NYC and LA, the company promotes and encourages a remote workforce, so that our employees can work in flexible and comfortable ways. We are committed to career development, supported by a formal mentoring program as well as tuition reimbursement. The New York Times Company offers frequent panel discussions and talks by industry leaders (Sheryl Sandberg, Melinda Gates and Ta-Nehisi Coates are a few recent examples), that we encourage our employees to attend.

We believe diversity fuels innovation and creativity, and we have a variety of employee groups and task forces across The New York Times Company and Wirecutter dedicated to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace.

We offer a generous parental leave policy, which was recently expanded in response to employee feedback. Birth mothers receive 16 weeks fully paid, adoptive parents and birth fathers receive 10 weeks also fully paid. Similarly, we offer competitive health and dental insurance, as well as 401k matching.

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The New York Times is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, one that reflects the varied global community we serve. Our journalism and the products we build in the service of that journalism greatly benefit from a range of perspectives, which can only come from diversity of all types, across our ranks, at all levels of the organization. Achieving true diversity and inclusion is the right thing to do. It is also the smart thing for our business. So we strongly encourage women, veterans, people with disabilities, people of color and gender nonconforming candidates to apply.

The New York Times Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s sex, age, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage, religion, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation or affectional preference, gender identity and expression, disability, genetic trait or predisposition, carrier status, citizenship, veteran or military status and other personal characteristics protected by law. All applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to legally protected characteristics. The New York Times Company will consider qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local “Fair Chance” laws.