About the position
Wirecutter is looking for a Product Design Director to drive our next phase of growth. Reporting to the Chief Digital Officer, this design leader will manage, support, and grow a team of 3 – 4 product designers who work cross-functionally with product management, technology, project management, brand and marketing, editorial, data analysts, and other functions.
Product Designers at Wirecutter create smart and thoughtful experiences that meet the needs of our readers and our journalists.
We produce experiences that inform and inspire our readers, connect directly to what they care about, and build confidence and trust in a range of their daily decisions.
We work holistically across the entire experience and contribute to product strategy. We help build alignment and move features forward by developing tangible frameworks, flows, mockups, and prototypes. And we sweat the details to produce high-quality visual experiences and componentry that balance brand, editorial, and reader needs.
The ideal candidate will have a passion for understanding the needs of users, deep interest in journalism as a driver of guidance and clarity in peoples’ lives, demonstrable systems thinking, an expertise in visual design, and experience partnering with editorial peers.
Guide and mentor a small team of designers to ensure high quality output.
Make individual design contributions at times by working ahead on longer term projects and supporting the team when needed
Provide feedback and direction on design work
Provide leadership across a broad portfolio of work that includes growth, publishing tools and new platforms
Provide leadership, direction and feedback across optimizations, feature development and strategy work
Contribute to the definition and development of a high level product roadmap
Contribute to organizational and process design ensuring teams are set up to do their best work, maintain autonomy and collaborate effectively
Build and maintain collaborative relationships across product, editorial, research and technology partners
Provide partnership to research and data to generate new knowledge, insights and hypothesis about our readers and our experience
Work with the leadership team to drive alignment on product vision, direction and strategy
Experience leading a design team, in both design practice and people management
Adept at influencing and driving alignment on product decisions across functions and levels of seniority
A mastery of user interface, interaction design, and prototyping
Strong visual and typographic sensibility
Deep understanding of how qualitative and quantitative research inform product and design decisions
Belief that product and design decisions are inextricably linked
An empathetic listener who can give and receive honest, thoughtful feedback
Steadfast in defense of both the user experience and the editorial brand while also contributing to solutions that drive our business forward
Able to present and explain design effectively, regardless of the audience
Enjoy leading design as a practice on multidisciplinary teams, alongside editors, engineers, product managers and other designers
Enjoy shipping small, quick experiments to explore or validate your ideas
Have 6-8 years of design experience, preferably working on experiences that span different devices and platforms
BA, BFA and/or MFA in interaction/product design or a related discipline
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.
Even with our office in New York City, 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.
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.