Job Description

NYT Cooking is looking for a Product Designer to execute the vision, user experience, and visual design of new and existing features for our website and apps. Your priority for this year will be to help users explore our product and find recipes they’ll be most interested in cooking.

From streamlining navigation patterns to iterating on our search functionality, you’ll use research, data insights, and machine learning capabilities to meet users where they are and surface recipes that are most relevant to them. You’ll work with product, technology, data, marketing, and editorial partners as a small team to encourage discovery through personalization and get users to cook with us more often.

If you enjoy deeply understanding user preferences and behavior, strategizing how content could be connected, and learning through experimentation, this is the role for you. Your work will not only enrich people’s lives by making them better, more confident cooks, but also champion the notion that high-quality recipes and instruction are worth paying for.

You will report to Cooking’s Product Design Director. This position is based in New York or remotely in the U.S.


  • Support high-level product strategy for discovery and personalization across our surfaces, ensuring we’re asking the right questions and solving for distinct needs.

  • Create documentation (e.g. user journeys, experience maps, wireframes, frameworks) to facilitate conversations, build consensus, and help make decisions.

  • Take product ideas and hone them into multiple solutions and concrete approaches, then collaboratively narrow ideas and establish requirements.

  • Create artifacts for experimentation and user testing, and apply any insights to your designs.

  • Create production-ready design deliverables that use existing or new patterns as needed.

  • Collaborate with engineers to assure the visual quality of our output. Use browser developer tools to fine-tune user interface elements.

  • Contribute to team and product design rituals. Represent design in recruiting and interviewing for the broader team.

Basic Qualifications

  • 3+ years of experience designing digital products—both websites and apps.

  • A portfolio of work that showcases your process and a range of fidelity levels along with finished design work. Applications without portfolios will not be considered.

  • Proficiency in Figma, Sketch, or equivalent design tools.

  • A shown understanding of modern HTML & CSS and app interface guidelines, and grasp of current development philosophies / methodologies for building consumer products.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A portfolio relating to discovery and/or algorithmic features.

  • You make on-brand visual choices that provide informational clarity, drive behavior, and respect platform and interaction conventions. You solve for complex states and iterate based on usage patterns, user feedback, and an evolving competitive landscape.

  • Experience auditing content, organizing it to align with user needs, and defining navigation systems.

  • Experience collaborating closely with product managers and engineers. Comfortable working with remote teammates. (If applying as a remote candidate, experience working remotely in a previous design role is preferred.)

  • An interest in food / cooking and enthusiasm for The New York Times’ mission.


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.