Lead Product Designer, Design System

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Job Description

The New York Times is looking for a Lead Product Designer to envision and create a design system to support our most high-profile news surfaces. This role, which reports into the Product Design function, joins a multidisciplinary team within the Engagement mission dedicated to improving the quality of our products and the efficiency of our teams.

You will help develop and execute roadmaps for creating the reusable design tokens and UX patterns used in our digital experiences and products. Your work will involve auditing these experiences and identifying short-term and long-term opportunities for consistency and quality. In collaboration with different teams, you will use your skills in interaction and visual design to explore solutions that work across products, align with our brand aesthetic and values, as well as meet standards for accessibility and inclusivity. You'll work closely with engineering partners to understand technical needs and drive consistency that improves the design-to-engineering handoff. You'll be responsible for collaborating with various teams, articulating design rationale and presenting your work to stakeholders to ensure the effectiveness of the design system. You will also work collaboratively with design systems initiatives outside of the Engagement mission to unify standards.

Someone who is excited about navigating a complex organizational environment, systems thinking, enthusiastic about design details and tooling, and enjoys advocating for quality and accessibility will thrive and make a significant impact in this role. You'll join and have the support of a group of product designers focused on systems and platforms.

You will report to the Product Design Director, UX Foundations.

  • Balance contributing individual work and guiding direction of other designers
  • Help guide high-level product strategy in tandem with project leadership, ensuring we're asking the right questions and solving for distinct needs
  • Collaborate with designers throughout the organization to share expertise and solve for various user needs.
  • Initiate and help conduct research to surface insights to guide the vision, identify pain points and surface opportunities
  • Help shape feature implementation by providing a user-centered perspective to the team's solution
  • Create sketches, wireframes, prototypes, user journeys, and other frameworks to help build alignment, promote conversations and aid decision-making
  • Build and maintain a Figma library used by product designers and engineers
  • Provide support to designers and teams using the design system, creating channels for feedback and improvements.
  • Work with engineers to ensure the visual and user experience quality of the team's output

Basic Qualifications
  • 7+ years of relevant experience
  • Experience giving direction to more junior design team members
  • Excellent interaction and visual design skills
  • Experience designing digital experiences, with recent experience designing systems that demonstrate successful quality and consistent products
  • A portfolio of work that showcases your problem-solving process along with finished design work
  • Proficiency in Figma, Sketch, Photoshop, Illustrator, or equivalent design tools

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience or enthusiasm for building design systems
  • Comfort communicating design decisions to a variety of audiences
  • You value collaboration and communication
  • You're equally passionate about the big picture and the small details
  • Cross-discipline fluency. You know how to break down big challenges into smaller decisions framed as trade-offs (e.g. time vs. scope)
  • Understanding of how data and qualitative research inform product and design decisions
  • Experience working with engineers to understand technical constraints and opportunities
  • Understanding of technologies used to build modern digital experiences
  • Enthusiasm for the mission of The New York Times


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.