Product Design Director at Airtable

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Part spreadsheet, part database, and entirely flexible, teams use Airtable to organize their work, their way.

Job title
Product Design Director
Job listing last updated at
Apr 30, 2021
Job listing location
San Francisco, CA
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Bay Area company location: 799 Market St, San Francisco CA

Job description

Airtable’s mission 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. Folks at more than 200,000 organizations love Airtable because they can design and build powerful applications (without knowing how to code) that perfectly fit their needs and workflows. 

As design director on the Core set of teams, you’ll help lead strategy and give guidance to direct the future of our product, all while hiring, growing, and inspiring an amazing team of designers. 

What you’ll do:

Think deeply about the future of software creation

This is a complex problem space. You’ll immerse yourself in company strategy and guide your teams to better understand our biggest opportunities alongside our passionate team of researchers, data scientists, and customer specialists. You’ll think holistically about the architecture and systems that make Airtable work, often reaching the org to drive that coherence and consistency. 

A very satisfying amount of design 

You’ll oversee the design of high-quality features and workflows and foster a sense of ownership throughout the process from your team. One of your ongoing missions will be to ensure we’re both designing the right thing and designing it right. 

Shape our strategy

Great strategy happens at all levels within Airtable. You’ll be entrusted to facilitate the creation of that strategy in ways that are both insightful and inspiring, creating opportunities and possible directions without being overly prescriptive. Most importantly, you’ll work with your cross-functional peers to realize how these strategies actually turn into roadmapped work that’ll see the light of day. 

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 use those insights to course correct our assumptions and reframe our possibilities. 

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. You’ll also partner with the rest of design leadership, tackling when and how to systematize how we work as a group. We’re looking forward to you 

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 (and other managers) 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. You’re 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.

What we offer

  • We have your medical, dental, and vision insurance 100% covered (and your dependents covered at 65%)
  • Complimentary One Medical membership for individuals and dependents
  • High deductible health plan with health spend account contribution
  • $250 monthly wellness stipend for you to invest in your overall wellness
  • Mental health support
  • Family planning support (fertility, adoption, and surrogacy)
  • Generous vacation and sick time
  • 16 weeks of parental leave
  • Learning & Development: we offer a $2,000 per year stipend for your personal career development

About Airtable

Airtable is working on the next computer revolution: one where anyone – even without technical training – can create customized applications that fit their needs, build more interconnected teams, and take part in a growing community of people who share what they create. Founded in 2013 and headquartered in San Francisco, Airtable powers teams at more than 250,000 organizations around the world. Our most recent funding round valued Airtable at $5.77 billion and raised $270 million in additional capital, and we're just getting started!

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