Principal Product Designer at Vox Media (Remote)

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WHO WE ARE

Vox Media employees thrive on innovation and change while ambitiously seeking to master their subject areas, hone their craft, and improve their communities. We help smart, talented, creative professionals make a meaningful impact in media, technology and the world around them. Vox Media’s networks and businesses include SB Nation, Eater, The Verge, Vox, Curbed, Recode & Code Conferences, Polygon, Concert, Chorus, Vox Creative, Vox Entertainment, and the Vox Media Podcast Network.                                                                      


We’re taking what it means to be a designer in media to new heights by building a best-in-class cross-disciplinary design team at Vox Media, from our Product team that builds the best platform for digital publishing in the industry, to our brand team that works across a suite of powerhouse editorial networks, to our revenue team that designs beautiful ad products and partners with our sponsors. At Vox Media, you can be part of a remote friendly culture with people in New York, DC, San Francisco, Austin, New Orleans, and quite a few cities in between. Our jobs are well compensated and come with excellent and progressive benefits—including flexible hours, generous paid parental leave, and trans-inclusive healthcare.


Vox Media’s Revenue Design organization supports miriad teams and business lines, including but not limited to our Content and Display advertising businesses. This is a mix of advertising spanning corporate, in-house promotional design and development, display advertising products as well as executions, video, experiential, and immersive digital experiences, to name a few.


The Principal Product Designer will report  directly to the VP of Revenue Design. This role will be a combination of product and visual design with an emphasis on systematic, user-driven product solutions that look to solve building web experiences at scale.


 

WHAT YOU’LL DO
  • Be a design leader on the Custom Experiences Team
  • Be a strong partner to Product / Project Managers across partner teams (Concert Studio, Vox Creative, Brand Design) 
  • Be a strong advocate for our brands, across Concert, Vox Creative, and our suite of O&O networks.
  • Lead visual and product design, as well as outreach and oversight on projects that go out of house or those supported by freelancers or contractors.
  • Help support our internal teams in terms of documentation, spec documents, templates, asset organization and creative best practices.
  • Be proactive in concepting, art direction and design direction to help envision what a product or experience could become.
  • Able to work against aggressive deadlines and juggle multiple priorities.
  • Work in support of other designers of all levels, being able to provide guidance and support.
  • May participate in team level leadership initiatives beyond project work.
  • Setting an example: amplify your team’s creative potential/output by removing obstacles, providing long-term strategic vision, and providing clarity in ambiguous times.
  • A trusted partner fostering strong stakeholder relationships.
  • Following and modeling expected behaviors listed in our Code of Conduct and Ethics Guidelines.

On a project level...

  • Able to execute against a strategic brief, producing multiple viable solutions to a design problem. Ability to defend work against stated strategy.
  • A willingness and ability to push work to exceed expectations—offering tactical solutions in order to meet campaign objectives. 
  • Create compelling, user-centric visual design and product solutions.
  • Attend brainstorms, kick off calls, stand ups and team meetings, and play an active role in all.
  • Actively produce work from end to end for certain projects, and be an advocate for user-centered, accessible and responsive design and usable code on others..
  • Collaborate with partners and stakeholders to ensure projects are launched on or before deadlines.
  • Be able to accurately scope projects in a pre-sale or during early state discussions.
  • Tap a network of resources as needed on a per-project basis.
  • Work closely with designers and engineers across multiple teams to gain an in depth understanding of our ecosystem.
  • Exceptional communication skills and the ability to present and speak to design and front-end solutions.
  • Attend stand-ups across multiple teams and build strong relationships with project managers to have a clear understanding of opportunities and priorities.
  • Be an advocate for user-centered design across all projects.
  • Consistently meet deadlines assigned by Project Managers and Stakeholders.

 

WHO YOU ARE
  • 10+ years of prior industry design experience.
  • Literacy in the Adobe Creative suite of applications.
  • A strong foundational understanding of typography, color theory and designing for users and designing for the web.
  • Awareness and curiosity of design trends in the industry.
  • An expert level mix of visual design, product design, designing for the web and responsive design best practices. 
  • Self starter; ability to idea and concept with alignment to business goals, build wireframes and prototypes, and craft design direction that translates to viable design solutions with minimal back and forth and without supervision.
  • Proven ability to present design solutions with a UX narrative that clearly shows understanding of problems to be solved to business leaders needing to buy in.
  • An eagerness to learn, to push the boundaries of web and interactive design, and a desire to work collaboratively with other designers, engineers and product thinkers as well as partners and stakeholders in a fast-paced environment.
  • A strong portfolio demonstrating excellence in visual, product and web design, projects you have launched from start to finish, the ability to solve design problems, and articulate a point of view with respect to your work.
  • An excitement for and an interest in web design and the latest front-end technologies.
  • Demonstrable ability to solve problems creatively and effectively.
  • Ability to work on more than one initiative at a time.
  • High standards in delivering accurate, clean and error free work.
  • Nice to have: knowledge of HTML, CSS and a strong grasp of Javascript and front-end frameworks.

If you think you have what it takes, but don't meet every single point in our job posting, please apply with a cover letter to let us know how you believe you can bring your unique skills to the Vox Media team or get in touch! We’ve hired chefs who became editors, DJs who became UX designers, and sommeliers who became writers.

 

WHERE YOU’LL WORK

This job is remote/in office/flex. We’re dedicated to the health and wellbeing of all of our employees, and when we reopen, will require everyone who works from one of our offices to be fully-vaccinated against COVID-19. Employees with approved religious or medical exemptions may be subject to additional safety requirements, such as submitting to regular COVID-19 testing and/or wearing a face covering in our offices.

 

WHY VOX MEDIA?WHAT WE OFFER

This is a permanent, full-time position. This job is benefits-eligible. We pride ourselves in providing comprehensive benefits to support all of our employees wherever they are in life. You can find more information about our benefits here.

 

OUR DEI+ COMMITMENT

Vox Media is committed to building an inclusive environment where everyone can show up as their authentic selves and create their best work. We recognize that great stories, platforms, products and services come from people with all manner of backgrounds and experiences. We recognize that our commitments require ongoing work and sustained attention, as well as adaptation to new insights and best practices. We keep our diversity data public for the sake of accountability, transparency and communication. Learn more about our values here, and our approach to corporate citizenship here

Vox Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer and qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, disability, national origin, protected veteran status, age, or any other status protected by applicable national, federal, state, or local law. Vox Media will also consider all qualified applicants with criminal histories in accordance with applicable Fair Chance laws. We are also committed to providing reasonable accommodations as part of the application process to candidates with disabilities. If you require a reasonable accommodation as part of the application process, please contact our People & Culture team ([email protected]).

 

WHAT COMES NEXT

Our recruiting team will go through applications in a timely manner. Please note that our recruiting team will only contact you from @voxmedia.com email addresses, never via text message. Read more about how our recruiting team operates, and how to protect yourself from recruitment fraud, here.

More Information on Vox Media
Vox Media operates in the Digital Media industry. The company is located in Washington, WA. Vox Media was founded in 2011. It has 996 total employees. It offers perks and benefits such as Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Disability Insurance, Dental Benefits, Vision Benefits, Health Insurance Benefits and Life Insurance. To see all 31 open jobs at Vox Media, click here.
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