Design Systems Architect at Promethean (Remote)

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Who is Promethean?

Collaborative discovery is at the heart of the learning experience. With more than two decades helping people learn and grow together, Promethean is a true partner for educators, innovators, and business leaders. Our award-winning interactive displays and lesson delivery solutions transform learning and workspaces into creative, connected environments to foster collective success.

At the heart of Promethean is a team of education strategists, designers, and technologists that is dedicated to inspiring engagement and empowering teachers and students around the world. Our goal is to make education technology commonplace in all learning environments, and we strive every day to develop intuitive solutions that speed learning, insights, and creativity.

The Promethean team spans the globe and our work impacts the lives of millions of teachers and students. We stand by our solutions and our employees, offering highly competitive benefits and compensation, as well as providing a work-life balance that lifts and sustains us as we navigate a new future.

We are #TeamPromethean. Join us.

About the team

Promethean’s UX Design team works across a variety of products in our portfolio of hardware and software offerings, including our award-winning touch screen panels, accessory hardware, teaching apps, lesson delivery tools, and our user and asset management portal. We obsess over finding creative solutions to our customers’ problems. We lead with our curiosity and strive to learn constantly as we design the technology that will inspire educators, students, and innovators alike. At Promethean, product designers are empowered to take user challenges and find compelling solutions by gathering user feedback, reviewing data for research and validation, designing with user-centered design principles, testing, and validating hypotheses, and continually iterating to optimize work.
About the role
As the Design Systems Architect you will serve as the architect and owner of our in-house design system, “Embers”. Working hand-in-hand with designers, you’ll design, organize, and maintain the Figma component library. You will also coordinate with engineering to define system architecture, track changes, and review build processes. You will also get into the code and build or edit the component libraries when necessary.
You will be our design system thought leader, leveraging your expertise to educate the rest of the organization on proper design system implementation and management. You will lead and champion Embers; leveraging your expertise to educate the rest of the organization on proper design system implementation and management. The ideal candidate has an expert understanding of how design systems work — and how they break. As a hybrid designer/developer you should be able to speak a developer’s language and translate design. You’re able to work within style guidelines, building on existing components and creating new elements. You speak the language of tokens, assets, components and patterns. You are adept at documenting interaction details, working with engineering to optimize work, advocating and communicating changes across teams, and you have a strong process for governing the system. You might have been a librarian in a former life.

You will possess a leadership level ability to communicate details and updates across teams to ensure cohesion. You provide and receive feedback with ease, and you share your work often and openly because you understand that working collaboratively is vital for producing cohesive and aligned products and experiences. 

As a Design System Architect you will:

  • Own our internal “Embers” Design System
  • Aid in the design and development of tokens, assets, components and patterns
  • Work directly with engineering to ensure high quality of component library development, coding when and where necessary
  • Understand the differences between a wide array of devices and viewports and be able to create components for each platform
  • Look beyond the existing system to anticipate future needs and roadblocks
  • Identify opportunities to add and integrate similar components
  • Document, organize, monitor, and continuously improve component libraries across multiple platforms
  • Design and document functionality, interaction, motion, UI states and accessibility details
  • Coordinate with product management to strategize and plan yearly and quarterly roadmaps, as well as sprint plans
  • Collaborate with partners across marketing, product, and research to understand our user’s needs, and design solutions to address them
  • Communicate updates across product teams to ensure system stability
  • Present Design System work often and openly, seeking feedback from stakeholders and keeping wider audiences informed
  • Provide constructive and thoughtful feedback that creates a safe space to freely ideate, collaborate and mentor more junior designers
  • Be curious, open, positive, collaborative and empathetic
  • Think like an owner – scrappy, proactive, organized and detailed


  • Possess a high-level understanding of design systems, with the ability to dive into details when applicable
  • 5+ years of experience in visual design, UX design, research methodologies, and/or product design
  • 2+ years overseeing a design system
  • Ability and desire to communicate work clearly and fearlessly across all teams, early and often
  • Basic understanding of UX principles and user-centered design methodologies
  • Experience designing and developing towards accessibility standards throughout an entire design system
  • Leadership-level ability to work cross-functionally with product teams and engineers to align design system work
  • Understanding of viewports, responsive design, and grid structure
  • Ability to receive and give constructive feedback in a positive manner
  • Expertise with design programs such as Figma, Adobe CC, etc
    Extra Credit
  • Strong visual eye and portfolio demonstrating modern and clean design (typography, color, grid, layout) Experience creating motion design (micro-interaction and other) – tools, techniques and understanding of how motion enhances the UI, focuses attention, creates hierarchy and provides important user feedback
  • Hardware design experience
  • Experience with new technologies and how they integrate into products: voice and facial recognition, voice command, VR/AR/XR, etc


Effective February 7th, 2022, all Promethean employees, workers and contractors who visit any Promethean US office, conduct any work related in-person interaction with other Promethean employees regardless of location where the work is being conducted and or have any work related, in-person interaction with customers where the customer requires vaccination or testing to work in-person with them are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Official documentation of vaccination status must be provided on your first day of employment. Remote workers are subject to this policy only in the event that they visit a Promethean office, come into physical contact with Promethean employees for work related purposes, or must visit a customer location where that customer requires either testing or full vaccination. If you have a medical or religious exemption please contact Recruiting.

At Promethean... 

We are driven to continuously innovate and develop educational technology that inspires students to unleash their potential. We believe in the power of education to change the world and come to work each day with our sleeves rolled up ready to make a difference! However, we also appreciate that life isn't just about work. We are a small company with big rewards and understand that you also need time to unwind. Join a company where you can be your best self, work on challenging problems, and have some fun along the way; join Promethean. 

Promethean is honored to be an equal opportunity workplace. We realize that by creating teams rich in diverse thoughts and experiences, our people, company and customers are free to thrive. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, genetic information, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation or gender identity), age, marital status, disability, military or veteran status; or any other protected classifications or characteristics under applicable local laws. In addition, Promethean values privacy and the protection of personal information.

For information regarding personal information we collect and our use of such data please see our privacy policy:

More Information on Promethean
Promethean operates in the Other industry. The company is located in Seattle, WA and Alpharetta , GA. Promethean was founded in 1996. It has 740 total employees. To see all 16 open jobs at Promethean, click here.
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