Product Design Manager, Design Systems
NetflixLos Gatos, CA
Full Time Job
About this Role
The Core XD team at Netflix is searching for a proven senior leader to oversee, lead, and grow our Design Systems team, which encompasses both consumer as well as enterprise spaces. You should be passionate about delivering quality at scale, and able to bring organizational vision, structure, and leadership to help teams succeed.
What you will do:
• Build the future of our design system (Hawkins) at Netflix – envision what's possible, plan accordingly, inspire and lead the team and our partners to get there
• Evangelize and champion Hawkins across Netflix, identifying, prioritizing, and pursuing opportunities that deliver impact and value
• Drive deeper understanding and collaboration across the design and engineering org, working across user experience as well as technical implementation
• Lead, build, and integrate accessibility into Hawkins, influencing, advocating and supporting efforts with cross-functional teams and partners
• Collaborate with XD leaders to develop effective engagement strategy, prioritizing resources and workstreams against business needs
• Inspire, coach, and guide a team of talented designers to continually hone their craft, and deliver experiences that are culturally and globally relevant
• Provide clarity and focus for the team, while identifying and unblocking barriers to success
• Coach and mentor each team member and be responsible for a healthy team culture
• Leading and scaling a highly collaborative design systems team, with key measurable priorities, results, and business impact
• Creating and maintaining alignment across a broad, fast-moving organization with multiple stakeholders and competing priorities
• Expertise working with – and speaking the language of – product design, accessibility, brand, engineering, and product management, as pertains to the creation and deployment of design systems
• Experience managing and driving Accessibility integration at scale
• Successfully navigating and inspiring cultural change across an organization
• Mentoring and growing senior designers and contributing to the design community
• Fostering a high degree of accountability and trust within your team and those you partner with
• A willingness to fail and learn
• A passion for entertainment, filmmaking, and storytelling
• Experience with both enterprise and consumer design systems
• Strong technical as well as user experience aptitude
• Experience managing global and diverse teams
About the Team
Core XD is a horizontal team whose mission is to enable quality and innovation at scale for the design org. We have five sub teams, each focused on a different aspect of this mission. We are accelerators and partners, with collaboration and the success of product teams at the heart of what we do.
Although Netflix is an established company, in many ways we leverage the best of startups. The organization is flat, individual responsibility is big, and there is an emphasis on keeping non-productive influences out of the everyday decision process. We endeavor to stay nimble and make decisions quickly.
You are an empathetic, partnership-oriented leader that has successfully recruited, inspired, and guided teams to deliver effective, beautifully thoughtful and scalable design systems. Yours is a systems-driven mindset, disciplined in approach with a collection of best practices born from real-world success, but able to imagine and create new paradigms that don't exist. You embrace ambiguity and details matter.
You measure success in terms of both human and business impact. As a leader, you foster excellence through collaboration and encourage an inclusive and open environment which makes space for diverse viewpoints and working styles. You are an excellent advocate, evangelist, and listener.
You seek and offer candid and constructive feedback, and lean into conflict with curiosity, humility, and a willingness to understand. You are biased to action, proactive and results-oriented. You strive to simplify complex problems and understand that the question is sometimes more important than the solution.