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Our goal is to listen, engage, and activate voices across Red Ventures to ensure that all identity groups and perspectives are represented in our work. Our aspiration is to have diverse teams at every level of the company, and we seek candidates who bring unique personal experiences, curiosity and an eagerness to embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion.

At a Glance

With over 100 million passionate visitors a month, Red Ventures Media & Commerce brands comprise some of the world’s leading brands like CNET, Metacritic, ZDNet, GameSpot and more. We are looking for an experienced and visionary Product Design Director to lead designers and be a driving force in creating refreshed world-class experiences across properties. This role would report to the VP of Design and calls for a highly organized and driven leader who enjoys operating as a player/coach - inspiring others through bold creative visions and implementing processes to uplevel quality and evolve teams by defining high standards and practices. You will be responsible for building, leading, and mentoring a high-performing team of skilled product designers. 

What You'll Do

  • Lead the product design team (approx 20+) in designing wholly revamped web and iOS/Native experiences for brands like CNET, Metacritic, Gamespot, ZDNet and more. This includes new product, news, reviews, special features, shopping experiences and experimental interactive storytelling.
  • Create and uphold high standards and strategies for design excellence, and challenge work that does not meet it; ensuring all solutions are modern, aesthetically pleasing and improve engagement, usability and accessibility.
  • Scale quality by implementing design standards and best practices across the team and organization. Evolve established design systems and introduce industry best practices for interactive design.
  • Recruit, develop, challenge and manage performance of a team of designers working across multiple projects. Build a formidable team organized around strengths, velocity and impact. Actively promote employee growth paths and talent retention.
  • Regularly connect with the VP of Design to ensure concepts are aligned with strategies and deliver on goals. Participate in business strategy conversations and advocate for creative solutions that drive value.
  • Build strong relationships with Business Leads, Design leaders, Product Managers, Engineers, UX Researchers, Content Designers and Data Analysts to create and iterate world-class user experiences.
  • Mentor direct reports, and equip managers to do the same. Give clear and usable design feedback. Elevate work through coaching and design critiques: share your insights and experience in 1:1 and team sessions. Nurture areas of development.
  • Provide visibility and accountability for your team’s work. Present work to stakeholders and partners, explaining the creative process and how concepts align with business goals and customer needs.

What We're Looking For

  • 6+ years of design leadership and management experience (8+ designers) working on consumer-facing products.
  • An avid evangelist of design with a great eye for detail exemplified through a strong portfolio and track record of driving User and performance success.
  • Practitioner of user-centric processes and design-thinking principles. Full understanding of design fundamentals along with mastery of modern interactive design best practices.
  • An inclusive leader who believes in building an environment where everyone belongs and you create teams that are highly engaged and galvanized around common goals.
  • Experience managing and developing local and remote talent; You love coaching and mentoring designers and can decisively assign the right talent profile to the right project.
  • A confident communicator who can present bold visions to cross-functional teams and stakeholders with credibility, clarity, and confidence while nurturing a culture of trust and collaboration.
  • Experience leading workshops and facilitating collaboration, iteration and testing within a team environment (local and remote).
  • Fluency in industry standard tools such as Figma, Sketch, InVision, Principle, Zeplin, Adobe, Asana, etc.
  • A commitment to learning: about the industry, our businesses, evolving standards, styles and practices and most importantly our users’ needs and pain points.
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Join an iconic portfolio of world-class brands that reach close to 100 million unique visitors monthly, advising passionate consumers about everything they love. Properties under the CNET umbrella include GameSpot, ZDNet, Metacritic, TechRepublic, and more. We’re looking for top-tier journalists and other top talent to join our mission of helping people make life’s most important decisions.

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Covid 19 Vaccine Requirement: Unless otherwise prohibited by law, if a candidate is successful and a conditional job offer is made, the candidate then will be required to submit proof of a full vaccination series against COVID-19. Requests for reasonable accommodations on the basis of disability, pregnancy status, or religious belief will be considered on an individualized basis.

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