Senior Product Experience Designer – Design Systems – Digital Nova Scotia – Leading Digital Industry

Senior Product Experience Designer – Design Systems

Wattpad is a global multiplatform entertainment company whose vision is to entertain and connect the world through stories. Since 2006, we’ve been on a mission to use the power of community and technology to unleash the full potential of stories to the world. Every month 90 million people around the world spend over 23 billion minutes on Wattpad to share and discover stories they can’t find anywhere else. Our brand banner includes: Wattpad, W Ventures, Wattpad WEBTOON Studios, Wattpad Books and Wattpad Brand Partnerships. We’re proudly based in Toronto, but our reach is global. Come build the future of entertainment and storytelling, and write your next chapter with us!

We are looking for a Senior Product Experience Designer – Core Experience, Design Systems to provide design leadership in creating holistic core experiences and a scalable design system. You will be designing and building our design system to enable designers and engineers to deliver more captivating and insightful storytelling experiences while fleshing out our core experiences to deliver more rewarding reader and writer journeys.

As part of this team you’ll be responsible for creating the foundational patterns, UI components, tools, accessibility requirements, documentation, and workflows that empowers Wattpad’s strategic design vision. You will collaborate with product experience designers, product managers, and engineers to develop design systems and core experience definitions and processes across iOS, Android, and Web platforms.

You are a strong systems thinker, visual and interaction designer with hands-on experience contributing to design system libraries. You know that a design system is more about how we work together and you naturally cross borders to form an empowering bridge between design and engineering disciplines in delivering compelling user experiences.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Identify opportunities for the future direction of the design system and own widespread design system changes from setting the vision through to delivery and communicating updates to the broader team
  • Understand our core experience reader and writer journeys and identify systemic design solutions that deliver a more rewarding experience
  • Collaborate with teams to implement company-wide initiatives such as accessibility and theming
  • Design and maintain the components, UI patterns, documentation, and workflow for Wattpad’s design system and component library
  • Work side-by-side with product experience designers, product managers, engineers, and other stakeholders from around the company to build trust, adoption, and contribution to our design system
  • Design low-level, foundational systems and frameworks that enable product experience designers and engineers to create high quality and accessible user experiences across different product areas, geographies, and platforms
  • Develop your design leadership skills by contributing to Wattpad’s existing design practices in mentoring other designers, facilitating design workshops, and leading design events both within Wattpad and with the design community at large

What we’re looking for:

  • 5-8 years of experience with end-to-end product design experience including creating, launching, and iterating upon design systems
  • Cross-platform design (web, iOS, AN), WCAG compliant and accessible design
  • Strong demonstrated experience in developing new UI components and interactions to form a compelling design system
  • Ability to communicate complex concepts to both technical and non-technical stakeholders
  • A systems thinker that can anticipate how a system will be used and the potential downstream effects of large and small changes
  • Self-starter who is comfortable working in ambiguity and able to collaborate well in a remote working environment
  • Proficient in design and facilitation tools such as Figma and Miro
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Design, Interaction Design, HCI, or related discipline

What we offer:

  • Competitive salary
  • Career development; we believe in mentorship and supporting you to achieve your goals
  • Health benefits, fully covered on us!
  • RRSP Contributions (Canada), 401K Contributions (USA)
  • Generous vacation and Parental Leave Top-up
  • Monthly Transit and Home Office Allowance, choice of hardware, flexible hours, hybrid office and remote work options
  • Corporate discount for gym membership for you and your family
  • Summer Fridays with afternoons off!
  • And a whole lot more!

How To Apply:

  • A link to your online portfolio, or PDF if necessary, is required. Applications without a portfolio will not be considered
  • If parts of your portfolio involved group work, please explain your specific role in the project
  • Briefly explain why you are a particularly excellent candidate for this role at Wattpad and what parts of your portfolio are especially relevant

Wattpad is conducting all interviews in a distributed manner using applicable third party software where needed and using visual interface tools such as Google Hangouts and Zoom.

About Wattpad

Who are we? Entrepreneurs and Do-ers. Our vision is to entertain and connect the world through stories, and our mission is to use the power of community and technology to unleash the full potential of stories to the world.
What does that mean? We are visionaries, community builders, passionate problem solvers, storytellers, coffee snobs (tea drinkers, too!), curious by nature, and culturally diverse.
What are we obsessed with? Our users. Solving complex problems and maximizing flow. Learning constantly. Building the next great storytelling product. Finding the greatest stories ever told. Dogs (and cats), coffee, and good snacks.
How do we work? Autonomously, collaboratively, respectfully. Balancing with work, family, and play…and all while having a great time.

Wattpad is a remote friendly company and encourages remote candidates to apply as long as they are located and authorized to work in either the US or Canada (excluding Quebec) as a precondition of employment. We are not able to sponsor applicants for work permits.

If you happen to live near the areas of either Toronto, Ontario or Halifax, Nova Scotia, you may also have the opportunity to work from our beautiful offices – 1 located in Downtown Toronto and the other in Downtown Halifax, both with easy access to transit.

Culture and Diversity

Wattpad is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate. Period.

Wattpad welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. We have taken a leadership position on creating a culture and an organization that truly values diversity. We are committed to fostering a global team that reflects the diversity of the Wattpad community. At Wattpad, we believe cultural fit doesn’t mean culturally identical, and diversity of thought helps us to challenge one another to think big and think differently. We consider employment applicants without regard to age, race, colour, national origin, citizenship, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, marital status, disability status or any other protected status.

If you have any special needs or accessibility requirements, please let us know. We will do our utmost to accommodate, in accordance with applicable local legislation.