Lead Designer, Design Systems

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The opportunity

Grammarly empowers people to thrive and connect, whenever and wherever they communicate. More than 20 million people around the world use our AI-powered writing assistant every day. All of this begins with our team collaborating in a values-driven and learning-oriented environment. 

The Design team at Grammarly is responsible for delivering a wide range of product and marketing initiatives, including our brand, product offerings, and research. To support our growing organization, we’re looking to add a seasoned Lead Designer for Design Systems. This role will design and operationalize our design system by collaborating with designers on our Product Design and Brand and Marketing Design teams to define the aesthetics and interaction at Grammarly. 

Your impact

As the Lead Designer for Design Systems, you’ll constantly assess, organize, and improve, working directly with Product and Engineering to implement our systems across product offerings. You’ll partner with the Growth team to design beautiful consumer experiences, partner with Marketing to evolve and apply our brand across a wide variety of surfaces, and partner with Design Operations to define and implement a structured curation and contribution process.

The Design team is responsible for projects that directly impact business goals and metrics. In this role, you will primarily work with the Product Design, Brand and Marketing Design, User Experience Research, and Design Operations teams to design and implement the Grammarly design system at scale. In this high-impact role, you will:

  • Lead the development and delivery of our design systems and drive implementation of our brand in our product offerings.
  • Own the design system roadmap at Grammarly for Brand, Product, and Growth.
  • Drive the evolution of Grammarly’s visual language and interaction pattern library.
  • Manage the implementation of the design system across the product ecosystem.
  • Design and define interaction patterns through components, documentation, and prototypes.
  • Work with developers to maintain and create new components for our library.
  • Partner with and support Brand and Marketing and Product designers in using the design system.
  • Collaborate with designers across teams to curate new aesthetic and patterns.
  • Collaborate with User Research to test as needed to ensure usability and consistency.
  • Collaborate with Design Operations to build and maintain usage documentation.
  • Collaborate with Design and Product leadership to define Grammarly’s accessibility standards.
  • Scale work across a variety of audiences, abilities, devices, and platforms.
  • Specify and maintain our core principles in visual style, typography, spacing, motion, and interaction models.
  • Assess consistency and coherence across our design system while identifying areas for improvements.

We’re looking for someone who

  • Embodies our EAGER values—is ethical, adaptable, gritty, empathetic, and remarkable.
  • Has a minimum 5–10 years as a designer on growing design teams.
  • Has taken design systems from zero to one, and has worked in design systems at scale.
  • Has a deep understanding of high-efficiency, high-output centralized design partnerships.
  • Has a deep understanding of multidisciplinary design processes and toolkits across Product Design, Brand and Marketing Design, and User Experience Research.
  • Has excellent written and verbal communication skills and uses them to effectively roll out large-scale programs.
  • Is relentlessly focused on our customers’ needs and wants.
  • Is proactive in seeking and providing opportunities to improve and expand the team, including team members’ personal skills and experiences.

Support for you, professionally and personally

  • Professional growth: We hire people we trust, and we give team members autonomy to do their best work. We also support professional development with training, coaching, and regular feedback.
  • A connected team: Grammarly builds a product that helps people connect, and we apply this mindset to our own team. We have a highly collaborative culture supported by our EAGER values. We also take time to celebrate our colleagues and accomplishments with global, local, and team-specific events and programs.
  • Comprehensive benefits: Grammarly offers all team members competitive pay along with a benefits package that includes superior health care. We also offer ample and defined time off, catered lunches, gym and recreation stipends, admission discounts, and more.

We encourage you to apply

At Grammarly, we value our differences, and we encourage all—especially those whose identities are traditionally underrepresented in tech organizations—to apply. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, gender expression or identity, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, age, marital status, veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Grammarly will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. Grammarly is an equal opportunity employer and participant in the U.S. Federal E-Verify program.

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Location

Grammarly’s San Francisco headquarters is located downtown, just a 5-minute walk from the Embarcadero BART station.

An Insider's view of Grammarly

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Our values actually represent our team. Discussions about ethical decision-making or tweeting empathetically are common at Grammarly, and I recognize how rare that is.

Celeste

Senior Content Strategy Manager

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

We resolve our problems with constructive discussions that are only made possible by the level of empathy and listening skills that team members have here. It makes me happy to know I work with such exceptional people.

Maryna

Engineering Manager

What makes someone successful on your team?

On my team, we have the opportunity to face down interesting technical challenges, like building an in-house data analytics platform. I like that my work can have a major impact on achieving our company goals.

Umayah

Software Engineer

What is your vision for the company?

Writing helps us all achieve personal, professional, and academic success, but effective communication requires talent and time. It can be very challenging, and we may not always be able to effectively express our meaning, convey our intent, and be fully understood—creating a gap with our audience. We’re building Grammarly to close this gap.

Brad

CEO

What projects are you most excited about?

I always feel pumped when I see the positive feedback we get from our users. To know that your work is helping people discover a product that meaningfully improves their lives—it never gets old.

Shanik

Head of Growth

What are Grammarly Perks + Benefits

Grammarly Benefits Overview

Grammarly offers all team members competitive pay along with a comprehensive benefits package that includes superior health care. We also offer ample and defined time off, catered lunches, in-office exercise and yoga sessions, gym and recreation stipends, admission discounts to events and cultural institutions, and more. We frequently take time to celebrate our colleagues and accomplishments with global, local, and team-specific events and programs.

On top of our programs and policies, Grammarly also believes strongly in making sure that a major benefit is the company’s focus on a culture of collaboration and cooperation. We hire people we trust, and we give team members autonomy to do their best work. We also support professional development with training, coaching, and regular feedback.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Eat lunch together
Diversity
Unconscious bias training
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Team workouts
Fitness initiatives at Grammarly include In-office yoga and sponsored race teams.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We provide up to 12 weeks of parental leave for the birthing person and 8 weeks of leave for the birthing partner.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Sabbatical
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Grammarly offers employees professional development opportunities like an annual individual budget for training along with the ability to attend job-related conferences and seminars.
Lunch and learns
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