Senior Design Manager at Wish

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Wish is seeking an experienced Senior Design Manager to help manage product designers, communication designers, and copywriters responsible for our customer-facing products. You will help the team realize our global vision and deliver best-in-class product experiences and visuals, while also ensuring that our products work together seamlessly.
The team collaborates closely with both the Engineering, Data Science and Product Management teams to encourage design collaboration and brand consistency.

Who you are:

  • You are business oriented with strong management experience and knowledge in design. You are product-driven and not afraid to make bold decisions in a fast-paced environment. 
  • You know how to hire excellent people. You're able to create the systems for you (and others) to effectively evaluate and hire designers
  • You set the bar high. You know what great craftsmanship looks like and how to help product teams ship at that quality with a balance of speed. 
  • You will advocate for our user-experience, product design consistency, brand voice, and design excellence.
  • Excitement for building team culture, hiring and promoting design education within the greater organization. 
  • As a designer, your talent should be evident in your existing portfolio. Your interests lie more in helping others become amazing designers + writers.

What you'll do:

  • Lead the design process — Identify team needs with regards to process, tools, documentation, etc., and implement or drive required changes. Help guide the design team to develop appropriate frameworks.
  • Manage and coach. You provide individual career growth and development for all members of the creative team. You are familiar with Design career architecture and are deeply committed to growing the skills and career of your team.
  • Responsibility for the creative team -- Main creative team point of contact. Collaborate with product managers, engineering leads and executive management to help define requirements for product development.
  • Grow the creative team by attracting and hiring new talent. Build a top-notch creative team by recruiting exceptional design or copy talent. You’ll be responsible for creative team resource management.
  • Team management -- Creative team resource management, project allocation to the appropriate team; team activities and collaboration, creative process feedback, and suggestions. Responsible for team performance report to management and growth.
  • Creative/community promotion -- Planning, curation, and creation of materials for creative community sites (Dribble, Behance, etc.), host internal/external design/creative events, spearheading a creative/design blog.


  • 8+ years experience in a fast-paced and dynamic design environment
  • 5+ years managing design teams in the development of software products
  • Experience with the creation of design systems and componentization. 
  • Consistent track record of coaching talented designers to achieve their best performance
  • Deep knowledge and applied experience in graphic design (layout, typography, color)
  • A track record of leading design teams through successful product launches across iOS, Android, Web & Mobile Web
  • Solid information design experience with a foundation in UX design heuristics
  • A diverse portfolio across web and mobile, that reflect critical thinking and design excellence

Nice to have:

  • Experience/knowledge in all fields: Product Design, Communications Design & Copy/UX Writing background, with a focus on mobile
  • Marketing background
  • Experience managing writers either as a manager or project lead

Wish values diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive work environment. We provide equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees. We do not discriminate based on any legally-protected class or characteristic. Employment decisions are made based on qualifications, merit, and business needs. If you need assistance or accommodation due to a disability, please let your recruiter know. For job positions in San Francisco, CA, and other locations where required, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.
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Technology we use

  • Engineering
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Our San Francisco office is located in the Citigroup Center with direct access to BART and surrounded by amazing restaurants and coffee shops.

An Insider's view of Wish

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

As a designer at Wish, we primarily work cross-functionally with product managers and engineers to deliver creative solutions. However, it’s also important to include other teams to get better feedback and perspective. For example, I work with our customer support teams to gather user feedback and apply that directly to my design solutions.


Product Design Lead

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

My goal coming out of university was to learn how to scale the infrastructure of a growing company. Larger tech companies have mostly solved these scalability problems and Wish gave me the opportunity to solve tough problems hands on. Wish is now handling 100x the traffic since I joined and I'm still learning new things everyday.


Manager, Software Engineering

What are Wish Perks + Benefits

Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Open door policy
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Wish covers 100% of medical, dental & vision monthly premium costs for employees and their dependents.
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Wish offers a fitness allowance.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Our game room includes Ping Pong, Pool Table, Shuffle Board.
Stocked Kitchen
Fitness Subsidies
Wish offers a fitness allowance.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Wish offers "Wish for Leaders" management training program as well as other Learning & Development workshops.
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Continuing Education stipend
Wish offers up to $500 per year for job related professional development activities.
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