Vice President, User Experience and Design at Upwork

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Upwork ($UPWK) is the leading tech solution for companies looking to hire the best talent, maintain flexibility, and get more done. We’re passionate about our mission to create economic opportunities so people have better lives. Every year, more than $2 billion of work is done through Upwork by skilled professionals who want the freedom of working anytime, anywhere. Top companies connecting with extraordinary talent around the globe? Upwork is how.

Upwork is looking for an outstanding user experience and product design leader ready for a challenging leadership role at our pioneering, industry-disrupting company.

This role offers the opportunity to lead Upwork’s UX Design across all platforms, to create an ageless, engaging, seamless, and effective experience. And in doing so, you will help us deliver on our mission to create economic opportunities so that people have better lives, and to fulfill our vision of connecting businesses with great talent to work without limits. 

This isn’t just another Silicon Valley startup job, as we aren’t just another startup company. You need to:
  • Love navigating an environment lacking standardization and process, which includes defining just the right amount of process to make the team as productive as possible 
  • Develop a point of view on issues and demonstrate incredible judgement in making high impact decisions with minimal oversight
  • Embrace diverse cultural norms in order to succeed in a highly leveraged, globally distributed team
  • Relish taking risks and failing fast - with the goal of failing more often than succeeding
  • Demonstrate an unusual aptitude for learning from mistakes and continuous improvement on a team-wide level
  • Excel at stepping into the unknown via developing untested approaches to new problems, vs. applying the tried and true
In doing this successfully, you will:
  • Be directly responsible for creating millions of jobs for talented people around the world
  • Change the future by disrupting the ways in which people around the world come together to form teams, collaborate, and do great work
  • Learn like never before by continuously operating at the edge of your comfort zone
  • Leave your own mark in molding the clay of an innovative and inspiring company that is committed to throwing out old models where needed
  • Build your network with colleagues who are passion-driven, don’t take themselves too seriously, and do enjoy some of our perks (like work from home Wednesdays and our non-facetime culture)
If you join us as the VP of UX & Design, you’ll focus your energy on:
  • Leading our talented team of user experience and visual designers and researchers to achieve their full potential, cultivating their talents and capabilities
  • Delivering a streamlined and consistent end-to-end experience for our users in a product that is by nature sophisticated and complex
  • Crafting innovative design processes and approaches that work best for our agile, distributed model that includes remote team members worldwide
  • Infusing the product strategy and priorities with high impact, data-driven, customer experience-focused initiatives
  • Collaborating with partners in product management, marketing, operations and enterprise sales roles to ensure a consistent product experience that reflects our business goals, product values and brand
To operate effectively at this, we expect you have:  
  • 15+ years of interaction design experience for a high-traffic web product (two-sided marketplace, e-commerce or B2B web app experience highly desired)
  • 10+ years management experience and a passion for bringing the best out of a diverse team of UX and visual designers
  • Deep knowledge of user research methodologies and product design best practices, and the ability to effectively implement these practices and apply standards
  • Polished communication skills and track record advocating for compelling product design and the underpinning methodologies that deliver great design
  • Strong grasp of technology underpinning channels spanning mobile (web, iOS, Android), online, and email experiences, so that you can guide the team to solutions that are both elegant and feasible
  • Ability to apply great design principles and practice in a fast-moving, data-driven, collaborative environment that has a bias towards delivery and MVP approaches

Come change how the world works.

At Upwork, you’ll shape talent solutions for how the world works today. Whether you’re working from our offices in San Francisco, Santa Clara, and Chicago or are part of our globally distributed team, we’re working together to create exciting remote work opportunities for a global community of professionals. Our vibrant culture is built on a common mission and shared values. As we create economic opportunities so that people have better lives, our employees build amazing teams, put our community first and have a bias towards action. We encourage team Upwork to bring their whole selves to work through learning and development opportunities, mentorship, and employee resource groups. All that and amazing benefits too? We’ve got you covered (especially with our company favorite, Work Online Wednesdays). Check out our Life at Upwork page to learn more about the employee experience.

Upwork is proudly committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse and inclusive workforce. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we never discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical condition), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Sales & Marketing
    • JavaLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • RLanguages
    • RubyLanguages
    • SqlLanguages
    • AngularJSFrameworks
    • VueJSFrameworks
    • Nuxt.js Frameworks
    • PostgreSQLDatabases
    • GreenplumDatabases
    • redshiftDatabases
    • SalesforceCRM
    • Oracle ResponsysEmail
    • MarketoLead Gen

Location

Our San Francisco office is located in SOMA. We are close to public transportation, restaurants, and Oracle Park.

An Insider's view of Upwork

What are some social events your company does?

I love how excited Upwork gets for the holidays. In December, we set up a Giving Tree for low-income households. On Thanksgiving, the leadership team serves employees lunch from the buffet table. My favorite event of the year, though, is Halloween. From in-office haunted houses to costume contests (dogs welcome!), it’s always a spooktacular time!

Elisabeth

Communications Manager

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

My teams and I are challenged with the tasks of building our native applications across Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, and Android. Integrating delightful user experiences into the apps requires heavy collaboration across the company and in the end, it’s rewarding to know that we are further enabling others to work from anywhere in the world.

Mike

Engineering Manager

How does the company support your career growth?

I've joined a companywide Leadership Program that includes weekly check-ins with a leadership/executive coach. If you express the interest and show that you have the drive, work ethic, and dedication; Upwork will support your growth. They really do put their money where their mouth is.

Akilah

Operations Manager, Talent Acquisition

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

My team works on the matching systems that connect talent with jobs. One fun thing we do is come up with names for all the different kinds of work that are done on Upwork. Are you a designer or an illustrator? Is that a framework or a library? We write the catalog of what’s possible on Upwork and it’s always growing.

Zack

VP, Engineering

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

I started out working on mostly tactical features to address minor, well-understood issues to improve the user experience. Over time I’ve had the opportunity to drive solutions for increasingly more complicated and ambiguous problems, learning a lot about how to better lead and work more effectively with cross-functional teams along the way.

Cary

Lead Product Manager, Match

What are Upwork Perks + Benefits

Upwork Benefits Overview

Upwork proudly offers a comprehensive set of benefits to ensure employees are able to bring their whole selves to work. To allow for that, we aim to deliver world-class offerings and perks that cover your medical, dental, vision, emotional and family well-being. If you are an active, regular, full-time employee working a minimum of 20 hours per week you are eligible for all lines of coverage.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
In addition to company organized opportunities, we offer paid time off for volunteering at your favorite local organizations.
Partners with Nonprofits
The Upwork Foundation is Upwork's social impact arm–our goal is to make sure the future of work is inclusive, especially for communities at risk of being left behind by changing technology.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Open door policy
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Highly diverse management team
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Upwork employees can contribute up to $2,750 annually to their healthcare FSA and up to $5,000 annually for Dependent Care FSA for single or married filing jointly.
Disability Insurance
Disability insurance covers 66.7% of annual salary up to $10,000 monthly maximum payout.
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Acme Co. provides Backup child care assistance.
Generous Parental Leave
We provide 12 weeks of parental leave for all parents.
Remote Work Program
Our remote work program includes work from home on Wednesdays.
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Company sponsored family events
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
We provide free breakfast and lunch every day of the week.
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Pet Friendly
Acme Co.'s pet policy is dog friendly daily.
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Acme Co. offers employees professional development opportunities like Onsite training courses, The ability to attend job related conferences and seminars.
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Continuing Education stipend
Time allotted for learning
Online course subscriptions available
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