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Senior Manager, Product Design

Company: Alation
Location: Redwood City
Posted on: May 7, 2022

Job Description:

Alation continues to hire for roles at various locations with all interviewing and on-boarding done virtually due to COVID-19 crisis.

Big Data isn't a problem. It's an opportunity.

At Alation, we help people find, understand, and trust data, so they not only excel in their work - they drive value for their enterprise, team and role. In the words of one customer, "Alation makes me look like a rockstar."

We help companies like Pfizer, PepsiCo, and Munich Re empower their people with the best data every day. As a platform for innovation, Alation helps customers create game-changing solutions and products (like a program for early-stage disease detection with Pfizer, or a wind farm offering a guaranteed ROI with Munich Re). And we're just getting started.

With more than $217M in funding - valued at $1.2 billion and 300+ customers with household names, Alation is poised to capitalize on data as an opportunity. Our exceptional Glassdoor ratings reflect a culture that makes coming to work each day a joy. Do you want to join a team that welcomes new ideas, supports your growth, and recognizes your unique value?

Join us!

As a Senior Manager working on our data intelligence platform, you'll solve some of the most challenging and complex problems facing companies today - helping people find, understand, trust and use data. Easy access to data makes it possible for our users to do better work and create value. (In the words of one of our customers, "Alation makes me look like a rockstar.")

This leader will guide a team that is focused on improving the experience for business users who work with data on a daily basis. You'll partner with research, product, and engineering colleagues to define and build the product vision. You'll grow the team responsible for defining the business user experience, helping to develop well-rounded designers while enabling growth at scale. This is a hands-on role, and you'll have your own projects to develop while guiding the work of others.

To be successful in this role, you will have the skills and enthusiasm for leading and building high-performing teams, and the desire to own the product design processes and strategies that position people and product teams for success.

Deep experience in data platforms isn't required, but experience in building collaborative or workflow-oriented applications (such as CRM, content management, finance or planning software) is essential.

Our Product Design team is a tight-knit, collaborative group. We take our company values seriously - they are a huge part of what makes this a great place to work. Take a look and see if they feel like a good fit for you. You can learn more about us at our design team site:

Please include a portfolio when applying.

What You'll Be Doing
Mentor, teach and coach other designers, helping us grow our team's skillset and lay the groundwork for great design for years to come.
Work closely with product managers and others to illustrate and define our product vision and strategy, and to deliver the company strategy to our users.
Influence strategy across the Alation through system thinking, research and design methodologies.
Create and rapidly iterate on ideas in order to develop them using storyboards, user flows, mock-ups, and prototypes.
Improve the processes for developing, communicating, and implementing the user experience.
Champion customer needs and design principles across the organization.
Foster Alation's culture and principles within the product management team.
Use facilitative leadership skills to drive the best outcomes for stakeholders and users and to inspire teams across the enterprise.

You Should Have
Bachelor's degree in design, human-computer interaction (HCI), or equivalent professional experience.
8+ years experience working as a product, ux or interaction designer on complex consumer or enterprise applications, preferably workflow or process oriented.
3+ years of experience leading teams of designers.
An online portfolio or samples of work demonstrating experience creating user-centered design solutions.
Deep understanding of user-centered design methods and best practices.
Proven track record in setting a vision for great experiences, inspiring others to get behind the vision, and ultimately delivering products and services that are known for their awesome user experience.
Experience performing research at both the exploration and validation stages of a project. We consider the ability to perform primary research as a core function of the design process.
Strong communication and listening skills with both internal and external audiences. For many of our customers, you will be the face of the product.
An ability to articulate what makes an experience valuable, useful or effective - grounded in user empathy and insights.

More About Alation

Our founders have come together from different backgrounds: business, engineering, and design. This unique mix from our founding team is important to the Alation culture story. Today, our team consists of creators and communicators with varied backgrounds - from Stanford, to the Indian Institute of Technology, big companies and one-person startups, the United States, and abroad. We continue to seek ever more diverse perspectives as we grow.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on

the basis of race, name, religion, color, national origin, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

Why Alation?
Market-Leading Data Catalog Provider
High-growth, collaborative environment with diverse and inclusive teams
Continuous learning, enrichment and development opportunities
Competitive pay and health offerings
Flexible time off to relax and recharge

and much, much more!

Keywords: Alation, Redwood City , Senior Manager, Product Design, Executive , Redwood City, California

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