Product Manager Design Systems


We’re supporting our good friends at 99designs to help scale their product team and evolve their global design platform with customers front and centre. There’s an MVP approach and you’ll need empathy and the ability to define complex problem spaces and find creative solutions, no matter how “out there” they are. Approaching things differently, creatively, and in unpredictable ways are the norm here.
A little bit about 99designs
99designs is the world’s global creative platform that makes it easy for clients and designers to work together to create designs they love. Its mission is to champion creativity to create opportunities for people around the world. Founded in 2008, 99designs has grown from a small, online forum into a worldwide community of talented designers that is now the go-to solution for businesses, agencies, and individuals.
So what’s the role about I hear you ask?
You’ll be joining amazing product folk with an ambitious platform vision – think product teams starting the day with a product idea, shipping it to customers by lunchtime and being able to validate it before finishing up for the day.   While this is not quite yet reality, you’ll be part of the team developing the strategy and capabilities to bring this vision to life. Ultimately you’ll be adding value to  99designs creators and clients by adding value to the many product delivery teams at 99designs.
Which brings me to your part in this…you’ll be working in complex problem spaces that will influence both design systems and software delivery systems at 99designs.  Why? To enable the business to improve quality, consistency and speed of delivery and to create a beautiful and seamless user experience.  

A little bit about you 
You’re a curious human that has a passion for diving head first into a technical domain and you have no fear! You’re a broad thinker with the ability to look at varied problems spaces through different lenses.  This role spans across the entire 99designs’ business, so you can be super effective at enabling multiple people and teams.  So it’s a position with real impact.  
Which brings me to my next point, stakeholder engagement is your superpower!  You’re a good human that is able to have conversations and not drive your own agenda and you’re open to other people’s perspectives.  As this role cuts across all groups and squads, working with people, forming relationships, understanding different priorities and helping teams to realise highest value priorities comes natural to you.

You understand that everyone wants things done and can make tradeoffs while staying on top of your backlog and key initiatives. You’re great at letting people know what’s going on and have the ability to stay focused where the most value is to be gained. You are the master of balancing competing needs, you can balance design, technology, and business while keeping in mind the often conflicting needs of the creator community and clients. 

Why 99designs? 
99designs are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team that reflects the communities in which they operate. They want people to feel like they belong and can bring their whole selves to work. Their aim is to continue to foster a collaborative environment with a keen focus on innovation, growth and ownership. Below are just some of the things they do to support their people:

  • Career development and learning in whatever way suits you! Think paid R&D days, courses, formal and informal mentoring, conferences… however you learn best they’ve got you covered.
  • Culture of workplace flexibility and wellness. Study? Parent juggling? Everyone has different needs and the business will support you in the best way they can. Some people work remotely, some with flex start and finish times…the common thread is it’s all about your individual needs. 
  • Support for working parents. Paid parental leave policy for both primary and secondary carers, which can be accessed part time and is in addition to government payments.
  • Support for the community. In addition to 99nonprofits, 99designs provide one paid volunteer day a year for you to support a charity and the community as you see fit! They’re also is a 
  • 99d are also a Proud Code Like a Girl internship partner, host of Girl Geek Academy hack days, & maintain popular open source projects, and support a range of other community groups. It’s in their DNA.

Sound interesting?! Apply, say hi

Sonia Bonnici
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