We believe magic happens when thoughtful collaboration and unparalleled expertise come together to turn great ideas into great products. Design Leads at MetaLab play a direct role in that magic. They steer projects in the right direction by leading the day-to-day work internally as well as managing clients expectations. While much of their time is spent managing others, they’re also expected to roll up their sleeves and get into the files themselves.

As a Design Lead, you’ll have a vested interest in helping other designers find their own groove. We do product design, so your comprehension of what it takes to get digital products out the door is our first non-negotiable. Beyond that, you’ve established yourself as someone people look up to, and you don’t take that privilege lightly. You’ll still deal in pixels, but you’ll also play an integral role in a project’s success with clear direction, leadership, guidance, and encouragement. You believe that good ideas can come from anywhere, and you actively support your team in making sure everyone is heard.

Your responsibilities

  • Guide the design process throughout the entire project lifecycle, as well as dig into wires alongside your team.
  • Drive client presentations and discussions of your team’s work.
  • Respectfully decline the status quo and push both clients and colleagues outside their comfort zones.
  • Foster positive client relationships and directly influence client stakeholders.
  • Work with Project Delivery Managers and Client Partners to scope project requirements.
  • Help promote an inspiring and inclusive environment for the team.
  • Coach and mentor Product Designers to determine and work towards desired career growth paths, sharing tailored feedback and guidance, and monitoring overall fulfillment and happiness.
  • Promoting a culture of autonomy balanced with proven ways of working.

The must-have shortlist

  • 5+ years of product design experience at a digital product agency or consultancy, ideally in a lead role.
  • Demonstrated mastery of UI/UX principles, best practices, and common design tools (read: Figma). Bonus points for interaction design skills (think After Effects, Principle, or Framer, Origami).
  • A portfolio that reflects your strengths in both UX and visual design skills.
  • A natural inclination to take the lead and help everyone arrive at a deeper understanding and greater appreciation of the work.
  • Fluent in translating stakeholder goals, user research, and complex user flows into simple UIs.
  • Passionate about staying ahead of desktop and mobile best practices, developments and trends in web, mobile and iOS design.
  • Communication pro, with the ability to deliver compelling design rationales in both client and internal contexts.
  • Comfortable with ambiguity and client briefs that lead to more questions than answers.
  • Motivated by feedback, and by the opportunity to improve in your role, in the work, and in how you work together as a team.
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