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BrightDrop - Principal Designer - Design Systems

  • Location
    • Palo Alto, California
  • Schedule Full time
  • Posted


About BrightDrop:

At BrightDrop, we are reshaping e-commerce by developing smarter, greener, and more efficient ways to deliver goods and services to your door, while delivering a brighter future for the cities where we live. We are building an ecosystem of all-electric, zero-emissions delivery solutions – from electric vehicles, to ePallets and software that leverages real-time data to drive intelligent optimizations for e-commerce.

To deliver on our mission we are growing fast and building a team, based in Palo Alto, with offices in Atlanta and Detroit, that is customer-focused, agile, and passionate about innovating for a more sustainable future.

From Engineering to Product Management and Operations, BrightDrop is looking for people who can combine a passion for technology and sustainability with high doses of curiosity and rigorous thinking to deliver a better future. BrightDrop is striving to improve the communities where we live and deliver a better future for generations to come. We hope you’ll join us -

The Principal Designer for Design Systems at BrightDrop will be responsible for driving the vision, strategy, roadmap, implementation adoption, buildout & execution of BrightDrop’s software UI components, icons, type, language and interaction patterns and standards across all of our software product surfaces. The BrightDrop design system and software UI language will encompass:

  • Interaction Patterns & Standards

  • Colors, Typography, Icons

  • UI/UX Design Components

  • Accessibility & Contrast

  • Motion & Transitions

  • Implementation Documentation & Specifications

This role will conceive and shape the platform UI standards to enable cross team consistency & brand integrity for all of our software experiences (in-vehicle, desktop, tablet and mobile). The work will touch many contexts such as in-vehicle productivity workflows, enterprise management dashboards & cutting-edge data-visualizations. You will be working closely with other principal designers within the Courier and Enterprise work tracks to ensure we have the right foundational design system elements to meet the needs of our current and future software experiences.

This is a fantastic opportunity for a creative that craves conceiving, building and shipping radically new experiences.

Hybrid: This position will be located onsite at BrightDrop HQ in Palo Alto, CA 3 days per week.

About You

  • You have a rare combination of creative vision and capacity to execute

  • You can think systematically while getting into the nitty gritty of technical details

  • You are an amazing creative while staying humble and in collaboration with others

  • You love greenfield challenges where your designs can push the boundaries for what is possible to fully express your creative confidence and deep love for craft

What You Will Do

  • Lead the design creation and implementation of BrightDrop’s visual language and componentry along with the tools, resources, and documentation that support the design system

  • Responsible for building and maintaining cross functional relationships across the company and evangelizing the adoption of the system

  • Provide design guidance to the design team around using shared patterns

  • Collaborating with your peers in Courier/Enterprise to Identify opportunities to create new UI/UX patterns and components to support the growing needs and evolving product features

  • Generate high fidelity mockups, production assets, micro-interactions & prototypes

  • Maintain Figma libraries for Vehicle, Mobile, and Desktop

  • Provide framework thinking for accessibility and inclusion in both the design and development process

  • Partner with Engineering to implement and streamline the use of design tokens

  • Create detailed design documentation of feature work for implementation

  • Define, scope, and prioritize UX Design Systems work to effectively meet sprint goals and implementation milestones

  • Work closely with other team members including Product Managers and Researchers to receive critical feedback and iterate to make the best possible product

  • Present work to executive & leadership teams

Additional Description

We Are Looking For

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Design, HCI, Computer Science or equivalent

  • 8+ years of relevant work experience in Interaction design and information architecture

  • Proven experience designing systems at scale

  • A full-stack designer with a great portfolio

  • Comfortable in high paced environments

  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills

  • Exceptional problem-solving skills and attention to detail

  • Substantial experience in design leadership, creative direction, coaching & mentoring

  • Substantial experience in leading and driving UX in the context of agile sprints

  • Willingness to dive into projects with a blank slate & learning/listening mindset

  • Ability to analyze and synthesize complex design challenges in order to support an informed, creative process

  • Ability to zoom out and see the bigger picture, while zooming in to rationalize and perfect the nuanced details

  • Able to have a spirited & articulated debate with fellow designers and cross-functional partners

  • Advanced proficiency in design and prototyping tools, such as Figma and ProtoPie

Compensation: The compensation information is a good faith estimate only. It is based on what a successful applicant in the California Bay Area which includes the following counties: Marin, Contra Costa, San Francisco, Alameda, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz might be paid in accordance with the California law. The compensation may not be representative for positions located outside of the California Bay Area.

The annual salary range for this role is $197,100 - $301,800. The actual base salary a successful candidate will be offered within this range will vary based on factors relevant to the position. A company vehicle will be provided as well.

Bonus Potential: An incentive pay program offers payouts based on company performance, job level, and individual performance.

Benefits: GM offers a variety of health and wellbeing benefit programs. Benefit options include medical, dental, vision, Health Savings Account, Flexible Spending Accounts, retirement savings plan, sickness and accident benefits, life insurance, paid vacation & holidays, tuition assistance programs, employee assistance program, GM vehicle discounts and more.a

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