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Product Design Lead

Full-timeLead designer$150,500-$213,347*
Health insurance
Stock options
Asynchronous work
Tuition reimbursement
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Everything happens somewhere - which is why spatial analytics is fundamental to companies trying to understand the "where" and the "why" of their business. CARTO is the leading cloud-native location intelligence platform, trusted by data scientists, data analysts, and developers from companies such as Vodafone, IKEA, Decathlon, Coca-Cola, and Mastercard to provide geospatial insights for use cases such as site selection, geomarketing, route optimization, network planning and much more.

With an exceptionally diverse team of 170 people spread across the US and Europe, CARTO (backed by Insight Partners, Accel Partners, Salesforce Ventures, Earlybird Ventures, and Kibo Ventures, among others) is changing the way companies analyze location data - making it simple to do this straight out of modern, cloud data warehouses. Redefining its category, the company has grown rapidly in recent years, providing a compelling alternative to legacy GIS software.

To continue this growth, the Product team is looking for a talented and experienced Product Design Lead capable of providing and transforming mission-critical goals, insights on behavior, and user motivations into pleasurable, data-rich - but never data overwhelming - product interfaces and experiences. We believe in teamwork, fun and complex projects, and simple solutions.

The preference for this position is to be working from our offices in Madrid or Seville, with flexibility for hybrid remote work. We are open to considering full remote candidates based in Spain too.

You will

  • Coordinate all the Design team efforts and contributions to Product, Marketing and Professional Service teams.
  • Be exposed and be able to shape the beautiful complexity of building map-making and data analysis interfaces, which is nothing short of breathtaking. If this does not get you going, nothing will.
  • Learn a lot about data and analytics, which is necessary to do the job well.
  • Meet, discuss, and learn with and from a blended team of engineers, geographers, product managers, data scientists, marketers, designers, and other spatial data experts.
  • Help define the product, openly refuse to be at the end of the cascade, and inject yourself into research and problem-shaping activities.
  • Develop design concepts and systems that incorporate analytics and research into iterative design solutions.
  • Create and maintain specifications, interface guidelines, and standards across the product.
  • With an eye on functional minimalism, you will use, expand and maintain our design system.
  • Attend, design, and plan both internal and customer discovery workshops.
  • Coach and mentor junior members of the team and instill Design practices in the organization through your daily work.
  • Like the rest of the Design team, you will be a brand advocate, ensuring the CARTO brand gets more robust and reinforced by every deployment on any touchpoint. 
  • And, of course, you will design intuitive interfaces for both desktop and mobile, micro-interactions, collateral materials, etc.

You offer

  • Experience working in the Design of digital B2B products, with 6+ years of experience in a studio or product design environment.
  • Profound knowledge of UX and UI design principles for both the web and mobile.
  • A proven experience in providing Design for on-point functionalities, which become second nature for the user.
  • Ability to produce user-centered design documentation and devices such as personas, sitemaps, usability reports, flows, wireframes, and production-ready high-fidelity screens.
  • Experience in Design Research and user testing activities.
  • Experience with Design Systems.
  • Great layout and typographic skills.
  • Visual design skills that are on-point but are not just skin deep; you are also a conceptual thinker and hopefully an original one too.
  • We think that a proper design job should feel like an excellent excuse to reach the outstanding. Consequently, as a designer at CARTO, you will elaborate on your decisions and back brilliant execution with flawless logic and purpose.
  • You are comfortable addressing senior stakeholders.
  • You thrive in complexity and in reducing it. Provide system thinking backed with constructive criticism and a desire to connect the dots.
  • Willingness to construct and collaborate on the thinking originated by others and understand Design as an ever-evolving iterative process.
  • Some rapid prototyping experience does not hurt (straight code, Principle, Framer…).
  • You are not religious about your tools and are willing to learn new and better ones if needed. Our primary digital design tool is Sketch - so yes, we work on Macs ;) - but we are always open to trying new ones.
  • A design portfolio with relevant references to share with your application.
  • You are fluent in English, and with a good level of Spanish being ideal.
  • You are welcoming and helpful, looking to work as a team player and not an inaccessible guru or a know-it-all unicorn.

We offer

  • Competitive, results-based compensation
  • Access to our employee stock options plan
  • Private medical insurance
  • Flexible work hours in a focused but casual environment
  • Education Stipend
  • Remote Work Stipend
  • Flexible compensation
  • English classes
  • A big vision: to help the world use location-based data to make better decisions. We believe that openness and sustainability are baked into this vision, and we’re sharing it with the world.
To apply

Do you feel that you don't check all of the requirements? At CARTO we believe that professional development happens through teaching and learning from your peers and managers. Even if you're uncertain about whether you have the experience we're looking for, please apply if this position sparks your curiosity.

A diversity of identity, perspective, and experience makes us stronger. We welcome you to apply to CARTO regardless of your background, age, gender, ethnicity, orientation, or ability.

To learn more about us, please visit our blog or follow us on Twitter (@carto) or Instagram (@cartohq).

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Questions & answers for this position
  • What is the type of contract for this position?
    The contract for this position is a Full-time contract
  • What's the salary range for the Product Design Lead position?
    The suggested salary for this position is $150,500-$213,347*
  • Is telecommuting possible for this position?
    Yes, telecommuting is possible for this position
About Carto
CARTO is a Software as a Service cloud computing platform that provides GIS, web mapping, and spatial data science tools.
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51-250 employees

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