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Product Design Lead, Design Systems

Full-timeDesign system designer$245,100-$299,500*
United States
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About Rippling

Rippling is the first way for businesses to manage all of their HR & IT—payroll, benefits, computers, apps, and more—in one unified workforce platform.

By connecting every business system to one source of truth for employee data, businesses can automate all of the manual work they normally need to do to make employee changes. Take onboarding, for example. With Rippling, you can just click a button and set up a new employees’ payroll, health insurance, work computer, and third-party apps—like Slack, Zoom, and Office 365—all within 90 seconds.

Based in San Francisco, CA, Rippling has raised $700M from the world’s top investors—including Kleiner Perkins, Founders Fund, Sequoia, and Bedrock—and was named one of America’s best startup employers by Forbes (#12 out of 500).

About The Role

The Design Systems team plays an essential role in our mission by ensuring the product is intuitive and efficient, helping free up smart people to work on hard problems for their organizations. We hold design to a higher standard than others in the industry, and it’s an essential differentiator for us. The user experience is vital to building trust with our customers so they can feel confident that important aspects of their business run without fail for their employees. 

We’re looking for an experienced Design Systems designer who is passionate about helping businesses, and their employees, succeed in their missions by helping them run more effectively. As a design systems designer, you’re responsible for creating components and processes that enable teams to create experiences that solve real everyday problems for employees. Your work will enable our teams to move quickly and at great scale, while maintaining our high-quality bar.

What You'll Do: 

  • Become an authority on Rippling’s design language, setting standards for our design system and how systems thinking is embedded within Rippling’s design practice.
  • Lead the design of high-impact patterns, component redesigns, and cross-cutting features of our design system.
  • Create and validate design decisions through sketches, prototypes, and user testing.
  • Provide regular design feedback to other designers and engineers on implementing and contributing to our design system, and solicit feedback from them to ensure we’re addressing product needs.
  • Work closely with engineers to ensure the designs are implemented effectively and iterate to refine and respond to customer feedback.
  • Partner with select teams on developing new features and sharing expertise as projects move from conception to launch to grow the project teams' systems thinking practices.
  • Partner with product management to shape and develop roadmaps for new initiatives in collaboration with product design leadership and engineering.
  • Own component design from inception to delivery, including engineering collaboration, rollout plans, usability testing, usage guidelines, and figma components.
  • Advocate and educate on the design system through documentation, training materials, and onboarding.
  • Effectively manage your time and process to meet team deadlines.


  • 6–8 years of experience as a design system or product designer at a digital product company, contributing to or leading the design and visual execution of product experiences. At least 2 years of design systems experience are required.
  • B.A/B.S. in Graphic Design, Human-Computer Interaction, Computer Science, or a related field/equivalent experience.
  • An outstanding portfolio showcasing a depth of knowledge in user experience, interaction, and visual/user interface design.
  • Experience shipping and documenting high-quality component libraries.
  • Experience partnering with Product Managers, Engineers, and Product Designers to execute on component deliverables.
  • Experience with prototyping as a means to explore and convey design solutions.

If you don’t meet all of the requirements listed here, we still encourage you to apply. No job description is perfect, and we might find an even more suitable opportunity that matches your skills and experience.

Rippling is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive workforce and do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, veteran or military status, or any other legally protected characteristics.  Rippling is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for candidates with disabilities who need assistance during the hiring process. To request a reasonable accommodation, please email accommodations[at]

We are committed both to the health of our employees and to promoting a safe and collaborative workplace, and vaccinations are the best way to end the COVID-19 pandemic and to protect our community. In the U.S., where permitted under federal and state law, all offers of employment will be conditioned upon new hires providing proof of vaccination prior to their start date, unless the individual qualifies for an accommodation. For all other locations, vaccinations are strongly encouraged.

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    The contract for this position is a Full-time contract
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    No, telecommuting is not possible for this position
About Rippling
Rippling brings together Payroll, Benefits, HR, IT, and more so you can manage all your employee operations in one place—from onboarding to offboarding.
Employment, Human Resources
1K-5K employees

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