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Principal Product Designer, Core News App at The New York Times Company

Principal Product Designer, Core News App

The New York Times Company New York, NY Full-Time
The mission of The New York Times is to seek the truth and help people understand the world. That means independent journalism is at the heart of all we do as a company. It's why we have a newsroom that's 1,700 strong and sends journalists to report on the ground from nearly 160 countries. It's why we focus deeply on how our readers will experience our journalism, from print to audio to a world-class digital and app destination. And it's why our business strategy centers on making journalism so good that it's worth paying for.

Note for US based roles: Any offer of employment is contingent on providing proof of Covid-19 vaccination prior to your start date, subject to approved medical and/or religious exemptions, in accordance with applicable law.

Job Description

The New York Times is looking for a Principal Product Designer (IC) to help us design useful and compelling experiences in our efforts to become a daily destination for curious people seeking to understand and engage with the world.

Principal Product Designers at The Times are the most prominent and influential individual contributors in our Product Design organization. They are focused on championing cross-team collaboration and communication to achieve cross-functional team goals. Principal Product Designers have successfully guided and executed the design of multiple products or platforms, and will have seen them through over multiple years. This design work has impacted the company's trajectory in a significant way by improving user engagement, quality of experience and internal process). This role lends your skills and expertise to grow and support more junior design team members.

The Core News App team is based in NYC. The Times is in the process of transitioning to hybrid work and we plan to speak with all candidates about where they're based and how they work in a hybrid environment. We are open to remote candidates.

Your Role

As a Principal Product Designer on the Core News App team, you are an innovator who not only raises the design standard within The Times, but also within the design industry as a whole. You'll be leveraging your deep expertise with interaction design to guide the team's evolution of our native experiences for both iOS, Android and related web views. Your job will focus on envisioning how our readers experience our core news app, bringing it to life in ways that leave them feeling knowledgeable, inspired, and curious for exploring more across all The New York Times has to offer. Your work will allow new readers and longtime NYT subscribers to quickly understand how to sift through complex tasks and understand our wide range of content with accessible, responsive, and easy to understand designs. You'll help steward the team around exploring the balance between the creative features we build, coupled with evolving how we build them - inspiring higher quality outcomes from colleagues. Success will require close collaboration with designers, product managers, engineers, researchers and a deep grounding in the behaviors, intentions and goals of our readers.

We value an environment of learning and collaboration. You'll lend your skills and expertise to grow and support more junior design team members and attend regular design rituals where you'll receive and provide critique, and identify opportunities for consistency across the function.

Your Qualifications


* 10+ years of progressive experience designing digital web or app products.

* Recent experience designing interactive products or tools.

* Master storyteller, creating compelling narratives to communicate to non-designers such as customers, partners, stakeholders.

* Experience with standardizing and streamlining collaboration and handoff process of interaction design and motion work with iOS and Android developers.

* Proven experience defining strategy and design experiences that are part of a larger system while holding familiarity and interaction patterns that stay true to native apps.

* Outstanding ability to move ideas into prototypes that envision the news app into an inspired, refined, and accessible experience for our readers. Experienced in both build design prototypes and pair with iOS and android devs for rapid live prototypes.

* Expert in facilitating agreement through workshopping, brainstorms, and cross-functional collaboration.


You will partner with product designers, product teams and user researchers on initiatives that will help the New York Times reach its product goals and will:

* Develop new product strategy and verticals with senior-level cross functional team members while offering a deep expertise in how design can inform the product strategy.

* Champion feature implementation by providing a user-centered perspective to the team's solution.

* Establish practices that drive toward faster iteration and learning, helping higher impact work launch and increase knowledge and creativity in a function or mission.

* Guide culture changes that increase trust, diversity, and a sense of belonging within a mission or function and within spaces where you show up regularly.

* Guide the growth and development of motivated ICs through collaboration, mentoring and coaching.

* Represent your team's work to leadership within the company while also advocating for the craft and process of product design.

* Contribute to team and product design rituals alongside participating in hiring for design roles within the product design function.

Benefits and Perks

* Competitive health, dental, vision and life insurance for employees and their families.

* Responsible retirement planning with a generous 401(k) company match.

* Competitive parental leave.

* Ongoing career development with $2000/year for conferences and $8000/year for tuition reimbursement.

* Frequent panel discussions and talks by a wide variety of newsmakers and industry leaders.

* A community committed to the richness of diversity, experiences, and talents in the world we cover, supported by a variety of employee resource groups.

* Remote-friendly role


The New York Times is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, one that reflects the varied global community we serve. Our journalism and the products we build in the service of that journalism greatly benefit from a range of perspectives, which can only come from diversity of all types, across our ranks, at all levels of the organization. Achieving true diversity and inclusion is the right thing to do. It is also the smart thing for our business. So we strongly encourage women, veterans, people with disabilities, people of color and gender nonconforming candidates to apply.

The New York Times Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's sex, age, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage, religion, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation or affectional preference, gender identity and expression, disability, genetic trait or predisposition, carrier status, citizenship, veteran or military status and other personal characteristics protected by law. All applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to legally protected characteristics. The New York Times Company will provide reasonable accommodations as required by applicable federal, state, and/or local laws, and will consider qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable "Fair Chance" laws.

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