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Principal UX Designer

1stDibs is a one-of-a-kind online marketplace that connects design lovers to more than one million extraordinary pieces, from furniture and fine art to jewelry and fashion. As a leading global marketplace for design lovers, we enable shoppers to discover beautiful things and interact with top sellers from around the world and our team shares that passion. Our best-in-class platform allows shoppers to buy directly, negotiate a price, or bid on items at auction and enables them to interact with sellers throughout all stages of the transaction — including item inquiries, price negotiations, and customization requests.

We’re looking for a Principal UX Designer to join our dynamic and collaborative team. While this is a hands-on product design role where craft is essential, this is also a strategic design position, responsible for defining and guiding a long-term product design vision. This strategic vision will guide products and designers across multiple product areas, web and mobile, focused on the buyer experience but with meaningful seller side impact as well.

This role has significant cross-product and cross-functional impact, and will draw deeply on your collaboration and innovation skills. You’ll bring your experience with interaction design, product design, and design systems, as well as with product strategy, branding and marketing, and user research. 

You’ll often interface with senior company leadership and work in a tight partnership with senior product managers, engineering, user research, and the broader UX design team, creating innovative product design solutions for the unique challenges of our specialized marketplace. 

This is a hybrid role located in New York, NY.

You must share a link/password to your portfolio to be considered.

What you'll do

  • You’ll work to deliver product design solutions, from concept to deployment and beyond
  • You will collaborate closely with senior product and engineering partners to help define product and design roadmaps
  • You will define and drive alignment with multiple other designers and product teams, transparently and collaboratively, and with a generous sharing mindset
  • You will proactively seek opportunities for product improvements, from strategic innovations to high-value experiments
  • You will deliver detailed design specifications, working closely with engineering to actively support development and launch
  • You will plan and actively participate in industry and UX research activities
  • You will drive consistency of visual and interaction patterns, being a key driver of our design system and creative processes

Who you are

  • You have 7+ years of experience designing at a consumer-focused tech company or in-house product design team. You have led design for major product areas and initiatives. 
  • You regularly provide mentorship and leadership to other designers and design teams. You’ve created influential guidelines for design standards and processes.
  • You have experience integrating qualitative and quantitative research, including AB testing, into your design decisions
  • You regularly present and advocate for a clear design rationale to executive-level and cross- functional stakeholders

Nice to Have

  • E-commerce experience is a plus, especially two-sided marketplaces. Experience with high-end art and design, or with luxury brands, is also a plus

A portfolio of relevant work is required for consideration, telling the story of how you worked with your teams to solve specific product design and business challenges. It should illustrate your specific contributions, how you drove the design process, and how you followed through as your solution became a live product.

Our overall compensation package is made of several parts, base compensation being one of them. At 1stDibs we value and are proud of our culture, innovation, professional development and training workshops, trust and giving back to the community.  Equity, a comprehensive benefits package, and incentive (IF APPLICABLE)  are all are components of your total compensation package.  Ultimately, in determining your pay, we'll consider your location, experience, and other job-related factors.

Tri-State Pay Range
$178,000$200,000 USD

1stDibs is an Equal Opportunity Employer

The 1stDibs mission, to enrich lives with the extraordinary, can only be achieved when diversity, equity and inclusion are embedded into our values, culture and the way we do business. Enabling access to and celebrating unique and diverse perspectives is at the very core of what we do. We are committed to attracting and retaining the best talent in the industry, who are reflective of the diversity of our communities, and fostering an environment where every individual feels they belong, are valued and heard. As a leading design marketplace, we leverage the power of our platform and brand to empower historically underrepresented individuals, and the businesses they own, across the art and design industries.


Total Compensation Statement 

1stDibs is committed to attracting, motivating and retaining top talent who drive the business forward and help us achieve our mission and vision. The company’s Total Compensation packages are designed to reward performance, be fair, equitable, and competitive, and consist of base salary, equity (where applicable), and health and work-life benefits.