Design Lead, Manager

| Austin
Who We Are
Bestow is a digital life insurance company built on full stack technology and AI. In a world in need of greater financial resilience and protection, Bestow democratizes access to smart financial products and powers some of the world’s leading consumer platforms. We are reimagining and rebuilding a 400-year-old, $7 trillion industry to create a brighter future for millions of families. And we’re just getting started.
The Bestow team is a diverse band of first principles thinkers on a mission to do good. We’re fortunate to be backed by leading investors and partners including Valar Ventures, NEA, 8VC and MunichRe.
Who We’re Looking For
We are looking for a driven, entrepreneurial-minded Design leader who is ready to make a big impact at one of the fastest-growing tech startups in Texas. 
As a Design Lead, you are first and foremost the authority on good Design in a given squad. Just as importantly, you also manage and lead designers in your office. You are empathetic to the needs of your team and of our customers (and those that aren’t customers yet). You are successful when your team is equipped with the right skills and contributing their squad. 
Do you thrive on solving difficult challenges with a healthy mix of data and empathy? Are you willing to challenge long-held assumptions and are you willing to be the advocate for “better”? If so, we'd love to hear from you.
What you can expect to work on:
Design Lead on Growth Squad. As our Growth Design lead you will work with Product Managers to define product vision and strategy and make certain that requirements are clear and sufficient to begin Design. It will be your responsibility to ensure that the output quality of all designers on your squad is high and in line with Design systems and other best practices.
Validation of Features and Request. Working with product managers, you will be tasked with ensuring the usefulness of a given feature or request to the intended audience of users. This would include but not be limited to user research, usability testing, and analysis of data after a feature is launched. As a Design Lead, you’ll be expected to be able to synthesize these findings and derive actionable insights. 
Cultivate Successful Designers. Your success at Bestow is significantly influenced by your ability to take complex product requests, pair them with data and research and lead designers through the Design of meaningful and effective solutions. In your actions and interactions, you should embody and re-enforcing our first-principals approach to work.
Deliver Solutions. The management of the timelines and stakeholder feedback will be an important part of your role as a manager and Design lead. Your ability to ensure that all needed stakeholders have been informed and included when needed throughout the Design process will be key to your success in this role.

A Little About You

  • 5+ years of industry experience in digital product design
  • 2+ years of design management experience
  • Track record of leading teams through the process of designing intuitive, conversation-focused web product experiences and the numbers to prove it.
  • Comfort working within an Agile software development environment.
  • Strong written & verbal communication and presentation skills.
  • Passion for data-informed, human-centered design.
  • Experience with the management and on-going maintenance of a Design systemFluent in modern design software and prototyping workflows such as Sketch, Abstract, and Figma.
  • Bonus Points: Experience with Design research and a working knowledge of front-end development and/or a degree in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)/Product Design/Human Factors/Design

What We Can Offer You

  • Competitive salary
  • Generous PTO
  • Flexible schedule and work/life balance
  • 100% company-paid health, dental, and vision insurance
  • Choose your own computer setup (Mac or PC)
  • Office snacks and weekly team lunches
  • Team building events and activities

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. 
Bestow does not currently sponsor applicants for work visas.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
    • GolangLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • Python 3Languages
    • ReactLibraries
    • ReduxLibraries
    • FlaskFrameworks
    • PostgreSQLDatabases
    • Google AnalyticsAnalytics
    • SegmentAnalytics
    • IllustratorDesign
    • InVisionDesign
    • PhotoshopDesign
    • SketchDesign
    • AbstractDesign
    • BasecampManagement
    • ConfluenceManagement
    • JIRAManagement
    • WordpressCMS
    • HubSpotCRM
    • SendGridEmail

Location

209 West 9th Street, Ste. 200, Austin, TX 78701

An Insider's view of Bestow

What’s the vibe like in the office?

The vibe can be hectic at times and mellow at others. I feel I am in the good company of others that are trying to create something significant; no one is ever too busy to allocate time in their day for your comments or concerns. I consider a good office atmosphere, one where healthy discourse is encouraged and Bestow Austin has it in spades.

Mikhail

Software Engineer

What makes someone successful on your team?

Success is delighting people in unexpected ways. For example, we had someone apply but wasn’t eligible. Our team researched a company that might fit their specific case and helped them apply even though it wasn’t with us! This person was literally brought to tears because they were so grateful. We made a difference for someone. That’s success.

Grant

Director, Customer Experience

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

Engineers are most engaged when they have the autonomy to make decisions on how things get built. We provide an environment where they can propose ideas, validate them and safely get to production with minimal friction. We don't micromanage decisions. We give people freedom to bring their good ideas to reality.

Brian

Vp, Engineering

What does career growth look like on your team?

At Bestow, you are not only free to define your own career path, but encouraged to step outside the boundaries and think outside the box on a daily basis. There are no limits placed on your work and you are entrusted with the responsibility and freedom to identify what problems need to be solved and how to solve them.

Lexie

Senior Analyst

What are Bestow Perks + Benefits

Culture
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Caring for our own by covering 100% of employee medical insurance.
Life Insurance
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Parking
We offer employees a parking subsidy.
Professional Development Benefits
Lunch and learns
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