Director of Design at RigUp

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The energy industry is a complex and rapidly changing industry with significant impact on our lives. At RigUp, we aim to empower the people who power our world and make our everyday lives possible.
RigUp is seeking a driven Director of Design to lead our Design team. If you have a strong desire to experiment and push the boundaries of user-centered design practices, we’d love to hear from you. As the Director of the Design team, you will have the opportunity to partner with executive leaders to shape product strategy and business objectives as a thought leader at RigUp. You will represent design both inside and outside the company to ensure communication and collaboration. Our ideal candidate empowers other designers to lead, has a flexible view on design processes to encourage innovation, and, most of all, sees the immense opportunity in front of RigUp to transform the world's most foundational industry through technology.
What You’ll Do
Creative Leadership
Establish design mission and strategy in alignment with the company’s guiding north star. Communicate this vision internally to stakeholders at all levels.
Lead design to excellence in practice, production and execution with attention to corporate and functional strategies as well as design vision. Maintaining a “fail fast” approach to design that also upholds a high standard of quality.
Ensure functional teams are constantly aligned to customer needs through proactive and preemptive engagement, UX research, testing and solution validation.
Build design culture that encourages innovation while balancing the need for optimization.
Managerial Leadership
Manage direct reports responsible for functional teams. Empower these designers to establish a voice and position internally as leaders.
Mentor and grow a team of world-class design talent.
Drive a framework to ensure career progression and development paths for designers. 
Foster trust within the team that supports team members to try and adopt new tools, technology and processes.
Proactively identify and resolve issues that may impair the team’s ability to meet goals.
Create a framework and provide resources that encourage inspiration, mentorship, education, collaboration and growth.
Operational Leadership
Establish a culture that always involves design early and often. Encourage cross-functional collaboration and communicate the impact of this practice for design. 
Organize teams that can provide design solutions effectively and with excellence across all departments.
Respect business requirements in conjunction with design goals.
Identify improvement opportunities within the scope of design and other teams functioning holistically.
Communicate value of design thinking and a customer-first approach to strategy across all areas of the business.
Establish metrics and measurable goals to ensure a visibility into design’s impact to business.
Partner closely with leaders in engineering, product, sales, marketing and others to constantly improve on communication and efficiency practices.
Bachelor's or advanced degree in appropriate field, such as Design or HCI.
A demonstrated fluency in brand, visual, and user experience design.
15+ years relevant design and UX experience with a solid understanding of design methods, tools and processes & 10+ years experience in design leadership or management function with a track record of hiring & developing high-performing design teams.
Experience and expertise in high-level product and marketing strategy.
Able to guide others through ambiguity, coach them to articulate a point of view and identify the path to a high-quality end result.
Sharp presentation skills, including executive presentations and public speaking at events, etc.
Objective and leveled facilitation skills, able to make tough decisions with others and effectively align teams to your rationale.
Willingness for occasional travel to your people that are located across all four of our offices
You’d be a great fit if you have:
3+ years experience in a similar role, 5+ years experience in design leadership of a highly successful team
A demonstrated understanding of design through the lens of product, brand and research
10+ years relevant design and UX experience with a solid understanding of design practices, methods, philosophies and tools
Experience scaling a design team quickly
Experience identifying, sourcing and engaging candidates through creative and innovative sourcing approaches
In-house experience at a fast-paced tech company
Experience mentoring, coaching and helping designers identify a path to success
Expertise in high-level strategic work that blends product, business, and marketing needs


  • Flexible PTO policy 
  • 401k Program with 4% match 
  • Fully paid health insurance 
  • Daily catered meals 
  • Competitive commuter benefits
  • Work from home flexibility
  • Open office space in the heart of downtown Austin 
  • Career development opportunities + partial reimbursement for ongoing education 
  • $2,000 vacation stipend on your 3 year anniversary 

RigUp is a technology company that's building a platform to better support the energy workforce. Through the industry’s largest marketplace, we’re improving the lives of contractors and helping service providers and operators find the people who will get the job done. Headquartered in Austin, TX, and backed by Founder’s Fund, Quantum Energy Partners, and Silicon Valley Bank, we’ve raised $123.8 Million in funding to support our mission to change the way work is done in the oilfield.
Our goal is to make RigUp an environment where any and all people feel welcome, respected, and free to be their authentic selves. We welcome applicants of all gender identities, sexual orientation, educational background, religion, ethnicities, veteran status, and citizenships. We’d love to learn what you can add to our team!

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How has your career grown since starting at the company?

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What is your vision for the company?

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What’s the vibe like in the office?

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What are RigUp Perks + Benefits

RigUp Benefits Overview

Competitive salary
Full health, dental, and vision coverage
Unlimited vacation
401(k) with 4% match
$2,000 annual vacation stipend starting on your 3rd anniversary
Regular off-site activities such as happy hours, team building events, intramural sports leagues, etc.
Catered breakfast, daily lunch stipend, and a fully stocked kitchen
75% tuition reimbursement on continuing education
Office in the heart of downtown Austin
Flexibility to work from home
Onsite gym

Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Open door policy
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
We offer employees Paid on-site garage parking.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Lunch and learns
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