Head of Design, User Interface Platform at Atlassian (Remote)

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Working at Atlassian
Atlassian can hire people in any country where we have a legal entity. Assuming you have eligible working rights and a sufficient time zone overlap with your team, you can choose to work remotely or return to an office as they reopen (unless it's necessary for your role to be performed in the office). Interviews and onboarding are conducted virtually, a part of being a distributed-first company.
Are you a senior design leader with a firm grasp of visual design languages and crafting complex, large-scale, multi-platform design systems? Can you positively influence work as a multiplier with your team and drive high-impact team outcomes? If so, we have an excellent opportunity for you!
As the Head of Design for User Interface Platform (UIP), you will partner with cross-functional leaders to evolve and execute a vision for a connected platform that will enable Atlassian's multi-product future. As part of the leadership team, you will strategically and operationally deliver on our customer needs and business goals for coherent, productive, and collaborative experiences for Atlassian. UI Platform is the collaborative fabric of code, design, tools, resources, and guidelines which empower our R&D teams to move quickly. This allows our customers to unleash the power of teamwork through familiar experiences across every product touchpoint.
The ideal candidate will take a systems mindset to create a common, shared code and design framework that combines high product usability with cost-effectiveness in the overall product development process. This is an excellent opportunity to have a meaningful impact on setting the foundations to scale the design and development community for Atlassian. As a leader, you will also be a key to building our design team culture, diverse craft skills, and upholding quality.
As a Head of Design for our UI Platform team, you will:
  • Be an innovator with a pulse on industry design systems strategy and trends. You will help your team anticipate and adjust to new challenges and ensure constant innovation within your org.
  • Partner with cross-functional leaders to help set direction, including developing a long-term platform strategy, aspirational vision, and defining the team's goals, quarterly OKRs, and roadmap.
  • Orchestrate and drive company-wide design definition, specification, collaboration, and roadmap with cross-partners to agree on fixed design assets, pattern libraries, and components.
  • Influence how the Atlassian Design System needs to grow, evolve and scale to match the increasing demands from designers and developers.
  • Great communication and storytelling skills that will energize people around delighting customers through great user experiences and ensure successful implementation through influence and hands-on leadership.
  • Provide design direction with customer-backed and defensible principles and frameworks.
  • Foster the user interface standards across Atlassian through adoption and customer satisfaction, ensuring design quality end to end for both internal and external Atlassian customers.
  • Utilize research methods to assess the efficacy of the system as well as customer questions and needs.
  • Collaborate across Atlassian R&D to deliver world-class design and one branded look and feel to ensure a consistent experience for our customers at every touchpoint.
  • Lead and inspire a high-performing team of designers across the US and Australia. With a passion for developing others, you'll coach and inspire your team towards success and cohesion.

To be successful in this role, we'd expect you to have:
  • 15+ years of professional design experience.
  • Customer-first mindset, leading with empathy.
  • Significant experience (10+ years) leading and managing a senior-level team.
  • A strong passion for building scalable solutions and services, working with (and simplifying) sophisticated design systems that span multiple products.
  • Proven experience in rolling out large-scale design system initiatives.
  • Proven record of shipping simple, beautiful software.

Our perks & benefits
To support you at work and play, our perks and benefits include ample time off, an annual education budget, paid volunteer days, and so much more.
About Atlassian
The world's best teams work better together with Atlassian. From medicine and space travel, to disaster response and pizza deliveries, Atlassian software products help teams all over the planet. At Atlassian, we're motivated by a common goal: to unleash the potential of every team .
We believe that the unique contributions of all Atlassians drive our success. To ensure that our products and culture continue to incorporate everyone's perspectives and experience, we never discriminate based on race, religion, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, or marital, veteran, or disability status. All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.
Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.
To learn more about our culture and hiring process, explore our Candidate Resource Hub .
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Atlassian believes the future of work is distributed and offers our people the flexibility to help them do what’s important to them. And with few exceptions, we hire people anywhere we have a legal entity as long as they have eligible work rights and sufficient team time zone overlap.

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Atlassian Benefits Overview

Our offices are open, highly collaborative and yes, fun! To support you at work (and play) we offer some fantastic perks: ample time off to relax and recharge, five paid volunteer days a year for your favorite cause, plenty of food and drinks, ergonomic workstations, employer-paid insurance coverage for you and your family, pension and more.

We're a global company and each of our office locations also has its own unique perks and benefits. Some of our benefits vary slightly by location.

Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Documented equal pay policy
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
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Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
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Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Team workouts
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401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Performance Bonus
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Company sponsored family events
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Unlimited Vacation Policy
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Paid Holidays
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Relocation Assistance
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