Product Designer at Smarter Sorting

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About Us
Smarter Sorting is a purpose-driven company committed to advancing sustainability at every phase of the consumer product lifecycle. Our cutting-edge machine learning technology enables cost-effective, legally compliant decisions for all unsold products, and our process advances our partners’ zero-waste goals.
As a collective group of machine learning experts, successful serial entrepreneurs, data scientists, sustainability experts, and national account program managers, our passion for data-driven sustainability drives us toward a singular goal: to reduce waste through the salvation of unwanted items. Our goal is to minimize valuable product disposal and maximize sustainable alternatives such as donation, reuse, and recycling.
A healthy culture is key to our company’s success and more importantly our employees’ happiness. At Smarter Sorting: We do what it takes. We are driven to become experts. We are not jerks. We are real. We have grit. Our core values drive our culture and in turn, we achieve our vision.
Better decisions. Better data. Greener planet. All made possible by the best people. Come join our team!
About the Role
Poor classification has far-reaching impacts for retailers, waste haulers, disposal facilities, and the environment. At Smarter Sorting, we’re doing something about that. We’re using machine learning to build a new platform to classify items more accurately than ever before. We’re looking for a Product Designer to help us iterate on existing solutions and help build new ones.
We need someone to help as we begin shifting our focus from ‘just ship it’ to a more proactive and scalable approach with extensibility, quality, and paying down our design debt as their main priorities. This person should be passionate about, and have experience designing thoughtful solutions to complex problems. They can lead a discussion with both users and internal teams to push products in the right direction for the company’s strategic vision. This individual has an insatiable curiosity and is constantly upping their design acumen and skills. They have a solid background in B2B product design (with strong visual design chops) and can discuss why something worked and have the data to back it up.

What You'll Be Doing:

  • Run point on product design for one of our key products
  • Create flowcharts to document and visualize user flows in applications
  • Create wireframes, High-fi designs, and interactive/animated prototypes
  • Initiate, conduct, analyze, and report on usability research findings
  • Collaborate with product managers and other designers to create new features for our current in-market products, from wireframe through prototype
  • Help audit our design language and contribute to our new design system
  • Work cross-functionally with the technology department during design handoffs
  • Conduct Design QA on implemented designs and support marketing design as needed

Your Experience + Skills:

  • 5+ years working as a Product Designer at a large organization or startup (experience working for both is a plus)
  • 2+ years of experience working in visual or marketing & brand design
  • BA in design, psychology, art, computer science or a related field preferred
  • Experience in creating and implementing design systems
  • Responsive & Mobile app design
  • Design Thinking experience
  • Experience in both remote and in-person usability research
  • Working knowledge of HTML, CSS, and Javascript
  • Visual design and prototyping: Sketch and Figma, Invision, Adobe Creative Suite
  • Preferred, but not required: Figma, After Effects, Principle, or other prototyping animation tools, Web design, Illustration

Your 1st month:

  • Learn everything there is to know about Smarter Sorting’s internal operations 
  • Understand our full product suite and how they interact together
  • Contribute design support on our main product, with small feature requests on other products as needed 
  • Own some marketing projects to support the sales team

Your first 3 months:

  • Design, audit, complete and contribute to the Smarter Sorting Design System
  • Contribute to all Smarter Sorting products easily with no ramp-up time
  • Lead design thinking sessions with stakeholders and team members
  • Support user research efforts 
  • Assist and guide product marketing efforts

Your first 6 months:

  • Become an expert in the Smarter Sorting Design System
  • Take point on product design for one of our key products
  • Work autonomously to guide products and features from concept to launch
  • Design system maintenance without manager approval
  • Self-initiate usability research and present findings to key stakeholders 
  • Work on moon-shot projects and prioritize accordingly without heavy manager involvement

Your Benefits & Perks
Smarter Sorting offers:
-Competitive Compensation Packages
-Medical, dental & vision insurance
-401k program
-Short-term disability insurance
-Unlimited PTO
-Continuing Education & Lunch N Learns
-Bi-Annual All-Hands
-Volunteering & Special Events (with baby goats in attendance)
-Snacks, drinks, lunches, and dinners

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We are in the heart of East Austin right next door to Lustre Pearl and all the best food. Our 2,500 sq ft. office used to be an auto body shop. #ReUse

An Insider's view of Smarter Sorting

What's something quirky about your company?

We always have baby goats, bunnies and chickens attend all of our company events because they've been scientifically proven to sharpen business acumen and bolster synergy.

Jared Robertson

Software Engineer

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

My team is working to develop a product that will bring back of store technology into the 21st century. We are helping clients better manage all of their back of store processes by providing tools that work for them instead of tools that they have to work with. It's fun to be a part of a team that is building out a revolutionary product!

Maya Lozada

Product Manager

What does career growth look like on your team?

Smarter Sorting is extremely supportive of our career growth. One of our values is 'We will become experts.' This year, Smarter Sorting sponsored my professional HR certification exam fees and a class at UT. Our company is always willing to support continuing education.

Valerie Lara

Director of HR & Recruiting

What is your vision for the company?

My vision for Smarter Sorting is to revolutionize the industry with smart technology. I truly want to maximize the salvation of unsold or unwanted items and force people to second guess the word “waste.” Internally, I want to create a culture where genuine, talented people can learn and grow.


VP of Customer Success

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

At our fast-paced startup, idealistic ideation, sales, & product development are largely one in the same process. It has been gratifying to see ideas and observations communicated in 1:1's or team meetings turn into Smarter Sorting products. Now, these products have been implemented across many of the US's largest companies!


VP of Sustainability

What are Smarter Sorting Perks + Benefits

Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Open office floor plan
Documented equal pay policy
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Diversity manifesto
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Disability Insurance
Disability insurance covers 60% of annual salary up to $6500 monthly maximum payout.
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Relocation Assistance
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Acme Co. hosts lunch and learn meetings once per month.
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications