Design Manager, Morningstar Direct at Morningstar

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About the Role
At Morningstar, a Design Manager is a fully realized design leader. You are a peer to other managers in the organization and work with them to set direction, craft a vision, and plan organizational structures (team composition, rituals, approval processes, etc.) to achieve the desired outcome. A Design Manager's impact goes beyond your team, influencing the broader organization.
We're looking for a dynamic individual to join the team building the flagship piece of software in Morningstar's product offering, Morningstar Direct.
Job Responsibilities
Primary Focus
  • Guide complex problems of diverse scope, requiring in-depth analysis of multiple factors with a high degree of variability
  • Guide the user experience and helps coordinate the work of the designers that report to you
  • In addition to solving complex design problems, a design manager also supports team alignment, strategy, and prioritization creatively and effectively
  • Coach designers on tactics to clarify problem spaces, business goals, customer needs, career growth, personal development, etc

Management + Leadership
  • Responsible for the people management responsibilities of a small team of designers along with supervising their daily work
  • Provide creative direction across a user experience with direction from the Head of Design
  • Nurture the individuals on your team, helping them realize your potential-providing career guidance, and candor when critiquing individual's work and encourage them to improve
  • Help establish design operation processes, standards, and policies

  • May individually contribute to aspects of design output
  • You help product leaders establish the scope of projects and initiatives, clarify how decisions impact business goals and guide the team to execute design direction
  • Ensure design output from direct reports meet our standards and design strategy
  • Help the team incorporate feedback from customers, users, and partners into your workflow
  • Coach the team on how to align differing points of view
  • Mentor other designers and contribute to the improvements to our design systems, processes, and standards, either directly or through your direct reports
  • Have a strong command of organizational behaviors and EQ
  • You can adjust your tactics in strategic ways that guide others towards desired goals
  • Guide your team in making connections between personal growth goals and business goals

  • Have a strong command of organizational behaviors and EQ
  • You can adjust your tactics in strategic ways that guide others towards desired goals
  • Guide your team in making connections between personal growth goals and business goals
  • Frequently work with functional peer group managers (Tech Leads, Product Owners) to guide cooperation, a shared understanding of priorities, and project direction
  • Always keep partners up-to-date on product strategy, personnel issues, and hiring needs
  • Coach designers on how to be sympathetic to other's perspectives and frame productive discussions

Client Focus
  • Ensure your team proactively pursues an understanding of our customers, your needs, and translates that understanding into design strategy and solutions
  • May lead and provide direction to other designers on conducting generative and evaluative research
  • Set the environment for collaboration internally and externally by coordinating others' cooperation through presentations and ensuring the team has clarity on processes, tools, etc.
  • Assist the product owner and business unit leadership in aligning internal partners on various matters between our customers and the business

Level of Autonomy
  • Work both autonomously and with direction from the Head of Design
  • Coordinate activities of other designers by clarifying requirements, expectations, and approach
  • Exercise good judgment in selecting design methods, collaborating with others, communicating your approach, and defining evaluation criteria for obtaining results
  • Take initiative to solve medium-scale obstacles and identify opportunities for customers and our business
  • Own your decisions and outcomes for direct reports and direct team

  • Bachelor's degree in Graphic Design, Digital Design, Communication Arts, Human Computer Interaction, Industrial Engineering/Design, or a related field, or equivalent professional experience
  • 7 years of relevant professional experience is required, including leading and managing a design team

Nice to have
  • Demonstrative experience building software where accessibility is a primary focus a plus
  • Demonstrative experience in designing for/improving equity into team structures and career growth planning a plus

How to apply
Please include a portfolio of work that you're most proud of, so you can tell stories about your experience and the impact you've had.
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22 W. Washington , Chicago, IL 60602

An Insider's view of Morningstar

What does your typical day look like?

Every day is a little different. Our team is focused on POC (Proof of Concepts). My work involves problem-solving, development and software design. I work on the Data collections team, currently most of this involves, on a high level, automating the process currently used to collect data from raw sources through Machine Learning.


Software Engineer, Data Collections - AI R&D

How does the company support your career growth?

We believe in promoting from within, based on previous impact to the team. Whenever possible, we will stretch our employees to take on expanded roles that aligns with the career progression they are interested in.


Head of Technology and Product

What are Morningstar Perks + Benefits

Morningstar Benefits Overview

At Morningstar, your contributions have meaning and can drive change. Across our 27 offices worldwide, we’ve invested in fostering a community where talented, driven people can grow. Our entrepreneurial spirit and uncompromising ethics guide everything we do. It’s all in the name of empowering investors. Morningstar is proud to offer a comprehensive benefits package to eligible, full-time employees in the United States who work a minimum of 30 hours per week. Our benefits are designed to invest in your -- and your family's well-being, including investments in your health and financial future.

Volunteer in local community
Morningstar encourages our colleagues to become involved in their communities, by providing paid time off for volunteer activities.
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Morningstar encourages unconscious bias training for all employees, especially managers and hiring personal. We believe that by raising awareness of bias we can decrease its effects.
Diversity manifesto
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Morningstar offers two Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)— one for healthcare expenses and one for dependent care expenses. You may enroll in both $ determine the contribution amount.
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Our dental plan covers 100% of preventive services, 80% of basic services, and 50% of major services.
Vision Benefits
With Morningstar's vision benefits you can get an annual eye exam with an in-network provider with just a $10 copay.
Health Insurance Benefits
Morningstar continues to offer the choice of two medical plans—the Savings Plan and the Classic Plan. Both are administered by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBS).
Life Insurance
Morningstar offers 4 tiers of life insurance that offer varying benefits. Basic Life insurance is equal to 1 times an employee's annual salary.
Wellness Programs
Mental Health Benefits
Our insurance covers 80% on in-network mental health services. Our Employee Assistance Program provides no-cost, confidential, 24-hour counseling on a wide variety of issues.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Take advantage of a number of Morningstar tools to help you manage your 401(k) account and your finances, including Morningstar Retirement Manager, available to you at no cost.
401(K) Matching
Morningstar provides employees with a 401(k) matching plan managed. We match $0.75 for every dollar contributed, up to a maximum of 7% of employee pay contributed to the plan each pay period.
Company Equity
Morningstar’s global employee equity benefit, Shared Ownership, enables you to take a portion of your bonus payout and exchange it for RSUs, with Morningstar providing an additional 50% match.
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Colleagues who exceed their performance goals substantially may be eligible for Impact RSU Awards as an additional reward on top of their cash bonus/commission award.
Performance Bonus
Match charitable contributions
Morningstar's Matching GIfts program will match your charitable giving up to the local currency equivalent of $500 USD per calendar year.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Morningstar offers the option of in-home child and elder care, in addition to the existing day care center back-up care benefit.
Generous Parental Leave
Morningstar has a global minimum of 6 weeks paid time-off to bond with new family members. This benefit applies to all individuals equally, including birth mothers, fathers, adoptive parents.
Flexible Work Schedule
Morningstar provides employees with a flexible work schedule that includes Summer hours, Work from home, Flexible start and end times.
Remote Work Program
The safety of our employees is very important to us. We have been operating remotely due to COVID-19.
Family Medical Leave
Eligible employees may take up to 12 weeks of job-protected, unpaid leave per year for certain specified reasons, and up to a total of 26 workweeks of leave to care for a family member.
Adoption Assistance
We reimburse up to 80% for eligible adoption expenses, up to $4,000 per adoption, in addition to a minimum of 6 weeks paid time off.
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Company sponsored family events
Morningstar sponsors family oriented events Annually.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Our employees receive 2 days per year of paid volunteer time.
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Recreational Clubs
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Continuing Education stipend
Time allotted for learning
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications

Additional Perks + Benefits

Compensation at Morningstar is more than a salary. It’s about making positive contributions to both life and work. We give our diverse workforce the choice and flexibility they need to maintain their health, retirement plans, time, and professional growth.

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