Root is seeking a Director of Product Design to lead the product design teams in our Growth org. The person in this role will advocate for solving the needs of our potential customers as they: learn about and understand Root’s value and product offering through direct and partner channels, considering which products are right for them, and finally, making their purchase to become customers. This Design leader will represent and empower design within their product teams, partner closely with the Product and Engineering group leads, guide strategic direction for the group, and mentor their teams to help them achieve the best possible outcomes.
Our company and Product Design team has a flexible approach to work. Candidates within the US can choose to work on-site in Columbus or Chicago, or the majority remote with in-person visits as needed.
What you’ll do
- Empower and grow a team of Product Designers.
You’ll coach Product Designers as they navigate ownership of their respective areas of focus. You’ll mentor and provide feedback as they partner with product managers, engineers, and research to drive and execute on their team’s product roadmap. You’ll hire and determine an organizational strategy around how your team scales and delivers on objectives as the company grows.
- Be the voice of product design with cross-functional directors.
You’ll build strong relationships with your counterparts—from product management, engineering, research, business development, and beyond—to bring a customer-focused mindset to new growth and distribution opportunities.
- Drive and communicate product strategy.
You’ll work with cross-functional leadership to ensure that everything we build is solving a problem for our users. You’ll help designers effectively identify user insights and obstacles, and determine a strategy for resolving these problems—all while communicating the value and measuring the impact of these changes on the greater business.
- Demonstrate excellence as a design practitioner
While this role doesn’t expect a “player/coach,” you’ll have a high command of design best practices and can provide strong creative and strategic direction to your team to deliver on the promise our brand makes to our customers. You understand the power of a clear, compelling, and consistent user experience across product experiences and new product extensions.
- Learn and evolve.
From leadership skills and design craft to research and industry market trends, you’re excited by the opportunity to challenge, grow, and learn new things.
What we're looking for
Who we are.
Root Insurance is the nation’s first licensed insurance carrier powered entirely by mobile. We were founded on the belief that the services you need for everyday life should serve you better. That’s why we base insurance coverages on you, not your demographic. It’s the way insurance should be. And it’s all conveniently in an app.
What draws people to Root.
Our early success is in large part due to our unwavering standards in hiring. We recognize that our product is only as good as the people building and promoting it. We look for individuals who find solutions by going through the cycle of ideation to implementation with curiosity, rigor, and a highly analytical lens. Ask anyone who works here and you’ll hear similar reasons for why they joined:
Autonomy. For assertive self-starters, the opportunities to contribute are limitless.
Impact. By challenging the way it’s always been done, we solve problems that have a big impact on our business.
Collaboration. We encourage rich discussion and civil debate at every turn.
People. We are inspired by the collection of crazy-smart people around us.