project44
We make supply chains work.
Chicago, IL

Lead Product Designer, Design Systems

| Chicago
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Why project44? 

At project44 we’re on a mission - to make supply chains work.  

project44 optimizes the movement of products globally, delivering better resiliency, sustainability, and value for our customers. As the supply chain connective tissue, we operate the most trusted end-to-end visibility platform that tracks more than 1 billion shipments annually for the world’s leading brands. The undisputed leader in the market, project44 was named the Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant, #1 in FreightWaves’ FreightTech 25, and the Customer’s Choice in Gartner Peer Insights’ Voice of the Customer report. project44 is headquartered in Chicago with a diverse and fast-growing, global workforce.  

If you’re eager to be part of a winning team that works together to solve some of the most challenging supply chain challenges every day, let’s talk. 

About the project44 Design Team 

project44 has a multidisciplinary design team that acts as a silver thread running throughout the business and product. From brand, to product, to user research, and design systems, we use design to differentiate and position ourselves as the market leader. We start every project with customer research, and ensure that we're proud of everything we ship. Our team plays a vital role that ensures we focus on the right problems, craft creative solutions, and deliver gorgeous experiences to our customers. 

The Product Design team advocates for our customers and works alongside Product, Engineering, and Growth to deliver the best solutions and experiences. You will report to the Director of Product Design and work alongside other Product Designers, as well as colleagues from Product, Engineering, and Brand teams. 

Role Overview

You’ll join as a Senior Product Designer owning the development of project44's design system, Manifest. Working as the bridge between design and engineering, you’ll champion accessibility, scalability, and cohesiveness. As a Senior Product Designer, you’ll be responsible for the full design systems lifecycle, from owning our design language, content guidelines, and collaborating with our global design team on evolving the system to working with our top-notch UX Engineers on component api design.  

This role in particular is focused on product designers with past experience contributing to and working directly on a design system.  

You should feel comfortable leading design initiatives, advocating for our users, and being the voice of design throughout the organization. We’d love to see you apply if you have a background in owning product experiences end-to-end and growing culture at your design team. 

Key Accountabilities 

  • Getting to reimagine the world of global logistics — replacing complex, legacy systems with a modern, delightful experience for every persona involved
  • Impacting the ways your favorite brands and stores manage their supply chains
  • A strong design culture, where talking to customers is the start of any project
  • Building for the long term by expanding our design and brand systems
  • Close collaboration with product management and engineering
  • A fun, upbeat, and fast-paced team to work with spread across the globe

Preferred Skills

Technical Chops 

  • While this role does not require any coding or web development, technical knowledge is expected — you will be the voice of design in rooms of engineers and the voice of engineers in rooms of designers
  • Working knowledge of react and how modern components are designed and built is critical to success in this role
  • Working knowledge of HTML and CSS standards ensure that you will be able to hold a technical conversation with senior frontend engineers and collaborate effectively

Craft 

  • Your track record in building successful products — with a diverse portfolio to show how you contributed to those teams with examples of your product, interaction, and design work
  • Strong design chops and experience building for both iOS and Android platforms
  • You consistently deliver visually gorgeous UIs and experiences that standout in your industry
  • Ability to think in systems 
  • Consistent use of research / UXR methodologies to define products and guide decision-making 
  • Flexibility to own the an entire product — from zero to one

Design Leadership 

  • You’ve got a number of years under your belt at a creative agency, technology company, or similar
  • Ability to present your work and communicate your design process to the wider organization
  • Examples of design leadership and design advocacy throughout your career

Travel

We value a hybrid work life — with regular in-person touch points and collaboration. So you'll have the opportunity for occasional travel to collaborate across the tech org.

Location

Our design team is distributed. So we’re happy to have you based in one of our design offices in the United States: New York City, Chicago, Austin, San Francisco, or Portland.

Heads up 

A link to your portfolio (and password, if necessary) or an uploaded PDF portfolio is required to apply. 

Diversity & Inclusion 

At project44, we're designing the future of how the world moves and is connected through trade and global supply chains. As we work to deliver a truly world-class product and experience, we are also intentionally building teams that reflect the unique communities we serve. We’re focused on creating a company where all team members can bring their authentic selves to work every day. 

We’re building a company that every one of us at project44 is proud to work for, and our journey of becoming a more diverse, equitable and inclusive organization, where all have a sense of belonging, is shaped through the actions of our leadership, global teams and individual team members. We are resolute in our belief that each team member has an equal responsibility to mold and uphold our culture. 

project44 is an equal opportunity employer seeking to enrich our work environment by creating opportunities for individuals of all backgrounds and experiences to thrive. If you share our values and our passion for helping the way the world moves, we’d love to review your application! 

For any needed accommodations during the hiring process, please email [email protected]. Even if you don’t meet 100% of the above job description you should still seriously consider applying. Studies show that you can still be considered for a role if you meet just 50% of the role’s requirements. 

More about project44  

Since 2014, project44 has been transforming the way one of the largest, most important global industries does business. As transportation and logistics continue to evolve and customer expectations around delivery become more demanding, industry technology must rise to the occasion. In just a few short years, we have created a digital infrastructure that eliminates the inefficiencies caused by dated technology and manual processes. Our Advanced Visibility Platform is used by the world’s leading brands to track shipments, collaborate with supply chain partners, drive operational efficiencies, and create outstanding customer experiences.  

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Where we are

Located in the iconic art deco Merchandise Mart with impressive views of the Chicago river. The neighborhood is home to some of Chicago's best restaurants, retail, and is accessible by public transit.

Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
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What are project44 Perks + Benefits

project44 Benefits Overview

project44 is proud to offer comprehensive benefits to support the physical and financial health of our team members and their families.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
project44 encourages team members to give back to the communities in which we work, serve and live. Each year project44 team member's receive time to volunteer for an organization of choice.
Partners with Nonprofits
project44 finds opportunities to support the causes that our team members care about most. In 2020, we donated to 43 different non-profit partners around the world.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
project44 encourages team members to connect. You can find team members gathering for culture committee, breakfast club, gaming events, sports leagues, various clubs and much more.
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Our Team Member Communities (TMC) are continuously evolving to provide our team members meaningful ways to engage around common causes, interests, and conversations.
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
project44's disability insurance covers 60% of weekly/monthly earnings up to pre-identified limits and premiums are 100% employer paid.
Dental Benefits
project44 partners with Guardian to bring team members (2) dental plan choices. Preventive care is 100% covered and both plans also include orthodontic coverage for children and adults.
Vision Benefits
project44 partners with EyeMed for vision insurance. Plans assist in paying for eye exams, lenses, frames and contacts.
Health Insurance Benefits
project44 provides team members with health insurance optionality through Blue Cross Blue Shield for both individual and family plans, PPO or HDHP w/ HSA. project44 covers a large portion of premiums.
Life Insurance
project44 offers 100% employer paid life and AD&D insurance. Coverage includes 1x team member's annual salary for basic life and 1x a team member's annual salary for AD&D.
Wellness Programs
project44 provides team members with a monthly stipend to support wellness related expenses.
Onsite Gym
Mental Health Benefits
Through our Blue Cross Blue Shield medical insurance plans, team members can find a variety of in network providers for mental health related services.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
project44 is proud to provide birth mothers with 16 weeks paid, primary care givers with 12 weeks paid and secondary care givers with 8 weeks paid and flexible return and ramp up for all.
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
project44 commuter benefits allow team members to set aside tax-free dollars to pay for eligible commuting expenses. Did you know the CTA runs directly into the Merchandise Mart?
Company Outings
At project44 we love to celebrate - the big things, the small things and everything in between. Our team can be found gathering in office and offsite for holiday parties, milestones & team building.
Game Room
Why have 1 game room when you can have 2, 1 of which links to our expansive rooftop deck overlooking the Chicago River. From Packman to Hoop Shots to board games to ping pong tables, let's have fun!
Stocked Kitchen
Our kitchen is fully stocked with breakfast foods, a wide variety of snacks, hot & cold drinks and cold brew on tap.
Some Meals Provided
On Monday's & Wednesday's we provide team members with lunch credit via Sharebite. For every meal we eat, meals are donated to children in need via City Harvest. It's a win, win.
Happy Hours
Parking
Parking is available at a number of nearby lots, including the Mart Parc.
Recreational Clubs
project44 sponsors various team member leagues year round from bowling to volleyball to run club to soccer to whirlyball.
Fitness Subsidies
Our wellness benefit provides monthly reimbursement to team members for fitness related expenses.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Time allotted for learning
Online course subscriptions available
Paid industry certifications

An Insider's view of project44

How does your team reward individual success?

We win as a team while recognizing individuals make an impact in a big way. Team members are regularly celebrated at global town hall meetings, in-office celebrations, and through our recognition tool, Bonusly. Celebrating the success of our team members is a responsibility of everyone at project44 and a primary way in which we enrich our culture.

Jenny Bebout

VP, Product

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

At project44 we are all working with a shared goal, taking project44 to the next level by obsessing over our customers. This goal allows for our team, regardless of position or seniority level, to collaborate by living our company values and being direct and honest in our communication.

Luz

Creative Director

What are some things you learned at the company?

I've learned spring, kafka, docker, k8s, postgres, mongo, and gotten AWS certified. I've learned how and when to build a microservice. I've learned how to design for scalability and resiliency. I've learned how to give and receive useful feedback on PRs. I've learned how awesome it is to come into work every day and like the people you work with.

Ben

Software Engineer

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

The quality of our team is the foundation of project44. We’ve built a strong culture of innovation, contributing to our success in solving complex challenges. There’s shared understanding and respect in knowing teamwork is most effective with Real Talk. The trust we have in our team allows for the open flow of ideas that are valued and executed on.

Jett

Founder & CEO

What makes someone successful on your team?

Our people's unique perspectives, backgrounds and voices coming together allow us to innovate and create best in class products and experiences. We embrace growth mindsets, agility and passion. We are fanatical about operating with a solutions and service oriented approach and bring a touch of grit to everything we do.

Kendall

VP, Talent Attraction & Development

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