UX Manager, Dev

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This UX Manager position for our Dev section is 100% remote.

A brief overview:

GitLab is building an open-source, single application for the entire software development lifecycle—from project planning and source code management to CI/CD, monitoring, and security.

At GitLab, we live and breathe open source principles. This means our entire handbook is online, and with a few clicks, you can find the details of future releases, the maturity of our different product categories, the details of our past releases, and an overview of the product vision you’d contribute to when working here. 

We started 2019 with a team of 15 Product Designers and Researchers. Right now, we’re in a period of growth, we’ve more than doubled the size of the Product Design and UX Leadership team, and we’re increasing the number of GitLab employees to over 1,000 this financial year, too.

As a UX Manager at GitLab, you will be responsible for managing a team of 9 talented Product Designers.  Each of these Product Designers is embedded into a cross-functional product team within our Dev section stage groups. The Product Designers in our Dev section work on high-traffic, ever-maturing product categories, such as our source code repositories, design management tools, access management capabilities and planning features. The work you’ll be overseeing will be impactful and highly visible to millions of our users across the globe. 

What you can expect in a UX Manager role at GitLab:

  • You’ll advocate for good product design practice, ensure the visibility of product design across functions, create space for collaboration, and bring a deep level of subject matter expertise to the team.
  • You’ll work with your direct reports to build out a UX strategy for your Dev team.  
  • Your approach to management should be informed by our view on what is required of a Manager at GitLab. Here, we default to asynchronous communication, so your management style will need to work in the context of our all-remote, global team.  
  • You’ll collaborate with our UX Director to define OKRs for our design practice. These OKRs will shape your team’s process, define your responsibilities as a manager, and feed into the responsibilities of your direct reports. 
  • You’ll play a part in the evolution of our design culture as we take the next steps in expansion. 
  • You’ll champion the importance of participation in critiques, content creation, and speaking engagements. 
  • You’ll foster a safe space for your team, somewhere they’re comfortable sharing feedback and advocating for change they see as necessary.  
  • You’ll play a big part in hiring a team of world-class Product Designers. Our growth is set to continue as we mature our product, and you’ll need to be highly engaged in the recruiting process as we scale our team across the globe. 

Projects you might work on as UX Manager, Dev:

When working with your direct reports, you’ll define a UX Strategy for the Dev section, offer assistance when reviewing their design and research work, and help them achieve their goals through our Individual Growth Plans. You’ll also work with cross-functional partners to identify and remedy pain points in our product development process, ensuring effective collaboration with our Product and Engineering counterparts.  

You should apply if:

  • You’ve got a few years of experience managing Product or UX design teams who are working on complex web applications, enterprise software, or developer tooling. Someone who will bring a deep understanding of source code management and project planning tools will be preferred. 
  • You’ve got hands-on experience working on product strategy and product design for a complex enterprise application or SaaS tool.
  • Your knowledge, vision, and experience will enable you to play a key role in shaping the next evolution of developer tooling.  
  • You enjoy advocating for user research and usability testing, and you continually look to improve your team’s user research abilities.
  • You want to manage a team that is designing a complex product with cross-functional users and continually evolving needs.
  • The idea of playing a key part in the evolution of our Pajamas Design System is truly exciting to you.
  • You understand frontend code, Git, and the limitations of frontend technology. You can demonstrate this through your hands-on coding skills with HTML/CSS/JS, command-line Git, or by showing us you have a deep understanding of the needs of engineers you’ve worked with previously.
  • You’re comfortable with design reviews and occasionally being hands-on with design tools like Sketch or Figma. 
  • Mentoring, leading, and growing your team is truly motivating to you.
  • Our values of collaboration, results, efficiency, diversity, iteration, and transparency resonate with you.

What it’s like to work here at GitLab:

The culture here at GitLab is something we’re incredibly proud of. Because GitLabbers are currently located in over 56 different countries, you’ll spend your time collaborating with kind, talented, and motivated colleagues from across the globe. Some of the benefits you’ll be entitled to vary by the region or country you’re in. However, all GitLabbers are fully remote and receive a "no ask, must tell" paid-time-off policy, where we don’t count the number of days you take off annually. You can work incredibly flexible hours, enabled by our asynchronous approach to communication. We’ll also help you set up your home office environment, cover your home internet subscription, pay for your membership to a co-working space, and contribute to the travel costs associated with meeting other GitLab employees across the world. Also, every year or so, we’ll invite you to our Contribute event. Our hiring process for this UX Manager, Dev position typically follows six stages. The details of this process and the compensation for this role can be found at the bottom of our job family page.




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