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Product Design Director

RemoteUnited States, Ohio, Cincinnati

Job description

About Differential

Differential is growing! Yep, it turns out clients like us :) Our team of designers, developers, jokesters, and all around good folk needs more firepower. We’re proudly headquartered in Cincinnati, OH, but our team spans across the country.

In addition to only choosing the best group of people to work around, we are also very picky about the types of clients we’ll work with. In line with our mission to rapidly unlock value for good people with meaningful ideas, we partner with forward-thinking corporate pioneers and innovators to revolutionize their organizations from the inside out and bring great digital products to life. This translates to a diverse range of products like transforming retail with Adidas, helping Lexmark innovate cross-industry, streamlining the sales process with Big Ass Fans, to multi-platform mobile apps for large audiences with Crossroads Church.

We hire great, trustworthy people so that we can optimize for a free & flexible culture: flexible hours, unlimited vacation, remote work, and working on stuff you’re excited about.


Job Description

We are seeking a Product Design Director to lead and scale design at Differential. You will work with stakeholders and product teams to lead design through the company’s next critical growth phase. You are a source of inspiration and lead your team through the creative and product design process. You maximize insight to understand and deliver value to customers, but also help envision a future that others don’t always see. We aspire to be known for great design, a passion from the pixels to the people & process of making great digital products.


Above all, we are focused on finding someone that we love to work with. Culture to us isn’t a ping pong table in the breakroom or some words we put up on the wall. It’s embedded in our DNA and starts with our hiring process. Regardless of your prior experience, we want to consider passionate people for this position.

Design at Differential

The Design team consists of a group of creative individuals with a variety of backgrounds that are embedded within product teams across the company. Almost all of our engagements with new clients begin with a Design Sprint journey, and design plays a critical role throughout the entire product process. You will have a heavy hand in helping to define how the team should grow and evolve to meet the changing needs of our business.


In Differential’s next growth phase, we are specifically focused on growing our Digital Product Partnerships. These are digital products that helped to reshape the organizations they were originally built for, and Differential is now growing them into self-sustaining products by commercializing them to new customers. This gives you the best of both worlds: a fresh mix of new projects for our clients, as well as long-term product direction for our ongoing product partnerships. Our existing Digital Product Partnerships include:

  • EASE Airport Operations Software, built in partnership with CVG, a thought-leading U.S. based international airport.

  • The Apollos Project - A technology and content platform for the Church that equips people to develop healthy spiritual habits and stay better connected to their church community digitally.

  • “Guides Tech” — A yet-to-be-branded, but proven effective (many times over) mobile app platform created to help facilitate highly engaging and effective e-learning journeys and small group experiences.

Job requirements

What you can expect to do:

  • Evangelize design and design process at Differential

  • Inspire, mentor, and grow the product design team by providing vision and direction and 1-1 coaching

  • Oversee overall design efforts for products, help make sure the right team members are assigned to the right work

  • Help speak to and own product design vision across a variety of projects

  • Collaborate with product leads, engineering, business, and other partners to elevate product design and make it our competitive advantage

  • Contribute to, maintain, and help evolve design systems and product design language on our most critical products


Differential employees are those who:

  • Communicate effectively with clients and teammates
  • Are self-motivated
  • Learn quickly and relentlessly
  • Curious about technology and the impact it can make on the world
  • Enjoy taking ownership and responsibility for their work
  • Enjoy collaborating with others on problems


Candidates must be based in the United States, and be available for meetings during standard business hours for client and team meetings. Specific times vary based on client-specific timezone preferences. There is flexibility in working hours but there is an expectation to be able to regularly attend client and team meetings.


We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity and inclusion at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.


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