Product Designer

  • Full Time
  • NY

Website carbonfive Carbon Five

Carbon Five is a digital product development consultancy.

We have openings for this position in New York, NY.

Carbon Five is a digital product development consultancy. We partner with our clients to create exceptional products and grow effective teams in a healthy, sustainable way.

Over the last 20 years, we have learned a lot about what it takes to do this successfully, and in the process, we have created some of the most highly-valued digital platforms, mobile apps, websites, and more.

We offer great benefits, reasonable work hours, and intriguing projects in a welcoming work environment where employees feel safe, have fun, and learn every day.

Working at Carbon Five

At Carbon Five, you will work on a single cross-disciplinary product development team—engineers, designers, and product managers—working full-time, side-by-side with one of our clients. Together, you will learn the problems they want to solve, get to know the people who are experiencing them, and design potential solutions. You will iteratively develop and release working software using established agile development practices like experiment-driven design, test-driven development, small and frequent releases, and continuous integration and deployment.

Your Role On The Team:

As a Product Designer, you will work with the rest of your team to research, ideate, design, and refine features for digital products across a wide range of industries, for both mobile and web. You will balance tradeoffs between desirability, viability, and feasibility, while being a strong advocate for both users and those impacted by the software you are designing. You will work collaboratively and continuously, delivering incremental product design iteratively, while keeping an eye on the bigger picture as we help bring our clients’ visions to life. You will lead interaction design and communication design on your team, bringing your experience and learning from the broader Carbon Five design community along the way.

Your typical week may include the following:

  • Facilitating collaborative design workshops
  • Designing and creating prototypes
  • Drafting flows & wireframes
  • Illustrating user interfaces
  • Collaborating with stakeholders
  • Pairing with amazing engineers & product managers

This job might be right for you if you:

  • Prefer collaboration over working solo
  • Take a collective approach to problem-solving and decision-making
  • Enjoy being given goals and finding ways to achieve them
  • Enjoy using your creativity and resourcefulness to tackle unexpected challenges
  • Enjoy participating in all aspects of product development, including generating ideas, prototyping and building solutions, talking to users, testing outcomes, and integrating learnings into future work
  • Want to learn new design processes, techniques, and tools
  • Enjoy working across a broad range of industries and platforms

To be considered for this role, you will need:

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • A high degree of empathy for others
  • A learning mindset and interest in learning how to work effectively on a self-organized product team
  • A flexible approach to process and willingness to tailor to the needs of each project
  • A history of positive influence on design & design culture at companies
  • Full stack design experience: user research, testing, collaborative design exercises, wireframing, interaction design, prototyping, and visual design
  • Experience working with and advocating for design to senior stakeholders and/or clients

You’ll receive additional consideration if you have:

  • Experience consulting or working as a freelancer
  • Experience as a member of a professional agile software development team
  • Consistent involvement in the tech community (e.g., speaking at conferences and meetups, mentoring less experienced practitioners, leading or volunteering time to organizations committed to supporting underrepresented groups in our industry)
  • A track record of self-directed, continuing education
  • Experience with branding, including designing identities, selecting typography, defining color palettes, and creating brand guidelines
  • Experience designing for both mobile-web applications as well as native iOS & Android apps
  • In-depth experience conducting user research, collaborative ideation (e.g. Design Sprints), and/or user testing

Why You’ll Love Working Here

Professional Growth

  • Projects with our clients last roughly 4-6 months, exposing our engineers, designers, and product managers to a wide variety of industry domains, product challenges, team compositions, and technical constraints in a relatively short amount of time. This way of working provides you as a practitioner with a rich environment for developing and expanding your skillset and growing your professional network.
  • You will be given an annual professional development budget of $2,000 to attend conferences, complete certifications, and enroll in classes or other training.

Generous Benefits

  • Health insurance. We pay the FULL premium for you, your spouse, and your kids.
  • Vision insurance. We pay the FULL premium for you, your spouse, and your kids.
  • Dental reimbursement. $2,500 – 5,000/ year of reimbursement for you, your spouse, and your kids.
  • Life Insurance. $150,000 supplemental policy. We pay the FULL premium.
  • Paid Time Off. More than 5 weeks of paid time off every year
    • 7 public holidays: MLK Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, and two days for Thanksgiving.
    • Annual Winter Break, from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Day.
    • 15 days of accrued vacation time, increasing to 20 days after two years of employment
  • Paid Sick Leave. 9 days available each calendar year for physical and mental health needs
  • Benefits For Parents.
    • Paid parental leave (equivalent maternity and paternity policies). One (1) week of leave at 100% of your salary, followed by 6 weeks of about half of your salary. When combined with state benefits where applicable, this amounts to full pay for about 7 weeks.
    • We pay 100% of the health and vision premiums for your children.
    • Your dental reimbursement covers your children’s expenses.
    • Family-friendly company events.
  • Unpaid Leave. After two years of employment, employees can take up to 3 months per year of unpaid leave.
  • Profit-Sharing. 3-4% annual bonus, paid as an employer contribution to your 401(k)
  • 401(k) program with a variety of low-fee funds
  • Commuter benefits. The ability to purchase fares on public transportation and other qualified transit agencies using your pre-tax income.
  • Recruiting bonuses. Up to $12,500 bonus for hired leads.
  • Sales referral bonus. $2,000 bonus for successful leads.

An Inclusive, Sustainable, and Learning Culture

  • We check our ego at the door. As experienced practitioners, we understand that success is a team sport. We hire smart people who enjoy doing great work with others and who enjoy celebrating each others’ wins along the way. Teams solve problems and are given the support to do so without micro-management. We know every project is different, and only a dynamic team can deliver the quality and productivity that goes along with the name.
  • Your nights and weekends are yours. You should have a life outside of the office, and being well-rested is essential to doing good work. We work sane hours because we want you to come in each day fresh and enthusiastic, ready to build great products with a clear mind.
  • We don’t do trust falls. We genuinely like the people we work with and find that building strong relationships focused on trust occurs organically because we hire good people. We don’t have Forced Company Fun™, but we do enjoy getting together for (virtual) happy hours, tea time, holiday celebrations, and more. We look forward to attending more baseball games, gallery openings, boba tea outings, and playing tabletop games in-person again when it’s safe to do so!
  • We want you to be yourself. Folks at Carbon Five are skilled in many things. We’re rock climbers, musicians, parents, coffee critics, and much more. Part of working with us is celebrating your passions while discovering and sharing one another’s. Check out some of the things that we’re passionate about.
  • We’re here for you. As we look into the future, we’ll continue to grow in whatever ways make our employees and clients happy. There is no exit plan or 10-year strategy; we’re simply in the business of building a great place to work, where employees feel safe, have fun, and learn every day.


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