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Director, Product Design

Company: UnitedMasters
Location: San Francisco
Posted on: March 20, 2023

Job Description:

# Who we are
UnitedMasters is building a marketplace that connects artists, brands and fans - empowering artists to earn and grow. UnitedMasters has taken the bold step of building a music distribution service that, radically, puts artists first - disrupting the legacy music business by letting up-and-coming artists distribute their music directly to fans through streaming services while maintaining ownership of their master recording rights and up to 100% of royalties. Through the combination of UnitedMasters' music distribution platform and its deep ties to brands, UnitedMasters enables independent artists and changemakers to grow and earn unlike any other platform.
The UnitedMasters team is made up of musicians, marketers, engineers, and storytellers with backgrounds from YouTube, SoundCloud, Pandora, Facebook, Uber, Dropbox, Complex, VICE, and more. We work hand in hand with the award-winning creative teams that forge those innovative partnerships at Translation (our in-house creative advertising agency).
# What you'll do

  • Build and manage a team of product designers, creating unique user experiences across the UnitedMasters platform. Own end-to-end design process across all product verticals including music distribution, payments, creator tools and brand partnerships.
  • Set goals for your team in support of company objectives and manage performance against those goals. Drive growth and innovation through beautiful and functional product design.
  • Partner closely with product management, engineering, user research, data science and marketing to design engaging products for independent musicians and drive growth for UnitedMasters.
  • Build a deep understanding of the needs and desires of independent artists and design solutions that simplify the complex challenges they face. Ultimately, the solutions your team designs should enable more artists to grow their audiences and earn a living with their music.
  • Contribute to product leadership discussions, acting as a user advocate and representative of the design team's perspective in roadmap development and decision making.
  • Oversee a portfolio of projects, ensuring deadlines are met and your team is positioned for success with proper goals, processes and resources.
  • Ask smart questions, take appropriate risks, and champion new ideas.

    # Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. You can clearly communicate your point through memos and decks.

      • A strong visual aesthetic and design point of view, and the ability to effectively communicate that vision.

        • Ability to synthesize inputs from multiple sources (research, data science, product management, user feedback) into a single, simple user experience.

          • Expert-level command of Figma to communicate and prototype interface designs, user flows, and product vision.

            # Minimum Qualifications

            • 6+ years of Product Design experience with at least 4 years working on a consumer software product, ideally in the music or creative industries. Must have experience working on mobile applications.
            • 4+ years of leadership experience with direct reports under you. This includes hiring and developing talent, structuring teams, and managing performance.
            • Strong portfolio showing design work that has been implemented and used by large user bases, especially visual and interactive design for mobile applications.

              # Preferred Qualifications

              • Demonstrated experience implementing design best practices, design systems and processes.

                • Experience working on music technology, creator marketplaces, or education platforms.

                  • A deep understanding of Apple and Google mobile style guidelines.
                  • Experience in a small startup, and ideally, building a design team from the ground up.

                    About UnitedMasters
                    UnitedMasters has over 1.5 million artists on its platform and is growing rapidly. Brands like Diageo, Ally, and ESPN come to UnitedMasters to partner with these artists and play a role in moving culture forward. In the past year, UnitedMasters subscribers have grown rapidly. With $170M raised to date and valued at $550M, UnitedMasters is backed by Andreessen Horowitz, Apple, Alphabet (aka Google), and Disney amongst others. Over the last year, UnitedMasters artists have used our platform to land sync deals with major brands including the NBA, ESPN, Overtime Elite, Bose, Warner Brother Studios and in the NBA video game 2k. These deals give them additional money for their work and increase their exposure.
                    Salary Hiring Range: $165,000 - $205,000
                    Our salary ranges are based on paying competitively for our size and industry, and are one part of many compensation, benefits and other reward opportunities we provide (e.g. bonus, stock options, 401(k) match, etc.)
                    Individual pay rate decisions are based on a number of factors, including qualifications for the role, experience level, skillset, and balancing internal equity relative to peers at the company. We expect the majority of the candidates who are offered roles at our company to fall healthily throughout the range based on these factors.
                    The range above is for the expectations as laid out in the job description, however we are often open to a wide variety of profiles, and recognize that the person we hire may be less experienced (or more senior) than this job description as posted. If that ends up being the case, the updated salary range will be communicated with you as a candidate.
                    The salary range above is for the NY/CA. As a company, we have a location based strategy, which means the salary range could be lower or higher than this if the role is hired in another location.

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