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Product Design Manager, Platform & Design Systems

Company: Benchling
Location: San Francisco
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:

Over the coming years, biotech will fundamentally rewrite the way we live. Gene editing and cell therapy are dramatically changing how we treat cancer and other major illnesses. Biofuels and biomaterials are transforming the cars we drive, the clothes we wear, and the makeup of everyday objects. Crop science and synthetic biology are producing sustainable and ethical food. Benchling's mission is to accelerate the research that propels us towards this reality, and magnify its impact, through modern software.

Every day, scientists around the world use Benchling's applications, platform, & analytics in their efforts to solve humanity's most pressing problems. For these scientists, Benchling is the central technology they use to conduct their research. Our customers include pharmaceutical giants, leading biotechs, and the world's most renowned research institutes.


As the Design Manager of Platform and Design Systems, you will lead design for our ambitious enterprise administration roadmap, common application infrastructure and our component and design pattern library. You and your team will work closely with customers, internal stakeholders and our product, design and engineering team to bring simplicity and consistency to the Benchling user experience. A great leader for this team will be able to balance customer needs and priorities with the internal goals of our R&D team to deliver highly consistent, powerful user experiences at scale.


  • Build and manage a team of designers working on platform and design systems
  • Work with product and engineering to define the strategy, scope and prioritization of our platform capabilities
  • Design and prototype multiple ideas quickly, sometimes with customers, to validate product directions
  • Partner with Design, PM and engineering to define our design system strategy and roadmap
  • Connect the dots across product areas to create a cohesive and scalable design system and customer experience
  • Communicate and align with stakeholders, to keep them informed on the design system team's progress and goals
  • Instill a culture of design in a company that already takes user experience as its key differentiator
  • Make Benchling a great place to work by actively supporting career development, growth, and mentoring of individuals; and by fostering a fun and inclusive team where everyone feels welcome.


  • 2+ years of managing an design team, with a track record of building and managing high-performing teams with a culture of quality and continuous growth; plus a minimum of 5 years as an individual contributor designer building enterprise SaaS software
  • Experience building and maintaining a design system for complex software products
  • A strong portfolio of relevant design work that conveys an ability to ship successful products people love
  • Experience with and affinity for highly complex product architectures
  • Strong communication skills and ability to explain the reasoning behind complex decisions
  • Experience working with PM and engineering in a fast-moving environment
  • BS in Computer Science or a related field, or equivalent experience
  • Relentless focus on the customer

Benchling welcomes everyone. We believe every member of our team enriches our diversity and inclusion by broadening our ways of problem-solving for future challenges. Even if you don't meet 100% of the qualifications for this job, we strongly encourage you to apply.


  • Admit mistakes and shortcomings
  • Deliver results
  • Disagree and commit
  • Obsess over customers
  • Rely on work ethic
  • Show empathy
  • Recruit and develop the best
  • Sweat the details
  • Think and communicate clearly
  • Unite around the mission


  • Work with a talented yet humble team
  • Competitive compensation & equity package
  • Quarterly mental health days
  • Weekly virtual social events, and annual company retreats
  • 401k, Medical, dental, and vision insurance (US Employees Only)
  • Monthly health & wellness stipend (Currently US Employees Only)
  • Yearly educational stipend (Currently US Employees Only)
  • To support remote work conditions, Benchling provides each employee a one-time stipend of $1,000(USD) upon commencing employment, and additional discounted employee purchase plans for home-office equipment.

In following best practices and safety protocols, all Benchling employees are expected to work remotely until we are further advised that it is safe for employees to resume work in their respective office locations.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity 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. We also consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records, consistent with applicable federal, state and local law, including but not limited to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.

Keywords: Benchling, San Francisco , Product Design Manager, Platform & Design Systems, Other , San Francisco, California

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