Director of Product Design
The Trade Desk
San Jose
hace 4 días

The Trade Desk is changing the way global brands and their agencies advertise to audiences around the world. How? With a media-buying platform that helps brands deliver a more insightful and relevant ad experience for consumers and sets a new standard for global reach, accuracy, and transparency.

So if you’re talented, driven, creative, and hungry to bring something entirely new and wildly ambitious into the world (and have some fun doing it), then we want to talk.


The Trade Desk is looking for an experienced Director of Product Design to be a hands-on designer and leader of a team of interaction and visual designers who craft easy-to-use and delightful product experiences.

The Trade Desk is helping change the way we buy, sell and consume advertising as one of the leaders in the programmatic industry.

Since the programmatic industry is young, you and your team will directly contribute to a new experience that translates the massive power of our technology into simple and elegant workflows for ad agency partners and advertisers.

Our industry is complicated, but we don’t believe our platform should be.

You’ll be managing a growing team of experienced designers who are paving the way to create a more user-centered platform.

Our team thrives on collaborating across teams, and digging in to fully understand the context of any problem. We value ideas and feedback from everyone, and we’re incredibly fortunate to sit next to people who use the platform on a daily basis.

As Director, Product Design at The Trade Desk, you will have a unique opportunity to shape our fast-growing platform used by thousands of people across the globe.

You will be important not just to the UX team, but to the company as a whole.

At The Trade Desk, we believe each opportunity to engage with consumers is unique. Because of this, our platform provides advertisers and their agencies with an unprecedented level of power to describe and reach their target audience.

This means user experience can make or break our business our users must have all the flexibility to harness our system’s growing power and should be able to use our platform with unparalleled ease.

This position reports to our Vice President UX / UI and is part of a cross functional team of UX Design, Research, Writing, and PM.


As a Director of Product Design :

  • Manage, coach, and inspire a team of designers, by providing vision and
  • direction. You will manage a handful of Sr. Managers as well as individual


  • Attract, retain, and develop a world-class user experience design team
  • Oversee high-quality work in a fast-paced, complex, and sometimes
  • ambiguous environment

  • Establish and enforce effective design processes that scale
  • Lead through rapidly evolving, complex demands, including multiple projects
  • with dependencies on other internal teams

  • Establish trust with cross-functional partners and executive leadership
  • Partner with product managers, researchers, engineers, and cross-functional
  • stakeholders to understand requirements and provide creative, thoughtful


  • Help the team explore a variety of design directions, analyzing the pros and
  • cons of each

  • Ensure the designs create a cohesive and coherent product experience,
  • utilizing design patterns

  • Occasionally create your own design artefacts to communicate the user
  • experience at various stages of the design process such as wireframes, flow

    diagrams, storyboards, mockups, specs, and / or lightweight prototypes

  • Balance qualitative and quantitative data to make user-centered design
  • decisions

  • Conduct and participate in design reviews with a range of stakeholders across
  • the organization

  • Advocate for prioritization of changes, refinements, and improvements to the
  • user experience

  • Regularly present to Sr. leadership and Executive staff, using your excellent
  • communication skills and design artifacts to effectively negotiate and


  • Participate in industry conference and meetups. Demonstrate that
  • TTD is a company that is serious about UX, and where top UX talent

    feels proud to work


  • Bachelor’s degree in Design, HCI, or related field. Master’s degree a plus
  • visual designers and 5+ years in individual contributor roles, designing

    products and services across multiple platforms

  • Experience collaborating with teams of designers, researchers, product
  • managers, and engineers throughout the design process

  • Strong communication skills to describe issues and solutions to various
  • audience

  • A mindset of collaborating and influencing others, regardless of title or level,
  • to drive the company forward

  • Excellent problem-solving skills and relentless attention to detail
  • Exceptional project management skills with the ability to define, plan, and
  • lead projects forward

  • Proficiency in UX Design tools such as Sketch (or similar) to create user
  • interfaces

  • Portfolio highlighting multiple projects demonstrating user-centered design
  • solutions with measurable outcomes (include online portfolio link with


  • Experience managing multiple disciplines, such as research, writing, and UX
  • PM a plus, but not required

  • Experience with advertising technology a plus, but not required
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  • The Trade Desk does not accept unsolicited resumes from search firm recruiters. Fees will not be paid in the event a candidate submitted by a recruiter without an agreement in place is hired;
  • such resumes will be deemed the sole property of The Trade Desk. The Trade Desk is an equal opportunity employer. All aspects of employment will be based on merit, competence, performance, and business needs.

    We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, pregnancy, genetic information, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law.

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