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Senior Product Designer


This is a Full-time position in Los Angeles, CA posted May 7, 2022.

About Us
Vanilla is a fast-growing financial and legal technology company that is revolutionizing the way that people approach estate planning.

As category leaders, we empower advisors to unlock decades of industry-leading expertise to create an extensive and valuable plan for their clients.
You’ll be working with a diverse group of designers, engineers, operations managers, and attorneys, all of whom share a passion for building beautifully designed products and making complex processes user-friendly.
As a fully remote team, we are committed to creating an exceptional product and culture.

We believe work is just one part of a happy, healthy life.

We dont speak in startup tropes or have craft beer on tap.

Were a small team of people that are very good at what we do and are happy to be doing it.
Job Description
We’re looking for an experienced senior product designer to join our team.

You will work closely with product and engineering in shaping the user journey of our customers by owning the design process from research, ideation, prototyping, user testing, to final production.

Youll work cross-functionally with design, product, and engineering in leading design for new and improving existing functionality.
In this senior role, you must see the forest for the trees and vice versa the big picture matters as much to us as the minutiae.
What Youll Do

Work cross-functionally with design, product, and engineering in realizing new and improving existing features for Vanilla
Own the design process from research, ideation, prototyping, user testing, and product
Conduct customer interviews and user testing sessions, early in the product development cycle, to validate ideas and design solutions
Help maintain and improve our design system, Aether
Be an advocate for our users and design throughout the company

What Were Looking For

5+ years of experience as a product designer ideally enterprise SaaS products with a portfolio of work that demonstrates a proven track record of shipping successful product to users
Attention to detail and an expert in typography, visual design, and HCD principles
Ability to form clear hypotheses around design decisions and lay out a path to validate them
Industry experience in committing to best practices around user experience, web standards, and WCAG/ADA guidelines
Experience in implementing high-level product strategy and vision through design
Experience in turning qualitative and quantitative research into insights
A desire and experience in mentoring junior designers and leveling up their skills and ability
Strong written and verbal communication skills with experience leading design discussions with cross-functional teams and customers

Please include your portfolio, resume AND a brief cover letter of your most recent accomplishments.

The first line of the letter must have the following information: “My favorite ice cream flavor is ______.” This helps us filter who read the entire post we said we needed someone who is detail-oriented, didnt we?
OpenAdvisor Technologies (dba “Vanilla”) provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.
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