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New York Times Product Design Director, Wirecutter in New York, New York

Job Description

The New York Times is seeking a Product Design Director for Wirecutter to lead a team of 3-5 product designers and to create beautiful, smart, and thoughtful experiences that meet the needs of our readers and journalists.

The product design team works with teams across the company, including product management, technology, project management, brand, research, and editorial, to produce experiences that inform and inspire our readers, connect directly to what they care about, and build confidence and trust in their daily decisions.

As the leader of product design at Wirecutter, you’ll contribute to product strategy, help build alignment around features, and push our thinking forward with deep understanding of how to marry the needs of editorial teams with digital and business objectives. You’ll lead in designing a premium product experience that builds loyalty.

Join us to grow the most trusted product recommendation service on the internet into the largest and most beloved service for our readers.


  • Guide and mentor a team of designers to ensure high quality output, including sharing a vision of the team and providing feedback and direction on their work

  • Provide leadership across a broad portfolio of work that includes growth, publishing tools and new platforms

  • Make individual design contributions at times by working ahead on longer term projects and supporting the team when needed

  • Contribute to the definition and development of a high-level product roadmap

  • Contribute to organizational and process design to ensure teams are set up to do their best work, maintain autonomy and collaborate effectively

  • Build and maintain collaborative partnerships across product, editorial, research and technology functions

  • Work with the Wirecutter leadership team to drive alignment on product vision, direction and strategy

  • Connect with The Times’s product design practice to accomplish common goals and share best practices

  • Champion and cultivate an inclusive culture with a respectful and collaborative work environment


  • Experience leading a design team, in both design practice and people management

  • Adept at influencing and driving alignment on product decisions across functions and levels of seniority

  • A mastery of user interface, interaction design, and prototyping

  • Strong visual and typographic sensibility

  • Deep understanding of how qualitative and quantitative research inform product and design decisions

  • Belief that product and design decisions are inextricably linked

  • An empathetic listener who can give and receive honest, thoughtful feedback

  • Steadfast in defense of both the user experience and the editorial brand while also contributing to solutions that drive our business forward

  • Able to present and explain design effectively to audiences of all functions and backgrounds

  • Enjoy leading design as a practice on multidisciplinary teams, alongside editors, engineers, product managers and other designers

  • Enjoy shipping small, quick experiments to explore or validate your ideas

  • Have 6-8 years of design experience, preferably working on experiences that span different devices and platforms

  • BA, BFA and/or MFA in interaction/product design or a related discipline

About Wirecutter

Wirecutter strives to be the most trusted product recommendation service on the internet. We obsessively test and report on thousands of items each year to recommend the best of everything. Our goal is to save you time and eliminate the stress of shopping, whether you’re looking for everyday gear or gifts for loved ones. We work with total editorial independence. That means nothing appears on the site as a recommendation unless our writers and editors have deemed it the best through our rigorous reporting and testing. Wirecutter was founded in September 2011 and acquired by The New York Times Company in October 2016. Wirecutter is mission-driven and reader-supported; learn more about us here (https://thewirecutter.com/about/) .


Wirecutter is a distributed workplace, with an office and testing facility in New York City. We’re proud to employ incredible people across the country. Right now, we are eligible to hire in CA, CO, CT, FL, HI, ID, IL, IN, MA, ME, MI, MN, NH, NY, OH, OR, PA, TX, UT, WA.


The New York Times is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, one that reflects the varied global community we serve. Our journalism and the products we build in the service of that journalism greatly benefit from a range of perspectives, which can only come from diversity of all types, across our ranks, at all levels of the organization. Achieving true diversity and inclusion is the right thing to do. It is also the smart thing for our business. So we strongly encourage women, veterans, people with disabilities, people of color and gender nonconforming candidates to apply.

The New York Times Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's sex, age, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage, religion, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation or affectional preference, gender identity and expression, disability, genetic trait or predisposition, carrier status, citizenship, veteran or military status and other personal characteristics protected by law. All applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to legally protected characteristics. The New York Times Company will consider qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local "Fair Chance" laws.

Help shape the future of The New York Times

Whether it’s bringing new truths to light through reporting, optimizing products and formats to deliver a world-class digital and app experience, or analyzing data to better understand how we can best serve our readers, Times employees are part of a growing, unified team that is driven to build the best destination for journalism in the world.

That’s always been the case, but it is especially so today. In a time of uncertainty we’ve provided information and guidance to help readers navigate daily life — whether it’s understanding health risks or getting advice on staying sane and productive at home. This would not be possible without our journalists, data scientists, marketers, designers, engineers, project managers and many, many more.

Home to world-class talent

To create journalism and supporting products that stand apart, we must recruit the finest talent in the world. Journalists, data designers, videographers, agile marketers, art directors, and many others, we’re looking for people at all stages of their careers to bring different perspectives and practices to our teams. Together, we can make our journalism more insightful, meaningful and essential to the daily lives and understanding of people around the world.

Employee-driven benefits

If you see a job opening here that might be a good fit for you, we encourage you to apply. We offer a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision plans for employees and their families, health and wellness programs, a 401(k) plan, tuition reimbursement, paid vacation, paid parental leave and much more.

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