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Manager, Research - Core Products



San Francisco, CA, USA · New York, NY, USA · United States
Posted on Thursday, May 2, 2024

Figma is growing our team of passionate people on a mission to make design accessible to all. Born on the Web, Figma helps entire product teams brainstorm, design and build better products — from start to finish. Whether it’s consolidating tools, simplifying workflows, or collaborating across teams and time zones, Figma makes the design process faster, more efficient, and fun while keeping everyone on the same page. From great products to long-lasting companies, we believe that nothing great is made alone—come make with us!

The Research team at Figma is undergoing a transformation to balance core strategy skill sets and user research to drive lasting business impact. As part of that transformation, we are hiring a Core Products Research Manager to lead a team of researchers across Figma’s core products - Figma Design Editor (our browser based UX design tool), FigJam (our collaborative whiteboard tool), and DevMode (our tool that translates design into code). These tools collectively serve millions of users on a daily basis - and are the core revenue drivers of the business today. As such, the Core Products Research Manager will influence the most critical product decisions for the company. Beyond leading a team of researchers, this leader will embed with the Lead Product Manager, Design Lead, and Engineering Lead for our award winning Editor to actively shape and execute our research agenda to drive scale, tap new opportunities, and to ensure Editor continues pushing innovation in design tooling while also becoming more accessible to broader audiences. Because Figma is used by so many of the leading software companies around the world, you will be in a unique position to advance the state of the art for how UX design works across the entire industry.

What you'll do at Figma:

  • Identify, in conjunction with your team of researchers, opportunities to grow and scale business impact across our core products
  • Materially influence Figma’s core product vision and strategy through product and strategic insights that you and your team deliver
  • Conduct in-depth research to gain insights into the diverse ways designers utilize Figma, from professionals to new users
  • Lead a team of researchers to proactively identify and prioritize research needs and potential problem areas across Figma’s core products
  • Work directly with the Figma Design editor leads and become an expert in the core creation features of the Figma Editor and the ecosystems our users design for, such as web, mobile, and desktop apps
  • Partner with Head of Research and research leaders to refine our competency model and reshape the research practice

We’d love to hear from you if you have:

  • 8+ years of experience in UX research, human centered design, or user centric product management
  • 3+ years of experience managing teams
  • Previous experience working on design tools or high-complexity products
  • Proven experience leading user research initiatives in a fast-paced environment

While it’s not required, it’s an added plus if you also have:

  • A background or passion in design
  • A familiarity and depth of experience using Figma’s products
  • Experience in other design tools or SaaS products
  • Ability to balance user research, strategy, business insights, team input, and intuition in decision-making processes

At Figma, one of our values is Grow as you go. We believe in hiring smart, curious people who are excited to learn and develop their skills. If you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with the points outlined in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles

Pay Transparency Disclosure

If based in Figma’s San Francisco or New York hub offices, this role has the annual base salary range stated below.

Job level and actual compensation will be decided based on factors including, but not limited to, individual qualifications objectively assessed during the interview process (including skills and prior relevant experience, potential impact, and scope of role), market demands, and specific work location. The listed range is a guideline, and the range for this role may be modified. For roles that are available to be filled remotely, the pay range is localized according to employee work location by a factor of between 80% and 100% of range. Please discuss your specific work location with your recruiter for more information.

Figma offers equity to employees, as well a competitive package of additional benefits, including health, dental & vision, retirement with company contribution, parental leave & reproductive or family planning support, mental health & wellness benefits, generous PTO, company recharge days, a learning & development stipend, a work from home stipend, and cell phone reimbursement. Figma also offers sales incentive pay for most sales roles. Figma’s compensation and benefits are subject to change and may be modified in the future. You may view our Pay Transparency Policy by clicking on the corresponding link.

Annual Base Salary Range (SF/NY Hub):
$180,000$317,000 USD

At Figma we celebrate and support our differences. We know employing a team rich in diverse thoughts, experiences, and opinions allows our employees, our product and our community to flourish. Figma is an equal opportunity workplace - we are dedicated to equal employment opportunities regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity/expression, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements.

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  • Holding interviews in an accessible location
  • Enabling closed captioning on video conferencing
  • Ensuring all written communication be compatible with screen readers
  • Changing the mode or format of interviews

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