Lead Product Designer - Design Systems, Poe (Remot...

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[Quora is a remote-first company. This position can be performed remotely from multiple countries around the world. Please visit careers.quora.com/eligible-countries for details regarding employment eligibility by country.]

About Quora

Quora’s mission is to grow and share the world’s knowledge. To do so, we have two knowledge sharing products:

  • Quora: a global knowledge sharing platform with over 400M monthly unique visitors, bringing people together to share insights on various topics and providing a unique platform to learn and connect with others.
  • Poe: a platform that lets people ask questions, get instant answers, and have back-and-forth dialogue with various generative AI models (bots). As AI capabilities rapidly advance, Poe provides a single platform to instantly integrate and utilize these new models.

Behind these products are passionate, collaborative, and high-performing global teams. We have a culture rooted in transparency, idea-sharing, and experimentation that allows us to celebrate success and grow together through meaningful work. Join us on this journey to create a positive impact and make a significant change in the world.

About The Team And Role

This is a technical design role focused on Poe, meaning this person is expected to design and implement reusable components for our AI platform. This role helps us achieve two main goals: 1) create a best in class consumer internet product, and 2) increase product development velocity through a robust design system.

You’ll be responsible for making our system more usable, scalable, and robust through collaboration with designers and engineers. As an evangelist for the Poe Design Language (PDL) and the collective effort required in evolving our system, your goal is to create a foundation for a consistent user experience, streamline the development of new products and increase team velocity.

Designing a global ecosystem for knowledge sharing, and a platform for businesses to reach our audience requires a multidisciplinary approach. To deliver our mission, we are designing systems that make knowledge sharing rewarding and discovery easy, while scaling to support the participation of the entire planet. We're building a diverse team with people of different backgrounds and experiences, empowered to shape strategy.

Our designers leverage what they learn about psychological and social dynamics, communities and networks, systems and policy design, in addition to more typical design skills. Product design plays a significant role in impacting product strategy directly. Designers at Quora work on everything from ranking to UI, from internationalization to moderation systems, with each design decision validated through A/B testing and user studies alike, as we value rigor and empathy in equal measure. We pursue candor, holism, and awareness in our work.


  • Define a strategy, create a roadmap and productionize PDL into a best-in-class Design System, both in our codebase and in Figma
  • Evolve existing design patterns and refine an ‘in-take process’ for identifying, creating and prioritizing new reusable components based on user and team need
  • Design and propose new PDL components and design tokens in Figma, while also implementing pattern components on web (i.e. React) and working with cross functional partners to implement on native platforms (i.e. iOS, Android)
  • Proactively identify opportunities to review code and design decisions to enforce PDL usage, while socializing upcoming changes to more deeply integrate the PDL in all areas of product development
  • Navigate ambiguity by maintaining clear ‘sources of truth’ for engineers and designers that detail: use expectations, decision rationale and other required documentation (i.e. Token Studio, Figma, etc.)
  • Work autonomously to quickly and pragmatically execute on multiple projects simultaneously
  • Define Design System KPIs to measure health and help optimize for future usage
  • Contribute to the Design team’s growth through mentorship and joining Design Team Guilds to improve the day-to-day environment
  • Rough responsibility breakdown: 70% execution, 20% strategy / planning / coordination and 10% evangelizing

Minimum Requirements

  • Ability to be available for meetings and impromptu communication during Quora's “coordination hours (Mon-Fri: 9am-3pm Pacific Time)
  • 5 years of experience in product design, with at least 2 years focused on design systems design and development (React, Typescript, or equivalent)
  • Portfolio that demonstrates designing and building high-quality design systems components for both consumer and B2B products
  • Strong proficiency in building scalable, reusable React / TypeScript web components that integrate design tokens
  • Working knowledge of native platforms (i.e. Android, iOS) to confidently work with native engineers in translating web components / designing client-specific components
  • Experience collaborating with other product designers, product managers, engineers, and other stakeholders to align roadmaps and implementation details
  • Experience building and maintaining design tokens: UI design, light mode / dark mode, naming / categorization, management, conversion, version control, and distribution
  • Experience building and maintaining Design Systems documentation

Preferred Requirements

  • Tools: Storybook, Figma, Token Studio
  • Experience establishing the operational processes as it relates to Design Systems
  • Experience with A/B testing and use of data analysis frameworks
  • Skilled at delivering high-quality mobile experiences for social media products

At Quora, we value diversity and inclusivity and welcome individuals from all backgrounds, including marginalized or underrepresented groups in tech, to apply for our job openings. We encourage all candidates who share a passion for growing the world’s knowledge, even those who may not strictly meet all the preferred requirements, to apply, as we know that a diverse range of perspectives can have a significant impact on our products and our culture.

Additional Information

Quora offers a wide range of benefits including medical/dental/vision coverage, equity refreshers, remote work reimbursement, paid time off, employee assistance programs, and more. Benefits are country-specific and may vary. For more information on benefits, visit this link: https://www.careers.quora.com/benefits

There are many factors that will determine the starting pay, including but not limited to experience, location, education, and business needs.

  • US candidates only: For Colorado based applicants, the minimum base salary range is $135,840 - $171,530 USD + equity + benefits. For California, New Jersey, New York, and Washington based applicants, the minimum salary range is $135,840 - $201,800 USD + equity + benefits.
  • British Columbia Candidates Only: For British Columbia based applicants, the minimum base salary range is $136,182 - $202,308 CAD + equity + benefits.

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.

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