Design Manager - Core HR (m/f/d)

Permanent employee, Full-time · Munich

The Role

At Personio we are on the amazing journey of becoming the leading HR Platform in Europe!

Join our international agile Product, Design & Engineering team and take an active role in shaping our engineering culture and the future of thousands of HR teams and organizations across Europe. At Personio you will have a direct impact on our product, our users, our organization, and our engineering practices.

We are looking for a seasoned leader to enable our Core HR Design & Research team to deliver cutting-edge user experiences that follow a common vision, drive customer satisfaction and have a strong business impact. The Core HR Domain is on a mission to empower organizations for employee self-service and remarkable employee management. We are responsible for Core HR functionalities, such as Absences, Time Tracking, Document, Employee Profiles as well as Analytics & Reporting. We are a cross-functional group of engineers, designers, writers, researchers and product managers from many different nationalities and backgrounds, spread across different locations, continuing to grow in 2022. 

As a member of the cross-functional leadership, as a Design Manager, you will closely collaborate with our Group Product Manager and Senior Engineering Manager to shape the overall strategy within the Core HR team.

You will be directly hiring and managing designers, researchers and/or writers, coach them on their professional development, and give them day-to-day strategic context and guidance from beyond their immediate circle. You will represent the Core HR Design direction as a stakeholder on cross-functional initiatives, planning, and goal setting.

As part of the Design & Research Leadership team, you will also work on global design challenges and topics, helping us shape and maintain an amazing team culture and an inspiring UX vision that can be holistically applied to our product.

Your role scope and responsibilities: 

People Management → Hire, coach and retain Design talent, making sure every team member has the support and guidance to perform their best 

  • Motivate, mentor, and develop the team continuously to keep them growing and engaged
  • Drive performance management, making sure every member of the designer & research team has a career plan and receives constant feedback
  • Planning and budgeting of new hires
  • Actively engaging together with our Talent Acquisition team to ensure we take an active stance on attracting and hiring talent
  • Nurture a team culture that is in line with our company values and principles
Cross-Functional Leadership→ Contribute to your area of expertise with strategy, planning, communication, and growth as part of the cross-functional leadership

  • Establish a user-centric design process that accounts for the particularities of your space and balances discovery and delivery
  • Nurture and maintain a high bar of consistency and quality for design execution
  • Help teams increase predictability by supporting estimation and planning of design efforts
  • Enable the teams to establish and refine a clear, compelling Design Vision
  • Strengthen the communication flow and alignment between UX leadership and Core HR teams
  • Become a go-to-person for external stakeholders on Core HR Design/UX topics, creating transparency on the design projects towards the rest of the org
  • Work closely with Sr. Engineering Managers and Group Product Managers, making sure the Design/UX perspective is taken into account in strategic decision making
  • Monitor the health of the UX and propose initiatives to improve it based on close observation of quantitative and qualitative insights

 UX Leadership → Help us shape, implement, and maintain a holistic UX direction that spans across the entire product

  • Foster design collaboration across verticals, connecting Designers working on similar challenges, and making sure we optimize for consistent, modular, and reusable solutions
  • Guide product building teams towards being a good citizen of our Design System
  • Understand the reality of our product by engaging with customer insights continuously and by tagging along or driving customer interviews
  • Engage with leaders from other functions or departments to understand their current goals, strategic direction, and the extent of our product capabilities
What you need to succeed
  • You have direct experience of managing and leading design teams for at least 4+ years, ideally in a rapidly growing organisation
  • You are no stranger to hands-on work, having had prior experience operating UX practitioner
  • You have a strong portfolio that demonstrates your experience and successes as both a Design Manager and Individual Contributor
  • You have a background in designing complex web-based applications, ideally in a SaaS environment
  • You care as much about the small details as you do the big picture; applying pragmatism and Product Thinking to ensure the team’s design efforts are aligned with key product outcomes
  • You have previous experience working with multidisciplinary design teams and are yourself, skilled in applying a diverse range of UX methodologies 
  • You have great communication skills and are fluent in written/spoken English
To apply, please submit your CV and Portfolio in English.
Why Personio
Aside from our people, culture, and mission, there are a variety of additional benefits that help make Personio a great place to work! Work with us and receive:

  • Competitive compensation package that includes salary, benefits, and pre-IPO equity
  • 28 days of paid vacation, plus another additional day after 2 and 4 years (because we love what we do, but we also love vacation!)
  • 2 Impact Days you can use to have an impact on the environment and society –  one for an individual project of your choice and one for a company-wide initiative! #SocialResponsibility
  • Find your best way to work with our office-led, remote-friendly PersonioFlex! We offer a roughly 50% remote, 50% in-office working framework to suit your needs
  • Annual personal development budget of €1,500 for conferences, courses, books, career coach, etc.
  • Regular company and team events like Oktoberfest, ski trips, Christmas parties, and more! (COVID permitting)
  • High-impact working environment with flat hierarchies and short decision-making processes
  • Receive generous family leave, child support, mental health support, and sabbatical opportunities with PersonioCares
  • Save money with corporate discounts across brands like Adidas, LG, Bosch, Apple, and more
  • Invest in your retirement via the Personio Pension Scheme, including a Personio contribution
  • Choose between green mobility options, including a JobRad® bike or monthly public transportation ticket
  • Access multiple fitness studios and sports facilities across Germany for €22 per month with a subsidized Qualitrain membership
  • A beautiful, spacious office in the heart of Munich, complete with professional espresso machines, free drinks and snacks, and indoor and outdoor break spaces
About us
We’re using technology to revolutionize the way HR operates, transforming the way millions of people experience work every day. In June 2022 we raised a second Series E funding of $200 million, allowing us to turbocharge this change and making Personio the fastest-growing and most valuable HR technology company in Europe.

With over 6,000 customers and a team of 1,500 in seven offices across Europe, now is the perfect time to join! We’re hiring talented, impact-driven individuals who want to be more than just another employee. Will you be one of them? 

Personio is an equal opportunities employer. We are committed to building an integrative culture where everyone feels welcomed and supported. We #EmbraceUniqueness and understand that our diverse, values-driven culture makes us stronger. As we continue to scale, we focus on enabling our employees to grow both personally and professionally.

We are proud to have an inclusive workplace environment that will foster your development no matter your gender, civil status, family status, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, education level, or race.

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