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Director, Product Design - Venmo



Product, Design
San Jose, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2024

Job Description

Time Type:

Full time

At PayPal (NASDAQ: PYPL), we believe that every person has the right to participate fully in the global economy. Our mission is to revolutionize commerce globally to make moving money, selling and shopping, personalized and secure.

Job Description Summary:

PayPal is committed to delivering the best experience for our global developers with a strong customer focus. Our team, embodying a Developer Mindset, designs essential experiences, testing capabilities, and tools critical for developers to efficiently build and launch products within PayPal’s suite. With over 3 million developers visiting our portal annually and over 30 million small businesses relying on developer tools, we are seeking a Senior Director of Design to lead with a deep focus on customer needs and a Developer Mindset, driving the expansion of our external Developer Experiences and fostering a thriving developer ecosystem. If you are passionate about empowering developers by introducing them to top-notch PayPal solutions and driving customer-centric design, then this role is the perfect fit for you.

Job Description:

The Director role calls for a visionary leader with an unwavering commitment to user-centered design. This passion translates into flawless execution, leveraging a deep understanding of design patterns to build trust and security within our financial products. They will cultivate a visually sophisticated brand experience that resonates with our target audience, all while influencing stakeholders to champion their design vision.

This leader will spearhead a team passionate about designing intuitive cross-platform experiences. They will utilize prototyping techniques, empathy, and user research, fostering a test & learn mindset. They will play a key role in finding, developing, and retaining the world's best design talent. This individual has a passion for coaching teams and guiding partners in empathizing with customer problems. They will champion a "diagnose with data and treat through design" approach.

The ideal candidate should be an experienced design leader who has successfully demonstrated taking business goals and turning them into inspiring world-class designs. The individual must have an understanding of the complexity of product development and new product incubation. The role requires the ability to develop ideas quickly in response to business needs, turn creative concepts into high-quality, on-brand customer experiences, partner closely with product and engineering teams, and to develop and coach a team of high craft designers, technologists, and strategists.

You will report to the VP of Design, Merchant. We believe that different perspectives and backgrounds inside our team lead to innovation and inclusion in our product design. We advocate for meaningful and engaging experiences for our diverse global customers. We support each other, learn from challenges, and have fun along the way.

Job Responsibilities

  • Lead global teams of designers, drive best practices in process and methodology and deliver against business and customer needs

  • Guide UX efforts across teams, including strategy, planning, working with cross-functional partners to remove blockers and presenting effectively to senior staff and stakeholders

  • Hold team accountable to leverage and extend the use of design system, style guides, patterns and assets in the creation of UX deliverables

  • Contribute to the wider UX & UX manager community, mentoring others, leveraging your strengths to help others grow


  • 12 - 15+ years’ experience and 4-5 years managing managers

  • Bachelor’s and/or master’s degree in the study of user experience, design, research or related fields

  • Proven experience in leading, growing and inspiring highly talented and productive UX teams

  • Complete UX skillset, to deliver excellence across products and platforms, mobile apps, financial services expertise an advantage

  • Experience leading delivery, through feedback, design critique, presentation to program sponsors, planning and coordinating with partners where needed

  • Familiarity and experience with standard design and prototyping tools, such as Figma, Miro, Sketch, and Invision

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PayPal is committed to fair and equitable compensation practices.

Actual Compensation is based on various factors including but not limited to work location, and relevant skills and experience.

The total compensation for this practice may include an annual performance bonus (or other incentive compensation, as applicable), equity, and medical, dental, vision, and other benefits. For more information, visit

The U.S. national annual pay range for this role is

$120300 to $287100

Our Benefits:
At PayPal, we’re committed to building an equitable and inclusive global economy. And we can’t do this without our most important asset—you. That’s why we offer benefits to help you thrive in every stage of life. We champion your financial, physical, and mental health by offering valuable benefits and resources to help you care for the whole you.
We have great benefits including a flexible work environment, employee shares options, health and life insurance and more. To learn more about our benefits please visit

Who We Are:
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PayPal has been revolutionizing commerce globally for more than 25 years. Creating innovative experiences that make moving money, selling, and shopping simple, personalized, and secure, PayPal empowers consumers and businesses in approximately 200 markets to join and thrive in the global economy. For more information, visit , and

PayPal provides equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, PayPal will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities. If you are unable to submit an application because of incompatible assistive technology or a disability, please contact us at [email protected].

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