Product Design Manager, Animation Tooling & Pipeline

Los Gatos, California

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Netflix is the leading provider of streaming video, reaching over 193 million subscribers in more than 190 countries and territories worldwide. Our subscribers consume over five billion hours of video a quarter and account for a third of the downstream Internet traffic. Supporting this global brand presents significant engineering challenges.  At the center of solving those challenges is the Netflix Studio XD team, responsible for the products and solutions to support acquisition, production, and launch of the stories streamed by our members. Product Designers in our Studio XD organization work at the intersection between storytellers, data, technology, and our business.  
The Studio XD Animation team will sit at the heart of our newest and most ambitious investment in storytelling - our Original Animation studio.  We are developing a world-class animation slate of original series, adult animation, and features - and we will be building out tooling and solutions for all aspects of animation production and operational management.   
Studio XD Animation is a brand new team, and your role will be both leading and building the team that can keep up with the pace of innovation in our rapidly expanding Animation studios.  
About NetflixAlthough Netflix is an established company, in many ways, we still act like a startup. The organization is flat, process is minimal, individual responsibility is significant and there is an emphasis on keeping non-productive influences out of the everyday decision process. We endeavor to stay nimble and make decisions quickly. About the Studio XD teamWe are the newest and fastest-growing design department at Netflix.   Designers in our space lean on a broad set of UX skills ranging from product thinking to interaction design, user research to visual communication. We work in close collaboration with Product and Engineering partners to build groundbreaking innovations for the people inside and outside of our Studio that help Netflix create, license, and deliver world-class content to our members.   About the role & the Studio XD Animation teamNetflix is producing an unprecedented volume and variety of content, and is doing it worldwide.  As a Product Design Manager for Animation, you will lead a team of stunning designers dedicated to creating innovative products supporting all elements of developing animated content.  Netflix is on a multi-year journey to develop the world's most modern, creative, and innovative animation studio, and the work your team does will sit at the heart of this innovation journey. About YouYou measure success in terms of both human and business impact.  As a leader, you foster excellence through collaboration and encourage an inclusive and open environment that makes space for diverse viewpoints and working styles.   You are an excellent advocate, evangelist, and listener - and are comfortable directly engaging stakeholders, customers, users, and investors alike. You have recruited and managed effective product design teams with experience building both consumer and enterprise software. You set a high bar for execution, communication, and the responsibility of your team members. You know how to work cross-functionally with multiple teams and make your ideas and data clear to get everyone on the same page. You seek and offer candid and constructive feedback, and lean into conflict with curiosity, humility, and a willingness to understand. You have a strong focus on usability and efficiency, and strive to simplify complex problems. With every new release, your team leads the charge towards more effective, more impactful services.

The Must Haves:

  • 10+ years of total experience 
  • 6+ years managing product designers
  • Track record of working cross-functionally and influencing sr leadership across groups
  • The ability to form consensus across a broad, fast-moving organization
  • A history of mentoring strong designers and contributing to the design community
  • A deep sense of accountability, fostering a high degree of responsibility within your team
  • Understanding of complex workflows designed to scale across diverse, global operations teams
  • Experience working in continuous delivery environments where the pace is fast and a focus on execution is critical
  • Experience contributing to and consuming component-based design systems
  • Excellent communication skills
  • A willingness to fail and learn
  • A passion for entertainment, filmmaking, and storytelling
Job tags: Design systems Engineering Product design Research User research