Nine Labs Design Systems Lead

remote Preferably located in Atlanta, GA; Eastern Time Zone; USA 3 weeks ago
Nine Labs is looking for smart people to lead interesting UX Projects with massive clients. They are hiring a Design Systems Lead in Atlanta

Job Description:

Nine Labs, an Atlanta-based digital design and UX consulting agency is looking for a skilled, creative, and strategic thought leader to join our growing team as a Senior UX Designer.

Before we dig into the deets about the role, a bit about our mentality at Nine Labs: We strive to build a great place for smart people to do their best work. Our business and our team are growing, and we’re really excited about it. We believe in a flexible, friendly, and creative work environment. If this sounds good to you, keep reading. 


Nine Labs is looking for smart people to join the team and lead product design projects, like the ones below:

🏦 A new banking experience for America's middle class:

One of the largest banks in the US is creating a new banking brand, and we're leading the product strategy and UX. We need a strong, business-focused product thinker to lead the team and help reimagine what banking looks like for 100 million people.

🏥 Building a Design System for one of the world's most prestigious and respected hospitals:

Healthcare has a bad reputation for design, and this client wants to build something beautiful that will stand the test of time and technical evolution. Help us create a Design System for their healthcare and management platforms that empowers them to provide world-class care to their patients.

We need a Senior Design Systems Lead to work directly with the client and lead the creation and implementation of the new Design System.

🥤🌭 Making the convenience store more convenient:

In today's always-on, always-mobile world convenience stores are lagging behind when it comes to mobile apps. Help us reinvent the consumer experience for a global convenience store brand.

We need an innovative product thinker to lead the design of a new global mobile application to power three brands across North America and Europe.

💼 There's more...

These are just 3 projects currently in flight. There are more ongoing projects and interesting problems to be solved on a daily basis. Get on the ship now.

Who you are:  

You love solving complex problems and you care deeply about making people’s jobs easier. You’re excited about helping us build a great company and world-class human-centered design team. You ask why... a lot. You love to learn and push the boundaries of what’s possible. 

You’re an experienced designer who likes getting your hands dirty and understands the whole design process. You’re a strong user experience designer, but you’re a skilled and passionate when it comes to Design Systems. You are meticulous and detail-oriented, and you believe that a robust Design System is the perfect path to design excellence and efficiency. 

 Though you’re skilled at many things, you are particularly strong in a few areas of the design process and you enjoy sharing these strengths with your team.

Your Work Environment:

Nine Labs is growing rapidly, with a small and talented team. We collaborate daily, and continue to take on projects that challenge our team. We always strive to promote from within.  Hiring is hard, so when we find great talent, we want to keep them and help them succeed. We also invest annually in our colleagues' professional growth, from off-site workshops, conventions, networking summits, and even continuing education and coursework.  

We operate as a fully remote distributed workforce, which means you’ll have more autonomy than almost anywhere else. It’s a Results Only Work Environment so the focus is always on achieving the best outcomes for our clients and ourselves. Our goal with every project is to create the best possible work for our clients, on time, and on budget, every time.

Your day-to-day:

As a Design Systems Lead at Nine Labs, you will...

  • Be responsible for identifying business, design, and development needs, defining parameters for design system componentry, documentation, and governance, and leading teams to create and deploy functional and durable design systems to our clients.

  • Quickly grasp complex problems and generate ideas that lead to functional and elegant user experiences.

  • Clearly articulate and present concepts to the larger product team and other stakeholders.

  • Lead workshops to gather design requirements and prioritize needs.

  • Conduct various forms of research and interact directly with client stakeholders and end-users.

  • Extract meaning from mounds of user data, making it easy to consume to move forward in the design process.

  • Collaborate with other designers and cross-departmentally with product, development, engineering, support, sales, and marketing teams.

  • Document design system components to be implemented in your team’s workstream for design consistency.

  • Work with the development team on implementation of your design system.


  • 8+ years relevant experience in UX, product, or interaction design.

  • 3+ years relevant experience building, managing, and contributing to design systems.

  • Strong experience with design systems concepts and tools, governance models, atomic design patterns, and usage of design tokens.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and ability to simplify complex concepts.

  • Proficiency in visual UI design using Sketch, InVision, Figma, Axure, and similar tools.

  • Experience in being responsible for design and user experience for end-to-end workflows. 

  • Ability to define and translate business requirements and user feedback into functional specifications.

  • Ability to break down flowcharts and wireframes into requirements for reusable components.

  • A strong understanding of UI conventions and challenges for responsive web design and native mobile platforms, including UI optimization for best performance and optimal footprint on various devices.

  • Excellent organizational and efficient time management skills. 

  • High aptitude for making design decisions backed by data.

  • Contributes productively and proactively as part of a team.

  • Demonstrated desire for continuous learning and improvement.

  • Enthusiastic and creative with the ability to inspire others.

  • Maintains professional knowledge and experience.

  • Must be 21 years of age or older.

  • Must be legally permitted to work in the United States.

Nice to have:

  • Experience working with enterprise SaaS companies.

  • Experience with data visualization and/or complex business applications. 

  • Experience in customer success/account management or product management for a software company.

  • Proficiency in HTML/CSS/JavaScript.

Compensation and Benefits:

  1. Competitive salary commensurate with the candidate’s experience.

  2. Health Benefits Include: Health, Dental, Vision, STD/LTD/Basic Life

  3. 401K

  4. Generous PTO policy

  5. Casual attire

About Nine Labs

Founded in 2012, Nine Labs is a leading human-centered digital design consultancy based in Atlanta, GA. In addition to our full-time staff at Atlanta HQ and regular presence in New York City, we retain a deep network of consultants, researchers, designers, engineers, developers, and analysts. Our extended team includes some of the most talented people in the industry.

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About Nine Labs

We operate at the intersection of Design, Business, and Technology. Our clients range from exciting and fast-moving startups to some of the largest companies in the world. Regardless of their size, our goal is to help our clients build the products and services of the future with clarity and confidence. We seek to understand their business goals, their users' goals, and how to use technology to create products and services which solve the goals of both sides with elegance.

Why Nine Labs? Glad you asked.

  • Because you don't like the politics of working at a big company.

  • You'd like to have autonomy to work where and when you do your best work (even if that's at a coffee shop in your pajamas).

  • You'd like to work directly with the client, and help them do what's best for their customers.

  • You'd like to have a real, measurable impact on customers by building something valuable for them.

  • You want to work with a diverse group of people you actually enjoy being around.

  • Our No. 1 Company Vision is to create a great place for smart people to do their best work. And we mean it.