Senior Product Designer

  • Location:
    Offsite, San Jose, California, US
  • Alternate Location
    US Remote
  • Area of Interest
    User Experience Design
  • Compensation Range
    144800 USD - 214100 USD
  • Job Type
  • Technology Interest
    Software Development
  • Job Id

Who We Are

Outshift by Cisco is the tech incubation arm tasked with exploring, identifying, and developing new business ventures for Cisco. Our team thrives on being at the forefront of technology, propelling Cisco into uncharted markets, and crafting innovative products that solves the challenges of tomorrow.

We adopt a Startup mentality, focusing on entrepreneurial methods to drive success. Our process involves nurturing ideas into products that address critical needs and delivering user and customer experiences that go above and beyond, from the initial MVP to a fully commercialized product.

Innovation is at the core of Outshift. We project our vision from one to five years ahead, tackling problems with agility rather than confining ourselves to specific job roles. We value learning and encourage our teams to embrace failure as a fast track to innovation, continuously challenging assumptions and discovering novel problem-solving methods. Outshifters enjoy gaining experience across a breadth of technological and business challenges and can expect to shift across products/problems and build new skills regularly.

We’re building the next wave of Startup-like innovation under the reputable banner of Cisco. This is a unique opportunity to be part of something ground-breaking. Join us in this creative venture.

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Who You'll Work With

The Outshift team is highly visible within Cisco as it's leading the future innovation for the business. As part of the Strategy, Incubations & Applications group led by Cisco’s Chief Strategy Officer, you’ll collaborate with some of the most progressive minds within the organization.

In this role, you will work with engineering, design, and scientists in defining and implementing the product plan

  • Working closely with product managers to grasp product specifications, user requirements, and business goals. Jointly, you'll shape the product's vision, determine its features, and chart out the roadmap.
  • Responsible for crafting the Minimal Viable Product (MVP) and then developing a product roadmap that accentuates the competitive advantages at each phase. Outline the customer value proposition and potential returns at every stage.
  • Collaborating with the marketing and business development teams to pinpoint and implement successful Go-To-Market (GTM) strategies for the product. Set up Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and metrics to monitor progress.
  • Working alongside engineers and developers to confirm the practicality of design concepts and clearly convey design specifications. Through collaboration, you will refine designs, tackle technical limitations, and implement user interfaces.

You'll dive into a dynamic ecosystem, collaborating with diverse teams to craft ground-breaking, user-centered products that drive unparalleled business success. Get ready to make your mark in an electrifying atmosphere where every design decision propels us towards outstanding achievements!

What You’ll Do

As a Senior Product Designer, your responsibilities involve designing user-centric products and collaborating with cross-functional teams to align design goals with business objectives and user needs. You conceptualize, iterate, and implement design solutions, creating wireframes, mockups, and prototypes. You are responsible for translating design concepts into high-quality visual designs and interactive prototypes, ensuring effective communication of design ideas. Additionally, you document design decisions, communicate effectively with partners, and may provide leadership and mentorship to junior designers. Overall, you will play a vital part in shaping the success of products by ensuring they are visually appealing, functional, and user-friendly.

Who You Are

  • Collaboration: Engage in a consultative approach to effectively connect with cross-functional partners, listen, and incorporate feedback, share insights, and ensure alignment with the project’s vision. Adaptability to different working styles and the ability to leverage team members' strengths is crucial.
  • Dealing with Ambiguity: In a constantly evolving and unexpected setting, your ability to adapt and demonstrate resilience is crucial. Accepting both challenges and opportunities with initiative and ingenuity will be key. Additionally, you'll be expected to seek clarity and cultivate unity within the team as situations demand.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 6 years of Design experience
  • Demonstrated proficiency in applying user interface design principles and industry standard methodologies
  • Design Thinking Workshop practices experience 
  • Experience in developing wireframes, mockups, prototypes, and user flows
  • Experience in using design tools such as Adobe Suite and Figma
  • Experience with agile software development methodologies and tools

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience
  • GenAI and developer experience products
  • Experience conducting user research, usability testing, and capturing feedback to advise design decisions and improve user experience
  • Knowledgeable about web accessibility guidelines (such as WCAG) and adept at implementing standard methodologies to build user interfaces that are inclusive and cater to users with disabilities
  • Proficient in crafting and implementing animations and micro-interactions that elevate user engagement and improve usability
  • Skilled in employing CSS animations, JavaScript libraries, and various animation software to build dynamic user experiences that boost engagement and user-friendliness

Why Cisco? 

#WeAreCisco. We are all unique, but collectively we bring our talents to work as a team, to develop innovative technology and power a more inclusive, digital future for everyone. How do we do it? Well, for starters – with people like you!

Nearly every internet connection around the world touches Cisco. We’re the Internet’s optimists. Our technology makes sure the data traveling at light speed across connections does so securely, yet it’s not what we make but what we make happen which marks us out. We’re helping those who work in the health service to connect with patients and each other; schools, colleges, and universities to teach in even the most challenging of times. We’re helping businesses of all shapes and sizes to connect with their employees and customers in new ways, providing people with access to the digital skills they need and connecting the most remote parts of the world – whether through 5G, or otherwise.

We tackle whatever challenges come our way. We have each other’s backs, we recognize our accomplishments, and we grow together. We celebrate and support one another – from big and small things in life to big career moments. And giving back is in our DNA (we get 10 days off each year to do just that).

We know that powering an inclusive future starts with us. Because without diversity and a dedication to equality, there is no moving forward. Our 30 Inclusive Communities, that bring people together around commonalities or passions, are leading the way. Together we’re committed to learning, listening, caring for our communities, whilst supporting the most vulnerable with a collective effort to make this world a better place either with technology, or through our actions. 

So, you have colorful hair? Don’t care. Tattoos? Show off your ink. Like polka dots? That’s cool. Pop culture geek? Many of us are. Passion for technology and world changing? Be you, with us! #WeAreCisco 


Message to applicants applying to work in the U.S. and/or Canada:

When available, the salary range posted for this position reflects the projected hiring range for new hire, full-time salaries in U.S. and/or Canada locations, not including equity or benefits. For non-sales roles the hiring ranges reflect base salary only; employees are also eligible to receive annual bonuses. Hiring ranges for sales positions include base and incentive compensation target. Individual pay is determined by the candidate's hiring location and additional factors, including but not limited to skillset, experience, and relevant education, certifications, or training. Applicants may not be eligible for the full salary range based on their U.S. or Canada hiring location. The recruiter can share more details about compensation for the role in your location during the hiring process.

U.S. employees have access to quality medical, dental and vision insurance, a 401(k) plan with a Cisco matching contribution, short and long-term disability coverage, basic life insurance and numerous wellbeing offerings. Employees receive up to twelve paid holidays per calendar year, which includes one floating holiday, plus a day off for their birthday. Employees accrue up to 20 days of Paid Time Off (PTO) each year and have access to paid time away to deal with critical or emergency issues without tapping into their PTO. We offer additional paid time to volunteer and give back to the community. Employees are also able to purchase company stock through our Employee Stock Purchase Program.

Employees on sales plans earn performance-based incentive pay on top of their base salary, which is split between quota and non-quota components. For quota-based incentive pay, Cisco typically pays as follows:

.75% of incentive target for each 1% of revenue attainment up to 50% of quota;

1.5% of incentive target for each 1% of attainment between 50% and 75%;

1% of incentive target for each 1% of attainment between 75% and 100%; and once performance exceeds 100% attainment, incentive rates are at or above 1% for each 1% of attainment with no cap on incentive compensation.

For non-quota-based sales performance elements such as strategic sales objectives, Cisco may pay up to 125% of target. Cisco sales plans do not have a minimum threshold of performance for sales incentive compensation to be paid.