Creative Director, Design Systems

  • Location:
    San Jose, California, US
  • Area of Interest
    User Experience Design
  • Job Type
    Professional
  • Technology Interest
    *None
  • Job Id
    1354645

About the team...

The Cisco SBG (Security Business Group) Design Systems team will influence and lead Cisco SBG into the next evolution of common design and user experience. By using a unified design systems approach, the SBG Design Systems team will enable product teams to implement consistent, reusable, and accessible components and design patterns across the security portfolio with high speed and efficiency. The team is responsible for owning the overall design system visual direction, front-end system architecture strategy, and continued maintenance. Additionally, the team focuses on modern design aesthetics and relentlessly pursues cross-function SBG collaboration and innovation.


What You’ll Do

The SBG Design Systems team is looking for an experienced Design Systems Creative Director who is passionate about design and understands the value of a seamless and consistent user experience. This person will manage and develop a team of designers and engineers and foster a culture of design-led thinking to help reach Cisco Security business goals. Additionally, this person will lead, guide, and govern our design language; develop and evolve our component library and help define the overall direction of the look and feel. This is a role that will challenge and push the organization’s existing design systems further - continuously identifying opportunities and spearheading efforts to expand and enhance the system.


Key Responsibilities

  • Lead and develop a team of expert system designers and engineers, bringing the highest standard of design practices
  • Own the overall vision and direction of the SBG design system
  • Collaborate closely with internal team members, as well as Researchers, Program and Product Managers, to drive system creation, adoption, and technical implementation initiatives.
  • Lead design system projects from beginning to end and establishes meaningful metrics and success criteria to ensure consistency of user experience
  • Bring the highest level of design standards and practices and emphasizes the importance of modern design aesthetic
  • Provide creative direction and mentorship to team members
  • Bring operational knowledge and workflow excellence to managing the team including resource decisions
  • Clearly communicate design rationale to product teams and internal stakeholders. Makes decisions based on user research as well as design experience.
  • Work closely with other UX leaders to strengthen design processes and culture and facilitate a design system centered approach to building experiences in every area of our organization
  • Stay informed of advances in culture, academia, and industry and applies that knowledge to enhance the Cisco Security portfolio.

Experience you bring includes...

  • 15+ years of design/creative experience, 2+ years of design systems experience
  • A history of building and leading teams that are both technical and creative.
  • Deep expertise in visual design, interaction design, information architecture.
  • Deep knowledge of common design patterns and practices.
  • A consistent record of conceiving, crafting, building, and delivering best in class design solutions
  • Expert-level knowledge of Figma, including how to create developer consumable components, utilizing new Figma functionality such as variants and auto layout.
  • Experience in designing for accessibility and inclusivity.
  • Nice to have:
  • Fluency in front-end tech stacks demonstrated by basic HTML/CSS/JS development experience.
  • Experience in designing for accessibility and inclusivity.
  • Experience in motion, animation, and illustration and can provide examples of prior projects.

If this role and the design field is exciting to you, we encourage you to apply even if you don’t meet 100% of the description or qualification, we would still love to have a conversation with you!


We Are Cisco

#WeAreCisco, where each person is unique, but we bring our talents to work as a team and make a difference powering an inclusive future for all.

We embrace digital, and help our customers implement change in their digital businesses. Some may think we’re “old” (36 years strong) and only about hardware, but we’re also a software company. And a security company. We even invented an intuitive network that adapts, predicts, learns and protects. No other company can do what we do – you can’t put us in a box!

But “Digital Transformation” is an empty buzz phrase without a culture that allows for innovation, creativity, and yes, even failure (if you learn from it.)

Day to day, we focus on the give and take. We give our best, give our egos a break, and give of ourselves (because giving back is built into our DNA.) We take accountability, bold steps, and take difference to heart. Because without diversity of thought and a dedication to equality for all, there is no moving forward.

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! 

U.S. Vaccination Requirements
Cisco requires all U.S. employees to be fully vaccinated or have an approved religious or medical accommodation. Candidates accepting an offer must provide proof of vaccination status on their first day. If someone anticipates requesting an accommodation for this requirement, they must receive approval before the start date. Candidates receiving an offer will receive additional information about the accommodation process at the time of the offer. All offers of employment are contingent upon complying with Cisco's vaccination policy.

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