Principal Product Designer

  • Location:
    Offsite, San Francisco, California, US
  • Area of Interest
    User Experience Design
  • Compensation Range
    211600 USD - 314200 USD
  • Job Type
  • Technology Interest
    Big Data, Analytics, Cloud and Data Center, Internet of Everything
  • Job Id

Cisco Meraki is the industry leader in simple, secure, intelligent networking and IoT platforms. We empower organizations everywhere – from local libraries to global hotels – to focus on their mission and have technology that simply works.

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We’re looking for an expert design leader who can lead our UX Framework initiatives to help drive consistency, quality, and efficiency in workflow patterns across our Cisco Networking products and platforms. You’ll help craft and govern a customer-centered navigation system, shared workflow library, and Jobs to Be Done framework across Cisco Networking platforms.

You will lead a virtual, cross-platform architect team, work with UX managers to staff important UX Framework initiatives, and build awareness throughout the organization to enable platform teams to take full advantage of these frameworks. You will provide guidance to designers and roll up your sleeves to help ensure feature sets are crafted, so they can be used across our portfolio. You will work closely with cross-functional teams to understand where there are gaps and opportunities for further alignment across the portfolio. You will help radically simply networking product experiences.

Our team's primary focus is on software, but we also find opportunities to collaborate with teams across the organization and think about how to improve the entire customer journey. Meraki believes the quality of our products is dependent on the quality of our teams. We place a high value on nurturing the growth and development of everyone on our team. On the Design Team, we give and get feedback early and often, share what we know, and learn from each other.


  • Lead and govern user-centered UX Frameworks (shared workflow, jobs to be done libraries) that will help drive cohesion and quality for Cisco Networking.

  • Lead a virtual team of UX domain experts (architects and other ICs) who will help steer priorities, strategy, and contribution to UX Frameworks.

  • Guide the design of large, complex initiatives that span multiple products.

  • Work with Head of Product Design and other UX leaders on staffing model for UX Frameworks.

  • Translate what may start as ambiguous business needs into clear customer-focused solutions and frameworks.

  • Build effective working relationships and bring the wider team into the design process.

  • Ensure cross-product and cross-platform consistency through influence, bridge-building, and socialization.

  • Craft stories and prototypes that help others envision the strategy and desired outcomes for both the customer and the business.

  • Provide direction to and mentor other designers.

  • Facilitate workshops, sketching and prototyping sessions; build documentation and templates that enable others to consume and contribute to shared framework library.

You're an ideal candidate if you have:

  • 12+ years of professional experience designing and delivering products in cross-functional teams from start to finish.

  • Experience designing for networking or other highly complex enterprise solutions.

  • And a proven track record of:

  • Standardizing and simplifying feature sets across multiple platforms.

  • Designing user-centered, task-based taxonomies.

  • Aligning teams around customer-centered design decisions.

  • Making complex problems and workflows feel simple and approachable.

  • Balancing strategic research and discovery with shipping often.

  • Persuasive storytelling and influence

Does this sound like you? We’d love to hear from you!

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