News Flash: on the surface, design for an enterprise company like ACL isn’t sexy. The industry seems irrelevant to your daily life — you wouldn’t touch them as a consumer — so why work here? It’ll take a bit to explain, but trust us, it’s worth it. Here’s a few good reasons…
Young At Heart
We’re a 28-year-old company that moves like a startup. It’s the best of both worlds. We have huge customers (90% of the Fortune 500), impressive revenues, and are not worrying about our next funding round. At the same time we’re creating new SaaS products with the latest and greatest technologies, inventing new things, and doing so rapidly.
We Bleed Design
Design isn’t something tacked on at the last minute at ACL, it is part of the entire process and embraced by everyone. Our CEO gushes about design. Creating “Beautiful Software” is a core value. The whole company knows design is what sets us apart from the competition. We want to keep pushing, improving, and distancing ourselves from the rest of the pack.
Our UX Design Team is just six people. We’re all designers and front-end developers (Sass/HTML and a bit o’ JS) that enjoy collaboration and peer review of our work. We’re all striving to make the best products we can and push each other to become better designers everyday. We’d love to add a sixth person that can push us even further.
We have a product team (Engineers, QA, Product Managers, and UX Designers) of 65 and counting. We work in small “brigades” that are a mix of engineers, a QA or two, a manager, and a designer. These brigades work quickly on releasing new features on a weekly basis and occasionally entirely new products.
Fascinating Problems To Solve
While we design and build enterprise products for Governance, Risk, and Compliance professionals (totally cool if you don’t understand what any of those three really mean), the problems we’re solving are very relatable.
- Like Trello, we’re solving collaborative workflow problems
- Like Github, we’re solving social code sharing sharing problems
- Like Basecamp, we’re solving project management problems
- Like Squarespace, we’re solving custom content and layout creation
- Like Facebook, we’re solving social engagement and interaction problems
We have 10+ products across the web, iOS, Android, and Windows desktop. And while we’ve done some great things over the past few years, our next 3–4 are going to be wild. So many big challenges that will require top design thinking.
That’s entirely enough about us. Here’s what we’re looking for in a new colleague.
You should be…
You consider the audience and the goals of a project before jumping into Sketch (yeah, we’ve switched from Photoshop). We’re doing our best to create experiences. Custom solutions crafted for our products are what set us apart as a team.
Talking and planning products is smart, but theories only get us so far. We need someone that will help push us in putting pen to paper and pixels to screens. Let’s do more making than talking.
You need to be able to have professional interactions with fellow team members, developers, and customers. (email, Slack, video conference, etc.). We work very closely with everyone across many timezones. Good communication is what makes that possible.
This is different than a freelance gig where you’d go off and work on a project on your own. There will be back and forth sharing of ideas, design, and code. You need to be comfortable defending your ideas, but also be willing to move on if a different direction is required.
- Mid to senior level designer (experience designing user interfaces)
- Willing to learn new tools, techniques, and ways of thinking (we’ve all switched from Photoshop to Sketch for mockups, for example)
- Ability to hand-code a site with semantic HTML5 and CSS (or Sass/LESS)
- Competent or willing to learn Sass, git, and minimal command line stuff (while we are designers, we also work in local dev environments on Angular.js, Ruby on Rails, etc apps. You don’t have to know or understand those technologies out of the gate, but you must be willing to get your hands dirty and put in the effort to be able to work inside those apps writing the HTML and Sass)
- Live in or are willing to live in Vancouver, BC (one of the best cities in North America)
Nice to have
- Version control experience (git specifically)
Not sure if you’re a perfect match? Well, if you kick an exceptional amount of ass in design or development, are a quick learner and not afraid to try something new, get in touch. We might be able to work something out.
- Competitive pay
- Extended Health Benefits
- Stock options
- Personal and company performance bonus
- Retirement account matching contribution
- Dream Mac setup
- Attend an industry conference on us
We get a lot of applicants from these postings. Please let us know you care. We’re such a small team that finding someone we can relate to and feel good about working alongside makes a big difference. And knowing you want this position, well, that’s just gravy.