Principal Designer (Director Level) at Ironclad | Powderkeg

Ironclad is the #1 contract lifecycle management platform for innovative companies. Every company, in every country, in every industry runs on contracts, but managing these contracts slows companies down and costs them millions of dollars. L'Oreal, Mastercard, OpenAI, and other leading innovators use Ironclad to collaborate and negotiate on contracts, accelerate contracting while maintaining compliance, and turn contracts into critical carriers of operational business intelligence. It's the only platform flexible enough to handle every type of contract workflow, whether a sales agreement, an HR agreement or a complex NDA.

Ironclad is [writing the narrative]( digital-contracting-on-demand/?wchannelid=l3gookxxq6&wmediaid=zkdmcjb8wa) that shows how beautiful and functional contracting will change business. We're a leader in the [Forrester Wave for Contract Lifecycle Management]( management/). We have been recognized as a Fortune Great Place to Work for four consecutive years. Our innovation and work culture have been recognized by [Glassdoor's Best Places to Work 2023]( Small-and-Medium-Companies-to-Work-For-LST_KQ0,43.htm), Forbes' [50 Most Promising AI Companies]( most-promising-artificial-intelligence-companies/?sh=434fb68277cf), Wing Venture Capital's [Enterprise Tech 30]( content/uploads/2021/02/2020ET30.pdf), and Gartner's Magic Quadrant. We're backed by leading investors like Accel, Y Combinator, Sequoia, and BOND. For more information, visit or follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Principal Designer

Ironclad, a leading contract lifecycle management software company is seeking an experienced Principal Designer to join our team. This role has significant scope and span, including accountability for one or more company-level goals.

As a Principal Designer, you will report to our VP of Design and be responsible for creating, evolving, evangelizing and troubleshooting all aspects of our design process, including: visual design, interaction design, user experience, user research, and brand identity. Presently, this is an IC role that is wholly focused on cross-functional leadership and influence. As the design team grows, your role may include people management.

We are looking for a world-class design leader with a history of leading company-changing projects that tangibly shift business performance. Successful candidates will likely have over 15 years of professional experience, with a minimum of 7 years in a leadership role (i.e. director plus). You should also have significant management experience.


  • Guide all aspects of design, including visual design, interaction design, user experience, user research, and brand identity.

  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to develop design strategies that align with business goals and user needs.

  • Develop and maintain design standards and guidelines to ensure consistency across all products, services and communications.

  • Mentor and sponsor other designers by providing guidance and support to help them grow professionally.

  • Advocate for design excellence across the organization, and ensure that design is an integral part of our company culture.

  • Be accountable for the design team's contribution to company-level goals.

  • Work closely with other departments, including product management, engineering, sales, and marketing, to ensure that design is integrated into the overall product and business strategy.

  • Act as a thought leader and evangelist for design both within the company and in the broader design community.

  • Be hands-on in projects and with design work including facilitating sprints, drafting wireframes, creating prototypes, producing visual designs, writing copy and validating work through user interviews.


  • At least 15 years of experience in design

  • A minimum of 7 years in a leadership role (i.e. director plus)

  • At least 5 years of management experience

  • A strong portfolio of design work that demonstrates your ability to create innovative and effective design solutions that move businesses forward

  • Excellent communication and storytelling skills, with the ability to articulate design concepts and strategies to both technical and non-technical audiences

  • Proficiency in design tools such as Figma, Sketch, Creative Suite, and more

  • Unicorn coding ability is always a big plus


  • Health, dental, and vision insurance

  • 401k

  • Wellness reimbursement

  • Take what you need vacation policy

  • Generous parental leave for both primary and secondary caregivers

**Base Salary Range: **$248,000-$372,000

The base salary range represents the minimum and maximum of the salary range for this position based at our San Francisco headquarters. The actual base salary offered for this position will depend on numerous factors, including individual proficiency, anticipated performance, and the location of the selected candidate. Our base salary is just one component of Ironclad's competitive total rewards package, which also includes equity awards (a new hire grant, along with opportunities for additional awards throughout your tenure), competitive health and wellness benefits, and a commitment to career growth and development.

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

Job Summary
  • Job Title
    Principal Designer (Director Level)
  • Company
  • Location
    New York City, NY + more (or Remote)
  • Employment Type
    Full time
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