Principal UX Designer

About Us:

BlackSky is a geospatial intelligence solutions provider that enables organizations to task, collect, and transform data from earth observation, global sensor networks, mobile devices, and social media to deliver on-demand insights about places, events, and assets that are critical to their operations. BlackSky provides satellite collection, data, and cloud based -processing and analytic solutions to organizations that are capitalizing on the exponential growth of a wide range of sensor and collection platforms for delivering the next generation of GEOINT and location intelligence solutions. BlackSky has extensive expertise and capabilities in commercial remote sensing, multi-source analytics, cloud computing, open-source software development, Amazon Web Services, and big data geospatial analytics. BlackSky provides solutions to commercial and government organizations with relevant programs with NASA, the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA), US. Army, and U.S. Air Force Research Labs.

We are looking for a well-rounded Principal UX designer to lead the user experience of BlackSky's Spectra Platform to order, transform, analyze and deliver imagery and machine learning analytics from our on-demand constellation of satellites. You will define, articulate, and deliver innovative design solutions in a data-dense, complex space. You will be responsible for developing a deep understanding of the user journeys, identifying pain points, and transforming those insights into actionable UX design initiatives. You will use your stellar communication skills to present designs to a range of different stakeholders - from UX teammates to leadership. You will work closely with front and backend engineers, customer success representatives and product management to meticulously execute ideas into production.

While the locations listed in the job posting are ideal, we would love candidates near either our Herndon, VA or Seattle, WA offices. We may also consider remote candidates in certain states.


  • Lead design projects through all phases - from user research and exploratory prototypes to wireframes and polished mockups to final design review, delivery, and usability testing
  • Partner with an interdisciplinary team of developers, product managers, and data scientists to drive features from concept to implementation for satellite imagery tasking and imagery analysis scenarios.
  • Own the design process by independently defining requirements, scoping projects and prioritizing tasks.
  • Evaluate the usability of features and make constructive suggestions for improvements.
  • Mentor other designers.
  • Other job-related duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • Minimum of seven years of professional experience as a UX Designer for a SaaS product.
  • Degree in HCI, Human Factors, Design, Computer Science / Engineering field or equivalent professional experience
  • Portfolio of work that includes end-to-end designs from concept to finish demonstrating design rationale and business impact.
  • Proven experience in creating low to high-fidelity experiences with standard design tools, such as Figma.
  • Familiarity with responsive designs and MUI design library
  • Understanding of front-end technologies (HTML/CSS/JS/React) to help inform design and interaction decisions
  • Experience with complex data-rich applications.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with map-centric designs
  • Experience with a AI or ML-based data
  • Experience with agile/scrum

Life at BlackSky for full-time benefits eligible employees includes:

  • BlackSky pays 100% of employee-only premiums for medical, dental and vision and contributes $100/month for out-of-pocket expenses
  • Total of 5 weeks of paid leave including vacation, holidays, volunteerism leave and our shutdown between Christmas and New Year’s Eve
  • 401(k) pre-tax and Roth deferral options with employer match
  • Professional development budgets
  • Mac or PC? Your choice!
  • Awesome space swag

BlackSky is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer All Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

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