Block Renovation Design Systems Director

ABOUT US

Block is a renovation platform transforming the $450 billion renovation industry. Today, doing a home renovation is an abysmal consumer experience and not easy for contractors either. Block democratizes access to high-end design, while combining design, construction, and materials into a streamlined experience. Block simplifies a complex and convoluted process and gives homeowners certainty on outcomes, quality, price, and time. 

Our mission is to give homeowners a better way to improve the spaces they live in, and to give contractors a better way to work. We are building an ambitious, tenacious, and creative team who is unafraid of tackling new challenges. The founders are former leaders at Casper, HuffPost, and Rent the Runway. Investors include New Enterprise Associates, Lerer Hippeau, Giant Ventures, Obvious Ventures, MorningSide Ventures and more.

ROLE

The Design Systems Director is responsible for establishing a future-state vision of Block’s design technology stack, developing the strategy to realize this vision and working collaboratively with stakeholders across the organization to implement the changes. We are looking for someone who is passionate about transforming architectural design, wants to challenge industry norms and has a track record of driving successful technology implementations. The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate deep domain expertise of both existing and emerging design technology, along with a results-oriented, practical approach to design innovation. The Design Systems Senior Manager will be responsible for driving a step change in the way that Block completes design - creating scalable and sustainable design systems that reduce design time, improve quality, and elevate the experience of our customers and contractors.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Develop the vision for Block’s design system and tech stack; project manage to drive the change and realize results on time and to budget
  • Lead and manage a team to deliver results in partnership with third parties where necessary
  • Articulate the future state vision to internal stakeholders, create buy-in, educate where necessary, and generate excitement
  • Develop RFPs for third party support as necessary, evaluate the proposals against a selection framework, develop recommendations and associated business cases to leadership for approval
  • Drive the creation of new architectural design tools, technology, products and systems that improve operating efficiency, accuracy, quality and our customer’s experience
  • Collaborate with our product and engineering teams to connect the design system with the company’s broader technology roadmap
  • In conjunction with our analytics and insight teams, study, test and monitor the performance of these product improvements and innovations. Integrate company-wide data into design tooling
  • Build strong relationships across the organization and with our external partners
  • Cultivate and contribute to a great team culture

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 8+ years of professional experience leading innovation in the architecture, interior design, construction or home improvement industry
  • Deep understanding of design technology solutions, BIM management and computational design in architecture
  • Experience in web-based AEC technologies, such as Autodesk Forge and BIM 360/Collaborate, and design software, such as Revit and AutoCAD; familiarity with SQL or programming languages is a plus
  • Strong analytical mindset and interest in data and its ability to drive serious business impact; fluency in Excel and Google Sheets is a must
  • Experience with project management tools
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to influence and collaborate up and down the organization, as well as with external stakeholders
  • Experience managing cross-functional projects and teams in fast-paced, evolving environments
  • Highly self-motivated, with the conviction and focus to direct and drive change
  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Passionate about creating great consumer experiences
  • Ability to build for the long term while also being able to find efficient short-term solutions

BENEFITS

  • Earn equity in an early stage high-growth company
  • 100% subsidized health insurance, dental coverage, vision coverage
  • 12 weeks universal fully paid family leave
  • ​​Flexible Vacation Policy: recommended 2-3 weeks vacation / year
  • 3 weeks a year where you can work anywhere  
  • 401k retirement savings plan
  • Employee discount on renovation services
  • Working alongside an ambitious, kind, no-drama team

COMPANY VALUES

  • Force simplicity
  • Problems are our fuel
  • Collaborate with tenacity and humility
  • Save money where we should
  • Speed is our advantage

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