Gusto is looking for a passionate Product Designer to be involved in the entire product development process from research, to creating a vision, to iterating on an experience for launch.

About Gusto

Gusto is a modern, online people platform that helps small businesses take care of their teams. On top of full-service payroll, Gusto offers health insurance, 401(k)s, expert HR, and team management tools. Today, Gusto offices in Denver, San Francisco, and New York serve more than 200,000 businesses nationwide.

Our mission is to create a world where work empowers a better life, and it starts right here at Gusto. That’s why we’re committed to building a collaborative and inclusive workplace, both physically and virtually. Learn more about our Total Rewards philosophy and our RISE Initiative.

About the Role

Gusto’s Embedded Payroll Platform is a new strategic initiative for Gusto. We have ambitious goals to help our new partners integrate best-in-class payroll experiences into their own products serving specific small business niches. Our platform is a combination of a robust flexible developer API and embeddable UI flows. As such we need to address the needs of our partners’ businesses, their development teams, as well as the employers and employees they serve.

As the first dedicated product designer for Gusto’s Embedded Payroll Platform, you’ll be involved in the entire product development process from research to creating a vision to iterating on an experience for launch. This is a founding design role for this team with lots of opportunity to grow, and shape the practice. From here, you could continue to grow as an individual contributor design leader or potentially move into people management when the team is ready to expand.  

Product Design at Gusto is made up of over 55 creative, collaborative, people who care deeply about our mission to empower small businesses and their employees. We’re a cross-functional bunch focused on design, research, and writing who are always looking for opportunities to build understanding and empathy for the people who use Gusto. We don’t care a whole lot about swim lanes and we work closely with our partners in product, engineering, data, and marketing. We are passionate advocates for thoughtful, crafted, and inclusive experiences and we believe great design can make hard things possible, even delightful. Read more about Design at Gusto.

Gusto is first and foremost customer-driven. We take pride in making informed decisions based on customer research and data while balancing short and long term technical decisions. If you are a strategic customer advocate who enjoys complex problems and improving customer experiences, we’d love to hear from you!

Here’s what you’ll do day-to-day:

  • With the support of Gusto’s research team, you’ll drive the research strategy for Gusto Embedded Payroll, cultivate deep empathy for our customers and translate both qualitative insights and quantitative data into creative ideas and informed design decisions — while encouraging everyone on the team to deepen their understanding and connection to our customers
  • Strategically balance the needs of this complex ecosystem of customers: Employees, their employers, and developers integrating Gusto Embedded Payroll
  • Design a great developer experience starting from our developer documentation through to powerful admin tools to empower developers who are building great payroll experiences on top of Gusto’s platform 
  • Work with senior leadership in Gusto’s Embedded Payroll team to provide expertise on how to create a flexible system that empowers developers to build approachable, easy-to-use integrated payroll experiences for employers and their employees
  • Partner with PMs, engineers, and Product Marketers, and other people from our cross-functional design team to oversee user experience for products and features from conception to launch
  • Cultivate a creative design process that is built on inclusion and strong cross-functional collaboration
  • Provide and seek feedback from other designers to always push the bar for quality

Here’s what we're looking for:

  • Experience designing and shipping complex products founded in data and customer insights
  • Ability to form clear hypotheses around design decisions and lay out a path to validate them
  • Industry experience designing at every step of the development process, from brainstorming to post-launch research
  • Generative and evaluative research experience
  • Strong UX craft — you can break down complex experiences and design with consideration for all touch points 
  • Experience balancing long-term design goals with an Agile-based iterative approach 
  • Strong communication skills and enthusiasm for collaborating across the entire company
  • Ability to embrace ambiguous situations as opportunities to create
  • Passion for Gusto’s mission and the impact we can have on the world
  • 4+ years' Product Design experience — with at least some of that time spent working on platform, ecosystem or developer experience teams

Our cash compensation amount for this role is targeted at in $170,000- $190,000 in Denver & most remote locations, and $180,000- $230,00 for San Francisco & New York. Final offer amounts are determined by multiple factors including candidate experience and expertise and may vary from the amounts listed above.

Our customers come from all walks of life and so do we. We hire great people from a wide variety of backgrounds, not just because it's the right thing to do, but because it makes our company stronger. If you share our values and our enthusiasm for small businesses, you will find a home at Gusto. 

Gusto is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate in hiring or any employment decision based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), marital status, ancestry, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or other applicable legally protected characteristic. Gusto considers qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local law. Gusto is also committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at 



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