Have you ever tried to hire a plumber? How about a house cleaner? If you have, chances are it took you way longer than it should. In the era of instant-everything, it’s crazy that you still have to waste an entire afternoon researching, calling and vetting local service professionals whenever you need one. The market for hiring them is huge — $700B in the US alone — but the process is inefficient and largely offline.

Thumbtack is transforming this experience end-to-end, building a marketplace that matches millions of people with local pros for almost any project. In making these connections, not only do our customers get more done every day, our pros are able to grow their businesses and make a living doing what they’re great at.

About the Design Team

We’re a tight-knit and highly-collaborative team of product designers, researchers, product writers, and design ops working closely with engineers and product managers to research, explore, and iterate on well-crafted user experiences that are engaging and useful. We collaborate regularly through design reviews, work sessions, and presentations to inspire and influence the direction of the product and company as a whole.

About the Role

Our design team is most effective when the designers have excellent managers coaching and developing them, giving thoughtful design feedback, and clearing away organizational obstacles that hinder the designers from doing their best work. Our Product Design Managers also play a critical role in working with Engineering Leads and Product Managers to define product strategy and priorities. In this role, you’ll lead product design for all of Growth - customers and professionals - and will influence many of the areas outside of your direct responsibilities.


  • Mentor and manage a team of 4 to 8 product designers – including defining clear goals, prioritizing work, and building a culture that fosters trust and respect.
  • Facilitate collaboration between user research, product writing, product design and their project teams
  • Recruit, interview, and hire great product designers.
  • Design or direct the design of solutions that solve real user problems.
  • Collaborate with Product Managers, Engineering Managers, and Design Leads to define the product roadmap and quarterly goals.
  • Iterate on the team’s execution process to improve design quality, speed, and collaboration.
  • Communicate your area’s product vision to other cross-functional product teams, senior leadership, and the rest of the design team.
  • Uphold a high bar for brand expression within our product experience – in partnership with the Brand Marketing team.

Must-Have Qualifications

  • 5+ years of experience working as part of a design team
  • 3+ year of experience managing product designers
  • User-centric approach to designing products
  • Emotional intelligence—the ability to truly understand what each individual on your team needs to thrive and feel fulfilled
  • An inspiring portfolio of native and web app projects that showcases your design approach, final designs, and impact
  • A demonstrated ability to lead a project end-to-end and with a cross-functional team
  • Strong communication and presentation skills (both written and oral)
  • A track record of influencing product strategy
  • A history of proactively driving process and solutions on ambiguous problem areas. Comfortable rolling up sleeves and working without formal requirement documents or top-down decisions.

Nice-to-Have Qualifications

  • Experience designing or managing in a two-sided marketplace
  • Previous experience in product or project management
  • Previous experience as a Product Design Lead

If you don't think you meet all of the criteria above but still are interested in the job, please apply. Nobody checks every box, and we're looking for someone excited to join the team.

More About Us

Thumbtack is a local services marketplace – one of the largest in the U.S. – that helps millions of people hire local professionals. With nearly 1,000 different categories, customers can find a Thumbtack pro for almost anything: landscapers, DJs, personal trainers, even piano teachers. And in making these connections, we empower local pros too. Helping them get new customers and make a living doing what they’re great at.

Founded in 2008 and headquartered in San Francisco, Thumbtack is backed by over $250 million in investment from Sequoia Capital, CapitalG, Tiger Global Management, Javelin Investment Partners and Baillie Gifford.


Thumbtack embraces diversity. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and do not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, citizenship, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

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