Director of Design, Platform


September 14, 2021

    Design Product Design
The Platform team creates the technology that enables Spotify to learn quickly and scale easily, enabling rapid growth in our users and our business around the globe. Spanning many disciplines, we work to make the business work; creating the frameworks, capabilities and tools needed to welcome a billion customers. Join us and help to amplify productivity, quality and innovation across Spotify.
Stockholm or Remote EMEA
Job type
Permanent We are looking for a Director of Design to support our Platform Mission. Platform Mission is Spotify’s technology engine. We provide essential core technologies and services to our Consumer Units. Our mission is to enable Spotify to move with speed and at scale, while still maintaining safety.
This position will help us build an inspiring 21st-century developer experience, help us define how we build highly effective internal systems and platforms. The position requires a passion for foundational technologies such as Data streams, Machine Learning foundations, Security, and Client Services. The Director of Design for Platform Mission will lead a team of Managers and Senior ICs supporting ongoing platform improvements as well as develop future-forward visions and strategies.
This role reports into Design Platform within Platform Mission. Design Platform is the creative backbone of the world’s most innovative audio platform. Design Platform is a team of specialists who enable design delivery at scale. We are system thinkers, enablers, and challengers to remove low variant and repetitive tasks and help product teams to focus on high-value work. We listen and build; enabling teams through the creation of unrivaled tools, infrastructure, art direction, products, and systems that inspire, unblock challenges, and provide the space to deliver on exceptional user experiences.
What You’ll Do
  • You will lead a team of product designers and product design managers, which will include both hardworking practitioners and experienced leaders.
  • You are responsible for scaling the team and enabling a healthy organizational structure in collaboration with the Platform Mission Senior Management and the Product Leadership.
  • You will lead design, through best practices, attention to detail, and sometimes unconventional thinking, to ensure impact
  • You will collaborate closely with your product, insights, and tech counterparts to shape a data-informed vision for the user experience of our products and can translate this into an inspiring Design Strategy for your team.
  • You will identify and grow leaders within the design team, setting them up for success through mentorship and coaching
  • You will act as the subject matter expert on product design in the Platform space, innovating and scaling our tools and ecosystem from the ground up.

Who You Are
  • You have 7-10+ years of experience leading design teams through building large-scale platforms. This should include mentoring and leading managers
  • You’re comfortable working in spaces with some ambiguity, and defer to data-driven execution and testing
  • You are passionate about design and what it can do for the music, content, and technology industries
  • You’re a fantastic communicator. You have the communication skills to help you work cross-functionally with internal stakeholders and external partners alike. You thrive when developing great people and great products
  • You have a broad product design background and are well-versed in data-informed product design and development
  • You want to make an impact and take on big complex issues
  • A true creative who is user-focused, collaborative, transparent, passionate, and playful. We believe our culture is a core part of what makes Spotify successful. We’re looking for someone who understands our culture, will thrive within it, and will help shape it as it evolves

Work from Anywhere
  • We are a distributed workforce enabling our band members to find a work mode that is best for them!
  • Where in the world? For this role, it can be within the EMEA region in which we have a work location and is within working hours.
  • Working hours? We operate within the Central European and GMT time zones for collaboration and ask that all be located in that time zone.
  • Prefer an office to work from home instead? Not a problem! We have plenty of options for your working preferences. Find more information about our Work From Anywhere options here.

Our global benefits
Extensive learning opportunities, through our dedicated team, GreenHouse. Flexible share incentives letting you choose how you share in our success. Global parental leave, six months off - fully paid - for all new parents. All The Feels, our employee assistance program and self-care hub. Flexible public holidays, swap days off according to your values and beliefs. Spotify On Tour, join your colleagues on trips to industry festivals and events.
Learn about life at Spotify
Spotify is an equal opportunity employer. You are welcome at Spotify for who you are, no matter where you come from, what you look like, or what’s playing in your headphones. Our platform is for everyone, and so is our workplace. The more voices we have represented and amplified in our business, the more we will all thrive, contribute, and be forward-thinking! So bring us your personal experience, your perspectives, and your background. It’s in our differences that we will find the power to keep revolutionizing the way the world listens.
Spotify transformed music listening forever when we launched in 2008. Our mission is to unlock the potential of human creativity by giving a million creative artists the opportunity to live off their art and billions of fans the chance to enjoy and be passionate about these creators. Everything we do is driven by our love for music and podcasting. Today, we are the world’s most popular audio streaming subscription service with a community of more than 345 million users.