Director of Product Design

Product Team | San Francisco

Ellation, Inc. is a transformative entertainment company and home of industry-leading platforms Crunchyroll and VRV. Crunchyroll is the world’s largest destination for anime and manga, boasting a global community of more than 25 million registered users and over 1 million subscribers. VRV is a fast-growing entrant in the SVOD space and is an audience-focused aggregation platform featuring premium SVOD channels including Crunchyroll, Funimation, Rooster Teeth, and Shudder.

We’re looking for a Director of Product Design to join our team in San Francisco. Our offices in San Francisco, Tokyo, and Chișinău develop the product, design, engineering, marketing and content for Crunchyroll and VRV -- we are media and technology experts, and we lead with our digital-first DNA to create experiences for our passionate communities.  

As Director of Product Design, you will be responsible for leading the design team to create the best user experience in the areas of product, UI/UX, visual, and communication design.  Developing visual solutions on products for our web, mobile, living room, and future channels. Your team will collaborate with product management, marketing & distribution, brand, community management, engineering and QA teams to create the best experience for customers.

Responsibilities:

  • Manage and develop a large international team of designers. Setting clear goals, managing project loads (from concept to execution) and allocating designers accordingly.
  • Ensuring deadlines are met and setting up team members for career goals and overall success
  • Guide and mentor the team to develop best practices for ensuring a high bar of quality
  • Collaborate cross-functionally with product management, engineering, user research, brand, marketing, QA, and communication design to ensure a cohesive design across all product pieces
  • Champion/Advocate for Design as an integral part of the product experience/creation as a whole

Requirements:

  • Minimum 10+ years design experience with at least 2+ years in a management or leadership role on a Design team and at least 5+ years shipping hardware or software products
  • Strong design portfolio with examples of well-thought out interactions and clear visuals
  • Experience and expertise in high-level product strategy
  • Excellent communication skills and attention to detail
  • Exceptional organizational and analytical skills
  • Proven success designing branded experiences.
  • Understanding in iterative design process to identify and improve existing solutions
  • A passion for data and the impact of design on the consumer
  • Previous experience working with licensed content and/or entertainment industry is a plus.
  • A super plus for fans of anime, manga, kdrama, and/or crafting.
  • Trusty with a nerf gun.

Benefits:

  • Competitive salary
  • Contribute to multiple open source products
  • Employer sponsored training and certifications
  • Opportunity to participate in industry conferences
  • Medical, dental, vision, STD, LTD, and life insurance
  • Health care and dependent care FSA
  • 401(k) plan with employer match
  • Employer paid commuter benefit
  • On-site gym, showers, yoga, and meditation classes
  • Catered lunch and dinner 4 days per week
  • Fun, passionate and skilled co-workers
  • Pet friendly environment - pet insurance and dog friendly office

*Please beware of recent scams to online job seekers. Those applying to our job openings will only be contacted directly from @crunchyroll.com and @ellation.com email accounts. If you have any questions of the authenticity of an Ellation or Crunchyroll job offer, please contact jobs@crunchyroll.com before giving away any personal information.

About Crunchyroll

Crunchyroll is the world’s largest destination for anime and manga, boasting a global community of more than 25 million registered users and over 1 million subscribers. Fans connect through the most complete anime library including "Naruto Shippuden," "Attack on Titan," and “Dragon Ball Super,” events such as Crunchyroll Movie Nights, Crunchyroll News, and can purchase related merchandise through its online store. Through its app on game consoles, set-top boxes, mobile devices and more, Crunchyroll delivers content from leading media producers directly to viewers translated professionally in multiple languages. The service is available for free or through a premium offering that allows users to watch ad-free with access to simulcasts—top series available immediately after Japanese broadcast.

Fans can also view Crunchyroll on VRV, an audience-focused aggregation platform featuring premium SVOD channels and a curated house channel, VRV Select.

About Ellation

Ellation, Inc. is a transformative entertainment company and home of industry-leading platforms Crunchyroll and VRV. With majority investment from Otter Media, a joint-venture between AT&T and The Chernin Group, Ellation operates at the intersection of technology and media to redefine the next wave of media interaction and consumption -- breaking down barriers to content experiences for passionate fans around the world. Ellation’s offices in San Francisco, Tokyo, and Chișinău develop the product, design, engineering, marketing and content that brings our communities of passionate fans together.  

About VRV

VRV is a leading audience-focused aggregation platform featuring premium SVOD channels including Crunchyroll, Funimation, Rooster Teeth, and Shudder, alongside a curated house channel, VRV Select. Created to provide fans with a next-gen entertainment experience, VRV offers immersive content experiences in a digitally-driven environment via bundled subscription, a la carte subscription, or ad-supported options. As a platform, VRV helps partners extend their reach and distribute their premium content through a high-quality, branded experience on mobile, web, and popular living room devices.