Director of Product Design

Product Team | San Francisco

About Us:

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.  

About You:

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.

A day in the life of our Product Design Team:

  • 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

Ellation

Ellation What’s with the name, Ellation? We’re all a cast of characters that get passion and strive to celebrate fandom in all its forms. So we’re building a collection of destinations (a constellation, if you will) that connect people with their passions. Each day, we work to achieve complete fan elation (our vision), starting with popular subscription-video-on-demand brands, Crunchyroll and VRV. Our team spans across San Francisco, Los Angeles, Tokyo, and Chisinau to develop the product, design, engineering, marketing, and content that brings our communities of fans together.

Crunchyroll

Crunchyroll is the world’s largest destination for anime and manga. We’re an international business focused on creating both online and offline experiences for anime fans, through content (licensed, co-produced, and originals), merchandise, events, gaming, news, and more. 

VRV

VRV is a collection of fandom brands on a unified platform and includes Crunchyroll, sister-brand Rooster Teeth, Viacom’s NickSplat, and WB Digital’s DramaFever. Our community connects through immersive content experiences in a digitally-driven environment via bundled subscription, a la carte subscription, or ad-supported options.