Principal Designer - UI and Design Systems - Job ID:18-681

  • San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

Position Location:  San Francisco 

When you join Ancestry, you join our family tree. Backed by history, science, and technology, we’re creating a new world of connection, innovation, and understanding. Whether it’s reuniting long-lost relatives through DNA or unearthing new family stories from historical records, Ancestry empowers life-changing experiences. With over 10 billion digitized historical records, 100 million family trees, and 14 million DNA kits sold, Ancestry is bringing the power of personal discovery to people around the world.

Job Description

Ancestry is seeking an innovative, strategic, customer obsessed, and experienced visual design lead to join our San Francisco team and deliver remarkable brand experiences. The ideal candidate has an awe-inspiring portfolio, demonstrated leadership ability, and the hands-on skill necessary to bring complex scientific data and emotionally loaded messaging together with stunning design and meticulous attention to detail – in other words, inspire action.

Our Ancestry Team

  • We are an entrepreneurial team comprised of dedicated, warm, supportive, and friendly professionals, each with deep expertise in their domain 
  • We are excited for the life-altering potential that will come with presenting insights derived from epic data sets
  • We encourage each other to challenge convention, take risks, and to continue pushing for better ways to delight our customers

What you’ll do

  • You will thrive in ambiguity
  • Lead design efforts on projects that are critical to success
  • Passionately advocate for high-quality design, execution, and implementation of digital web and native product experiences
  • Conscientiously own and govern a developing design system and style guide end-to-end
  • Sweat the details because you know that design matters
  • Thrive on translating complex scientific concepts and business requirements into high-quality, meaningful, and engaging product experiences
  • Think holistically about our brand and product strategy and support the development of a design system that brings it to life
  • Extend broad and conceptual ideas into interaction design concepts and solutions
  • Support systems and processes that promote user-centered design practices across the organization
  • Partner with product managers on developing product strategy and definition
  • Collaborate with other designers to maintain design consistency and cohesion
  • Design flows and interfaces that connect emotionally with our customers
  • Solve some of the most vexing challenges of your career


What we are looking for

  • You have an awe-inspiring portfolio of desktop and mobile digital products and experiences
  • You are obsessed and hyper-focused on the customer and solving real world challenges
  • You have experience directing and guiding the work of other designers to push boundaries in their craft
  • You are enthusiastic about defining a vision and strategy for advancing areas of design (e.g. conversational UI, wearables, machine learning, AI)
  • You have experience with iOS Human Interface Guidelines and Material design standards
  • Years of fearless experience designing for web-based and mobile customer experiences (agency or client side)

Additional Information

Ancestry is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment opportunity. All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at Ancestry via-email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of Ancestry. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by Ancestry as a result of the referral or through other means.


Ancestry is an Equal Opportunity Employer that makes employment decisions without regard to race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, pregnancy,  sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, mental or physical disability, medical condition, military or veteran status, citizenship, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.   In addition, Ancestry will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.


All job offers are contingent on a background check screen that complies with applicable law.  For San Francisco office candidates, pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, Ancestry will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.