Product Design Manager (SMB)

NerdWallet, San Francisco or Remote (Based in the U.S.)

A personal finance website that helps people make and manage financial decisions

NerdWallet aims to make personal finance refreshingly simple, helpful, and human. To do this, we’re seeking an experienced Product Design Manager to join our incredibly talented Design and User Experience team (D&UX) — comprised of designers, researchers, and content strategists to lead our Fundera by NerdWallet Team.

Fundera by NerdWallet is the go-to financial resource for small businesses. We’re here to help entrepreneurs achieve their financial goals and grow businesses as big as their aspirations; you would be key to delivering that experience. Your closest partners will be your peers in Product and Engineering - together you’ll be responsible for defining and executing against roadmaps to deliver revenue goals.

As a candidate for this position, you over-index on people management, structured thinking, transparency and problem-solving skills. You’re a natural leader, powerful systems-level design thinker, a fierce advocate for the user, and a strategic partner to Product and Engineering. You’re known for your ability to provide leadership, direction, and mentorship — leaning in to solve complex challenges, lead holistic thinking (across diverse products, platforms, and devices) and ensure teams are solving the right problems with the right solutions. You are excited by, and highly successful at, building influence across the organization — helping to drive key decisions that will shape the future of NerdWallet. 

This role reports to the Senior Director, Product Design.

Where you can make an impact: 

  • Mentor and manage a team of product designers. This includes prioritizing work, defining clear goals, and creating a culture of continuous learning through sharpening skill-sets and elevating work with insightful/actionable feedback
  • Navigate the natural tension between designing for revenue impact and designing for user needs in a holistic environment, and coaching your designers on how to successfully do the same
  • Pay close attention to and continually iterate on the team's process — consistently improving design quality, speed, and collaboration through efficiency and attention to craft so the team can work smarter, not harder 
  • Relentlessly advocate and communicate your area’s vision to the wider D&UX team, cross-functional product teams, and senior leadership

You are: 

  • An authentic, empathetic, and inspiring leader
  • Highly collaborative: You strive to partner within design and cross-functionally to build the very best product/user experiences
  • A strong communicator and problem solver: You manage up, down and sideways
  • Always thinking about product strategy and vision (not just ‘how it should look’ but ‘what we should build’)
  • Extremely data-driven: You rely on research insights and data to inform strategy, design decisions, and roadmaps
  • A great storyteller: You have excellent communication and presentation skills
  • At home (and thrive!) in an environment of fast feedback loops and a mindset of rapid prototyping and iteration
  • Empathetic to Engineering's technical constraints and Product's business objectives, and are comfortable navigating UX tradeoffs with these cross-functional partners 
  • Well-versed in building and shipping web and/or mobile products

Your experience: 

We recognize not everyone will have all of these requirements. If you meet most of the criteria below and you’re excited about the opportunity and willing to learn, we’d love to hear from you.

  • 5+ years of UX design experience
  • 3+ years of experience managing and leading design teams
  • Bonus points: stellar visual design skills


  • This role will be based in New York or remote (based in the U.S.).
  • We believe great work can be done anywhere. No matter where you are based, NerdWallet offers benefits and perks to support the physical, financial, and emotional well being of you and your family.

What we offer:

Work hard, stay balanced (Life’s a series of balancing acts, eh?)

  • Industry leading medical, dental, and vision health care plans for employees and their dependents
  • Rejuvenation Policy – Flexible Time Off + 13 holidays + 4 Mental Health Days Off
  • New Parent Leave for employees with a newborn child or a child placed with them for adoption or foster care
  • Mental health support through Ginger.io 
  • Financial wellness, guidance, and unlimited access to a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) through Northstar 
  • Paid sabbatical for Nerds to recharge, gain knowledge and pursue their interests
  • Health and Dependent Care FSA and HSA Plan with monthly NerdWallet contribution
  • Weekly Virtual Bootcamp, Yoga, and Mindfulness Meditation sessions
  • Monthly Wellness Stipend, Cell Phone Stipend, and Wifi Stipend

Have some fun! (Nerds are fun, too)

  • Nerd-led group initiatives – Intramural Sports, Employee Resource Groups for Parents, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Women, LGBTQIA, and other communities
  • Hackathons, Happy Hours and team bonding across all teams and departments
  • Company-wide events like Little Nerds Day (aka bring your kids to work day, even if you're remote!) and our annual Charity Auction 

Lifestyle (Be your best self - we’ll take care of the details)

  • Our Nerds love to make an impact by paying it forward – Donate to your favorite causes with a company match
  • WiFi stipend, work from home equipment stipend, and co-working space subsidy
  • Commuting stipend and catered breakfast, lunch and onsite barista for SF based Nerds
  • Anniversary recognition program – choose from different items and experiences

Plan for your future (And when you retire on your island, remember the little people)

  • 401K with company match
  • Annual Enrichment Stipend for learning and development
  • Be the first to test and benefit from our new financial products and tools
  • Access to Rocket Lawyer for online legal support and resources 

NerdWallet is committed to pursuing and hiring a diverse workforce and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of any characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local law. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.





About NerdWallet

NerdWallet gives consumers and small businesses clarity around all of life’s financial decisions. When it comes to credit cards, bank accounts, mortgages, insurance, loans or expenses like hospital costs and medical bills, consumers make almost all their decisions in the dark. NerdWallet is changing that, helping guide consumers' decisions with free, accessible tools, research and expert advice. 

Want to learn more about NerdWallet? Visit NerdWallet's website.