Director of Design

PlanGrid, San Francisco, CA

Transforming construction productivity

About the Role:

As a Director of Design at Autodesk Site Construction (ASC), you will build a team of design managers and leads to deliver amazing user experiences at scale. You’ll work closely with your partners in product and engineering to define the vision, strategy, and organization that support a “Center of Excellence” (CoE): a broad market space driving the ASC business. You’ll also work closely with other design and research leaders across ASC to set the bar for design consistency and quality, bring research into the process, evolve the design system, and build a strong design culture. This Director of Design role reports into the product leader on the ASC Executive Leadership team.

As a Director of Design, you will drive the implementation of an Ownership culture for design leaders and design leads across the ASC Product Lifecycle process. The ASC Product Lifecycle Process includes 3 stages: Vision, Planning and Execution. Design leadership at the COE level therefore includes:

VISION: working with product, engineering, and design partners to develop a bold, inspiring vision for your Center of Excellence
- Guide and facilitate the process to craft a customer-centric vision
- Coach your reports through contributing to their respective teams’ vision
- Ensuring smooth, collaborative partnerships between design, product, and engineering at all levels of the COE to ensure cross-functional partners are completely bought in to the product area design vision
- Work with design leaders across ASC to ensure vision alignment across COEs

PLANNING: Resource planning and budgeting with Executive Leadership for the COE roadmap. This includes:
- Lead design managers to set realistic timelines/milestones to successfully deliver against vision
- Lead design managers to work with and contribute to broader design organization initiatives
- Negotiate design resource needs and budgets across product line Initiatives
- Own and manage design budget across Group level efforts
- Work with research and content partners to ensure appropriate staffing of the broader design discipline
- Oversee or run the hiring process for design managers, leads, or individual contributors to meet resource needs

EXECUTION: Tracking and managing Group level execution to ensure R&D Delivery success. This includes:
- Lead weekly meetings to track initiative progress
- Address resource and scope changes as they arise to ensure successful delivery
- Communicate COE level progress to Executive Leadership and escalate intervention as needed to achieve team goals
- Coordinating with design and research leaders across ASC to ensure consistency and quality of design work


  • Set up Design Org for a COE, including leveling employees, identifying skill gaps, hiring and on-boarding as needed
  • Develop and grow leadership talent through effective mentoring, coaching, succession planning and retention strategies for key talent in a fast growth, highly competitive economic environment.
  • Develop and manage to a budget with COE co-leads
  • Own and execute design vision for a market area that creates value for construction enterprise administrators, executives and field workers
  • Own COE level design strategy and communicate the vision, roadmap, and goals for all product lines
  • Champion COE level goals internally with Executive Leadership and externally with customers and partners
  • Work closely with engineering, product, and business team members on business cases, product requirements, development, launch, and adoption
  • Understand Autodesk’s strategic position and deliver innovative products that align with this strategy
  • Manage design managers, leads, and individual contributors to work with our customers to unearth pain points and understand their most pressing needs
  • Communicate with the rest of the company the how and why for design

About You:

  • Believe in Ownership Culture and empowering teams to define their vision and be accountable for their execution
  • 10+ years of design industry experience, ideally having managed teams responsible for product lines through multiple release cycles with demonstrable market outcomesHave hired, on-boarded and managed managers for the design function, including leveling, performance feedback and mentoring
  • Experience working with Sales, Marketing and Support on full go-to-market coordination
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Passion for solving our customers’ problems in the construction space, with a history of strong user research-based decision making
  • Entrepreneurial mindset with the ability to build strong data-driven arguments, prioritize with business strategy in mind, and evangelize Initiatives to build consensus within the organization
  • Ability to deliver high quality experiences on-time
  • Experience working at an enterprise software company that is building SaaS products is a plus
PlanGrid, an Autodesk company, builds simple, beautiful software that construction teams love to use. As part of Autodesk Construction Solutions (ACS), whose mission is to seamlessly connect the office, trailer and the field across the entire construction project lifecycle, PlanGrid’s mobile-first solutions empower general contractors, subcontractors, owners and architects to provide fast, accurate information to the field. With unparalleled adoption by field workers, PlanGrid is used on projects as the single source of truth for all construction data — including drawings, photos, and other critical documents. As a result, critical workflows are streamlined, efficiency is improved and field teams can take on more work and get more done. PlanGrid’s software and other Autodesk Construction Solutions products enable a complete data set to move seamlessly through each phase of a building’s lifecycle — from design and preconstruction to construction, turnover, and operations. PlanGrid is used on more 1.5 million construction projects in 100+ countries.  

Join us as PlanGrid and ACS advance Autodesk’s leadership in construction.

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About PlanGrid

Our mission Construction is behind. While productivity has doubled in most industries over the past 60 years, the build trade has remained flat and comes last in technology spending compared to 18 other industries. As former construction engineers, our founders saw teams dragged down by paperwork, litigation and broken communication — all of which was getting in the way of actual building. When the iPad was unveiled in 2010, it marked the first generation of construction field-ready mobile technology. It was the moment when the idea for PlanGrid was invented, and our objective became clear: to make technology so intuitive and impactful that people in construction want to use it. Since then, PlanGrid has been used on more than 500,000 projects around the world and is the first Construction Productivity Software that allows contractors and owners in commercial, heavy civil, and other industries to work together throughout the project lifecycle. We’ve brought technology and ideas from other industries to automate the tedious tasks and free up teams to collaborate from anywhere. And there is no such thing as “good enough” here. We only build things to last.

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