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Senior Experience Designer

| Seattle
Chef Software is the industry leader in IT automation and DevOps solutions. We are a dynamic and rapidly growing software company with a strong sense of dedication to our customers and the Chef community. We work hard but try not to take ourselves too seriously. This is a very collaborative and inclusive work environment where individuals strong on aptitude and attitude will have an opportunity to grow their professional careers through working with some of the most advanced technology and talented developers in the business. We provide competitive compensation, generous benefits, and a professional yet relaxed atmosphere.
At Chef, we develop the world's best products for managing applications and infrastructure at scale, and we deploy them against real problems in all kinds of industries. We’re writing the rules of the cloud -- rules the world’s top engineers live, breathe and contribute to. Our platform is used to enable hundreds of millions of people around the world to chat, fly, present, bank, game, shop, and learn. Chances are the web applications you use everyday have infrastructure built, deployed, secured and managed with our code.
UX Designers at Chef are responsible for shaping and crafting user experiences and UX strategy for all of our products. You will not only envision how people will experience our products, but shepherd that vision to life in a way that is inspired, refined, and enjoyable. You will utilize your full range of skills in user research, information architecture, interaction design, and visual design to guide the overall user experience for Chef products.
The Chef UX Team is dedicated to designing our products and services with purpose, empathy and integrity. We strive to learn and understand our users’ needs, behaviors, and emotions in order to yield fresh insights that inform our product strategy, and guide the design of the experiences we create. We do this by optimizing user value and happiness through regular, sustained engagement with users and prospective customers. Your Team will be multidisciplinary at Chef. We collaborate closely with other designers, product managers, engineers, and many others to tackle complex challenges and craft powerful experiences that highlight our products’ unique capabilities and personalities.
You will be expected to creatively translate broad stroke ideas into delightful user experiences. To do so, you will craft conceptual sketches, wireframes, prototypes, and detailed screen designs to effectively communicate interaction and design ideas. You will be asked to be a leader in the creation, implementation and maintenance of our Design System, and should be versed in design operations. You should be comfortable in an agile team environment, and closely partnering with product managers and engineers to lead the user experience of a product from conception until launch (and beyond). Other key responsibilities include:


  • Design high-level flows and user journeys that map compelling user experiences.
  • Scope and run multiple concurrent design projects.
  • Collaborate to craft and refine the user model and user interface for new and existing products, for both GUI and CLI-based experiences.
  • Comfort working in an “agile” team environment with all of the typical processes and rituals (standups, retros, kanban boards etc).
  • Provide and solicit feedback from other designers to continually raise our bar for quality.
  • Craft and shape user personas and engage in sustained, ongoing dialog with our users.
  • Conduct user research and usability tests to collect and incorporate user feedback.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to articulate design decisions.


  • You should have strong communication skills, the ability to articulate design decisions, as well as excellent collaboration and leadership abilities, and a strong visual design sense.
  • BA/BS degree in Design (e.g. interaction, graphic, product/industrial design), Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) or related field, or equivalent experience.
  • 7-10 years work experience as a UX Designer.
  • Demonstrated experience in the 5 core disciplines of User Experience: Information Architecture, Interaction Design, Visual Design, Usability Engineering and Prototyping.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and/or working with Design Systems.
  • Proven ability to understand and work within a User Centered Design process.
  • Proven ability to lead design teams while collaborating with other disciplines.
  • Strong and clear understanding of design thinking techniques, or similar design philosophy
  • Demonstrated experience with common tools of the trade such as Sketch, InVision, Adobe Suite etc. or equivalent.
  • Experience in designing, building and shipping software applications.
  • Ability to think on a conceptual level about product strategy and vision.

Preferred Qualifications (in addition to the above)

  • MA/MS degree in Design (e.g. interaction, graphic, product/industrial design), Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) or related field, or equivalent experience.
  • 10+ years work experience as a UX Designer.
  • Proven experience designing user experiences for data-driven applications that make robust use of data visualizations.
  • Proven HTML/CSS skills.
  • Working knowledge of JavaScript for rapid prototyping purposes.
  • Ability to facilitate and lead interaction and visual design critiques.

Note: Please include URLs for an online portfolio (or some equivalent) along with a resume. Submissions without a portfolio included will not be considered. This position is full-time and either remote, or based in Seattle. At Chef, we celebrate and support our differences. We know employing a team rich in diverse thoughts, experiences, and opinions allows our employees, our products and our community to flourish. Chef is honored to be an equal opportunity workplace. We are dedicated to equal employment opportunities regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or Veteran status.

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An Insider's view of Chef Software

What are some social events your company does?

The Seattle office caters lunch every Wednesday. The food is always delicious and it's a great time to catch up with everyone. We also have Chef Rally every January, when the whole company comes together in Seattle. It's fun to finally meet all the people whose faces you've only ever seen on Zoom!

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What are Chef Software Perks + Benefits

Chef Software Benefits Overview

Smaller company, bigger benefits

Other than the perks of working with a great, diverse, and passionate team of crazy-smart people, we do provide some meaningful and tangible benefits.

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
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Life Insurance
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
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Commuter Benefits
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