Senior Product Designer/Senior UX Designer (Hybrid)

Portland, OR

52 Limited is a digital staffing agency with an industry-leading focus on the creative + technology space. We exclusively place tech and creative talent in direct-hire, contract-to-hire, and contract roles with our clients in Portland, Seattle, Austin, and San Francisco.

We are seeking a talented User Experience Design Manager to join our automotive client’s team. They believe the world of web services and data-driven applications can advise how embedded systems need to evolve. We are working to extend our customers’ user experience in modern portable devices to include their vehicles.

This is a direct hire hybrid role based in Portland, Oregon.


  • Manage, lead, and empower a team of designers, researchers, and animators in their day-to-day activities delivering best-in-class design experiences across our automotive client’s digital products and services
  • Drive team hiring, mentorship, and performance evaluations, supporting and mentoring the team through their growth plans
  • Work with the Portland management team to build site objectives, align joint efforts, and drive teamwork both internally and within all our automotive client’s engineering offices
  • Collaborate with offices across the world to ensure that all work is aligned and ready to integrate into our automotive client’s products and user experiences
  • Build and maintain engagements with the wider business for projects and products through stakeholder management
  • Evaluate new and emerging technologies, interface modalities, and designs from an automotive context and introduce them to our global business
  • Initiate new projects and products, setting the stage for scale-out of processes, design, and tools to be applied across the our automotive client’s software development
  • Mentor and advise designers on the best practices, and drive their adoption across the organization
  • Lead and influence design practices and outputs in the our automotive client’s digital domain
  • Foster a high performance, team-oriented culture by motivating, inspiring, mentoring, and challenging colleagues to identify and implement high quality, innovative solutions
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required
  • 8+ years of relevant work experience within User Experience Design, User Experience Research, Human-Computer Interaction, or a related field
  • 2+ years managing User Experience/Design teams in Engineering business units
  • Demonstrated experience in leading the delivery of complex user experience designs or design systems required
  • Experience working with internal partner development teams
  • Experience working with outside suppliers/vendors strongly desirable
  • Demonstrated success in leading user experience design and contributing to product development from concept to successful launch/implementation in large-scale software development environment
  • Strong understanding of human-centered design principles and modern design standards
  • Excellent collaboration, observational, interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills alongside the desire and ability to see things from multiple perspectives
  • You must be resourceful, conscientious, and self-motivated
  • You must be capable of building and maintaining strong relationships while advocating for meaningful improvements to our customer experiences