Work with Gamechangers

Design Manager at SmartNews
Tokyo, JP
  • Mentor and lead in-house design team to help create and improve the quality of work and ensure projects meet or exceed objectives
  • Champion design at a systems level, guiding the in-house design system and advocating for quality, scale, and optimized use across different channels and platforms
  • Build trust, respect, and credibility with internal and external stakeholders at all levels
  • Provide strong creative and product direction and mentorship to our internal design team and grow the team’s and organization’s knowledge of best design practices and trends in product design
  • Partner closely with XFN leadership to align on goals, priorities and outcomes and remove roadblocks for teams to execute flawlessly
  • Learn, follow through, and improve our core processes setting designers and squads up for success and growth



  • Experience leading ideation sessions, building collaborative and shared product visions, aligning product and design principles and successfully influencing product teams strategies and goals.
  • Strong people and project leadership; consensus-building skills with many examples readily available, experience leading the design of complex and ambiguous initiatives from ideation through to optimized delivery
  • Extensive experience with proven track record leading design and designers on multi-disciplinary product teams building mobile products at scale
  • Experience with proven track record attracting, retaining, and growing designers
  • Strong communicator capable of representing design’s strategy, leading executive level design reviews, and keeping XFN teams informed of design decisions and opportunities
  • Self-directed and with a bias towards action; comfortable helping designers manage tradeoffs, prioritize tasks, and have a wealth of deployable frameworks for doing so
  • Ability to provide clear, honest and objective feedback to make your directs and peers better.
  • Strong sense of accountability to the broader design community, capable of mentoring designers and interns

Nice to have

  • Having a belief in the SmartNews mission and a hunger to improve our collective understandings of the world and each other through people’s access to quality information
  • Experience in a startup or company experiencing hyper-growth
  • Open-minded and capable of embracing feedback from others to improve your designs and process


Benefits and Perks

  • Support programs for self-improvement and career development (language learning, etc.)
  • SmartKitchen - Healthy lunch on a daily basis for free (Tokyo Office)
  • ChikyuCoffee - Delicious coffee provided by our Barista every day (Tokyo Office)
  • Transportation coverage (maximum 50,000 yen)
  • Various social insurance benefits included

How to apply

Please apply via the form below & please also submit source-code like GitHub account and CV