Head of Design

1 month ago

About GoodNotes

GoodNotes was created from our founder's frustration of taking readable and reusable handwritten notes on his first iPad. We have since grown to millions of happy users. We are just getting started. Join us to reimagine what productivity suite will look like with digital pen and paper.

Our Values

Dream big β€” Be visionary, strategic, and open to innovation

Build great things β€” Work in service of our users, always improving and pushing higher

Take ownership β€” Take responsibility with bold decision-making and bias for action

Win like a sports team β€” Be trusting and collaborative while empowering others

Learn and grow fast β€” Never stop learning and iterate fast

Share our passion β€” Share ideas and practice enthusiasm and joy

Job Description

You will be joining the design team behind the award winning app, Goodnotes, where you will get to work on a product with more than 20 million daily active users globally. As a team, we are at the forefront of innovation in educational technology, working on exciting features like using AI to enhance the learning experience. You will be working with a talented and diverse bunch of seasoned designers and researchers across the globe. 

About the role:

As the Head of Design at Goodnotes, you will be leading a team of designers and UX researchers, facilitating and supporting design work across several product teams. You will be driving the design direction and level up the Goodnotes design language as a whole. You will be working closely with, and reporting directly to our CEO and Founder, Steven Chan.

This is the role for you, if you’re excited to work on the things listed below: 

  • Lead, mentor and develop a team of product designers and UX researchers
  • Partner with management, engineers, and product managers to align on design initiative, define a rolling roadmap and long-term direction while ensuring a high bar of quality of the Goodnotes design language
  • Manage designers across different product teams to align on priorities, support research, prototyping, and delivery 
  • Help foster our design culture with knowledge-sharing, peer support, leading weekly Design Review, and during informal hang-outs (we meet weekly for a β€œDesigner Aligner”)

The skills you will need to be successful in the above:

  • 10+ years experience working in a product design role for a B2C companies
  • Significant experience managing a remote team in a scale-up environment 
  • Driven to help companies elevate design maturity
  • A great storyteller comfortable explaining rationale and getting buy-in from stakeholders on product vision
  • Designed public-facing apps that have gotten love letters from users
  • A strong understanding and experience in product design from exploration to launch and beyond

Even if you don’t meet all the criteria listed above, we would still love to hear from you! GoodNotes places a lot of value on learning and development and will support your growth if needed. 

The interview process:

  • An introductory call with someone from our talent acquisition team. They want to hear more about your background, what you are looking for, and why you’d like to join Goodnotes
  • A role-specific call to discuss your background and skillset for this role more in detail
  • A call with the design team to share a case study presentation
  • A call with your hiring manager. This is the person who will be managing you day to day, working on your growth and development with you as well as support you throughout your career at Goodnotes
  • A call with our VP of Engineering
  • A call with our Director of Education Products


  • Competitive salary
  • Meaningful equity in a profitable tech-startup
  • Flexible working hours
  • Sponsored working visa with a relocation package
  • Medical insurance for you and your family
  • Yearly budget for career development
  • Monthly budget for personal development (books, online courses, music lessons, languages, and more)
  • Monthly health & wellness budget (gym membership, mental health, spa/massage, and more)
  • The hardware you need to do your best work
  • Home office setup budget for your perfect WFH space
  • Noise-cancelling headphones
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