Senior Designer, Design Systems



San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Friday, May 24, 2024

Company Description

It all started with an idea at Block in 2013. Initially built to take the pain out of peer-to-peer payments, Cash App has gone from a simple product with a single purpose to a dynamic ecosystem, developing unique financial products, including Afterpay/Clearpay, to provide a better way to send, spend, invest, borrow and save to our 47 million monthly active customers. We want to redefine the world’s relationship with money to make it more relatable, instantly available, and universally accessible.

Today, Cash App has thousands of employees working globally across office and remote locations, with a culture geared toward innovation, collaboration and impact. We’ve been a distributed team since day one, and many of our roles can be done remotely from the countries where Cash App operates. No matter the location, we tailor our experience to ensure our employees are creative, productive, and happy.

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Job Description

At Cash App, our mission is to redefine the world’s relationship with money. It all started with an idea at Square in 2013. Initially built to take the pain out of peer-to-peer payments, Cash App has gone from a simple product with a single purpose to a dynamic app, bringing a simpler way to send, spend, invest, and save to our millions of monthly active users.

As part of the Design Systems team, you will have the opportunity to take the systems function at Cash App to the next level. Design systems define and systematize our design language, making Cash a beacon of craft, cohesion, and efficiency, all while ensuring design and code synchronicity.

Our Design System is in an exciting period. We’ve just launched our new tokens and components, we’re midway through migrating to our new infrastructure, and we’re about to tackle some of the biggest pattern challenges and foundational improvements in the history of Cash App. Our team is looking for a seasoned designer to drive major cross-functional initiatives and take ownership of core pillars in the systems function.

You will:

  • Help execute on the vision for design systems, owning ambiguous cross-functional and horizontal initiatives.
  • Build complex components, evolve foundations, and define pattern libraries.
  • Work autonomously, balancing ongoing long-term workstreams with strategic partners, and managing day-to-day system maintenance.
  • Advocate and evolve our collaboration models through the ebb and flow of organizational growth, product maturity, and platform challenges
  • Evolve and drive documentation efforts for the design system from foundational onboarding to usage guidelines.
  • Explore and build tooling (Figma or other) that improves the system and the UX for our users.
  • Be an ear to the ground of the entire organization, looking to connect the dots in our ecosystem


You have:

  • 8+ years of experience working in user experience, product, or relevant design field
  • 4+ years experience working in an explicit design systems role
  • Experience successfully designing, building, and maintaining design systems at scale within a large product organization
  • Strong user interface and visual design fitness
  • Patience and passion for supporting designers and elevating craft
  • Proficiency with current UI and product workflow tools (figma, airtable, notion, etc.) and comfortable speaking to modern display layer technologies (Token Schemas, APIs, Swift, React, etc)
  • Been mistaken for an engineer or design engineer before
  • Experience working with distributed teams in multiple time zones and an affinity for designing and facilitating asynchronous collaborative work
  • Past work experience showcasing the ability to define major workstreams, communicate a plan and success measurement framework, and then execute
  • The spidey sense to recognize patterns most people don’t see in the organization, and the ability to facilitate collaborative efforts to connect the dots
  • Experience working with creative directors, motion designers, and illustrators as well as product designers, engineers, and product managers
  • The same love for brand as you do product
  • A portfolio showcasing systems initiatives you’ve designed for varying platforms and devices (iOS, Andr, Responsive Web, etc) in a variety of speed, scale, and complexity.

Even better:

  • Past projects that showcase major systems evolution or expansion (such as redesigns, theming, modes, platforms, or a11y/i18n)
  • Prior experience designing for consumer apps
  • Ability to write code for prototyping, documentation, or infrastructure

Additional Information

Block takes a market-based approach to pay, and pay may vary depending on your location. U.S. locations are categorized into one of four zones based on a cost of labor index for that geographic area. The successful candidate’s starting pay will be determined based on job-related skills, experience, qualifications, work location, and market conditions. These ranges may be modified in the future.

Zone A: USD $189,000 - USD $283,600
Zone B: USD $179,600 - USD $269,400
Zone C: USD $170,100 - USD $255,100
Zone D: USD $160,700 - USD $241,100

To find a location’s zone designation, please refer to this resource. If a location of interest is not listed, please speak with a recruiter for additional information.

Full-time employee benefits include the following:

  • Healthcare coverage (Medical, Vision and Dental insurance)
  • Health Savings Account and Flexible Spending Account
  • Retirement Plans including company match
  • Employee Stock Purchase Program
  • Wellness programs, including access to mental health, 1:1 financial planners, and a monthly wellness allowance
  • Paid parental and caregiving leave
  • Paid time off (including 12 paid holidays)
  • Paid sick leave (1 hour per 26 hours worked (max 80 hours per calendar year to the extent legally permissible) for non-exempt employees and covered by our Flexible Time Off policy for exempt employees)
  • Learning and Development resources
  • Paid Life insurance, AD&D, and disability benefits

These benefits are further detailed in Block's policies. This role is also eligible to participate in Block's equity plan subject to the terms of the applicable plans and policies, and may be eligible for a sign-on bonus. Sales roles may be eligible to participate in a commission plan subject to the terms of the applicable plans and policies. Pay and benefits are subject to change at any time, consistent with the terms of any applicable compensation or benefit plans.

We’re working to build a more inclusive economy where our customers have equal access to opportunity, and we strive to live by these same values in building our workplace. Block is a proud equal opportunity employer. We work hard to evaluate all employees and job applicants consistently, without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, pregnancy, gender expression or identity, sexual orientation, citizenship, or any other legally protected class.

We believe in being fair, and are committed to an inclusive interview experience, including providing reasonable accommodations to disabled applicants throughout the recruitment process. We encourage applicants to share any needed accommodations with their recruiter, who will treat these requests as confidentially as possible. Want to learn more about what we’re doing to build a workplace that is fair and square? Check out our I+D page.

Additionally, we consider qualified applicants with criminal histories for employment on our team, assessing candidates in a manner consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.

Block, Inc. (NYSE: SQ) is a global technology company with a focus on financial services. Made up of Square, Cash App, Spiral, TIDAL, and TBD, we build tools to help more people access the economy. Square helps sellers run and grow their businesses with its integrated ecosystem of commerce solutions, business software, and banking services. With Cash App, anyone can easily send, spend, or invest their money in stocks or Bitcoin. Spiral (formerly Square Crypto) builds and funds free, open-source Bitcoin projects. Artists use TIDAL to help them succeed as entrepreneurs and connect more deeply with fans. TBD is building an open developer platform to make it easier to access Bitcoin and other blockchain technologies without having to go through an institution.

While there is no specific deadline to apply for this role, on average, U.S. open roles are posted for 70 days before being filled by a successful candidate.