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Principal UX Designer (REMOTE)

User Experience | United States

  • Remote
  • United States
  • User Experience
  • Full-time

About Ancestry:

When you join Ancestry, you join a human-centered company where every person’s story is important. We believe that by discovering the struggles and triumphs of our past, we can foster deeper bonds and more meaningful connections among families and communities. Our talented team of scientists, engineers, genealogists, historians, and storytellers is dedicated to empowering customers around the world from all backgrounds on their journeys of personal discovery.

With more than 30+ billion digitized global historical records, 100+ million family trees, and 20+ million people in our growing AncestryDNA database, Ancestry helps customers discover their family story and gain a new level of understanding about their lives. Passionate about dedicating your work to enriching people’s lives? You belong at Ancestry.

Design That Matters – We have over 3 million subscribers who use our site for a combined 5 million hours a week to enrich their understanding of themselves and their place in history. With your help, we’ll attract even more enthusiastic users.

Enjoy Work and Life – We have critical UX problems to solve, but we also honor a healthy work/life balance. After all, our business depends on strengthening family ties.

If you’re looking to join a mission-driven, passionate, collaborative, and inclusive team – one that’s fired up to solve big challenges, deliver meaningful change, and lead through a one of a kind business transformation, our design team is growing and in search of a Principal UX Designer. In this role, you will join a tight-knit, passionate, and fun multi-disciplinary team, serving as the most senior IC and design team leader, responsible for driving large and complex initiatives, end-to-end on our core family history product team.

What you’ll do…

**Please note that you must provide a link to your portfolio or case studies with your application.**

  • Use and evolve our product design language and customer-facing UX to visualize flows, prototypes, sketches, and high-fidelity mockups for any feature or experience you are contributing to
  • Translate quantitative data and qualitative insights into creative solutions
  • Work cross-functionally, representing the design team, facilitating design discussions, and offering feedback into the planning and execution of product initiatives
  • Lead team meetings and align stakeholders both inside and outside of your product area
  • Partner with team members and stakeholders to uncover new insights that evolve into world-class customer experiences
  • Advocate for, shape, and scope design opportunities
  • Lead by example and do exceptional work
  • Set the bar for high quality execution

Who you are…

**Please note that you must provide a link to your portfolio or case studies with your application.**

  • You are a strong designer
  • You are a systems-level design thinker and able to distill complex workflows into elegant and simple experiences.
  • You inspire others to push the boundaries of what anyone believes is possible.
  • You are capable of building solid relationships and partnerships with cross-functional partners that span content, research, product, and engineering
  • You have an awe-inspiring portfolio of desktop and mobile consumer products and experiences
  • You have experience directing and guiding the work of other designers to push boundaries in their craft
  • 7+ years as a product designer, user experience designer, design lead, or similar role
  • You get stuff done

Why you’ll love working here…

  • Amazing colleagues who can’t wait to work with you
  • A product that truly means something to our customers
  • Deeply collegial atmosphere
  • Visibility with senior leaders
  • Great work/life balance…seriously


  • 401K Plan, Tuition Reimbursement, Life & Accident Insurance, 12 Paid Holidays, Flexible Vacation PTO, Sick Leave, Volunteer Time, Employer Perks: Ancestry Subscription and Discounts for Employee, Commuting and Parking Benefits, Ski Passes, Employee Referral, Fitness Reimbursement

(Colorado only*) Minimum salary of $104,000/year + eligible for bonus, equity, and comprehensive benefits including health, dental and vision. Read more about our benefits HERE.

*Note: Disclosure as required by sb19-085(8-5-20)

Additional Information:

Ancestry is an Equal Opportunity Employer that makes employment decisions without regard to race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, mental or physical disability, medical condition, military or veteran status, citizenship, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. In addition, Ancestry will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

All job offers are contingent on a background check screen that complies with applicable law. For San Francisco office candidates, pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, Ancestry will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

Ancestry is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment opportunity. All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at Ancestry via-email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of Ancestry. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by Ancestry as a result of the referral or through other means.