Smarter Sorting

Product Designer

Ui Designer in Austin, TX

Posted 2019-11-08

Come work at Smarter Sorting!

About Us
Smarter Sorting is a purpose-driven company committed to increasing sustainable options for unsold or damaged products. Our cutting-edge machine learning technology enables cost-effective, compliant decisions for all unsold products, and our process advances our partners’ zero-waste goals.

As a collective group of machine learning experts, successful serial entrepreneurs, data scientists, sustainability experts, and national account program managers, our passion for data-driven sustainability drives us toward a singular goal: to reduce waste through the salvation of unwanted items. Our goal is to take valuable products currently being driven hundreds of miles and burned and have them be used for their original purpose in local communities.

At Smarter Sorting: We do what it takes. We are driven to become experts. We are not jerks. We are real. We have grit. A healthy culture is key to our company’s success and more importantly our employees’ happiness. Our core values drive our culture and in turn, we achieve our vision.

Better decisions. Better data. Greener planet. All made possible by the best people. Come join our team!

About the Role

Poor classification has far-reaching impacts for retailers, waste haulers, disposal facilities, and the environment. At Smarter Sorting, we’re doing something about that. We’re using machine learning to build a new platform to classify items more accurately than ever before. We’re looking for a Product Designer to help us iterate on existing solutions and help build new ones.

We need someone to help as we begin shifting our focus from ‘just ship it’ to a more proactive and scalable approach with extensibility, quality, and paying down our design debt as their main priorities. This person should be passionate about, and have experience designing thoughtful solutions to complex problems. They can lead a discussion with both users and internal teams to push products in the right direction for the company’s strategic vision. This individual has an insatiable curiosity and is constantly upping their design acumen and skills. They have a solid background in B2B product design (with strong visual design chops) and can discuss why something worked and have the data to back it up.
What You'll Be Doing:
Run point on product design for one of our key products
Create flowcharts to document and visualize user flows in applications
Create wireframes, High-fi designs, and interactive/animated prototypes
Initiate, conduct, analyze, and report on usability research findings
Collaborate with product managers and other designers to create new features for our current in-market products, from wireframe through prototype
Help audit our design language and contribute to our new design system
Work cross-functionally with the technology department during design handoffs
Conduct Design QA on implemented designs and support marketing design as needed
Your Experience + Skills:
5+ years working as a Product Designer at a large organization or startup (experience working for both is a plus)
2+ years of experience working in visual or marketing & brand design
BA in design, psychology, art, computer science or a related field preferred
Experience in creating and implementing design systems
Responsive & Mobile app design
Design Thinking experience
Experience in both remote and in-person usability research
Working knowledge of HTML, CSS, and Javascript
Visual design and prototyping: Sketch and Figma, Invision, Adobe Creative Suite
Preferred, but not required: Figma, After Effects, Principle, or other prototyping animation tools, Web design, Illustration
Your 1st month:
Learn everything there is to know about Smarter Sorting’s internal operations
Understand our full product suite and how they interact together
Contribute design support on our main product, with small feature requests on other products as needed
Own some marketing projects to support the sales team
Your first 3 months:
Design, audit, complete and contribute to the Smarter Sorting Design System
Contribute to all Smarter Sorting products easily with no ramp-up time
Lead design thinking sessions with stakeholders and team members
Support user research efforts
Assist and guide product marketing efforts
Your first 6 months:
Become an expert in the Smarter Sorting Design System
Take point on product design for one of our key products
Work autonomously to guide products and features from concept to launch
Design system maintenance without manager approval
Self-initiate usability research and present findings to key stakeholders
Work on moon-shot projects and prioritize accordingly without heavy manager involvement
Your Benefits & Perks

Smarter Sorting offers:
-Competitive Compensation Packages
-Medical, dental & vision insurance
-401k program
-Short-term disability insurance
-Unlimited PTO
-Continuing Education & Lunch N Learns
-Bi-Annual All-Hands
-Volunteering & Special Events (with baby goats in attendance)
-Snacks, drinks, lunches, and dinners

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Company summary

Smarter Sorting is a VC funded, Austin-based startup that uses data-driven technology to turn Household Hazardous Waste into a reusable product. We’re on a mission to use machine learning to build the world's first smart chemical database (and save the world)! By helping North America's largest retailers and biggest cities identify items in their regulated waste stream, our tech literally turns waste into product, saving our customers money and increasing reuse.

The Smarter Sorting team is made up of top-notch talent who are driven circular economy practitioners. We're determined to build world-class tech that transforms the chemical waste management industry, speeding our advancement towards a zero waste future.


- Benefits: Health, Dental, Vision, 401k
- Perks: Free parking, office snacks & drinks, fun events (we often have a petting zoo on site for our parties), unlimited PTO, growth opportunities & continuing education, philanthropic and volunteering opportunities

Interview process

Usually our hiring steps involve a profile review - (application/LinkedIn/resume/cv), then we move to phone screens, then in-person interviews at our office in Austin, TX. Sometimes we'll require a project depending on the role.

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