Intercom is hiring a

Design Lead

Dublin, United States

About Intercom

Intercom makes communicating with your customers simple, personal, and fun for everyone. We value human connection and our goal is to make Internet business personal. Our products enable targeted communication with customers on websites, in web and mobile apps, by Facebook Messenger, and by email.

Intercom is a great place to work. Take a peek inside our offices.

What's the Opportunity?

We’re building a truly world-class design team here at Intercom. Members of our small group have already joined us from design teams at Facebook, Google, Paypal,, and a range of respected agencies and startups.

We’re also growing rapidly. We now need to hire a Design Lead who can own design work across multiple Intercom products and manage the designers working on those teams. This will involve a combination of hands-on strategic design work, guiding the work of other designers, and mentoring them as they grow.

Intercom is a design-driven company. Two of our founders (our CEO and CSO) were designers. Our VP of Product was a designer. Most of our product managers were designers. You will report directly to our Director of Product Design. With a strong design culture and complete buy-in from the very beginning, this is a place where you will have the opportunity to do the very best work of your career.

What will I be doing?

  • Be responsible for all of the design work being done across multiple Intercom products (e.g. Engage and Acquire). Drive the teams to produce innovative, polished design work.
  • Work directly on the design of these products yourself, focusing especially on higher-level strategic design work.
  • Become an expert in your product areas, understanding the competitive landscape, the evolving market needs, and how those things relate to our company mission and vision.
  • Invent exciting new features and product directions. Designers at Intercom are empowered to own their products and invent the future of them from concept to execution.
  • Manage a small group of Product Designers who work on your product teams. Advise and guide them, give feedback on their work, ensure a high degree of quality, help and empower them to grow and learn.
  • Lead workshops and sprints that include PMs and Engineers from your teams.
  • Collaborate with our Research team to understand our users needs, and translate them into product requirements.
  • Work with Product Management and Engineering Leads to figure out what the teams should build, how, and when.
  • Help establish and develop our design culture as we continue to grow.

We like big thinkers with small egos who believe in our goal to build a uniquely impactful, long-lasting tech company. Our vision is to fundamentally change how Internet businesses and their customers communicate.

This position is based with our core product and engineering team in Dublin, Ireland. We're more than happy to generously relocate the right candidate, including significant others, kids, pets, etc.! People have left San Francisco, London, Paris, and many other places to relocate to Dublin and join us on our hyper growth journey.

What Skills do I need?

You should:

  • Have 5+ years experience as a senior-level Product Designer on web or mobile apps with a track record for shipping great product.
  • Have experience coordinating, directing, and guiding the work of other designers on your team.
  • Have a strong design background, think deeply about product design decisions and have an understanding of how to create simple user interfaces.
  • Have a good eye for detail. Value quality and polish in the work that you and your team produce.
  • Be an excellent self starter who can deeply collaborate with designers and engineers.
  • Be an excellent communicator of product decisions and the rationale behind them.
  • Have excellent organisational skills and experience in a fast paced, constantly changing environment.
  • Be able to easily switch between thinking creatively and analytically.
  • Have an understanding of the technical architecture of complex web and mobile applications.

Bonus Skills & Attributes

  • Have experience managing designers.
  • Have a strong understanding of social design including behaviour patterns from psychology and social psychology.
  • Have experience building products that people can access on multiple devices; desktop, tablet, phone.


We are a well treated bunch, with awesome benefits! If there’s something important to you that’s not on this list, talk to us! :)

  • Competitive salary and meaningful equity in a fast-growing start-up
  • We serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner every weekday! There are also snacks and drinks on tap to keep you topped up
  • Regular compensation reviews - we reward great work!
  • Peace of mind with life assurance, as well as comprehensive health and dental insurance for you and your dependents
  • Open vacation policy and flexible holidays so you can take time off when you need to
  • Paid parental leave to let you spend valuable time with your loved ones
  • Commuting is a breeze with our generous public transport allowance
  • Keep active with our roaming FlyeFit gyms in Dublin membership!
  • If you’re cycling, we’ve got you covered on the Cycle-to-Work Scheme. With secure bike storage too!
  • MacBooks are our standard, but we’re happy to get you whatever equipment helps you get your job done
  • We also offer generous relocation assistance for certain roles for people joining us from overseas.

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