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Senior Product Designer (Contract)

Sofar Ocean Technologies

Sofar Ocean Technologies

Product, Design
San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2024

The Company

Sofar is on a mission to connect the world’s oceans. We design, build, and deploy the largest privately owned network of marine weather sensors to power the world’s best marine weather forecasts. Our data helps our customers to increase efficiency and reduce emissions, delivering tools to governments and other stakeholders to understand impacts of climate change on extreme weather and ocean health. We live on Planet Ocean, and our goal is to create the ocean intelligence needed to ensure a sustainable future.

The Company

Sofar is on a mission to connect the world’s oceans. We design, build, and deploy the largest privately owned network of marine weather sensors to power the world’s best marine weather forecasts. Our data helps our customers to increase efficiency and reduce emissions, delivering tools to governments and other stakeholders to understand impacts of climate change on extreme weather and ocean health. We live on Planet Ocean, and our goal is to create the ocean intelligence needed to ensure a sustainable future.

The Role

We are looking for a Sr. Product Designer to join the team for a 3 month contract. This person will redesign and improve the user flows for onboarding, operation, and management of our marine sensing hardware.

Our Spotter and Smart Mooring products have already been deployed in the thousands to coastal and open ocean systems powering fuel and emissions savings for the marine transportation industry, supporting development of offshore renewable energy installations, and providing critical data to research & global conservation efforts.

We are looking for a design generalist with a breadth of skills (UI/UX, Visual Design, Prototyping) that can be drawn on to design a polished and cohesive experience for our users, who include Scientists, Engineers and Maritime Operators.

As a Senior Product Designer, you will be expected to:

  • Work as part of a cross functional development team to ensure that the product being built meets the needs of our users.
  • Utilize design research skills like uncovering user/customer needs, pain points and workflows
  • Translate user insights into design opportunities and concepts
  • Quickly prototype and iterate to find to the right solution
  • Collaborate closely with engineering, product management, and manufacturing
  • Are a self starter and thrive in a team-focused collaborative environment
  • Bonus: Experience with data visualization, including geospatial data, and map-based user interfaces

At Sofar, you will:

  • Explore uncharted territory in terms of designing innovative sensing ocean products
  • Collaborate with a top-notch cross-functional team of engineers, product, and sales
  • Have the opportunity to go out on the ocean to test and validate prototypes
  • Join a company with a strong mission and a team with a passion for the ocean

Estimated Salary Range

  • $40,000-$46,000 for 3 month period
  • The range listed is what we reasonably expect to pay for this role at the time of this posting. We may ultimately pay more or less than the posted range and may be modified in the future. Actual compensation packages are based on several factors that are unique to each candidate, including but not limited to skill set, experience, and equity package.

Sofar's Commitment to Climate Justice

We at Sofar Ocean acknowledge that careers in the marine sciences “... have traditionally been, and remain, non-diverse work environments”, thereby limiting the entry and prosperity of underrepresented groups in the space. (Johri et al., 2021) Many of these same groups are disproportionately affected by climate change, and are often excluded from decision making that directly address their interests and needs.

We are committed to addressing these climate injustices and highly encourage people who identify as women, LGBTQ+, Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) to apply.

Employee Conduct

It is the responsibility of every employee to contribute to a positive work environment through cooperative and professional interactions with co-workers, customers, and vendors.

Equal Employment Opportunity

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other factors prohibited by law.