Principal Designer

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30 Jan 2022

The Windows Signature Experiences Design team is looking for a Principal Designer who can deliver cross company signature experiences which bring the best of Microsoft products & services to Windows, in holistic effortless way.

In this role, you will have the opportunity to deliver and tackle broad strategic problems, managing large scale projects with multiple stakeholders across products and organizations.

About Windows & Devices

The Windows & Devices Experiences team is responsible for creating the next generation of experiences for Windows and the Surface line of products.

We are a multidisciplinary team of designers, product managers and engineers who work collaboratively on creating research-backed, people-centric experiences that bridge the gap between software and hardware, while being inclusive, accessible, and modern. We believe that our products reflect the people and the culture behind them, and we foster a synergetic work environment where curiosity, critical thinking and diverse perspectives are highly valued.

Windows is going through an exciting transformation and the Windows & Devices Experiences team is at the center of it. We partner closely with business and technology team members to envision, design, define, validate, and deliver experiences which reach over 1.3 billion people.

Meet the makers and join us in building the next generation of Windows.

PS: We are a remote-friendly team. While co-location is not mandatory, it is required of this role to adhere to Redmond office hours.

About Windows Signature Experiences Design

As the name suggests the team focuses on creating unique, delightful, and impactful experiences which energizing the Microsoft ecosystem. The team focusses on delivering end-to-end scenarios which allow people to effortlessly finish their tasks, connect with their loved ones, and access information & content at their fingertips.

We collaborate with products and services across Microsoft to identify unique scenarios which can only be achieved by deep integration of such services. Two recent experiences which the team has designed are the Teams Chat Integration and Widgets experiences.

In collaboration with our Product and Engineering counterparts, we design, validate, and implement design and developer solutions that power experiences for the most popular desktop OS on the planet.


  • Identify unique opportunities across Microsoft to create a set of memorable and ownable experiences that will help strengthen and differentiate Windows.
  • Collaborate with multiple product teams to create holistic vision addressing a complex set of user problems and then work with them to create a plan to deliver them.
  • Invent design solutions to problems you may never have faced before, leading up to driving clarity and generating excitement with an audience of very senior leaders and executives.
  • Advocate for design and engineering best practices to our design and developer audience to deliver modern and performant experiences
  • Work closely with Research, Product and Engineering to identify, plan, scope and execute design solutions end to end
  • Work autonomously and think strategically to identify areas of opportunity across Microsoft.
  • Being a great role model for junior designers who would look up to you for guidance.


  • A portfolio that demonstrates exceptional design skills, attention to detail, and the ability to solve complex problems through elegant solutions
  • 10 years of experience of building digital products
  • 5+ years track record of building scalable solutions that demonstrate system thinking
  • Experience in driving large scale, customer-centered, horizontal initiatives: understanding the needs, behaviors, and motivations of our customers to develop relevant solutions that impact multiple endpoints
  • Ability to champion collaborative product making and partnering with multiple teams across multiple organizations
  • Excellent communication and storytelling skills, both verbal and written
  • Expertise with industry standard design tools (Figma, ProtoPie) and ability create pixel-perfect designs, prototypes, and other design artifacts
  • Familiarity with agile process, asynchronous communication and working with distributed teams

Skills that will set you apart

  • Proven ability to identify strategic opportunities in your area and across the broader product team + organization & the creation of a design vision to show how we could accomplish that.
  • As a Principal designer, great communication skills to effectively present to wide range of audience from Senior Leadership to Individual contributors
  • Collaborating with a cross discipline team throughout the product making process to help deliver on your design vision

Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request via the Accommodation request form.

Benefits/perks listed below may vary depending on the nature of your employment with Microsoft and the country where you work.

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