Senior Design System Manager

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Seniority level
Job function
Web & App Design
Job type
Full Time,
Job posted
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30 Sep 2023

About Instacart

Instacart invites the world to share love through food. This is how homemade is made.

Actively Hiring

At Instacart, we invite the world to share love through food because we believe everyone should have access to the food they love and more time to enjoy it together. Where others see a simple need for grocery delivery, we see exciting complexity and endless opportunity to serve the varied needs of our community. We work to deliver an essential service that customers rely on to get their groceries and household goods, while also offering safe and flexible earnings opportunities to Instacart Personal Shoppers.

Instacart has become a lifeline for millions of people, and we’re building the team to help push our shopping cart forward. If you’re ready to do the best work of your life, come join our table.

Instacart is a Flex First team

There’s no one-size fits all approach to how we do our best work. Our employees have the flexibility to choose where they do their best work—whether it’s from home, an office, or your favorite coffee shop—while staying connected and building community through regular in-person events.


Every year, people across the world spend nearly one trillion dollars on groceries—it’s an industry that’s been around for centuries. Food itself, however, has been a constant in people’s lives since the beginning of time. Yes, sustenance is essential, but it’s also much more than that.

Food can be a part of a daily ritual or a special moment that resonates with people on a meaningful and emotional level. It can be a much-needed break in a long day, a taste that brings back memories, a creative experiment, a shared meal with loved ones, or even comfort during a hard time. Whether it’s a special occasion or an everyday occurrence, it should always be easy for people to get the ingredients they need.


As the Senior Design System Manager, you will partner with our Product and Engineering leads to drive the strategy and vision for IDS—the Instacart Design System—working closely with leaders across the organization to shape it toward the greatest impact for our different audiences and businesses. You’ll also be responsible for leading our cross-functional team of over 12 professionals while managing 4 designers.

We need someone who loves the challenge of creating high-quality work within a fast-paced, ever-evolving technology company. You know what it takes to keep a team inspired, motivated and focused on doing their best work, and able to see how their individual contributions connect to the bigger picture—end users and the company.

You know that our success hinges upon the success of the team so you’re passionate and proactive about encouraging them, coaching them, and offering candid feedback.


The Instacart Design & Research team is an empowered team that aims to craft engaging, cohesive, and inspirational experiences for everyone. Our mission is to create a world where everyone has access to the food they love and more time to enjoy it together.

The IDS Team is a highly collaborative cross-functional team that’s well positioned in the organization—and enjoys having fun while driving impact. As a Senior Design System Manager you will work closely with product, design, creative, and engineering partners across the org to continue co-creating a robust, reliable, and scalable design system that everyone loves.


We’re looking for a leader who will help mature and scale IDS Pantry, our emerging visual language and design system for all Instacart products and platforms—consumer, shopper, retailer and CPG facing.

We see design systems as just one element of the broader organizational system, so understanding that context is essential to finding integral solutions centered around the needs of our end users and internal teams, so we’re looking for a leader excited to put their needs first.

As a craft leader you’ll be responsible for driving the strategy and vision, as well as supporting and pushing the quality of day-to-day design, implementation, and how we roll out the design system.

To be successful, you will have to balance two key sides of this role: building strong partnerships with key stakeholders while shipping world-class systems design work.


  • 10+ years of experience in digital product design
  • 3+ years of experience leading design system teams, crafting Figma libraries and rolling out design tokens
  • Pride yourself on unparalleled collaboration and communication skills and you look forward to partnering with PMs, engineers, designers to create beautiful—aesthetically pleasing and highly usable—products in a fast-paced, constantly evolving environment
  • Systems thinking mindset to design solutions that scale during the product development cycle while being thorough and attentive to detail—from user-centered narratives to user flows to UI interactions all the way to pixel-perfect execution in the product
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to communicate and present ideas clearly and influence key stakeholders at all levels of the organization
  • Proved experience creating accessible experiences and good understanding of WCAG standards
  • Familiarity with front-end programming—web frameworks and native mobile languages
  • Reliable self-starter who can provide strong leadership to multiple projects with minimal oversight
  • Embrace constructive feedback as part of the iterative design process and can clearly articulate strong rationale behind your design decisions
  • You are comfortable and always willing to roll up your sleeves and chip in to help move a project forward—you like to move quickly and drive towards impact


  • Experience in brand design
  • Experience with motion design and animation
  • Experience building plugins for Sketch or Figma

Instacart provides highly market-competitive compensation and benefits in each location where our employees work. This role is remote and the base pay range for a successful candidate is dependent on their permanent work location.

Offers may vary based on many factors, such as candidate experience and skills required for the role. Additionally, this role is eligible for a new hire equity grant as well as annual refresh grants.

For US based candidates, the base pay ranges for a successful candidate are listed below.

$189,000$245,000 USD
$182,000$235,000 USD
$174,000$225,000 USD
All other states
$157,000$203,000 USD

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