Mendix is a low-code app development platform:
First, what is low-code? Low-code is a visual approach to software development that enables you to abstract and automate every step of the application lifecycle. Gartner predicts that “by 2024, low-code application development will be responsible for more than 65% of application development activity.” Mendix is repeatedly ranked a Leader in analyst reports from Gartner and Forrester. In the 2021 Gartner® Magic Quadrant for Multiexperience Development Platforms, Mendix placed at the very top of the Leaders quadrant.
Mendix, the global leader in enterprise low-code, was created to promote collaboration between Business & IT teams. Thousands of forward-thinking companies around the world like Ford Auto, Rabobank Netherlands, Zurich Insurance, and Red Bull, can unleash their best ideas faster with the help of the Mendix Platform.
Mendix is a Siemens Business:
Siemens is a Top 10 Global Software Company and a leader on Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies in the World! With the acquisition of Mendix in 2018, Siemens Digital Industries Software is driving transformation to enhance the digital enterprise where engineering, manufacturing and electronics meet the future of innovation. Mendix employees have the opportunity to work in a hyper-growth environment with the support of Siemens’ unbeatable market position and resources.
Do you have a proven track record of managing and mentoring designers in the
context of software development?
Have you been practicing design before becoming a design manager? Are you passionate about the design craft, co-creation, design-centric strategy, and processes? We are looking for an ambitious
and creative Design Manager to join the Community & Collaboration (C&C) Unit
The Design team is a distributed team across Boston, Pune, Shanghai, and
Rotterdam, with many disciplines. From user experience research and service design to brand and product design, the Mendix design team is filled with creatives focused on elevating the user experience across our products. We believe that collaboration across the whole organization is the key to our success and have centralized partnerships with all R&D groups and units.
Objectives and Responsibilities:
You will be managing Product Designers, Service Designers, and the Data Analyst
in the C&C Unit that works on elevating Mendix as a multi-experience platform.
Your work will enable your team to take the developer experience of our products
to the next level by providing the environment in which they can deliver the best
results, both in speed and quality.
This Unit's ultimate goal is to "Make Makers." This means getting as many users active on our platform, driving them to collaborate with each other and build apps. We believe that the experience of our platform is critical in the adoption of our platform. Therefore, besides building and maintaining a part of our platform
(collaboration, community, learning, governance & control, and end-user
platform), the C&C Unit is also responsible for our onboarding experience. To ship the right experience for our users, we focus on user research and a data-driven approach when building our roadmaps with our product managers. Besides managing your team, you will also be responsible for the alignment (planning, focus, and vision) with our product management and software development teams.
This means you are responsible for:
Team health - You create a positive environment where designers can make the most impact and co-create human-centric innovative solutions in collaboration with engineering teams:
· Hire a world-class team, grow talent, and ensure optimal team dynamics
· Align on dependencies and keep up to date with the status of the work of all your designers and their commitments
· Guard designers from needless interruptions and encourage maker time
Design advocacy - You evangelize the value of product design, service design, and user experience research:
· Co-create the long-term design-centric strategy and ambitions for design at Mendix
· Build strong relationships with your cross-functional peers and proactively work with Product Managers to prioritize product design work
· Identify strategic product design opportunities in the product areas you are responsible for and drive cross-unit initiatives and programs
Product knowledge and judgment - Ensure there is sufficient focus on the quality of the user experience to achieve customer success:
· Understand the business context of your designers
· Develop deep product and domain knowledge
· Judge design deliverables and raise design quality continuously by running design critique sessions
Team effectiveness - Create processes where needed, remove processes wherever and whenever possible:
· Create and continuously improve collaborative processes within your unit
· Enable designers, engineering roles, and stakeholders to work pro-actively with each other
· Make sure design-centric processes are practical, light-weight, well documented and known in your unit
Mentorship and coaching - Provide guidance on design matters
· Actively share knowledge with your direct reports
· Mentor engineering manager peers on design processes and best practices
· Mentor and help your designers uncover a growth plan based on their interests and ability, identifying the right strategy to help them achieve that plan
Working for Mendix and with our Customers means your reliability has to be beyond any doubt, and therefore every employment is subject to an onboarding screening and the condition precedent a Certificate of Conduct is provided that demonstrates you did not commit any offences that are relevant to the performance of your function.
Working at Mendix
Mendix has been recognized as a Best Cloud Computing Company to Work For by Forbes. With offices in 16+ countries including headquarters in Rotterdam and Boston, Mendix provides an international playground to truly impact the world through low-code.
While each employee brings their own unique cultures and personalities to the workplace, we collectively live by our Mendix Blue Guiding Principles:
While we live on different continents, speak different languages, and work on different things, we are bound by our “MendixBlue” guiding principles. Being “MendixBlue” means that you live the culture, and you consistently improve it as we grow. It’s kind of a big deal.
We put the customer first. Without our customers, we have no business. So, if you act in the best interest of our customers, always…you belong here.
We think big. We work to have a meaningful, lasting impact on the world. So, if you aim high and think long term…you belong here.
We innovate. We want to be what happens next. So, if you ask “what if?” and work to find a way or make one…you belong here.
We nurture talent. We look, not just at the sum of what an individual has done, but at the potential of who they can be. So, if you’re up for learning from your failures…you belong here.
We hear every voice. Inflated egos don’t last here, humility does. So, if you share credit and ensure that the best ideas win – regardless of who they come from…you belong here.
We own it. If something needs doing, we do it. So, if you focus on the outcome, and take initiative to get it done…you belong here.
We have fun. We use laughter as a common language. We can ask for help and we’re happy to give it. So, if you find joy and purpose in what you do…you belong here.