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Sr. Product Designer (12 Month Maternity Cover - Potential Extension)

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Rakuten Kobo Inc.
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Sr. Product Designer (12 Month Maternity Cover - Potential Extension)

About Rakuten Kobo Inc:

Owned by Tokyo-based Rakuten and headquartered in Toronto, Rakuten Kobo Inc. is one of the world’s most innovative eReading services offering more than 5 million eBooks and audiobooks to millions of customers in 190 countries. Believing that consumers should have the freedom to read any book on any device, Kobo provides people with a choice when reading. Kobo offers an eReader for everyone with a wide variety of E Ink eReaders to suit any Reader’s style including Kobo Aura, Kobo Aura H2O, and Kobo Aura ONE; along with the company’s free top-ranking eReading and audiobook listening app for Apple® and Android®. Kobo’s award-wining eReaders can be found in major retail chains around the world. For more information, visit www.kobo.com.

The Role:

Rakuten Kobo Inc. is looking for a Sr. Product Designer to join our Product Design Operations and Product Pillar Teams! Product Design Operations is responsible for building a design practice that is scalable, holistic and inclusive. Product Pillars are responsible for connecting our cross-functional teams to our reader’s needs all over the world.

Reporting to Product Design Operations the Sr. Product Designer plays a vital role in delivering amazing product design capabilities and features to our users, bringing us closer to our company goal of enabling people anywhere in the world to read more. Our products are designed by readers, dedicated to readers. We are focused on crafting the best experience possible for all people, all languages, and all devices. The Sr. Product Designer will be responsible for: Defining design strategy, leadership, planning, and creativity.

The Person:


• Working alongside various practices such as architects, developers, researchers, analysts, product management, and scrum.

• Opportunity to work on multiple platforms such as the eReader, Apps, and Responsive Web.


• Define design vision of a multi-year product roadmap 

• Define how to integrate customer centric research findings into product design decisions 

• Define how to ensure the agile teams’ understanding of the WHY and building of the WHAT


• Define and facilitate stakeholder workshops to drive opportunity understanding and gap analysis

• Define user opportunity mapping and how it provides business value

• Define product design discovery and definition techniques


• Define user stories and design acceptance criteria 

• Define how to measure product design release outcomes

• Define design optimization user stories


• Define how to evolve our design centric culture by focusing on user intent, user needs, and shareholder value 

• Define how to build a best in class design system and component library

• Define our design artifacts, the status quo and competitive benchmarks

The Skillset:


• Minimum 5-6 years experience as product designer, UX designer, information architect, interaction designer, or visual designer

• High proficiency with Sketch, InVision, Zeplin, Figma, Creative Suite, and prototyping tools

• A portfolio demonstrating artifacts such as taxonomies, flowcharts, wireframes, interaction design specs, visual design, journey maps, personas, and prototypes

• Ability to articulate and rationalize your concepts or process through white-boarding

• Ability to facilitate stakeholder workshops and enable collaboration

• Interest in user testing methodologies to help conduct studies, create protocols and present findings in an agile environment

• Extensive experience designing for multiple form factors and platforms such as iOS, Android, and responsive web

Nice to Haves:

• Previous experience working in eReading, ecommerce, entertainment, and software environments

• Experience working with teams in an Agile environment, using an iteration backlog, and comfortability being part of a product development team

• Awareness of the capabilities of react.js, html, and css

To Learn More About Kobo:

·        Go to the site: http://www.kobo.com

·        Get the behind-the-scenes look: http://news.kobo.com/blog

·        Follow us on Twitter @: http://twitter.com/kobo

Rakuten Kobo Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.  Accessibility accommodations for candidates with disabilities participating in the selection process are available on request.  Any information received related to accommodation needs of applicants will be addressed confidentially.

Rakuten Kobo would like to thank all applicants for their interest in this role however only qualified candidates will be shortlisted.


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