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Product Designer

About Us

The Athletic is a direct-to-consumer digital sports media company committed to helping subscribers experience storytelling in a whole new way. Founded in 2016 and headquartered in San Francisco, The Athletic has over 500 full-time employees and covers more than 250 professional sports and collegiate teams in the US, Canada and the UK. The Athletic’s newsroom has produced thousands of in-depth articles along with more than 120 podcasts and premium video content. The Athletic is a remote-friendly company as we have offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, London, and Melbourne.

About the Role

Our product mission is to be the best place for sports fans. We already provide an unrivaled breadth and depth of sports coverage. We are looking for a product designer to support the experience of our core product, which encompasses how users discover and consume content across all our platforms. The ideal candidate is also able to help drive the future vision of our products, through world-class designs that add value to both our business and to our users.

As a Product Designer on the Core team, you will be counted on to help lead new projects and initiatives related to our core offering. You’ll work closely with the product team to bring new experiences to life, while collaborating with engineers, editors and other designers on the team. There’s ample opportunity here for a designer who works well independently and is well versed in both user experience and visual design.


  • Create user flows, wireframes, prototypes, and production-ready design deliverables.
  • Support high-level product strategy, ensuring we're asking the right questions and solving for the most important internal and external user needs.
  • Lead and conduct design and user research, as necessary.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams, partnering with Product Managers, Engineers, Content Operations, SEO Strategists, Product Analysts, and fellow designers to take concepts from ideation to execution.
  • Experience working closely with engineers to evaluate constraints and trade offs.
  • Lead design projects with input from other members of the design team to ensure design quality and consistency across the user experience.
  • Understand the competitive environment and stay on top of great user experiences, especially within sports apps, sports media, and news related products.
  • Actively contribute to The Athletic’s Design System.


  • 3-5 years of experience working as a designer or art director for a consumer/content driven product design experience or digital agency.
  • Expertise in designing for both web and native applications.
  • Strong Visual and Interaction Design skills, as exemplified in an online portfolio or presentation.
  • Subject matter expertise related to sports. You have a strong understanding of what makes a great sports media app, and ideas on how you could make our experience even better.
  • Experience working with other designers directly on projects, and also indirectly to provide and receive feedback on work.
  • Experience seeing work through with engineers and vendors with a high standard of quality and professionalism.
  • Ability to manage your time effectively, sometimes across several projects.
  • Expert Figma skills, knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Experience with prototyping as a means to explore and convey design solutions.
  • Ability to draft micro-interactions and full scale product animations in After Effects.
  • An eagerness to try new things, innovate and learn - and a willingness to learn from mistakes.
  • Enthusiasm for being part of a multidisciplinary design studio and a collaborative design process.

The Athletic Media Company is an equal opportunity employer and enthusiastically encourages people from all backgrounds and experiences to apply. The Athletic will consider all applicants without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical and/or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, age, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, or any other protected characteristic under applicable law.

Athletic focuses on Digital Media, Sports, Publishing, News, and Journalism. Their company has offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, San Francisco Bay Area, and Boston. They have a large team that's between 201-500 employees. To date, Athletic has raised $68.1M of funding; their latest round was closed on January 2022.

You can view their website at https://theathletic.com/ [1] or find them on Twitter [2], Facebook [3], and LinkedIn [4].

  1. https://theathletic.com/
  2. https://twitter.com/theathletichq
  3. https://www.facebook.com/theathletic/
  4. https://www.linkedin.com/company/10643112?trk=prof-0-ovw-curr_pos

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