Senior UI Designer

Full Time

We are hiring a Senior UI Designer as part of our product team. This role work with our teams that are both on-site in our office in Cebu, Philippines, as well as our distributed team, who normally work between the +8 UTC (Cebu) to +10 UTC (Sydney) time zones.

This role is remote-first, do not need to travel frequently nor be on-site in our offices all the time. Though flexibility to be on-site for weeks at a time is expected, since most of our teams are in office, and facilitating design workshops is best done in person.

As a UI Designer, you will report to a Product Lead, and help our software group build our telecommunications products which are being used by customers globally. You will be part of our product team, composed of Product Managers, Technical Support, and other UI Designers.

Although the product team is independent, it participates in a product group together with our software engineering teams, to align and perform work on a per product basis. Most of the time, work is autonomous, however, constant online collaboration with others is expected over Trello, Slack, and Zoom.

We want to empower small and medium businesses to offer telecommunications products in a way that they can compete with big companies. If you are interested to work on this mission, please join us.

All our products are in the telecommunications and web industry, both as a value-add service platform provider and an infrastructure developer. We provide businesses the infrastructure and tools for them to sell new telecom products and enhance the value they deliver to their customers.

At the heart of our product is software. We custom build in-house most of our products. We expect you have experience being part in the development of a software product.

Our customers are businesses who access our products using a web browser. Most of the users have business knowledge and technical backgrounds. Our products are used by our customers as part of operating their business, and are designed to efficiently fit in their workflows. We believe a good user experience is important, together with ensuring the use of our products is cost effective.

What you will be doing?

A Senior UI Designer in our product team, will have the following functions:

  • Maintain a design and style guide that meet user demands of our products
  • Lead and responsible in ensuring design quality is followed
  • Lead and responsible in team learning activities
  • Provides mentorship and responsible for feedback to other team members

In addition, as a UI designer, you will have the following functions:

  • Study problems to design features and interactions that integrates well into the user’s workflow
  • Facilitate design workshops on visual design, information structure, usability, and functionality
  • Produce and maintain documents used as digital artifacts in the design of features
  • Create low fidelity UI sketch and high fidelity prototypes to aid in testing concepts with stakeholders and customers, and to help our software teams understand how to implement features
  • Produce design assets for use as creative components in features
  • Implement UI components and frameworks for re-use by our software teams in implementing functions
  • Inspect and provide feedback to recently implemented versions of our products
  • Participate in release planning activities with software teams
  • Participate in supporting customers and users
  • Participate in team activities to deliver software that satisfy business needs
  • Responsible for self-assessment as part of our weekly self-reported check-ins
  • Continuously learning to ensure useful and effective participation in the teams

As part of our distributed team, the following are expected:

  • Establish a working space and infrastructure, to effectively participate in a distributed environment
  • Schedule work on a daily basis, with a minimum of 4 hours overlap with the rest of the team
  • Use a stable, high quality Internet access for video conferencing
  • Able to join a video conference during working hours
  • Able to travel on-site to our offices up to 2 weeks at a time

Who you are?

We are looking for someone with the following qualifications:

  • Motivated to work with a multidisciplinary group to understand problems and solutions
  • Able to visualize imaginary concepts and describe in detail how it will play in a dynamic system over a period of time
  • At least 6 years of experience in IC/design roles (e.g. graphics artist, UI Designer, website designer, front-end developer)
  • At least 2 years of experience in lead roles (e.g. design lead, team lead, product owner, product manager)
  • Can participate and provide useful insights in the UX and UI design process
  • Can teach and help others understand design topics
  • Can explain design concepts in business and user terms
  • Can explain and communicate business and product concepts to the team
  • Advance knowledge in many topics identified below

In addition, a UI designer, has the following qualification:

  • Knowledge and experience in designing user interface, user touch-points, and branding collaterals
  • Can create UI designs and user flows with Balsamiq, Sketch, Photoshop, or InVision
  • Can implement UI designs as HTML, CSS, and Javascript codes
  • Experience in designing UI for software applications
  • Knowledge and experience in applying UX concepts, design thinking, and design process
  • Knowledge on the UI designer role as part of a product team creating software
  • Knowledge in Software Development Lifecycle and methodologies
  • Knowledge in Agile principles and practices
  • Knowledge in IT, computer science, and software concepts
  • Student and curious on systems thinking, human psychology, and behavioural economics
  • Empathetic to users and has a high regard for a good user experience
  • Able to navigate chaotic and complex situations, and simplify for others to understand
  • Communicate ideas and concepts both in person and in written format
  • Creative, willing to challenge assumptions, and willing to try ideas
  • Has an open, always learning, and resourceful mindset
  • Excited to work with people in creating simple solutions to complex problems

As part of a distributed team, the following qualifications are required:

  • Self-discipline and good work ethics
  • Good verbal and written communication
  • Good time management and able to minimize distractions

What we offer?

  • An environment of a sports team, that is there to coach each other while being performant. Work with people who want to create something, invent something, maintain it, and see it grow.
  • A software engineering culture, that strive to build high quality and better software.
  • An organization of self-formed, autonomous teams, exploring and trying out solutions in a safe environment.
  • A place for you to learn, practice, and develop yourself. A place for you to contribute in something meaningful.
  • A front-seat at a fast growing, global company, with a lot of opportunities in software and technology with exposure in telecommunications and web.
  • A good array of health and well-being incentives, to keep you healthy and balanced.
  • An opportunity to work with some of the best and the smartest people around.

About our software team

We are developing our own products. Our founders, product teams, engineering teams, and customer support teams, are all part of the same company, co-located in our offices (mainly Cebu and Manila). We work closely together to develop products that delight our customers.

Our software team is composed of cross-functional 3 to 5 members. Each team is designed to be complete, and is responsible for delivering complete features to users.

In addition, we have a leadership team that is composed of all the team leads, product leads, and engineering leads, that work together in forming the entire software group.

We use a goal-oriented product roadmap, to keep all our teams aligned, which is updated in a weekly cycle by the leadership team. Further, we maintain a corresponding release plan, based on a monthly release cycle, where we break down features into sizeable chunks that our teams can work with as little inter-team dependency as possible.

Our teams apply an agile process, of weekly planning, retrospectives, daily check-in, pair programming, and use Trello to visualize our progress. All our code is version controlled in Github, and all code changes go through a peer-review process.

We have a continuous delivery pipeline, using CircleCI and CloudFormation, and perform deployment using automated tools in our AWS production site. We built most of our automation tools, and we expect all our engineers to participate in maintaining our development tools, delivery pipeline, and production sites.

Our teams are encouraged to spend time developing their knowledge and skills, so they stay relevant on the tasks needed. We have scheduled monthly learning sessions, and provide time in their weekly sprints for their own learning activities.

We expect our engineers to be not just writing code, but to participate in the entire process from investigating problems, designing solutions, and implementing them into features our users will love.

About our distributed team

We have distributed teams as part of our software group, where all members are working remotely. Though it is an option for members, to work in one of our offices, in Cebu or in Manila, however, as part of the team, it is expected to effectively participate in a distributed or remote-first environment.

Teams work full-time in a remote working environment, where members are not expected and required to be in the same physical space. However, there are a few scheduled in-person get-togethers, to strengthen the team’s relationship. Work schedule is flexible, with an overlap of 4 hours in a day working together. Communication and documentation are primarily done using online channels.

Our leadership team works in a distributed environment, and operate primarily using online channels. Though, a few of our feature teams are on-site in our offices, we have made adjustments so teams can work together.

Work structure is the same for both distributed and on-site teams, which follow the same principles and frameworks we defined in our engineering culture.

Every member of the team, is responsible for creating the working conditions to effectively participate in a distributed environment. Similar to how our company is obliged to create a good working condition of an office space, every member is obliged to create a similar space, wherever the member chooses to work.

The company will provide the primary equipment for working, in a similar manner if the team is working on-site in an office. Either at full-cost or subsidized in accordance to the general policy in our company.

Every member of the team, shall provide the space, the equipments, and the infrastructure for their own use, in support of achieving the ideal working conditions.

We do not offer training for anyone to be distributed qualified. We expect, members to prepare and be ready, to be part of a distributed team.

About the company

Synacy is a global company, developing software products in the Philippines using international best practices, and exporting to the world.

We aim to help businesses be competitive by a consolidating telecommunications and technology markets and giving them access to opportunities that until now only large companies can realise.

We believe the best results for end-users and customers come from a number of various companies providing the best to service them. We want to enable them so they thrive.

We do this by providing the infrastructure and tools for them to sell new telecom products and enhance the value they deliver to their customers.

Our founders are from Australia, and together with our diverse, international leadership team, we managed the business from our offices in the Philippines, Australia, Canada, and Singapore.

Our company offers our products and operates under a few brands. At UTBox and Monopond, we offer fax and SMS messaging products, available globally, for individual and wholesale use. We founded an internet service provider to accelerate internet in the Philippines known as RISE. At RISE, we offer competitive fiber based internet access, to businesses located in major cities in the country.

It is our intent to form a globally competitive organization. We believe talented and remarkable people is found anywhere in the world. At the moment, we have most of our teams co-located in our offices in the Philippines. However, we are not limiting our reach here, we are forming a remote-first culture within our organization, so we can offer the opportunity to current and new members to work wherever they are productive.

A few of our strategies:

Software and automation is at our core. We believe in efficient, resilient, and scalable approach. Work smarter not harder, so that when you work hard you are working smart.

To our customers, we want to offer a complete service, in an integrated package.

We have taken the challenge of integrating with many telecommunication providers in the world, and aggregated our customer traffic, to offer a consistent quality at the best possible price.

Hiring process

We understand, applying for a new job or even looking for new opportunities can be a tedious and stressful process. We aim to give our applicants a good experience by being timely, efficient, and direct. We’d like for you to select us, and we look forward in working together.

Even if you are not looking for work now, we encourage you to apply, since you may go through our qualification process and assess our offer, without any commitment to accept immediately. If you like what you are getting, then you can plan with us on when you will eventually join.


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