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Designer Manager II - Data Observability

at Datadog

New York, United States

As a Senior Design Manager in our Data Observability team, you will lead a group of product designers focused on creating tools that help technical users manage and analyze foundational data critical to running applications. Your main goal will be to improve the functionality and user experience across our Data Observability suite, which includes Logs Management, Observability Pipelines, Database Monitoring, Data Streams Monitoring, and more. You'll act as the key liaison between your design team and our Engineering and Product Management partners, ensuring alignment and integration of design initiatives with broader company objectives. In addition to overseeing the team, you'll have opportunities to engage in hands-on design tasks to directly influence product outcomes.


At Datadog, we place value in our office culture - the relationships and collaboration it builds and the creativity it brings to the table. We operate as a hybrid workplace to ensure our Datadogs can create a work-life harmony that best fits them.


What You’ll Do:

  • Lead and develop a team of 5-8 Product Designers and manage 1-2 managers.
  • Recruit and retain top design talent, fostering a team culture that supports growth and collaboration.
  • Provide guidance on design practices, prioritization, strategy, and career development.
  • Oversee your team's projects, ensuring alignment with broader business and product objectives.
  • Work closely with other team leads, product managers, and engineers to refine products and improve processes.
  • Establish goals with your product and engineering counterparts to focus on developing high-impact features.
  • Create an environment that promotes strong teamwork across functions and maintains a high standard of design quality.
  • Drive product strategy, empowering your team to develop solutions that address complex challenges.
  • Utilize and contribute to the company’s design systems, ensuring consistency and evolution in design practices.


Who You Are:

  • Experienced in designing and managing technical SaaS products.
  • Have managed multiple design teams and individuals for over 4 years, including at least 1 year of managing other managers.
  • Bring at least 12 years of experience in digital product design, with a strong portfolio that includes substantial interaction design for web applications.
  • Skilled in setting team goals and prioritizing features that align with business needs.
  • Effective at giving and receiving feedback, enhancing the work environment and team collaborations.
  • Possess excellent teamwork, communication, and technical problem-solving skills to contribute to multidisciplinary teams.
  • Demonstrated leadership in guiding teams through the full design process from concept to launch, with minimal oversight.
  • Maintain a growth mindset, actively seeking learning opportunities and new challenges.
  • Able to clearly articulate design decisions and strategies that are grounded in human-centered design principles and data.
  • Experienced in high-level design thinking across multiple design disciplines, with a proven ability to envision long-term goals and focus efforts to achieve them.
  • Efficient in optimizing team workflows and processes to enhance team output and collaboration.
  • Known for balancing fast iteration, strategic ambiguity, and high-quality outcomes in a dynamic business environment.

Datadog values people from all walks of life. We understand not everyone will meet all the above qualifications on day one. That's okay. If you’re passionate about technology and want to grow your skills, we encourage you to apply.


Benefits and Growth: 

  • New hire stock equity (RSUs) and employee stock purchase plan (ESPP)
  • Continuous professional development, product training, and career pathing
  • Intradepartmental mentor and buddy program for in-house networking
  • An inclusive company culture, ability to join our Community Guilds (Datadog employee resource groups)
  • Access to Inclusion Talks, our internal panel discussions
  • Free, global mental health benefits for employees and dependents age 6+
  • Competitive global benefits

Benefits and Growth listed above may vary based on the country of your employment and the nature of your employment with Datadog.



Datadog offers a competitive salary and equity package, and may include variable compensation. Actual compensation is based on factors such as the candidate's skills, qualifications, and experience. In addition, Datadog offers a wide range of best in class, comprehensive and inclusive employee benefits for this role including healthcare, dental, parental planning, and mental health benefits, a 401(k) plan and match, paid time off, fitness reimbursements, and a discounted employee stock purchase plan.

The reasonably estimated yearly salary for this role at Datadog is:
$195,000$255,000 USD

About Datadog: 

Datadog (NASDAQ: DDOG) is a global SaaS business, delivering a rare combination of growth and profitability. We are on a mission to break down silos and solve complexity in the cloud age by enabling digital transformation, cloud migration, and infrastructure monitoring of our customers’ entire technology stacks. Built by engineers, for engineers, Datadog is used by organizations of all sizes across a wide range of industries. Together, we champion professional development, diversity of thought, innovation, and work excellence to empower continuous growth. Join the pack and become part of a collaborative, pragmatic, and thoughtful people-first community where we solve tough problems, take smart risks, and celebrate one another. Learn more about #DatadogLife on Instagram, LinkedIn, and Datadog Learning Center.

Equal Opportunity at Datadog:

Datadog is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer and is proud to offer equal employment opportunity to everyone regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, veteran status, and more. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. Here are our Candidate Legal Notices for your reference.

Your Privacy:

Any information you submit to Datadog as part of your application will be processed in accordance with Datadog’s Applicant and Candidate Privacy Notice.


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