Head of Design at Toptal

We created Toptal to solve an extremely difficult, real-world problem: the talent shortage.
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Job Description

About Toptal

Toptal is one of the most innovative and rapidly expanding tech start-ups from Silicon Valley. With backing from investors such as Andreessen Horowitz and Adam D’Angelo, our platform is the fastest growing labor marketplace in the history of the Internet—connecting thousands of elite engineers, designers, and business talent all over the world. In the last five years, Toptal has become the #1 choice for top companies requiring top-tier engineering, design, and business talent and for the top 3% of freelancers looking for their next challenge.

While we’re primarily focused on bringing quality and value to our clients, we’re also committed to creating a world-class environment for our employees. We are a completely distributed company with thousands of core and network team members located all over the world, and we take the best elements of virtual teams and combine them with a support structure that encourages innovation, social interaction, and fun. We take an all-hands-on-deck approach to our work, taking pride in being collaborative, creative, and flexible.

If you aren’t looking for a job because you’re already killing it, we want you.

Position Description

At Toptal, creating beautiful, functional designs that contribute seamlessly to user experience is critical to us. We don’t cut corners or make compromises, and as we rapidly grow, we need to ensure that our design teams are able to execute at scale without loss in quality.

As the Head of Design, you will lead all design teams at Toptal and will be in charge of setting the design workflow and team structure that will enable streamlined collaboration between our designers and our product, marketing, and engineering teams at scale. While you and your teams will be primarily focused on product design, processes for marketing design will need to be established as well. To excel in this role, you must have an excellent understanding of how to scale both product design and marketing design functions.

This is a remote position that can be done from anywhere.


  • Lead Toptal’s entire product and marketing design functions, collaborating with stakeholders around the company to understand the needs of their teams and establishing a team structure and end-to-end workflow designed to best serve those needs.
  • Empower and mentor designers on your team, fostering a collaborative, productive, and positive environment within a growing team.
  • Maintain and further build design team workflows that ensure that all designs delivered are in line with our style guides and extremely high quality standards.
  • Work with your team to optimize output and ensure that the large volume of deliverables requested of the design team on a daily basis are completed on time.
  • Gauge fluctuations in the needs of relevant teams at Toptal and hire more designers for your team accordingly.
  • Lead your team in expanding mastery of the business goals of each design request and pushing back on stakeholders with innovative UX/UI proposals.
  • Empower your team members to proactively lead iteration cycles with stakeholders and push designs forward according to the team’s vision and understanding of the business goals of each request.
  • Be highly communicative and responsive both within your team and to stakeholders across the company while managing a large volume of ongoing projects.
  • Take smart risks and champion new ideas.
  • Hire, onboard, train, and mentor new team members.
  • Lead team meetings and strategy sessions.
  • Communicate constantly with teams via Skype and Slack.


  • You must be extremely pragmatic and have an exceptional ability to empower and manage teams of designers.
  • 5+ years of experience as a product designer with proven experience leading design efforts on successful, complex products.
  • Experience leading 5+ person design teams collaborating with multiple mission-critical areas of a company and containing designers with specialized responsibilities.
  • Proven experience building and maintaining style guides and streamlined UI/UX workflows with QA feedback systems.
  • Experience with B2B software or, at minimum, operationally complicated software (i.e not just single purpose apps).
  • Extensive mastery of Photoshop, Illustrator, Sketch, and InVision, with a strong understanding of when design teams should be using each tool.
  • Ability to create and work towards an overall product design vision that meets and enhances business goals across the company.
  • Ability to consider long-term sustainability in all design decisions and maintain an eye for reusability in designs.
  • You must be a world-class individual contributor to thrive at Toptal. You will not be here just to tell other people what to do.
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  • Breanden has been an engineer, founder, CTO, and consultant in industries ranging from aerospace to financial services to high tech. He has a BSE in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University, where he was previously asked to speak at TEDxPrincetonU, giving a talk on time optimization and resource management. As a Toptal co-founder, Breanden frequently writes about scaling a hyper-growth and distributed company, and he has been featured on the blog of Tim Ferriss, The Huffington Post, and many others. Having been on both sides of the hiring equation as an engineer and team lead, Breanden combines his technical expertise and management experience to ensure that clients, developers, and team members at Toptal continually strive for excellence as the company rapidly scales.
  • Hector has led product organizations at companies of all sizes, from 20-person startups to 100K+ employee corporations, spearheading the development of new company-defining products from concept to launch as well as significantly growing existing products. He has an Electrical Engineering & Computer Science degree from UC Berkeley and began his career in engineering roles at Cisco and Veraz Networks before transitioning into lead product positions at Wyse Technologies, Dell, Loggly, and now Toptal.
  • With experience as a lead engineer at Fotolog (acquired by Hi-Media for $100m) and Slide (acquired by Google for $228m), as well as experience with his own start-ups, Taso brings top engineering knowledge and management experience to Toptal. While running a small engineering consulting firm, Taso recognized that while many of his co-workers overseas were just as good as his friends and colleagues at Google, Facebook, and other companies with distinguished engineering talent, it was simply very difficult for such companies to connect with the right engineers remotely. Toptal was thus created as a solution to the sky-rocketing demand for top engineers in Silicon Valley, the US, and Europe despite the shrinking local graduation rates of such engineers. Taso was recently selected by Forbes as one of its 30 under 30 in Enterprise Technology.
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