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Software Engineer - Design Systems

Figma

Figma

Software Engineering, Design
San Francisco, CA, USA · New York, NY, USA · United States
Posted on Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Figma is growing our team of passionate people on a mission to make design accessible to all. Born on the Web, Figma helps entire product teams brainstorm, design and build better products — from start to finish. Whether it’s consolidating tools, simplifying workflows, or collaborating across teams and time zones, Figma makes the design process faster, more efficient, and fun while keeping everyone on the same page. From great products to long-lasting companies, we believe that nothing great is made alone—come make with us!

Within the Figma Editor, Figma’s industry-leading collaborative design product, Design Systems is one of the most critical features that enables teams to scale their designs. Every day, our users leverage design systems to create, share and reuse design elements, in order to ensure design consistency across their brand and products and accelerate a designer’s workflow. The Design Systems team is responsible for providing powerful features and delightful user experiences for the life cycle of building, managing and consuming design systems.
Design Systems is a full stack product, hence it fully leverages the Figma Editor’s technical stack: everything you see on the canvas in the Figma Editor uses C++, which compiles to WebAssembly to run in the browser and offer more control over performance, memory management, and rendering. We use Typescript and React/Redux for the UI around the canvas, where key elements like the properties panel, toolbar, and modals live. Typescript gives us type checking capability, more guardrails around code correctness, and allows us to generate HTML and CSS in order to take advantage of more standard UI patterns. We have a service-oriented architecture and use Ruby/Sinatra, Go, and Rust on the backend for Figma’s main API server. Professional experience with these languages and technologies is not a requirement. We encourage candidates to use the programming language that they’re most comfortable with during interviews—new hires will be ramped in our codebase during onboarding.
Figma is a highly collaborative organization. You’ll form strong relationships with product managers and designers, and can expect to partner regularly with engineers and leaders beyond your immediate team. We strive to foster an inclusive culture that promotes equity and belonging, and use the following values to guide how we work together: communicate early and often, lift your team, focus on craftsmanship, and prioritize impact. You can learn more about our engineering values and how we developed them here.
This is a full-time role that can be held from one of our US hubs or remotely in the United States.
What you'll do at Figma:
  • Building new features in a real time, multiplayer system with a complex data model that enables collaboration across files.
  • Designing large-scale application architecture and state management.
  • Solving for performance and memory optimizations—we want to keep pushing the limits of what is possible to create in a browser while maintaining a highly performant UX.
  • Extending and scaling the Editor and full stack system behind our design system features, enabling teams to build best-in-class design systems that work well with production components.
  • Contributing to mapping out an accessibility strategy, which may include improvements to the Figma UI (contrast, keyboard navigability, etc.) as well as tools to help people generate accessible content as they do their own work.
We’d love to hear from you if you have:
  • 6+ years of professional experience building and shipping user-facing features and products, or platforms that power multiple features, including 2+ years of experience operating in a technical lead capacity.
  • Strong ability to understand user experiences and product requirements and translate into high quality technical solutions.
  • Deep understanding of systems and proven ability to solve problems without known solutions or creates new architecture that solves multiple problems within complex systems.
  • Demonstrated fluency with one or more programming languages, including: Typescript/Javascript, React, C++, Python, Java, Objective-C, Go, or Rust.
  • Excellent technical communication and relationship-building skills. The ability to achieve successful outcomes with partners ranging from interns to executives.
  • A growth mindset and experience investing in the learning, development, belonging, and impact of your peers.
While it’s not required, it’s an added plus if you also have:
  • Experience in and a desire to teach fellow engineers through pairing, code review, and in-the-moment feedback.
  • Experience working on editors.
  • Experience writing C++ (or related languages such as Objective C or C) in a user-facing context (e.g. gaming, native applications).
  • Experience in building frontend platforms or frameworks.

At Figma, one of our values is Grow as you go. We believe in hiring smart, curious people who are excited to learn and develop their skills. If you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with the points outlined in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyways. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

Pay Transparency Disclosure

If based in Figma’s San Francisco or New York hub offices, this role has the annual base salary range stated below.

Job level and actual compensation will be decided based on factors including, but not limited to, individual qualifications objectively assessed during the interview process (including skills and prior relevant experience, potential impact, and scope of role), market demands, and specific work location. The listed range is a guideline, and the range for this role may be modified. For roles that are available to be filled remotely, the pay range is localized according to employee work location by a factor of between 80% and 100% of range. Please discuss your specific work location with your recruiter for more information.

Figma offers equity to employees, as well a competitive package of additional benefits, including health, dental & vision, retirement with company contribution, parental leave & reproductive or family planning support, mental health & wellness benefits, generous PTO, company recharge days, a learning & development stipend, a work from home stipend, and cell phone reimbursement. Figma also offers sales incentive pay for most sales roles. Figma’s compensation and benefits are subject to change and may be modified in the future. You may view our Pay Transparency Policy by clicking on the corresponding link.

Annual Base Salary Range (SF/NY Hub):
$219,000$350,000 USD

At Figma we celebrate and support our differences. We know employing a team rich in diverse thoughts, experiences, and opinions allows our employees, our product and our community to flourish. Figma is an equal opportunity workplace - we are dedicated to equal employment opportunities regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity/expression, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements.

We will work to ensure individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to apply for a role, participate in the interview process, perform essential job functions, and receive other benefits and privileges of employment. If you require accommodation, please reach out to accommodations-ext@figma.com. These modifications enable an individual with a disability to have an equal opportunity not only to get a job, but successfully perform their job tasks to the same extent as people without disabilities.

Examples of accommodations include but are not limited to:

  • Holding interviews in an accessible location
  • Enabling closed captioning on video conferencing
  • Ensuring all written communication be compatible with screen readers
  • Changing the mode or format of interviews

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