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Senior Design Engineer

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We are the first serverless database platform designed specifically with the developer in mind. Our products are loved by developers, builders, scalers, and creators alike. We harness the power of open source allowing unlimited scaling. No one else combines scalability and the developer experience like we do.

The database market is the most sought after in the VC space and is projected to be a $60 billion business by the end of 2022. The pace of innovation is mind-blowing. The opportunity is massive.

Created by the people who built the infrastructure at Twitter, Instagram, GitHub, and Slack. PlanetScale is a series C start-up with over $100 million in funding raised; and backed by leading VC companies like a16z, SignalFire, Insight Partners, and Kleiner Perkins.

We are just getting started!

Why PlanetScale Design Studio?

The PlanetScale Design Studio’s Brand team is a small-but-mighty group of Design Engineers and Brand Designers with outsized impact. Design Engineers aren’t code-monkey implementers that get a redlined mockup thrown over the fence, but equal partners in creative ideation and execution. We practice close collaboration in weekly Figma-and-VS-Code jam sessions, allow enough room to actually play and explore alongside shipping, and foster a healthy environment for respectful design and code review to make work we’re all proud of.

Job Summary

You’ll join fellow Design Engineers and Brand Designers to translate product concepts and values into engaging web experiences, like the main marketing website, blog, landing pages, microsites, docs, and internal tools. You shouldn’t have to choose between “being a designer” or “being a programmer” when both of those worlds inform your singular work. We both know you have the chops to produce good work — we value your point of view as a creative technologist leader, too. Your day-to-day collaborators are fully remote across the U.S. and Europe, so we communicate clearly (synchronously and async) while we share work early and often. 

What’s the job to be done?

  • Designing and developing web experiences: generate concepts, wireframe, gather requirements, explore design interactions, iterate on visual design, build, document, and refine digital marketing touchpoints
  • Authoring robust modern JavaScript (React via Next.js) code and thoughtful markup (HTML, CSS) to drive brand awareness, community trust and engagement, and key business metrics
  • Nurturing a ship-and-iterate mindset of experimentation to learn more, try cutting-edge tech, A/B test, and more
  • Collaborating with the marketing, product/engineering, revenue, and executive leadership teams in our mission to market the best database platform

These attributes best describe you…

  • You value autonomy and ownership of whole projects rather than closing tickets
  • You balance priorities, from big-picture architecture to the smallest details
  • You have an aversion to “LGTM culture” (What’s this mean?)
  • You are the steward of the codebase with strong opinions loosely held

What you will need

  • 6+ years of experience on interdisciplinary design and/or engineering teams
  • A portfolio of work with examples of front-end code (including applied knowledge of JavaScript and React concepts) and UI/UX design artifacts
  • A “self-starter” ability to manage time between multiple initiatives (it’s a startup — we move quickly!)
  • Stellar written and verbal communication skills

What else will help you be successful

  • Experience shaping and leading design engineering strategy, especially within a niche, like performance, animation, or accessibility
  • Full-stack prowess to wire backend data models to the front-end interface
  • Informed curiosity: you’re the one in your department always sharing a link to the latest browser devtools changelog entry
  • Familiarity with marketing funnels and revenue metrics
  • Experience working in a remote organization


At PlanetScale we believe in supporting people to do their best work and thrive no matter the location. Our mission is to build a diverse, equitable, and inclusive company. We strive to build an inclusive environment where all people feel that they are equally respected and valued, whether they are a candidate or an employee. We welcome applicants of any educational background, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, age, citizenship, socioeconomic status, disability, pregnancy status, and veteran status.

If you need any accommodations, please inform our Talent Acquisition team upon initial contact. We are happy to accommodate!




Perks at PlanetScale

Work with top tier teammates around the globe
Competitive salary & equity
Unlimited PTO

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