SAP Principal Product Designer Job in Palo Alto, California

Requisition ID: 158762

Work Area: Software-User Experience

Expected Travel: 0 - 10%

Career Status: Professional

Employment Type: Regular Full Time


As market leader in enterprise application software, SAP helps companies of all sizes and industries innovate through simplification. From the back office to the boardroom, warehouse to storefront, on premise to cloud, desktop to mobile device – SAP empowers people and organizations to work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively to stay ahead of the competition. SAP applications and services enable customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably.

Ariba an SAP company, provides business-to-business solutions and is one of the fastest growing mid-cap technology companies. With the largest global supply network in the world, Ariba is the market leader in collaborative business commerce, providing a web-based trading community to help companies discover, connect, and collaborate with a global network of partners. More than 500,000 companies around the world, in every industry, use Ariba’s cloud-based solutions to manage their commerce activities – procurement, sourcing, supply, reconciliation, contracts, invoices, and more.

Our team is to bring consumer-like ease to large-scale Enterprise products. If you are passionate about technology and how people use it, have a knack for simplifying the complex, and love working with developers in an agile process, then this is the place for you. Our UX team in Palo Alto is looking for a rock star Principal Product Designer.


The Principal Product Designer should have experience presenting to and managing relationships with stakeholders and their adjacencies on a variety of efforts that support both the business and a strong user experience. Also, provide direction and inspiration to their peers, and maintain and influence the design language. Managing vendors and providing design direction will be key to this role.

  • Design and deliver web applications, from high-level concepts through to screen designs which are brand aligned and globally scalable

  • Deliver to Mobile First strategy

  • Evolve the design pattern library for web and mobile

  • Work closely and influence product management, engineering, documentation and training; understand and contribute to product requirement documents

  • Work with a globally distributed team

  • Work across multiple projects

  • Facilitate brainstorming and co-design activities with internal groups and with customers

  • Work closely with visual designers, content strategists, product managers, and development teams

  • Manage and mentor other designers and vendors

  • Able to travel globally


  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in HCI, Human Factors, Design Strategy or a design-research related field, or equivalent

  • 10 years’ experience as an Interaction/UX Designer

  • Demonstrated ability to deliver high quality design output

  • Expert Experience with:

  • Design and prototyping tools (e.g. Adobe Creative Suite, Invision, Sketch and Axure)

  • Strong Design Leadership and Management with excellent influencing skills.

  • Defining Style Guides and Pattern Library for global design patterns

  • Designing for Accessibility

  • Designing for localized experiences for Left to Right as well as Right to Left experiences

  • Knowledge of Agile, Lean UX and Mobile First

  • Knowledgeable about Design Thinking and Customer Driven Design Methodologies

  • Portfolio of work should include designs from concept to finish demonstrating design rationale and business impact

Additional Qualifications:

  • Teaching classes and/or coaching product teams user-centered design, design-thinking, studio work, or related field

  • Business applications in: procurement, supply, financial management, contracts, POs, invoices, auctions, catalogs

  • Design evangelization


To harness the power of innovation, SAP invests in the development of its diverse employees. We aspire to leverage the qualities and appreciate the unique competencies that each person brings to the company.

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