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Design Engineer



Software Engineering, Design
Santa Monica, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Snap Inc is a technology company. We believe the camera presents the greatest opportunity to improve the way people live and communicate. Snap contributes to human progress by empowering people to express themselves, live in the moment, learn about the world, and have fun together. The Company’s three core products are Snapchat, a visual messaging app that enhances your relationships with friends, family, and the world; Lens Studio, an augmented reality platform that powers AR across Snapchat and other services; and its AR glasses, Spectacles.

The Product team uses creativity, insights, and operational excellence to steer our product vision across Snap Inc. This team of designers, scientists, and product managers work in a highly collaborative environment to build the products and experiences that bring our community together in new and special ways.

We’re looking for a Design Engineer to join the Design team at Snap Inc!

What you’ll do:

  • Conceive, prototype, and iterate new products.

  • Quickly bring new ideas to life through functional, iOS prototypes.

  • Occasionally prototype on other platforms, including web and AR.

  • Help drive the design process with engineering teams to ship these new products to users.

  • Invent new products by leveraging your technical background and passion for design.

  • Deliver outsized impact on products used by hundreds of millions of people every day.

  • Learn new skills and collaborate within a multi-functional design studio.

  • Work with product designers and user researchers to test new ideas and iterate on feedback.

  • Present and pitch your ideas and work directly to the CEO and company leadership.

  • Be a lead in cross-functional teams with product managers and engineering to polish and refine the end products we ship.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Knowledge and understanding of iOS software engineering principles

  • Ability to know when it’s fine to abandon first principles for a quick proof-of-concept

  • Ability to rapidly prototype fully functional mobile experiences

  • Ability to think at a high level about product strategy

  • Creative problem solving and the ability to iterate on solutions for challenging problems

Minimum Qualifications:

  • BS/BA in a technical field such as Computer Science or equivalent years of experience

  • 5+ years of iOS software engineering experience (Objective-C and/or Swift)

  • 3+ years of experience driving a product strategy and/or design decisions

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proficiency with design and rapid prototyping software (e.g. Figma, Sketch, Framer, Origami, Principle)

  • Bringing something new to the table: whether that’s a new perspective on our product, a unique understanding of a particular field, or expertise in something like hardware, AI, 3D graphics, HCI, etc.

  • A portfolio showcasing your work and strong mobile design skills

  • Passion for Snap Inc. products!

"Default Together" Policy at Snap: At Snap Inc. we believe that being together in person helps us build our culture faster, reinforce our values, and serve our community, customers and partners better through dynamic collaboration. To reflect this, we practice a “default together” approach and expect our team members to work in an office at least 80% of the time (an average of 4 days per week). For roles with remote consideration: Remote team members still are expected to travel for mandatory in-person gatherings and to fulfill business needs, at least 4 to 6 times per year.

At Snap, we believe that having a team of diverse backgrounds and voices working together will enable us to create innovative products that improve the way people live and communicate. Snap is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and committed to providing employment opportunities regardless of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding, age, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, or any other protected classification, in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. EOE, including disability/vets. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please don’t be shy and contact us at

Our Benefits: Snap Inc. is its own community, so we’ve got your back! We do our best to make sure you and your loved ones have everything you need to be happy and healthy, on your own terms. Our benefits are built around your needs and include paid parental leave, comprehensive medical coverage, emotional and mental health support programs, and compensation packages that let you share in Snap’s long-term success!


In the United States, work locations are assigned a pay zone which determines the salary range for the position. The successful candidate’s starting pay will be determined based on job-related skills, experience, qualifications, work location, and market conditions. These pay zones may be modified in the future.

Zone A (CA, WA, NYC):

The base salary range for this position is $222,000-$333,000 annually.

Zone B:

The base salary range for this position is $211,000-$316,000 annually.

Zone C:

The base salary range for this position is $189,000-$283,000 annually.

This position is eligible for equity in the form of RSUs.