Niantic Labs, creator of Ingress and Pokémon GO, is seeking an experienced UX Manager to help shape cutting-edge, highly social AR experiences and innovative apps that move people through the real world. We’re a fast-moving, multi-disciplinary team of software developers and creative professionals based in San Francisco, Seattle and Tokyo. You will provide growth and leadership for a team of UX designers on the Pokémon GO team that design intuitive experiences for the real-world, create UI and interaction flows, and help guide the direction of our game that touches hundreds of millions of players. By collaborating with leaders of cross functional teams, you will help merge the virtual with the real world and to inspire people to explore the world, together.


  • Partner with the UX Lead and collaborate with other Art and Design leadership as well as build consensus with cross-functional leaders across Product and Engineering.

  • Mentor, develop and support team members, in terms of their work and career progression.

  • Set strategy, priorities and resource allocation decisions that help achieve product goals while maintaining user goals, design systems as well as brand integrity.

  • Create and manage team schedules and insure proper work.flow throughout the UX design department.

  • Anticipate and recognize potential production issues and recommend appropriate solutions.

  • Foster Niantic’s culture and principles within the group, while setting new standards in executional and operational excellence.

  • Collaborate with cross-functional team members and stakeholders, including regular and reliable attendance and participation in meetings.

  • Required in-office 2 days on Wednesday and Thursday.


  • 2+ years experience managing teams plus 4+ years as a senior UX designer.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage and develop the well being of a team of UX designers in a dynamically changing production environment.

  • Project management experience in PC, console, mobile game development or live services. Could also be in other industries such as web or app development.

  • Experience working on feature development from end to end.

  • Strong understanding of branding, design, usability and function.

  • Excellent communication, presentation, interpersonal and analytical skills; the ability to communicate clearly and persuasively across different audiences and varying levels of the organization.

  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.

  • Expertise with project tracking software.

  • Demonstrated success in creating a collaborative culture of Design, Product and Engineering.

  • Experience working with geographically distributed teams.

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced hybrid environment and handle stress appropriately and/or ability to solve practical problems and be sufficiently adaptable to handle dynamic situations with little advance notice.

Plus If...

  • Background in product management or graphic design.

  • Passion for games, AR and location based experiences.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English. Japanese language ability is a plus.

  • Experience with user research and testing.

  • Familiarity with Pokémon GO and the general Pokémon franchise.

Join the Niantic team!

Niantic's global-scale augmented reality platform and digital map powers spatial computing experiences in the real world. Incubated out of the Maps team at Google, Niantic first created Ingress and then Pokémon GO, a cultural phenomenon and hit game played by tens of millions of people each month. Niantic’s Lightship platform powers Pokémon GO and other Niantic games including Pikmin Bloom, Peridot and Monster Hunter Now. Developers can now use Niantic Lightship and 8th Wall to build their own AR applications and WebAR experiences.

Niantic is an Equal Opportunity employer. We believe in encouraging a workplace where our people are supported and included. This environment is critical to crafting phenomenal products that our community will love. Our mission emphasizes seeking and hiring diverse voices, including those who are traditionally underrepresented in the technology industry, and we consider this to be one of the most important values we hold close.

Niantic is a hybrid first company. We believe that in-person interaction and collaboration cultivates creativity, a sense of community, and is crucial to our future success as a company. Our hybrid work schedules allow for a mix of remote and in-office work.

We're a hard-working, fun, and exciting group who value intellectual curiosity and a passion for problem-solving! We have growing offices located in San Francisco, Sunnyvale, Palo Alto, Bellevue, Kansas, London, Tokyo, Hamburg, Hyderabad, and Zurich.