Senior UX Designer

  • San Francisco, California
  • Full-time

Company Description

Position Location:  San Francisco, CA or Lehi, Utah

Ancestry is the world's largest online resource for family history. We have helped pioneer the market for online family history research, taking a pursuit that was expensive and time-consuming and making it easy, affordable and accessible to anyone with an interest in their family history. The foundation of our service is an extensive collection of billions of historical records that we have digitized, indexed and put online over the past 17 years. These digital records and documents, combined with our proprietary online search technologies, tools and collaboration features, have enabled our more than two million subscribers to create over 16 billion historical records, along with millions of DNA results to make meaningful discoveries about the lives of their ancestors.   

With over 1,400 employees around the world, we are known for our cutting-edge technology, phenomenal innovation, and offer a compelling and rewarding workplace where you will thrive. We seek out passionate people to join our mission of helping people discover, preserve and share their family history. We invite you to explore and discover the many opportunities that await you at Ancestry.

Job Description


As a Senior UX Designer at Ancestry, you’ll work closely with customers, product managers, and software engineers to define, design, prototype, update and create new products that can make the task of discovering family history easier and more enjoyable.

About you:

You want to do meaningful work and make a difference in people’s lives. Ancestry’s mission is to “empower journeys of personal discovery to enrich lives.” You love history, storytelling, and connecting people.

You should be an optimistic problem solver. You like taking on difficult design challenges, even when they might not be glamorous or in the spotlight. You know how to use creativity to find unique solutions to difficult problems.

You are an experienced and skilled designer. You can demonstrate competency in all areas of product design, including user research, task analysis, visual design, and interactive prototyping. You have worked on web applications and native mobile apps. You will inspire others with your work and attention to design details.

You are empathetic to our customers’ needs. You are a great listener and strive to understand customer challenges. You know how to validate your designs to ensure that they are usable, meet accessibility standards, and solve real problems.

You collaborate well with others. You work well with other designers, product managers, front-end-developers and engineers on agile teams. You adapt quickly to change and are open to feedback, critique in order to continuously grow and improve.

You are excited about owning the design and user experience for one of Ancestry’s key features. You know how to make smart decisions that will make a positive impact on the business and make the experience better for our customers.



  • You have 5 years of experience in product design (experience in a consumer product is a plus)

  • You have a bachelor's degree in a related field or equivalent experience.

  • You must have a design portfolio with case studies of real projects you’ve worked on and can

articulate the value that your work contributed to the business and customer experience.

  • You must have a track record working with cross-functional teams such as product, engineering, and marketing teams.


Additional Information

Working for Ancestry

Please note that you must provide a link to your portfolio or case studies with your application.


Design That Matters

We have over 3 million subscribers who use our site for a combined 5 million hours a week to enrich their understanding of themselves and their place in history. With your help, we’ll attract even more enthusiastic users.


Enjoy Work and Life

We have critical UX problems to solve, but we also honor a healthy work/life balance. We normally keep sane and fairly flexible work hours. After all, our business depends on strengthening family ties.

Additional Information

Helping people discover their story is at the heart of ours. Ancestry is the largest provider of family history and personal DNA testing, harnessing a powerful combination of information, science, and technology to help people discover their family history and stories that were never possible before. Ancestry’s suite of products includes AncestryDNA, AncestryProGenealogists, Fold3,, Find a Grave,, and Rootsweb.


We offer excellent benefits and a competitive compensation package. For additional information, regarding our benefits and career information, please visit our website at (REF993M)