Design Manager

Experience · Columbus, Ohio
Department Experience
Employment Type Full-Time

This role is responsible for managing all aspects of the Design team including services, processes, team development, and quality of work. This role reports to the Director of Project Management & Experience.


  • Determine tools, platforms and processes needed to make our design delivery successful.
  • Identify when and how our current services should evolve or innovate based on emerging technologies or industry trends. 
  • Involved in project discovery to identify and document project requirements
  • Integrates brand & creative strategy into visual design
  • Ability to clearly and effectively communicate design processes, ideas, and solutions to teams and stakeholders.
  • Apply research findings into design recommendations and plans.
  • Ability to hypothesize tests and iterative design concepts.
  • Prioritize website improvements based upon a client’s goals and budget.
  • Translate website strategies or concepts into wireframes and mockups that lead to intuitive, user-centered website experiences.
  • Design and deliver wireframes, user stories and/or mockups optimized for a range of devices.
  • Champion new UX design ideas. 
  • Complete UX audits to identify design problems and devise elegant solutions.
  • Complete competitive audits to benchmark the client’s website against opponents and determine how they may improve to provide the best user experience possible.
  • Execute all visual design stages from concept to final hand-off to development.
  • Work with development team to create a seamless integration between UI & development
  • Design QA and polish after development
  • Estimate the number of hours design tasks will take to complete.







  • 4+ years of design experience.
  • Expertise in standard UX software such as Sketch, Axure, InVision, Balsamiq.
  • Up-to-date knowledge of design software like Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.
  • Extensive experience in using UX design best practices to design solutions, and a deep understanding of mobile-first and responsive design.
  • Experience using design systems / component libraries.
  • Good understanding of content management systems.
  • Good understanding of search engine optimization principles.
  • A solid grasp of accessibility best practices.
  • Strong design portfolio with case studies of past work.
  • Be excited about collaborating and communicating closely with teams and other stakeholders
  • Be open to receiving feedback and constructive criticism.


  • Bachelor's Degree or relevant training in Human Computer Interaction, Graphic Design.
  • Proficiency in front-end development web programming languages such as HTML and CSS, JQuery, and JavaScript.
  • Experience in User Testing to validate the design and interaction
  • Experience interrupting UX research such as heatmaps or session recordings




Founded in 2008, Adept has grown to be a team of 35+ digital marketing specialists with experts in strategy, SEO, paid media, web design & development, conversion optimization, analytics, video production and content development. Adept has been named a Central Ohio Top 10 Agency, according to Columbus Business First, and our growth over the years has earned us a place on The Agency Post’s list of fastest-growing companies, three times to the Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fast Growing Companies, and four times to Central Ohio’s Fast 50.  


While some agencies specialize in a certain industry, a marketing channel, or a particular digital tactic — we specialize in growth. Internalizing each business and its goals, we build collaborative relationships with our clients around data-driven marketing that delivers measurable results. It’s an approach that enables us to work with growth-minded brands across a variety of verticals — including healthcare, retail, education, finance, construction/engineering, real estate, and professional services. 



We live and breathe our Core Values: 


Autonomy – Problem solving, leading


Connectivity - Trusted, collaborative, dependable


Clarity - Empathetic, understanding, concise


Pragmatism - Data-driven, realistic, results-oriented


Storytelling - Engaging, visual, inspiring


  • One of the top 10 agencies in Central Ohio 
  • Fast-paced and rapidly growing company 
  • We work with a variety of clients and brands across multiple industries 
  • We believe in the work we do - we think of our client’s business as our business 
  • The company recognizes and rewards high performers for their contributions 
  • With autonomy comes ability to drive change. We are anti-status quo and thrive on change 
  • The company runs on EOS® 
  • Smart and talented team who do not settle for mediocrity 
  • We enjoy spending time with each other! 
  • Freedom to share ideas, implement change, and improve processes- each person has an opportunity to add value 
  • Leadership is easily accessible and really cares about the employees– people are the priority 
  • A challenging but rewarding position which gives you the opportunity to learn something new every day and grow professionally 
  • Able to make an impact on Adept as well as impact our client’s business 
  • A fun culture that offers flexibility 
  • Lots of perks! In-office snacks and drinks, work-from-home-Fridays and half-day Fridays in the summer 
  • We have a full social committee that coordinates 5K runs, book clubs, Adept Talks, happy hour, meditation groups, and events like Top Golf and Fall festivals 
  • New office space in January 2020 located between Downtown and Grandview


Benefits: Medical insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, pet insurance, 401K, PTO, parental leave, paid holidays, work-from-home Fridays, summer hours, expense reimbursement, continuing education, volunteer opportunities, team events, in-office snacks.

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