Staff UX Designer - Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC)

| Denver, CO, USA | Remote | Hybrid
Employer Provided Salary: $120,000-$204,000 Annually
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As a Staff User Experience (UX) Designer for Governance, Risk, and Compliance solutions at Workiva, you will be responsible for designing SOX and audit products and solutions. 

But what is that? 

SOX is a regulatory framework that sets standards for financial reporting, while audit products are software tools that help organizations comply with SOX requirements by facilitating efficient and effective internal control monitoring and auditing processes. You’ll be designing products that drive efficiency for internal auditors. 

Your role will involve creating robust artifacts and driving the user experience across a defined area of the Workiva platform. You will take the lead on high-impact challenges that ultimately delight our customers. Your expertise in leading product discovery will help you transform ambiguous opportunities into innovative experiences that solve deeper user needs. In addition, you will coordinate the work of other UX designers and product managers related to your product area and make critical group-level design decisions. You should be able to effectively communicate the vision across teams and with upper management to execute and ensure efficient, effective, and aligned product goals.

What You’ll Do:

  • Ensure intuitive user experiences across a defined product area, driving innovation, and delighting customers

  • Partner with research to lead customer interviews and testing to synthesize into design constraints and ideas

  • Facilitate empathy building activities, ideation, and design critique. Look past obvious solutions to solve deeper problems

  • Craft vision and evangelize to stakeholders

  • Prototyping and testing are core to your design process, iteratively progressing toward the desired business and user outcomes

  • Drive planning for cross-product, multi-team, multi-designer projects

  • Proactively partner with engineering across multiple product areas to drive product quality

  • Ensure success metrics are defined and revisited after deployment in order to iterate on delivered solutions

  • Work closely with Principal UXD to define a strategy and direction across all of GRC

  • Provide consistency in experience and quality across multiple solutions

  • Build strong connections and accuracy between the projects and the OKRs

What You'll Need:

Minimum qualifications:

  • 6+ years of professional UX experience, shipping multiple successful products

  • Undergraduate Degree or equivalent combination of education and experience in a related field

    • Related degree fields include Design, Human Computer Interaction, User Experience Design, Software Engineering, Psychology, and Technical Communication

  • Portfolio demonstrating a strong design process is required

Preferred qualifications: 

  • Show large and complex work where significant UX improvements were reimagined

  • Experience leading alongside engineering and product management in a Lean UX / Agile software development environment

  • Passion for making high-quality, user-centered products and a demonstrable portfolio to prove business and user outcomes.

  • Experience directing and mentoring other designers

  • Expert-level, user-centered design skills and systems thinking

  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills

  • Exceptional interpersonal, presentation, and communication skills

  • Innovative thinking, empathy, and a desire to continuously learn and evolve

  • Excellent influential skills when collaborating with multiple teams and stakeholders

  • Solid with design and prototyping tools such as Figma, XD, Sketch, InVision, etc

  • Ability to create and maintain working relationships with a geographically distributed team

Travel Requirement

  • Travel is expected up to 25% to participate in customer research or collaborate in other office locations (depending on project assignment)

Working Conditions & Physical Requirements

  • Reliable internet access for any period of time working remotely, not in a Workiva office

How You’ll Be Rewarded:

  • Salary range in the US: 

$120,000.00 - $204,000.00

  • A discretionary bonus typically paid annually
  • Restricted Stock Units granted at time of hire
  • 401(k) match and comprehensive employee benefits package

The salary range represents the low and high end of the salary range for this job in the US. Minimums and maximums may vary based on location. The actual salary offer will carefully consider a wide range of factors, including your skills, qualifications, experience and other relevant factors.

Where You’ll Work

Our values drive how we work and who we hire. You will see these values ingrained in how we support our customers, work with team members, build our products and in the work environment we’ve created.

We believe our people are our greatest asset, and our unique culture gives employees the opportunity to make an impact everyday. We give our employees the freedom and resources they need—backed by our culture of collaboration and diverse thought—to continue innovating and breaking new ground. We hire talented people with a wide range of skills and experiences who are eager to tackle some of today’s most challenging problems.

At Workiva, you’ll enjoy: 

  • Fantastic Benefits: With coverage starting day one, choose from competitive health, dental, and vision plans on the largest physician networks available.

  • Casual Dress: Workiva has a casual work environment, most people wear jeans to the office.

  • Involvement: Ability to participate in Business Employee Resource Groups (Black, Hispanic, Asian, Women, Rainbow (LGBTQIA+), Veterans, Disabilities), Volunteering, Company wide celebrations, and more

  • Work-life Balance: We have competitive PTO, VTO and Parental Leave. We encourage employees to spend time enjoying life outside of work.

Learn more about life at Workiva:

Learn more about benefits:

Workiva is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We believe that great minds think differently. We value diversity of backgrounds, beliefs, and interests, and we recognize diversity as an important source of intellectual thought, varied perspective, and innovation. Employment decisions are made without regard to age, race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, disability status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression genetic information, marital status, citizenship status or any other protected characteristic. We strongly encourage and welcome people from historically marginalized groups to apply.

Workiva is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. To request assistance with the application process, please email [email protected].

Workiva supports employees in working where they work best - either from an office or remotely from any location within their country of employment.


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Workiva is in an ideal location on the banks of the South Platte River surrounded by restaurants and retail shops!

An Insider's view of Workiva

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Workiva is a close-knit workplace where teamwork is highly valued—people encourage and truly appreciate the hard work of their fellow team members and treat each other with respect.

Molly Nitka

Corporate Programs Manager

What is your vision for the company?

Our mission at Workiva—to power transparent reporting for a better world—is supported by our company values: customer success, innovation, trust, integrity, inclusion, collaboration, and accountability. We are successful because we put our employees first, listen to their voices, and respond to their needs.

Marty Vanderploeg


What are Workiva Perks + Benefits

Workiva Benefits Overview

When you join Workiva, you get a world-class benefits package for you and your family. On day one, every full-time employee starts with stock options, vacation, and the opportunity to enroll in our discounted stock purchase plan.

We offer comprehensive health, dental, and vision care plans; life and disability insurance; and 12 weeks of paid parental leave. With a casual dress code, support for health and wellness, and flexible work hours, we’ve got you covered for whatever life brings.

Volunteer in local community
Partners with nonprofits
Open door policy
OKR operational model
Team based strategic planning
Open office floor plan
Flexible work schedule
Dedicated diversity and inclusion staff
Mandated unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Diversity employee resource groups
We have seven employee resource groups that are formed around a shared interest or common goal. These groups are designed to support their members and cultivate a more diverse & inclusive workspace.
Hiring practices that promote diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability insurance
Dental insurance
Vision insurance
Health insurance
Life insurance
Pet insurance
Wellness programs
Financial & Retirement
401(K) matching
Company equity
Employee stock purchase plan
Performance bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous parental leave
We provide up to 12 weeks of parental leave for the primary caretaker. Workiva also provides 12 weeks of leave for the secondary caretaker.
Family medical leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid volunteer time
Paid holidays
Office Perks
Commuter benefits
Company-sponsored outings
Free snacks and drinks
Some meals provided
Company-sponsored happy hours
Pet friendly
Onsite gym
Professional Development Benefits
Job training & conferences
Workiva offers employees professional development opportunities like Onsite training courses, The ability to attend job related conferences and seminars.
Promote from within
Continuing education available during work hours

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