Senior Software Engineer, Design System



Software Engineering, Design
Posted on Thursday, September 7, 2023

About Upstart

Upstart is a leading AI lending marketplace partnering with banks and credit unions to expand access to affordable credit. By leveraging Upstart's AI marketplace, Upstart-powered banks and credit unions can have higher approval rates and lower loss rates across races, ages, and genders, while simultaneously delivering the exceptional digital-first lending experience their customers demand. More than two-thirds of Upstart loans are approved instantly and are fully automated.

Upstart is a digital-first company, which means that most Upstarters can live and work anywhere in the U.S. We also have offices in San Mateo, California; Columbus, Ohio; and Austin, Texas.

Most Upstarters join us because they connect with our mission of enabling access to effortless credit based on true risk. If you are energized by the impact you can make at Upstart, we’d love to hear from you!

The Team:

The Frontend Platform team champions frontend excellence at Upstart by empowering teams to engineer quality user experiences. We build tools and services that are used internally by the engineering, design and product teams.

As the lead Design System engineer at Upstart, you will help shape the future user experience for Upstart’s borrower-facing products. You will be an integral part of the Frontend Platform team where you will help modernize our frontend tech stack and lay the foundation for future frontend development best practices within the engineering organization.

How you’ll make an impact

  • Mature Upstart’s design system, Patina, to enable consistent UI development and a shared vocabulary between engineers and design
  • Author, document and maintain UI components that are accessible, performant and robust
  • Act as a liaison between product design and engineering, providing technical guidance and coaching
  • Build relationships with frontend engineers working on Upstart products and drive best practices

Minimum Qualifications

  • 6+ years of professional web development experience, with at least 4+ years of experience working with modern Javascript web frameworks like React, Angular, Vue, Svelte, etc
  • Intermediate to advanced knowledge of Typescript
  • A solid understanding of semantic HTML and CSS3, including layouts, responsive design and accessibility
  • Experience with modern testing frameworks (e.g., Jest, react-testing-library, etc) and Storybook

Preferred Qualifications

  • You have experience building and maintaining a design system or designing, auditing, and building highly accessible web components
  • You have experience with vanilla-extract, Sprinkles, Chakra UI or other atomic CSS frameworks like tailwindcss
  • You are familiar with best practices around design token versioning and maintenance
  • You’re adept at clear, concise and well-organized written communication

Travel requirements As a digital first company, the majority of your work can be accomplished remotely. The majority of our employees can live and work anywhere in the U.S but are encouraged to to still spend high quality time in-person collaborating via regular onsites. The in-person sessions’ cadence varies depending on the team and role; most teams meet once or twice per quarter for 2-4 consecutive days at a time.

What you'll love:

  • Competitive Compensation (base + bonus & equity)
  • Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision coverage with Health Savings Account contributions from Upstart
  • 401(k) with 100% company match up to $4,500 and immediate vesting and after-tax savings
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP)
  • Life and disability insurance
  • Generous holiday, vacation, sick and safety leave
  • Supportive parental, family care, and military leave programs
  • Annual wellness, technology & ergonomic reimbursement programs
  • Social activities including team events and onsites, all-company updates, employee resource groups (ERGs), and other interest groups such as book clubs, fitness, investing, and volunteering
  • Catered lunches + snacks & drinks when working in offices



At Upstart, your base pay is one part of your total compensation package. The anticipated base salary for this position is expected to be within the below range. Your actual base pay will depend on your geographic location–with our “digital first” philosophy, Upstart uses compensation regions that vary depending on location. Individual pay is also determined by job-related skills, experience, and relevant education or training. Your recruiter can share more about the specific salary range for your preferred location during the hiring process.

In addition, Upstart provides employees with target bonuses, equity compensation, and generous benefits packages (including medical, dental, vision, and 401k).

United States | Remote - Anticipated Base Salary Range
$155,800$215,500 USD

Upstart is a proud Equal Opportunity Employer. We are dedicated to ensuring that underrepresented classes receive better access to affordable credit, and are just as committed to embracing diversity and inclusion in our hiring practices. We celebrate all cultures, backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences, and know that we can only become better together.