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Freelance Lead Design System Engineer, Technology

JOB SUMMARY *Chicago Based Only

The Freelance Lead Design System Engineer will serve as a technical lead for a moderately complex, react-based, statically-generated site in a highly regulated industry using Agile methodology. The successful candidate will be collaborating directly with external stakeholders (including clients, designers, and a UX lead) to define requirements, and develop both a well-defined and documented design system, and a production site utilizing that system.


  • Given strategic guidance and wireframes, collaborate with designer and UX lead to develop modular, context-agnostic components
  • Create and execute a plan to develop components in a timely manner with minimal oversight from senior team members
  • Develop components using modern responsive design patterns, keeping in mind modularity and context independence (eg. not over-relying on breakpoints and media queries)
  • Participate in code reviews and provide thoughtful, constructive feedback to more junior developers working with them
  • Collaborate with senior team members on project requirements and proofs-of-concept.
  • Develop and maintain the documentation of the Design System using Storybook and InVision Design System Manager (DSM)

QUALIFICATIONS (must have all of the following)

  • Experience developing at least 4 in-production websites using React
  • Previous experience developing a Design System, preferably using an Atomic Design framework
  • Experience with CSS-in-JS patterns (styled-components preferred)
  • Proficiency Proficient with Git, Git Flow, and online Git Platforms (Github, Gitlab, Bitbucket, etc.)
  • Experience leading a team of developers in an Agile environment


  • Agency experience preferred
  • Experience with Gatsby for static-site generation
  • Experience in defining / normalizing relations between data (similar to scaffolding out database tables for related data).

What makes us a fit for you?

  • We maintain a sensitivity to life commitments and needs.
  • We foster a positive work environment.
  • We develop developers. We really want you to grow.
  • We help each other. No one here is above learning or sharing.
  • We focus on a community-building culture, with the following values:

What makes you a fit for us?

  • Teachability
  • Meticulous attention to visual detail
  • A desire to grow
  • Thinks big picture
  • Desire to help others
  • Ideas for how we can improve


Designory is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. Designory does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, disability status, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.