API Design Engineer

Job Locations US-NC-Cary HQ | US
Requisition ID
Research and Development
Visa Sponsorship
Travel Requirements

* You may work remotely for this role. Or, you may join us onsite at SAS HQ in Cary, NC. 


Are you a problem solver, explorer, and knowledge seeker – always asking, “What if?”


If so, you may be the new team member we’re looking for. Because at SAS, your curiosity matters – whether you’re developing algorithms, creating customer experiences, or answering critical questions. Curiosity is our code, and the opportunities here are endless.


What we do 

We’re the leader in analytics. Through our software and services, we inspire customers around the world to transform data into intelligence. Our curiosity fuels innovation, pushing boundaries, challenging the status quo and changing the way we live.


Who you are 

Are you focused and excited about bridging the gap between design and development?    


You think in systems and care about the way a design feels and works. You care deeply about making sure the API interface is intuitive, functional, usable, and offers a positive experience for developers. You’re comfortable with the idea of helping the team achieve business OKRs and you work with technical roles, to make sure your design helps the team meet the technical KPIs, too. You’re comfortable working directly with API consumers and are proud to take on the “voice of the consumer” when helping the team make decisions about the look and feel of the API. Finally, you ensure the overall design matches established company-wide style guidelines. 


Your workflow is flexible and evolves and adapts for each project. You are independently motivated, and always learning; reading industry books, keeping up with talks, blogs, and social media to remain up to date on new tech and best practices.    


If you are passionate about creating intuitive and compelling interfaces, at home with RESTful APIs, proficient in the use of user-centered design methodologies, and love working on high-profile projects, we want to know more about you.    


What you’ll do

As an API Design Engineer in the Experience Design R&D division at SAS, you will contribute to major projects built on RESTful APIs, whether APIaaS or APIaaP. You will define patterns, recommend consistent best practices, and adhere to standards (such as OpenAPI3); these are top concerns in your designs.    


You will actively contribute to SAS’ API First Program, which is the governance and enablement arm of all API work at SAS. Knowledge, passion, and experience designing Restful APIs is crucial.    


With the support of your core API system architects, UI engineers, and UX teammates, and in collaboration with Development, Documentation, and Product Management, you will help foster good API Design.


You will:

  • Conduct, facilitate, and advocate for API related user research, design workshops, and usability testing.  
  • Serve as a bridge between design, development, and documentation teams.   
  • Advocate for design in the enterprise; both internally and externally via our Medium publication and other web presences.    
  • Collaborate with product management to validate desired functionality.    
  • Leverage user data and research, both quantitative and qualitative, to make decisions and (surveys, usability tests, feedback from support).    
  • See the world and our products through the eyes of our users and designing to meet their mental models.    


What we’re looking for

  • You’re curious, passionate, authentic, and accountable. These are our values and influence everything we do.
  • You have a bachelor’s degree in computer science, human-computer interaction, graphic design, UX/UI design, or in a related design or front-end related field.   
  • 5+ years of experience designing and developing user interfaces and prototypes using UCD methodologies. 


The nice to haves 

  • Experience with:
    • Stoplight Studio or other Visual API Design tools.
    • Developing complex design systems.   
    • JS libraries/frameworks like React, Angular, Vue.  
    • Scripting languages, such as Python, Ruby, others.  
    • Designing responsive user interface across different devices (web, mouse/touch, mobile).
    • Designing with accessibility and localization in mind.   
    • Mobile user interface design (Apple HIG, Google Material, others).     
  • Workflow includes testing and documentation.
  • Portfolio examples of compelling web/app experiences (see asterisk below).
  • Visual design skills, strong interest/knowledge of typography. 
  • Interest or familiarity with the JAMStack, and related tools/SSGs, such as 11ty, Gatsby, Next.js, Nuxt.js, others.


Other knowledge, skills, and abilities

  • The position requires an understanding and appreciation of API patterns and consistency standards.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.   
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.   
  • Organizational skills.  
  • Ability to actively and enthusiastically collaborate with members across teams.  
  • Ability to balance design with business and technical constraints.



  • We love living the #SASlife and believe that happy, healthy people have a passion for life, and bring that energy to work. No matter what your specialty or where you are in the world, your unique contributions will make a difference.
  • Our multi-dimensional culture blends our different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. Here, it isn’t about fitting into our culture, it’s about adding to it - and we can’t wait to see what you’ll bring.




SAS looks not only for the right skills, but also a fit to our core values. We seek colleagues who will contribute to the unique values that makes SAS such a great place to work. We look for the total candidate: technical skills, values fit, relationship skills, problem solvers, good communicators and, of course, innovators. Candidates must be ready to make an impact.


Additional Information:

To qualify, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States, and should not require, now or in the future, sponsorship for employment visa status. SAS is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. Read more: Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law. Also view the supplement EEO is the Law, and the Pay Transparency notice. 


Equivalent combination of education, training and experience may be considered in place of the above qualifications. The level of this position will be determined based on the applicant's education, skills and experience. Resumes may be considered in the order they are received. SAS employees performing certain job functions may require access to technology or software subject to export or import regulations. To comply with these regulations, SAS may obtain nationality or citizenship information from applicants for employment. SAS collects this information solely for trade law compliance purposes and does not use it to discriminate unfairly in the hiring process.


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