Looking to build clearer career progression for your team?
Don't worry! Here are some good examples of public and open source frameworks and career pathways to help you or your team with personal growth.
This means it may make a good boilerplate for other teams to build from - though eight levels will be overkill for most.
When looking to build your path, it's always worth leaning on frameworks that have been battle tested and iterated. The v1 never works first time!
There's a great description at the start of the PDF giving more context as to the company size which necessitated this.
Product Management: Described as helping PMs to "Identify the most valuable problems to solve, enable your team to ship and iterate high-quality solutions quickly, and validate market impact". Breaks skills into five areas – 1) Insight Driven, 2) Strategy, 3) Execution, 4) Driving Outcomes and 5) Leadership Behaviors.
The product and content design framework is one of several open source resources on the beautiful intercom.design site, the format matches the PM ladder in part, though picking 'Products and Teams', 'Execution', 'Behaviours' and 'Results' as topics.
Noteworthy because it encourages a varied number of paths to seniority, as illustrated by Snowflake, an exploratory UI on top of the framework
Once again we see two paths, 'maker' and 'manager'. Levels go from 2 to 8 (with management roles from 5+). These align with wider company seniority levels - the holy grail of growth frameworks.
Because each level is on a single page, each employee could have it stuck to his or her space as a reminder.
Ten levels of seniority (I particularly like 'Distinguished Product Designer' as the most senior IC role) with parallel IC and Manager tracks.