At Venture Harbour we unlock growth in people, businesses and economies by building a new SaaS venture every year, with the aim of solving the biggest challenges facing tomorrow's leading companies.

We're looking for an outstanding Product Design Lead / Head of Design to join our small, mighty team.

A successful candidate should be an experienced designer, as comfortable working on the big picture as the pixels. An energetic communicator who enjoys turning complex problems into powerful but simple user experiences. And someone who genuinely demonstrates that they understand the user and puts them first, every single day.

Application deadline: Extended to 31st January @ 12pm
Start date
: Flexible
Salary: £50,000 - £80,000 + bonus on venture exits
Type:
Full-time remote (UK-only)


Your responsibilities:

To understand what you'll be doing, you'll need to understand how we work:

  • A new venture every year - which means you will need to be as happy ideating as iterating
  • We have stepped outside the flawed idealism of agile into using cycles - its realistic, its very fast and it means you design for the real problems as they happen, not the risky imaginary future solutions
  • We have a high volume user testing flow - you should be super focused on getting the best information out of users both face to face and in surveys
  • We are data driven
  • We expect clear (but collaborative) ownership
  • But above all; we always put the user first


Your responsibilities will be to:

  • Develop and own the design system
  • Run design sprints
  • Champion a design thinking mindset—a creative approach to solving business, product, and user problems
  • Work with the planning team to take verbal ideas to high level sketches and beyond
  • Work as one with development, product and marketing to define and execute on new & existing features
  • Kill your darlings; be open minded to changing problems but feel confident to challenge ideas
  • Understand the value of user testing and its influence on design choices
  • Ability to experiment with prototypes to constantly improve the clarity to testers
  • Lead, record & facilitate user testing; with an additional focus on improving the recruitment process Implement and hit UX Centric metrics
  • Develop organised ways of storing, accessing and using data to solve design problems
  • Drive continuous improvement of user experience and design tools, documentation, and processes
  • Develop and maintain all design assets
  • Drive the development and communication of design guidelines and patterns, with focus on providing a consistent and intuitive experience
  • Provide design leadership to technical teams by fostering a shared understanding of the customer-centric intersection between design, business and technology through on going application reviews


Design Lead requirements are:

  • Experience with design systems
  • Experience with design frameworks like Material
  • UI Experience in design ownership for SaaS products (experience in a small start up is a bonus)
  • Knowledge of complex product design; mastery in principles of web design
  • Knowledge of user interface design processes and methodology
  • Knowledge of User Centred Design Principles and Practices, and Outcome Driven Development
  • Proficiency in CSS / HTML
  • Someone who cares deeply about the user journey and is eager to stay connected with development at all stages
  • An excellent communicator and presenter, with interpersonal and analytical skills including the ability to communicate complex, interactive design concepts clearly and persuasively across different audiences and varying levels of the organisation
  • Someone who cares about polish


Design Lead perks:

The perks we offer at Venture Harbour are designed to ensure that your work supports your health, growth, and autonomy.

Our intention is to avoid shallow 'office trap' perks like foosball tables and catered lunches, in favour of perks that genuinely support your growth, home life and ability to do exceptional work, including:

Autonomy:

  • Work remote from home, cafes, or a co-working space
  • Co-working space allowance - in the post-COVID world you'll receive a monthly budget to spend on a co-working space
  • Flexible hours
  • Generous holiday - 25 days + your birthday + public holidays. This is a guide, so don't sweat it if you go over by a day or two
  • Remote visit budget - £250/year budget to visit remote colleagues
  • Sabbaticals - every three years working at Venture Harbour you can take an entire month off for a sabbatical

Health

  • Full private health insurance with Vitality for you & your family
  • Herman Miller Aeron chair
  • Standing desks
  • Eye care
  • Healthy living allowance - £80/month to spend on anything that supports your health & wellbeing (e.g. gym membership, organic vegetable/fruit boxes, yoga, massage etc.)

Growth:

  • £1000/year personal development budget
  • 1-to-1 coaching & mentoring with external experts
  • 2x annual team 3-4 day learning/hackathon retreats
  • Uncapped book/audiobook budget

About Venture Harbour:

Named by Deloitte as one the UK's 50 fastest-growing tech companies Venture Harbour is an innovative digital product studio that has built a portfolio of software products, including TrueNorth, Leadformly and Serene, that reach over a million people globally every year.

The Venture Harbour team work remotely across the South East and South West of England, with a HQ in rural Oxfordshire for monthly get togethers (in normal times!).