Design Team Lead

London, United Kingdom · Design


We’re looking for an experienced design leader to grow our design team in London, while also continuing to be an individual contributor. Together we’ll build both great products and a great team.

As the leader of the design team, you’ll provide mentorship and support to the other designers in your studio with one-on-ones and reviews. You'll also be working to grow the design team, our design reputation in London, attracting great projects, and working inbound opportunities. You’ll work together with the Managing Director, and global thoughtbot leadership, to manage the business and success of the studio.


Well-qualified candidates will have experience with consulting, and have a proven track record of attracting potential customers.

thoughtbot designers are fully capable of creating great visual design as well as doing great product design and user experience, and then implementing their designs. As the leader of the design team, you should be very experienced in at least one of these areas.


This is a full-time position with a competitive salary, paid time off, pension eligibility, and private health insurance.

Our team works in a relaxed and educational environment to develop excellent products for our clients. We work a sustainable pace of 40 hours/week, consulting for clients four days/week. We also like to learn. Everything we do is predicated on having a great team and a culture of growing. We use the latest technologies and are always down to try new methods on both internal and client projects.

We like to keep ourselves happy while we work, with fully stocked offices with everything from snacks to neat little notebooks.


We work on client products four days per week, typical Monday through Thursday. On Fridays, we have “investment time” when we learn new tools and techniques, work on open source, create new products, write blog posts, and try to make ourselves, each other, the company, and the community better.


We pay 100% of expenses if you speak at conferences and 50% of the cost for attendees. We also have a 3-day hackathon at the end of every year.


We offer 24 vacation days and 8 holidays. For new parents, we offer additional paid leave on top of your statutory rights.

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