Lead UI Designer (m/f)

Hostelworld Group a leading global OTA focused on the hostel market, inspiring adventurous minds to experience new places, meet new people and come back with extraordinary stories to tell. Our customers aren't your average travellers; they are driven by the need for unique experiences, social connections and empowering adventures. Every year we help millions of hostel travellers create long-lasting memories by enabling real travel experiences.


Hostelworld Group, the global hostel-focussed online booking platform, inspires adventurous minds to meet the world and come back with life-changing stories to tell. Our customers are not your average tourists, they crave cultural connection and unique experiences that we make possible by providing an unbeatable selection of hostels in unmissable locations – all in the palm of their hand.

It is the social nature and community feel of hostels and their environment, that enable travellers to embrace journeys of discovery, adventure and meaning. We have more than 13 million reviews across 17,800 hostels in more than 179 countries, making the brand the leading online hub for social travel. The website operates in 19 different languages and our mobile app in 13 languages.

Headquartered in Dublin, Hostelworld has a growing, high-calibre team of 300 people within Technology, Product, Global Markets, Customer Service and Marketing Teams across our Dublin, London, Porto, Shanghai and Sydney offices.


The company’s highly valued culture is characterised by collaboration, innovation, respect, communication and smart thinking. The senior management team has managed to maintain the positive characteristics of a start-up ethos, combined with a professional and mature approach to growing and scaling as a publicly listed business.

Working at Hostelworld means working in a global company defined by an innovative culture, collaborative teams and professional growth; this is what we offer our employees. And, importantly, we recognise their efforts and reward their achievements.


We are looking for a talented Lead UI Designer to motivate and inspire our team and work on producing amazing visual experiences across our products, whilst guiding our Product Design team on best practices and standards. You’ll be immediately helping our team shape a new Visual Language that will soon be rolled out to some of our key products. This is a hands-on role and reports to the Product Design Manager.


• Working with multiple Business Units to deliver visual solutions to business problems

• Mentor and drive the Product Designers in the Team, focusing on technical solutions and best-practices while adopting world-class standards

• Working with other designers, engineers and product owners to ensure high quality delivery

• Identifying success metrics and using data (qual & quant) to drive design decisions

• Defining the information architecture, visual interactions and goals for each project

• Wire-framing and validating the design solutions to prepare for development

• Building high-fidelity designs and interactable prototypes

• Documenting design guidelines and actively sharing knowledge on how to utilise the design system

• Always seeking out design system best practices, design patterns across multiple industries and products to constantly evolve Hostelworld products and design language


Experience & Qualifications:

• 5+ years’ experience as a UI, Visual or Product Designer

• Worked in-house, for a company with great visual culture, preferably in the Travel/Social industries

• Experience in start-up/ fast paced environment

• Proven technical understanding and experience on building and using scalable design systems and/or UI pattern libraries

• Experience designing for Web, Android and iOS

• A portfolio demonstrating your work and capability to inspire others

• Great understanding of visual harmony, information hierarchy and design patterns: You should be able to produce quality and scalable visual designs (Bonus for Figma expertise)

• Experience in writing simple and clear design documentation for designers, engineers, product owners and other stakeholders

• Ability to clearly articulate and explain ideas to other designers, engineers, product managers and other stakeholders

• Growth mindset: actively identify and drive growth outcomes, while balancing business growth and customer problems

• Understand how to validate and de-risk a design

• Care about the impact the design work produces

• Self-sufficient and capable of performing their functions independently and autonomously

Nice to have:

• Design or technical degree

• Experience working with travel, social or ecommerce products

• Experience working alone or running their own business

• Figma and Design Systems experience

• Interest/Experience in motion design, illustration

• HTML, CSS and JavaScript basic skills

• Copywriting basic skills

We welcome applications from all backgrounds and commit to ensuring equal opportunities for everyone

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