Lead Product Designer

Austin, TX or Remote /
VacationRenter – Design /
Full-Time
About VacationRenter
VacationRenter is the fastest-growing vacation rental search engine. We love vacation rentals, but not how time-consuming and complex it can be to find the right one. So we reimagined a better way. We eliminated the need to search across several different sites and scroll through pages of irrelevant results just to find the perfect home away from home. We bring all the lodging options from the leading travel sites together in one place and showcase only the best results for each traveler.

VacationRenter was founded in 2018 and by 2020 had already driven over $1 billion in gross bookings, making us not only one of the fastest-growing websites across any industry but also the fastest-growing travel company, ever. Due to this strong growth, VacationRenter was named to SimilarWeb's 100 fast-growing websites of 2020.

VacationRenter was born inside Wilbur Labs, a San Francisco-based startup studio. Founded by ex-Googlers, VacationRenter combines an intuitive user experience with data-driven automation to help travelers find the perfect vacation rental.

About This Role
We’re looking for an entrepreneurial lead designer who wants to help us build out the future of vacation rental metasearch and define the VacationRenter experience across all touchpoints including branding, assets, product features, and design guidelines. Reporting to the Head of Product, you will uplevel our current design approach to resonate even better with travelers across the globe, having a significant impact on VacationRenter, property owners/managers, and all types of travelers.

This is a full-time position, ideally based in Austin or Dallas though remote is an option for the right candidate.

*The VacationRenter team is excited to find its next top-notch designer, please make sure to submit a design portfolio along with your resume so we can review your projects together*

Role & Responsibilities

    • Work in-step with Engineering, Product, and Content teams to design and implement new product features and marketing materials  
    • Evolve and mature the product design system for VacationRenter, building incrementally on our current clean aesthetic
    • Identify new opportunities from competitive analysis, industry trends, and data analysis to initiate and oversee design-driven testing and optimization
    • Partner across the organization to understand and proactively align on design trade-offs, technical impacts, SEO requirements, and product strategy implications. Once aligned, move passionately towards the identified solution
    • Marry design with desired business outcomes, understand the impacts on travelers and business metrics while incorporating an experimentation mindset into design projects

Minimum Qualifications

    • BA/BS Degree
    • 4+ years of experience as a UI/UX designer for web or mobile app products
    • Experience designing for digital consumer products
    • Experience with Figma or equivalent design software
    • Ability to own design process end to end
    • Ability to communicate clearly, accept and iterate on design feedback, and work collaboratively with stakeholders

Preferred Qualifications & Prior Experience

    • Prior startup experience working at an early-stage company
    • Background in the travel industry
    • Prior experience working on search experience products
    • International B2C or marketplace experience

Benefits & Perks

    • Competitive salary + equity
    • Top-tier laptop and accessories provided
    • 100% company-paid health benefits
    • 401(k) with company match
    • Unlimited, guilt-free vacation days
    • Annual wellness stipend (gym + other wellness activities)
    • Monthly house cleaning stipend
    • Annual travel allowance
    • Annual new cell phone stipend
    • Annual laptop refresh
    • Charity donation company match
    • Employee referral bonus
    • Team offsites/activities
    • State-of-the-art ergonomics and workstations
    • Professional development program