Head of Design

Berlin, Cape Town, Paris, London or Prague Full-time

Senior UI/UX (Lead) Designer

Located in Berlin, Germany, Cape Town, South Africa. NYC and other EU countries may also be considered.

Hornet is the world’s premier gay social network where the gay community can explore the world together with pride and confidence. Founded in 2011 with the mission to build the seminal digital home for the gay community, Hornet has grown to 25 million diverse community members strong. Hornet utilizes cutting-edge technology for its global platform to connect people as well as producing original editorial content by its award winning journalists to connect a variety of interests. Hornet provides a superior user experience and is number one in a number of key markets like; France, Russia, Brazil, Turkey and Taiwan, and is expanding its sizable user base in the United States to create meaningful connections.

We are looking for an experienced senior (lead) designer to join our team and lead Hornet design thinking and practices. Hornet is the global leading gay social network combining guys, stories, and places, and with you on-board we want to design and bring to market the next major iteration of our services -- using technology in new and innovative ways to serve as your indispensable gay lifestyle companion.

Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, you will work alongside a passionate design, product and engineering team and have the ability to define, conceptualise and clearly communicate beautiful functional product experiences across mobile platforms. Ideally you already have a deep familiarity with Hornet and the market in general and looking for the chance to make meaningful changes that pushes the space forward.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • BA or BS in Design, Human-Computer Interaction, or Computer Science
  • 7+ years of experience in a related field.
  • Experience collaborating with multidisciplinary UX and/or product teams (Interaction, UX research, engineering, UX writers) on technical implementation
  • Experience implementing visual design systems across a range of platforms including iOS, Android, and web platforms in an iterative software development environment.
  • Proficiency with industry standard design tools (e.g. Sketch, Illustrator, InVision).
  • Experience working with agile teams across multiple time-zones
  • Deep expertise in design thinking and product building with an excellent eye for aesthetics and detail
  • Familiarity with technical constraints and limitations applied to designing for platforms such as desktop/mobile, Android and iOS.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience designing across multiple device types and contexts (desktop, mobile, accessories) and in building relationships at senior levels.
  • Ability to handle multiple priorities on tight deadlines without compromising quality.
  • Demonstrated ability to act as a leader in communicating conceptual ideas and design rationale, all within a user-centered design process.
  • Self-motivated to prioritize and manage workload, and work in a fast-paced environment.


  • Design seamless consumer facing products and features for Hornet on Android, iOS and Web.
  • Ability to create great UI/UX while sticking to design guidelines
  • Communicate effectively in a cross-functional team and present ideas and designs effectively.
  • Output top quality and user friendly UI design
  • Push creativity, challenge established thinking, discover new ways of approaching (and solving) a problem.
  • Demonstrate excellent problem-solving skills
  • Work in a team environment online
  • Collaborate with and develop mutual respect and trust with management, product managers, engineers, and designers.

Apply for this opening at http://hornet.recruiterbox.com/jobs/fk0frce?apply=true