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Lead Product Designer at Ghost

We're looking for a new member of the Ghost team, maybe it's you?

We're a non-profit organisation on a mission to create modern, independent publishing technology to power the future of online journalism.

This is not a rocket-ship. You won't find any unicorn glitter or exponential curves around here, just a real company with a sustainable business which has been profitable from year 1 and has been growing healthily ever since. Currently our Annual Recurring Revenue is just over $825,000 - and annual net revenue is over $1million. We're pretty transparent about our mission and our metrics, you can read all about us.

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The Ghost brand, more details over on our brand guide

Ghost is the best independent publishing platform out there, and one of the most popular open source projects of all time on Github. Tens of thousands of publications and blogs around the world run on Ghost, and just the ones which we host get well over 100million requests each month.

Chances are you've already visited and read sites which run on Ghost. Our users range from hugely popular bloggers like Jeff Atwood, Troy Hunt and Joel Gascoigne - all the way through to some of the world's largest organisations like Square, Tinder, DuckDuckGo, Vevo, Mozilla, Napster, CloudFlare, Digital Ocean, OkCupid and many, many more.

As the company grows, we're looking for an experienced senior product designer to join the team - and help lead everything we're building. This is a diverse role with a lot of freedom and control over all facets of design at Ghost across web, desktop and mobile projects.

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The main Ghost app UI

What we're looking for

Ghost has a strong brand which we place a tremendous amount of value in. We're looking for someone with both the skill and the style to push the quality of design at Ghost as far as it can go. We aren't precious about it. It could be a lot better.

For this position, we're explicitly looking for someone experienced (5+ years design experience at minimum) and confident in taking a broad brief, and seeing it through from start to finish alongside our engineering team. From concept, to spec, to prototype, testing, and shipping a release.

Strong experience in designing web applications is a must. Experience specifically relating to content management systems, SaaS apps and decentralised technology is a huge advantage. Previous remote work and startup experience is also very valuable.

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A new Ghost install, running our default theme: Casper

Everyone on the team can code. This role requires strong front end development experience and someone comfortable with turning their designs into working prototypes. Very strong HTML/CSS is a must. Any experience with Node, Ember, Gulp, PostCSS (and just JavaScript in general) is a big plus.

People who are great at written communication and highly self-motivated tend to do best at Ghost. The majority of the team is made up of former founders, freelancers and self-starters who are comfortable working independently and getting things done.

This role would be well suited to someone in an existing design team at a fast-paced technology company, looking for a position where they're able to have larger impact across an entire company and product. There are a lot of opportunties for growth and leadership here as the team expands.

We don't mind where you're based or what hours you work, but this role does require reasonable working-hours overlap with the rest of our product engineering team - the majority of whom are based in Europe.

We value diversity of all types at Ghost and our team is made up of a thoughtful, kind group of people with a wide range of backgrounds. We have as many people who speak German as we do English and our engineering team contains as many women as it does men. Some of us are single, others are married, while others are parents. We actively want to work with people with different perspectives and experiences to the ones we already have.

What it's like to work here

The vast majority of our work gets done on Github, with Slack as the main channel for communication. We do a weekly meetings via Zoom which are used to discuss progress and plan what's coming next.

The biggest perk of working at Ghost is that we have a small, talented team with a very large audience. This means you have the ability to have a huge impact on the product and the company, whilst also having really interesting and challenging problems to work on. We believe deeply in what we do, and we're all in this to build something lasting, sustainable and positive.

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On top of all that, we try to treat people pretty well. All roles at Ghost come with:

  • Competitive salary
    We pay very well at market rates reflecting both location and experience.
  • Fully remote work
    Work from anywhere in the world, or travel continuously if that's your thing. Everything we do is online. As long as you have wifi, you're all set.
  • All the tech you need
    We'll pay for whatever hardware and software you need to work and make sure you're regularly upgraded to the latest versions.
  • Office costs covered
    Whether you prefer a home office or a co-working space, we'll help pay for it.
  • Personal development
    An annual budget for books, courses, conferences and travel expenses.
  • Twice annual international team retreats
    Every 6 months we get the whole crew together for a week away. The last few trips have taken us to Dubai, Thailand, Austria & Egypt.
  • 3 day weekends, all year long
    We close the office on the last Friday of every single month. Enjoy!
  • Unlimited paid vacation
    Minimum 2 weeks per year, if you don't take it yourself, we kick you out of the office in December until the new year rolls around.
  • Paid parental leave
    When the time comes to welcome a new member of the family, we offer 3 months fully paid parental leave.
  • Guaranteed pay-rises
    Everyone at Ghost receives a minimum 5% pay increase each year to reward loyalty and offset the cost of inflation.
  • Dog friendly office
    Just kidding we literally don't have an office - but apparently tech companies think is an important detail to put on job descriptions and we didn't want to feel left out. So, um. Feel free to work with your dog.

How to apply

We don't hire people often, and positions rarely open up. We're pretty proud that in the 4.5 years since Ghost started not a single person has ever quit. So when we do add a member to the team, we're pretty diligent about it.

All jobs at Ghost start with an email application, progressing to 1-2 short phone interviews, and finally a trial project.

Rather than trying to guess if we'll work well together based on lengthy arbitrary interview questions or "code challenges" - instead we invite promising candidates to work on a real life trial project with us and pay them for their time. Trial projects are typically 20-30 hours of work, and give us an opportunity to get to know each other prior to pursuing a full time offer.

If you think you'd make a great fit for this role, please hit the button below and fill out the form to tell us a little more about yourself! Or, if you know someone who would be a great fit - maybe send them a link to this page?



We aren't able to respond to every single application that comes in, but if yours is successful - we promise you'll hear back from us within around a week.

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