Cookpad Ltd

Lead Product Designer

Based: Bristol
Level: Senior
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract: Full Time
Applications Close: 16 April 2018
Twitter: @Cookpad
Job Listing Added: 02 March 2018

“Cookpad is much-beloved service that helps tens of millions of cooks all around the world…”

Cookpad is the largest recipe sharing community in the world and we believe we can build a better world through encouraging even more people to cook. Today we are helping more than 100 million people each month - but as far as we’re concerned, we’ve barely got started.

Everyday, home cooking has a profound impact on ourselves and the world around us: it makes us healthier and connects us with our friends and family. Through solving the problems related to everyday cooking, we help people live happier and healthier lives in an environment that is more sustainable. That’s how we want to change the world.

Cookpad’s growth over the last 3 years is a huge success story - 60 countries, 18 languages and an additional 35 million users per month outside of Japan. Cookpad was one of the most downloaded food and drink apps in 2017:

Design and User experience is at the heart of everything we do. Your role as a Lead Product Designer is to use your deep and rich insights and strategic thinking to help shape and deliver experiences that will see us meet the needs of the next 100-million users. As a start-up team in the global market we are looking for people with passion, a focus on quality and the ability to boldly innovate.

Ways in which you’ll contribute will include:

  • Work in close partnership with your Product and Engineering leads to deliver valuable everyday solutions for our global audience
  • Have a relentless focus on our users, demonstrated by placing their needs ahead of design solutions and technology.
  • Develop deep user understanding based on research and analytics data. 
  • Create design concepts and develop then from early stage sketches through to fully featured prototypes
  • Communicate and rationalise design intent with senior stakeholders, and gather feedback throughout the design process
  • Develop strong creative mobile-focused UI designs that incorporate interaction, animation, visual concepts, typography and imagery
  • Demonstrate maturity, humility and consistent leadership to guide and mentor more junior members of the team
  • Work with other UX Leads and the design team on delivery and collaborative processes

Your experience in leading, growing and inspiring great UX Design-led teams will allow you to identify and attract the top talent that you will in-turn help to develop further and ensure that as a team you produce incredible experiences for your users.

What we are looking for:
  • A portfolio of top class work that you’ve helped deliver and that solved real world problems. You can talk in detail about examples of what you’ve shipped and what you’ve learned along every step of the way.
  • A motivated self-starter that can operate effectively in a fast moving environment. Able to proactively set direction within an overall strategy and communicate that with team and direct reports
  • An obsession with understanding user problems and a focus on the details so that you can conceptualise new approaches and solutions
  • A pragmatic approach with the ability to listen to and learn with your team members both as individuals and in an agile development process
  • Proven expertise of usability and user experience principles, and experience using a wide range of research methods to get the best insights from user research and testing
  • A desire to build, lead and inspire a great team, and who is wanting to know how they can do better and improve their team even more
  • The confidence and verbal/writing skills that allow you to communicate your ideas and vision, inspire the teams, and defend design decisions

Skills to be successful:
  • Experience as a Head of UX, a UX-focused Founder or significant UX leadership experience at a senior level for complex mobile products and across multiple markets and cultures. Start up experience is desirable.
  • Demonstrable strategic thinking that can deliver user-centric results in a mobile product environment
  • Experience leading and/or mentoring designers
  • Exceptional oral communication skills are essential, coupled with a first class ability to present and summarise information to diverse audiences

Why join Cookpad?
Our mission and the scale of what we do

Why Bristol?
“We chose Bristol for its unique mix of technical, design and UX communities, incredible food scene and agricultural resources, and vibrant arts and music scenes. We were immediately taken with the “big city but small city feel”.”

Bristol was named the best place to live in the UK in 2017:
And made this list too:


  • Valuing our team means we offer competitive salaries and benefits you’d expect from a company wanting great people, including relocation support, generous employer pension contributions and an exceptional employee referral scheme, plus cycle to work and childcare voucher schemes.
  • We also do a few things you might not expect. We keep the team healthy with with fresh fruit and delicious edible gifts from visiting team members, offer days off for charity work, and peace of mind with group income protection, life assurance and private medical insurance.
  • We are central to transport hubs and bike routes which helps with flexible working and all-important downtime with family and friends.
  • Finally the physical space we are creating at our global offices in Bristol is an amazing, innovative work environment that reflects what we value, who we are and what we do.
  • Simply put - we like working here and think you will too.

As part of the hiring process we want to give you every opportunity to find out more about us, and at the same time we will seek to understand more about your own skills and motivations.

When we review applications we look for evidence of outcomes that you've delivered. This is more important than simply listing organisations where you've worked or general project descriptions.

How to Apply

To apply use this link to Workable: Please include a url for your online portfolio in addition to your resume.