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VP of Product Design and Research

Full-timeVP design$152,100-$185,900*
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About us 

Ankorstore is an ecosystem that enables independent brands and retailers to thrive. 

We’re on a mission to rewild retail and restore it to its natural order by empowering brands and retailers to grow freely, embrace their creativity, and stay competitive.

Our platform harnesses the power of technology to create a mutually beneficial community that reinvents the way brands and retailers work together.

With decades of experience in retail and building marketplaces, in 2019 the Ankorstore founding team knew it was time to create a global wholesale solution to swing the balance in favor of independents and return them to their rightful place – at the centre of their communities. 

Just two short years later, we’ve grown to a team of over 650 employees operating across seven offices worldwide, and we’ll grow even more in 2022. After fundraising in January 2022, taking our total funding to €365 million, Ankorstore is thrilled to have achieved “unicorn” status in just two years.

We’re scaling fast and looking to grow our team with world-class candidates to support our vision of rewilding retail!

About Us

At Ankorstore, we believe that local independent retailers have a great impact on the soul of our cities and villages, and we believe that they will flourish even more if they are provided with great tools and exceptional shopping conditions. With this in mind, we are building the largest marketplace that connects authentic European brands with thousands of independent retailers. We are extremely proud to be able to support these amazing entrepreneurs every day. 

Ankorstore was founded in 2019 and has recently closed a 250 million € Series C funding. We have over 450 employees, already present in 28 countries and want to continue to scale strongly. We are convinced that proximity is key to bring the most of our value to our business partners and this is why we want to build a team of talent in Europe.

Reporting to the CPO, you will be the one responsible for the global user experience, in charge of all of the Product design team and activities, from strategy and research to production

About your role:

As the VP of Product Design and Research, you will be responsible for the global user experience. For that, you will lead all of the product design and research teams and activities, from strategy to production. 

  • Establish the Product Design Strategy & Define the Roadmap

You will work closely with the CPO, to whom you’ll report, to build the product strategy and define what it means in terms of design strategy, roadmap, and prioritization. 

  • Build the Team

You will design the team of product designers and researchers that you need, and then you’ll hire it. We already have a small team of mostly freelancers to start. All product designers and researchers will report into you.

You’ll set up with your team all the processes and tools they need to be efficient in their discovery and delivery work. 

  • Elevate What Design Means at Ankorstore

You care deeply about customers and care about your craft. You will have a strong design vision and imbue design thinking into everything designers and non-designers do at Ankorstore.   

  • Marry Product and Brand

Work closely with the Marketing and Brand Design teams to understand what our brand means and suffuse it into the details of every user interaction.

  • Deliver

We are growing fast. We need to keep up with that growth. That means building fast, and that means tradeoffs. Sometimes, the experience will be exactly as planned. Other times, we will need to take shortcuts. You will always know how to prioritize to get the best of both worlds: radical growth that finds the right tradeoff between business results and customer needs.

What we are looking for

Strong Design leadership experience

  • You have 10+ years experience in Design, and 5+ years of experience as VP of Design or equivalent.
  • You have designed both consumers and SaaS experiences.
  • You have led an international, remote design team of 20-50 people, to world-class levels of quality.
  • You have recruited a design team of up to 20 people, ideally from scratch.
  • You have collaborated across the company with other teams like Sales, Growth, Ops, Finance, General Managers, etc.
  • You have proven your ability to attract a world-class design team. You are a thought leader and can inspire internally and represent Ankorstore externally
  • You have proven your ability to create a product that elegantly solves customer pain points
  • You are highly rational and base your decisions based on data.

What’s in for you:

  • Unique opportunity to join one of the fastest growing European startups just after series B
  • Working with a very ambitious & mission driven team backed by powerful VCs (Tiger Global, Bain Capital) 
  • Strong values, a real purpose-driven company, in an international environment
  • A highly dynamic environment in a fast scaling company at a stage where you will able to shape things autonomously and participate to the future of the organisation
  • A real playground for development with exciting career opportunities, locally or internationally, with strong mentors 
  • Competitive compensation
  • Location: Europe in one of our market (UK, Sweden, Germany, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France)

Ankorstore is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace dedicated to promoting diversity. We don’t discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status.

Questions & answers for this position
  • What is the type of contract for this position?
    The contract for this position is a Full-time contract
  • What's the salary range for the VP of Product Design and Research position?
    The suggested salary for this position is $152,100-$185,900*
  • Is telecommuting possible for this position?
    No, telecommuting is not possible for this position
About Ankorstore
Ankorstore is the first marketplace that connects brands and creators with shops all over Europe. We are redefining retail by simplifying brand distribution, inspiring retailers with a handpicked selection, and facilitating exchanges; brands pay on del...
B2B, E-Commerce
251-1K employees

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