A member of the IAC family, Apalon is a leading developer of iOS and Android mobile applications for consumers and businesses around the world. With one of the world’s largest app portfolios and over 1 million subscribers, Apalon’s products reach more than 20 million monthly active users and include well-known titles such as Speak & Translate, Weather Live, NOAA Radar, Scanner for Me and many more. A unique blend of passion and skills are at the core of our company’s DNA, driving our team to produce top-rated, award-winning mobile experiences for millions of people around the world every year. Apalon’s sister companies within The Mosaic Group include iTranslate (Apple Design Award Winner 2018), Teltech (#1 spam call prevention app - RoboKiller) and Daily Burn (top-rated health and fitness company).

Reporting to the VP of Product, the Head of Design will provide design leadership to the organization, working with Product Managers to lead and shape the direction of the design of Apalon’s applications, as well as leading, coaching and growing UI / UX design, UX research and visual / video / marketing design talent across the organization, and playing a central role in attracting and hiring top-tier design talent. You should have a proven track record of success in the mobile application space, building and scaling great, high-performing UX / UI design teams and leading successful design organizations. We also expect you to have a passion for coaching and developing product talent.

Responsibilities:

  • Lead vision and execution for the design of Apalon’s mobile applications across platforms;

  • Lead Apalon’s UX / UI designers in evolving and improving UX and UI design of Apalon’s mobile applications, with the goal of providing a delightful, useful, unique experience, while increasing engagement, retention and monetization of users;

  • Lead Apalon’s UX researchers in structuring, executing and evaluating results of UX and user research conducted with respect to Apalon’s mobile applications, and on articulating recommendations based on the observed data to the Product Managers;

  • Lead Apalon visual and motion designers in creating best-in-class marketing material for the promotion of Apalon’s mobile applications, as well as in creating visual content for use in the applications themselves;

  • Evaluate market and competitive landscape to understand the latest trends and best practices in terms of UX and UI design, and spread them through the organization;

  • Manage, coach and mentor teams of UX / UI Designers, UX Researches and Visual / Motion Designers, enabling them to produce their best work, and providing them with opportunities to level up their skills;

  • Focus strongly on the strategy, tactics and mechanics of monetizing the application, with a particular focus on subscription-based business models;

  • Set high standards for product quality, usability and user satisfaction;

  • Represent the design organization with peers in Minsk and with the executive team in NYC;

  • Implement processes that both improve quality and speed of the design process;

  • Manage communications with key stakeholders regarding design and product goals, and measure progress against those goals.


Knowledge, Skillsand Abilities:

  • Strong track record of success in leading design organizations in companies responsible for world-class products in the mobile applications space;

  • Strong track record of success in building, managing and scaling world-class design teams;

  • Strong understanding of user retention, engagement and monetization drivers, including experience in design for products monetized through subscription;

  • Proven leadership skills, including the ability to lead, develop and inspire design teams;

  • Excellent problem-solving and analytical skills, with the ability to quickly evolve strategy based on research, data and industry trends;

  • Ability to make decisions in ambiguity, and back them up with data and strong reasoning;

  • Demonstrated ability to drive to consensus, with a preference to work collaboratively;

  • High attention to detail, including proven ability to manage multiple, competing priorities simultaneously;

  • Willingness to roll up your sleeves and do what is necessary to create high-quality designs;

  • Comfortable with taking calculated risks;

  • Superior verbal and written communications skills.


Required Experience:

  • At least 10 years relevant UX / UI design experience;

  • At least 5 years of experience leading and mentoring UX / UI design teams;

  • Demonstrated experience with several successful mobile applications;

  • Demonstrated experience ideating and implementing successful, user-focused, revenue-generating UX / UI designs.

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