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Design Lead

| Greater Boulder Area
To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to [email protected] with the subject “Design Lead.” Include a couple of thoughts telling us what you love about grilling or cooking, plus what you think could be improved or what could use some fresh thinking about the grilling experience or the grilling category in general.
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Spark is a venture-backed startup with the ambitious goal of disrupting a stale industry. We are looking for a versatile Designer to join our 16-person (and growing) team. Our ideal candidate has experience with design and/or creative direction in a startup environment, and a unique ability to forge solid professional relationships with coworkers, management and stakeholders. 

You will be a key member of our marketing team, acting as a driver and steward of our brand. The Designer’s mission is to help define how we use thoughtful design to make every touchpoint with our brand delightful – and, bigger than that, how we use thoughtful design to reignite the world’s love for cooking outside. You will work closely with the Director of Marketing to build our brand and define the direction and evolution of Spark.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Build and steward a world-class direct-to-consumer brand, always tying our approach back to customer insights.
  • Conduct surveys, interviews, user tests and other research to gain a deep understanding who our customers are and the market of options they experience today.
  • Help implement a best-in-class user experience across both digital (software) and physical (hardware) products.
  • Recruit, assess and manage vendors, contractors and external agencies, including designers, photographers and videographers. Review creative work to maintain brand consistency and quality across all media.
  • Art direct large-scale photo and video shoots, including both lifestyle and detailed product photography.
  • Help drive the development, execution and rollout of a comprehensive brand identity, working closely with both internal team members and external design and brand strategy agencies.
  • Build our brand book and help set the high-level design vision for our brand, while also rolling up your sleeves to actually execute a wide range of creative deliverables big and small, including website pages, mobile app screens, packaging design, social media content and more.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 5+ years of experience in design/creative position or related role. 
  • Impressive portfolio of creative and design work – including visual identity, packaging design, website design, and mobile app design. Direct-to-consumer experience is a plus. 
  • Experience art directing a variety of content needs such as lifestyle photo/video shoots and product photo/video shoots.
  • Ability to think strategically about our customers and our business. 
  • Ability to think creatively and maintain consistency in branding.
  • Ability to raise the bar on anything we produce. 
  • Excellent oral communication skills.

COMPENSATION, BENEFITS & PERKS

  • Generous equity package in a venture-backed startup.
  • Market-based compensation.
  • A fun team environment, located right next door to the Rayback Collective.
  • Plenty of room for professional growth as part of a small but growing team.

ABOUT SPARK

We’re applying engineering, design, technology, and, above all, fresh thinking to reimagine the modern grilling experience. Wait what? Grilling is an American pastime. It’s part of our social fabric. Why change something that’s not broken? 

We believe parts of the experience and category are broken or stale. Even what’s working can be improved – but we can’t ruin what people already love. That’s a tough balance to strike. But we believe there’s a huge opportunity. 

Spark combines the artisanship of the pre-gas era with the technology of today to give cooks the authenticity, taste and character of charcoal without all the hassle. 

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To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to [email protected] with the subject “Design Lead.” Include a couple of thoughts telling us what you love about grilling or cooking, plus what you think could be improved or what could use some fresh thinking about the grilling experience or the grilling category in general.
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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PHPLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • SqlLanguages
    • SwiftLanguages
    • D3JSLibraries
    • jQueryLibraries
    • ReactLibraries
    • AngularJSFrameworks
    • ExpressFrameworks
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • MongoDBDatabases
    • FirebaseDatabases
    • Google Cloud StorageDatabases
    • SolidWorksDesign
    • AsanaManagement
    • InstaganttManagement
    • StreakCRM

Location

We're located right next door to The Rayback in Boulder and frequently take advantage of the food trucks and community space for lunches and events.

An Insider's view of Spark Grills

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

Spark has the best work-life balance of any company I've worked for. Our CEO has made it a clear priority and we all work together to support each other in taking time off as well as getting work done efficiently during the day so we all get home on time. The small team atmosphere has helped cultivate this attitude well.

Maggie

Mechanical Engineer

What projects are you most excited about?

With my passion for the outdoors, cooking, and engineering it’s tough not to be thrilled about the perfect intersection of all those interests! I am currently working on the design of the grill which allows it to perform its function in a unique way. It is really cool to have so much input in such an integral part of the grill.

Lukas

Mechanical Engineer

How does the company support your career growth?

I’ve never before worked at a company that provides both room for creative expansion and targeted growth checkpoints quite like Spark Grills does. The culture, which is undoubtedly the product of the caliber of individuals that make up Spark’s team, offers me the daily opportunity to expand my perspectives and skill sets.

Doug

Software Engineer

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

I am a firm believer in hiring great people and giving them the context they need to make their own decisions. By having frequent all-team design reviews we are able to re-align on any differences of opinion, and get new perspectives. I am proud of the many times we have been able to work through a difficult problem as a group in a creative way.

Steve

Director of Engineering

What's something quirky about your company?

A spirited debate is both encouraged and enjoyable. It’s easy at Spark to become invested in the project and team which creates an environment full of admiration, mutual respect, and a desire to challenge and push each other. Even a difficult debate can be enjoyable because we’re all caring of our coworkers and we're fighting towards the same goal.

Jess

Recruiting & HR

What are Spark Grills Perks + Benefits

Spark Grills Benefits Overview

As a pre-revenue startup, we understand that our benefits are on the light side compared to other companies. Currently we offer health insurance and a flexible time off policy (a real one where we push team members to take enough time away). For the right person, Spark's benefits are more on the intangible side. Spark is a place where you can work with other talented and capable individuals and challenge yourself to tackle new things within a supportive and collaborative team.

Culture
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
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Remote Work Program
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
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Some Meals Provided
Professional Development Benefits
Cross functional training encouraged
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To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to [email protected] with the subject “Design Lead.” Include a couple of thoughts telling us what you love about grilling or cooking, plus what you think could be improved or what could use some fresh thinking about the grilling experience or the grilling category in general.
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