Founding Design Lead UI/UX (f/m/x) – Beauty Tech AR Venture

Permanent employee, Full-time · Berlin

What we do

Our latest pre-launch startup is building the new way of shopping makeup online by combining the potential of augmented reality with a new take on social commerce. Their goal is to create an inclusive experience that embraces self-love, moving away from traditionally narrow marketing beauty standards by putting the users (and not models) at the core of the experience. 

The venture is based at the AI Campus Berlin and financially backed by Merantix, an AI Venture Studio with a track record of 7 incubated companies and more than 120+ team members employed. Our growing ecosystem constitutes a unique brand with a shared tech and operational infrastructure that attracts talent, resonates with industry partners, and leverages the proven network and product building experience. You will be joining an experienced founding team with experience in building and launching ventures internationally.

Your role

We are looking for a Product Design Lead UI/UX (f/m/x) to join the founding team of our pre-launch Beauty Tech startup. This is a unique opportunity to join a mission-driven startup at the most important and exciting phase! 

You will generate a long lasting impact on the business by shaping the product from day one with your sharp design skills. Moreover, as one of the first hires, you will influence the company’s culture, its operating philosophy. More specifically, you will:

- Disrupt the makeup industry by designing an immersive and beautiful experience that will change how people buy makeup online;

- Design the product from day one with a focus on the early versions of the product, creating wireframes and prototypes, iterating rapidly to design new features and improve existing ones - all based on tests and user feedback;

- Make the product grow as you help define the short and long-term roadmap and lead the evolution of the UX/UI from prototype to mass launch and beyond, based on tests and user feedback;

- Be the voice of our users as you get immersed in their world and make decisions with solid proof of user needs;

- Build the design team by hiring, leading and empowering the best people to build our product from the ground up to scale beyond mass launch;

- Build the company as part of the founding team and working very closely with the CEO and Engineering Lead to conceptualise prototypes, new features, product iterations, defining the strategy of the product and the company's overall vision and culture.

Your profile

- 3+ years experience designing and shipping consumer-facing mobile apps and experiences. Please send in your portfolio - we would love to see your work!

- Proficiency in Figma, AdobeXD, Sketch, Illustrator, or similar design tools;

- Basic knowledge of front end development frameworks and tools (JavaScript, HTML5, CSS, React/Angular, or similar) to confidently support communicating designs to front end developers;

- Experience/passion for the beauty industry, especially makeup.

If you think you are right for this role but don’t meet all of the requirements, we strongly encourage you to apply anyway. Even if this isn’t a perfect fit, strong candidates will be kept in our talent pool for future hires.

Bonus points if you:

- have experience working with Augmented Reality - facial AR is a plus;

- have experience with Agile Methodologies and working in Sprints.

What we offer

In addition to a competitive salary, you can expect the following: 

- Growth as part of an innovative team supported by an ever-evolving development program that we craft for/with each of our team members from day one;

- Impact on the company’s strategy & culture of the company as an early team member;

- Flexibility and trust to own your work and hours - with the main team location being Berlin but with a flexible work-from-home policy;

- Diversity, equal rights and respect at the core of our values;

- Fun building cool products with a cool team that you’ll get to meet at company outings, Friday beers, and team lunches;

- Equity package matching your experience and responsibilities, making you an owner of the business we are building together;

- De-risk your startup journey by having Merantix and it’s ecosystem as a backer;

- Comfort with the equipment of your choice, free breakfast, drinks and a cool office in the newly opened AI Campus at the heart of Berlin;

- Visa sponsorship to those residing outside of the EU.

How to apply:

- CV

- Cover letter explaining what makes you the perfect candidate

- Portfolio showcasing your experience. Please use the "Other" field in the application form to upload your portfolio. Alternatively, you can also add a web link on your cover letter or CV.

We are looking for candidates who are passionate about creating inclusive systems and applications for the beauty, fashion and tech industry overall, so candidates who identify with traditionally marginalised communities are highly encouraged to apply.

About us
We are an equal-opportunity employer and value diversity. We consider all applications equally regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, or gender identity. We strongly encourage individuals from groups traditionally underrepresented in tech to apply, and we can help with immigration.​​​​

Your application!
We appreciate your interest in the Merantix ecosystem. Please fill in the following short form. Should you have any difficulties in uploading your files, please contact us by mail at

Please upload your CV, recent certificates as well as a brief cover letter (in total max. 20 MB).

Click to select multiple files or use drag-and-drop
Click to select multiple files or use drag-and-drop
Click to select multiple files or use drag-and-drop

Uploading document. Please wait.