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Lead Product Designer

Defense Unicorns

Defense Unicorns

Product, Design
United States · Remote
Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2024


***Please note that this is a hybrid role with the expectation to work in person 3 times a week in Phoenix, Arizona.

Role Description:

Defense Unicorns is seeking a Lead Product Designer to spearhead the UI/UX design of desktop and mobile applications. We highly value collaborative design, craft expertise, and strong product thinking.


  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to conceptualize and execute high-fidelity prototypes for mobile and desktop interfaces, translating concepts into user-friendly designs that align with our brand and business objectives.
  • Conduct comprehensive UX research and testing methodologies to gather user feedback, identify pain points, and iterate on UI design solutions for optimal user satisfaction on both mobile and desktop.
  • Help define early product concepts, flesh out the high-level workflow and micro-interactions of a feature, and execute on an effective visual design for mobile and desktop applications..
  • Utilize telemetry and data analysis techniques to interpret user behavior patterns across mobile and desktop, extracting actionable insights to inform UI design decisions and enhance product functionalities.
  • Cultivate empathy for end-users across product teams & stakeholders by creating and maintaining user personas for mobile and desktop users.
  • Collaborate with developers to design and build data-centered tools with intuitive mobile and desktop interfaces that improve engineer and user experience.
  • Create, collaborate, and iterate on user flows, site maps, user journeys, and other UI design artifacts for mobile and desktop.
  • Plan iterative UI design improvements that are delivered to production regularly.
  • Ensure high-quality user experience and integrate feedback into product UI design.
  • Work closely with other product teams and designers to ensure seamless cross-product integration and consistent UI.
  • Develop a deep understanding of the DevSecOps life cycle and its impact on mobile and desktop UI design.
  • Own the end-to-end UI design process of assigned mobile and desktop features/products.
  • Map out user experience flows to identify new mobile and desktop product needs.
  • Design initial mobile and desktop prototypes and wireframes for new applications.

Travel Expectations/Requirements: 10%-15%

The listed responsibilities are not exhaustive, and additional responsibilities may be assigned based on the evolving needs of the organization. We are seeking a dynamic individual who is able to adapt and take on new responsibilities as they arise.

Preferred Experience and Qualifications:

  • Have a robust portfolio showcasing a range of design work demonstrating creativity, technical proficiency, and a firm grasp of design principles.
  • Have proven experience in prototyping and visual design, demonstrating proficiency in industry-standard design tools (e.g., Adobe Creative Suite, Sketch, Figma, etc.).
  • Have a strong background in conducting UX research and testing methodologies to improve product usability and user satisfaction.
  • Experience or strong interest in working with AI products.
  • Experience in working with enterprise-level software.
  • Value high-quality, well-crafted visual and interaction design and care about the details.
  • Strong ability to plan and facilitate design and discovery workshops that drive alignment and decisions
  • Have a good understanding of DevSecOps, Cloud Platforms, and Secure Software delivery.
  • Have experience leading user engagements fully remote (ex., interviews, usability testing, design workshops).
  • Are proficient in data analysis techniques and tools to derive insights, with the ability to translate data into actionable strategies.
  • Have excellent communication skills to collaborate with diverse teams and present design concepts effectively.
  • Ability to work independently, manage time efficiently, and thrive in a remote work setup.
  • Experience with mockup and prototyping tools.
  • Familiarity with HTML, CSS, Javascript, and Typescript is appreciated. You don't need to be an expert—just fluent enough to collaborate with engineers, and know what's possible with frontend technologies.
  • Flexibility to adapt to evolving project needs and contribute effectively in a fast-paced environment.
  • Love tackling ambiguous problems and shaping them into clear goals.
  • Value high-quality, well-crafted visual and interaction design and care about the details.
  • Are generative and enjoy coming up with novel but simple solutions.
  • Enjoy collaborating closely with developers and have empathy for developer experience.
  • Are interested in the technology under the hood that enables secure software delivery.
  • Have a passion for our mission-focused organizations who need secure software & capabilities.

    Join our dynamic team and make a meaningful impact in shaping the future of our platform offering for the national security sector. If you're passionate about leveraging technology to drive positive change and thrive in a challenging, collaborative environment, we invite you to apply and join our team.

Full compensation packages are based on candidate experience. Compensation ranges are established using national benchmarking data and apply across all geographic locations within the United States.

Remote - USA
$165,000$220,713 USD

Who We Are

Defense Unicorns delivers mission value by streamlining software delivery so our customers can focus on the most important challenges. We share a vision of freedom and security for the advancement of progress and innovation. Our commitment to this vision, and to our mission-driven customers, means a commitment to speed, user experience and optionality, without compromising security. Our team is composed of innovators, software engineers, and veterans with decades of experience delivering technology programs across the federal market.

What We Do

We create and deliver secure solutions for continuous software integration and delivery. Defense Unicorns consolidates the best practices for security pipelines, testing, and deployment automation in order to meet the high security requirements valued by mission owners. Our solutions are agnostic by design and we believe that growing a robust ecosystem of secure, cloud-native software solutions can help enterprise customers inside and outside the federal market buy and integrate software more easily.

Who We Serve

Defense Unicorns’ customers are mission-focused leaders across public and private enterprises. We proudly support defense and civil agencies across the U.S. government and we work closely with the creators of leading-edge software solutions to deliver value to the mission-owner by improving the security and consumability of commercial software products.

What We Work On

  • Kubernetes
  • Cloud Environments (AWS/GCP and Azure)
  • Infrastructure-as-code (like Terraform/Pulumi)
  • Continuous Delivery and automation tooling
  • GitOps
  • Containers
  • CNCF projects and open source products and packages
  • Helm/Kustomize-Value Stream Mapping
  • Building and improving security delivery
  • Building Kubernetes and cloud native applications

Benefits Our Unicorns Enjoy


  • Medical/Dental/Vision
  • Premiums are 100% Company Paid
  • Health Reimbursement Account
  • Life Insurance
  • Disability Insurance


  • 401k with Employer Contribution (Regardless of Employee Contribution)
  • Company Stock Options
  • Home Office Setup Budget


  • Unlimited paid time off, with a mandatory 10 days off on top of 11 federal government holidays, week of Thanksgiving, last two weeks of December (including New Year’s Day)
  • Paid Parental Leave


  • Reimbursement for approved trainings/subscriptions
  • Conferences (travel, lodging, and fees)

Don’t have all the preferred experience or qualifications? Studies show that underrepresented groups like women and people of color are less likely to apply to jobs if they don't meet every requirement listed.

At Defense Unicorns, we're committed to diversity. If you're enthusiastic about the role but don't match every criteria, we encourage you to apply. You could be the perfect fit for this or another role! Defense Unicorns is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, veteran status, genetic information, union status and/or beliefs, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.