Design Director

  • London
  • Full-time

We are looking for a leader to set a high bar for design across both product and marketing, instilling a design-led culture within our business. An all-rounder, you will be oversee branding, UI, UX, advertising, swag...even office design!

 What you will be doing as a Director of Design at Busuu…

  • Own every part of Busuu’s design: brand, apps, website, out-of-home advertising, display banner advertising, emails and in-app messages, app store listings… if it needs designing, it needs you!
  • Manage requirements to deliver designs effectively and to the highest standard.
  • Improve design processes, workflow and tools, so we can do more, better and faster.
  • Maintain and evolve our atomic design system.
  • Collaborate with Product and Marketing leadership to drive strategy. 
  • Roll up your sleeves and ship your own designs when needed.
  • Lead a strong team of 3 experienced designers and guide them in their professional development. 
  • Hire and develop more designers as we grow.
  • Be a thought-leader and the face of design at Busuu. You enjoy writing, speaking, or running events in order to share what we do.


What you bring to the table...

  • You’ve managed designers before!
  • Equally "right and left brained”: you mix process and analytical thinking with unbridled creativity and impeccable taste. There is method in your madness.
  • You are a systems thinker. You love creating guidelines, styleguides and design systems.
  • Ready and confident to own a global brand seen by millions and take it to the next level. 
  • You can develop the approach for tackling a problem and have deep knowledge of various design methodologies. 
  • You enjoy improving design workflows and exploring new tools. 
  • Experience in designing user interfaces for a wide variety of form factors. 
  • You're an excellent communicator of design work and the rationale behind your proposals.

Not ticking every box or think you’ve got that unique set of skills we haven’t realised we need? Get in touch anyway; we’re always looking to add great people at every level.


  • Competitive salary.
  • Bonus Scheme.
  • Training budget so you can level up
  • Private healthcare.
  • Gym membership.
  • Free breakfast and snacks.
  • Friday socials and quarterly team event
  • Regular company trips - our last one was to a private island in Croatia

A bit more about us: 

Busuu has received several awards such as ‘Europe’s Best Education Start-up’ by TechCrunch, ‘Best of iOS Apps’ by Apple and ‘Best of Google Play’ by Google to name a few and we are part of the prestigious Future Fifty Program consisting of UK’s best Scale-Ups. We collaborate with world-leading universities (CUNY, UCL etc.) in the field of language learning research, and partner with companies such as Google, Amazon and Facebook to bring language learning to AI-powered devices (Google Home, Amazon Alexa) and into virtual reality (Oculus).

Busuu has raised over 15m EUR and is backed by renowned business angels and serial entrepreneurs (Johann Hansmann, Martin Varsavsky, Brent Hoberman), PROFounders Capital and McGraw-Hill Education.

We are an ambitious, high-energy, international and friendly team of 100+, based in central London. We come from diverse backgrounds and share a passion for tech start-ups and education.

At Busuu, things move fast. If you’re enthusiastic, motivated and want to help us to enable hundreds of millions of people around the world to learn a language, get in touch. It’s your chance to change the world.

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