Digital Product Design Lead

Job description

Builders is a Rotterdam based startup studio designed to build and grow B2B tech companies from scratch, by bringing together promising ideas, experienced founders, operational support and investment capital. An essential part of our operations is our studio team of executors and operators, which consist of engineering, design, recruitment, finance and other roles. Due to the operational support of our studio team, our ventures can excel in execution and growth.

Studio team

To grow our studio team, we’re looking for a Product Design Lead who will set the overall design language and product look & feel for our current and future software products. As a vital part of our core team, you’ll work partner and collaborate with our ventures. Our studio team is happy and hungry, loves collaboration, shares knowledge and support each other where necessary.

About the role

We are looking for an experienced, hands-on Product Design Lead to join our studio team. As our lead product designer, you will collaborate with our co-founders and engineering team to create and launch new software products from scratch. You will have the unique opportunity to lead product design for our new ventures and prototype new products and services pre-launch.

Since we are continually testing and building new products, you will also create initial visual identities for our new ventures, set up systems and lead the product design process. We aim to develop a strong design language and framework so we can easily hand over design activities to our ventures. Therefore this role will also include handling the design transfer to our development and founding team. This role is 75% UI/UX design, and 25% brand and marketing related activities, yet as with any early-stage company, this balance is subject to change.

We believe our products should be as simple as possible to use and strive to improve daily life at work. You are someone who feels at home in the changing software world, who wants to build high-quality digital products with us and who will preserve our quality standards. You love to experiment, are aware of current design trends yet knows hows to deliver a timeless first-class product. Curious to see what we like in terms of product design? Check out our likes on Dribbble or visit our ventures Influentials and IPS.

We offer a diverse, challenging and independent position with plenty of room for personal interpretation in an innovative, professional and growing organization. Other perks of the job include:

  • A competitive salary based on your skills and expertise.
  • Personal development and compensation plan.
  • Flexible working hours, our team works from 06:00-09:00 until 15:00-19:00 ish.
  • Annual Contract with the prospect of a permanent deal at our studio or portfolio companies.
  • NS business card and 25 holiday days.
  • Certification, training and reimbursement of study costs.
  • Daily fresh fruit, tasty snacks and unlimited coffee.
  • An inspiring workplace, next to Rotterdam central station.
  • Fun company events, weekly Friday drinks and fabulous studio merchandise.


  • You will create and take ownership of an agile workflow that will set the future for product development within the studio, which allows us to test and develop multiple products at once.
  • You know your way around design tools like Sketch, Figma, Framer and Adobe suite.
  • You will design visual identities, design systems and components from scratch.
  • You feel comfortable around web/native mobile products.
  • You have a vision for new product MVPs.
  • What you do not know yet, you’ll try figure out by yourself or ask for help.
  • While UI/UX design is your core strength, you also are eager to help us with other design-related tasks such as designing a pitch deck.
  • You can pitch ideas and product concepts to our founders.
  • You believe in user-friendly software and always try to pursue this in any way.
  • You know that the roadmap is not set in stone and can deal with change.

Hard requirements

  • You have a European passport or a valid long-term visa for The Netherlands.
  • You have a strong portfolio of relevant B2B product design work (e.g. web/native applications or mobile apps).
  • You have at least four years of professional experience in UI/UX design.
  • You have at least four years of professional experience in web and brand identity design.
  • You are fluent in English; Dutch is a plus.

Our hiring process

As we continue to grow our team, we put serious effort in creating an inspiring workplace. To be more specific, a work environment to support a culture where people genuinely want to be part of. We encourage a culture where people can grow towards their full potential and even beyond. Of course, we are eager to partner with the most talented minds in the field, but we are also looking for a mutual fit. The following steps are part of our hiring process:

  1. Resume and application form
  2. Phone screen
  3. Onsite interview or video interview
  4. Psychometric test
  5. Co-working day and assessment
  6. Offer

A portfolio or samples of relevant B2B product design is a requirement for this application.

Do you want to be part of the success story within our studio-born companies?

Apply now and build with us! For questions, please message us at

No recruitment agencies, please.