Senior Product Designer

£40-50K + 4 day week + options

We’re building the operating system for self storage, and in the process, revolutionising a worldwide industry.

In just under a year we’ve launched a full self-service platform that enables storage operators worldwide to create their own website, accept online payments, automate entry to their facilities, and much more. Dozens of operators have already seen the value of Stora and become paying customers, but there’s a tonne more value we want to add. That’s why we’ve raised capital, to grow our small, five-strong team, and speed up the development of the Stora product.

The Origin Story

It all began back in June 2019, when our CEO Gavin decided to open a self storage facility in Portadown. His goal was to make his business as automated as possible but he couldn’t find the software package to make it happen. So he worked with a few of the founding team to hack together something that just about did what he needed. It worked a treat, and the facility filled up quickly.

The following April Gavin decided to share what he’d achieved with the industry via a blog article detailing how he automated his self storage business. It turned out lots of other self storage operators wanted to do the same thing and use his software. Unfortunately, it wasn’t exactly the white-label platform it needed to be. So we started again and Stora was born.

The Product

The easiest way to describe Stora is “the Shopify of Self Storage”. It has a Backoffice where operators can manage their business, a Storefront they can customise to market and sell as they see fit, and a customer portal where all those people clamouring for space can manage their bookings.

The scope beyond that is wide reaching. From native apps to marketplaces. Maybe there’s even hardware in our future… If you like the sound of working on an exciting product like this, then now’s the time to join. You get in on the ground floor and come along for the ride as we try to build one of N.Ireland’s most successful technology companies.

The Company

  • We operate a 4-day work week.
  • Remote-first by design. Office always optional.
  • We have an optional “Team IRL Day” where we rent a space in Belfast and give everyone the opportunity to get out of the house and talk to each other face-to-face.
  • You’ll be working with Gavin, Steven, Phil, Will and Mark.
  • We’re product people who have been doing this kind of thing for a long time. We’ve built financial systems, consumer products and beyond. Things like PiggyPot, Yomo, Lowdown and Rotor.

 The Role

We’re looking for an experienced Product Designer to join our team, below our CPO Steven explains a bit more:

Design at Stora

To date, I've been solely responsible for design at Stora, but a typical week for me can involve much more — customer demos, support, copywriting, front-end dev, feature spec'ing, even writing this job post. In early stage startup life that's just what you have to do, and to be honest I love it. But we've reached a point where it's obvious that having a designer focused on the product will greatly aid its development.

I'd love to find someone with experience working for a product team. At Stora they will focus on our core platform, working closely with with the development team and I. Ideally, they won't be afraid to get their hands dirty and write a bit of HTML/CSS too, for me that's an important bit of the Stora product design culture I'd like to maintain. Beyond that, they might end up designing a few brands for our Brand Marketplace on working on our marketing website. Hopefully lots of their own project ideas too.

Since we're a startup, they need to be happy jumping out of design mode from time to time and pitching in with other tasks as required. They'll definitely need to be cool with talking directly with our awesome customers to learn about their problems.

Beyond that, I don't care so much about what tools they're experienced in or what degree they have. I care that they are passionate about solving problems with design, and have a few examples to share of how they've done that. I'd like them to be a self-starter, great at taking charge of a project and seeing it through to completion. As our first design hire there's lots of scope for progression for the right candidate too. If that sounds like you I'd love to chat!

Thanks,
Steven

We’re committed to creating a diverse environment. All qualified applicants will be considered regardless of race, colour, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetics, national origin, disability, age or any other grounds.

Ideally, you’ll be based in the UK but we will consider applicants from further afield.

The Money

We believe in paying well, and while on day one your salary with us might not be quite the same as it would with one of those American hiring behemoths, we promise that as we progress so will you.

We’re offering £40-50k.

The Benefits

  • WFH budget to include a laptop of your choice
  • Flexible working hours
  • Private health insurance for you and direct family members
  • Company pension
  • Paid holidays (28 days annual leave per year)
  • Share options
  • Did we mention the 4 day week?

The Interview Process

Lightweight is the name of the game here.

  1. A relaxed chat (IRL or online) with our CPO Steven about your background.
  2. To finish, an informal call with our CEO Gavin to talk about money and stuff like that.

The Next Steps

Email the below to careers@stora.co by 8th August and we’ll be in touch ASAP to get the ball rolling.

  1. Your CV or Linkedin.
  2. Your portfolio website and/or example(s) of work you’re proud of.
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