About The Ken

The Ken was founded in October 2016 as an attempt to re-imagine business journalism. Not for everyone, but for the not insignificant subset of smart and curious subscribers who valued their own time and intelligence above all else. Today, 5 years later, we have over 300,000 such subscribers in India, Southeast Asia, and the rest of the world, over a tenth of who are paying ones.

Our diverse global subscriber community comprises innovative and successful entrepreneurs and senior executives, venture investors, knowledge professionals, policy makers, students, top-ranked B-schools and some of the most innovative and well-known companies.

We’ve managed to achieve this because we invested early on in three key areas – journalism, products, and design. We partnered early on with design firm Opposite to define, build and iterate what has now become our signature design. That design language flows through all our subscriber touch-points, whether it be our daily emails, exclusive mobile apps, website and even podcasts.

But it’s time to change that. Because The Ken is changing too.

From offering a single subscription plan that unlocked one long-form business story each day of the week, we’ve evolved to offering multiple plans that bundle long-form journalism, newsletters, info-graphics, audio and more. From being primarily an Indian publication, we’re now a pan-Asian one with subscribers across Southeast Asia and full-time writers in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Singapore.

About The Role

The Lead Product Designer will own up The Ken’s entire product design function and re-imagine what our products ought to not just look like, but be.

Reporting directly to the CEO, the Lead Product Designer will work with the product, engineering, marketing and editorial functions to conceptualize, build and roll out a new design paradigm across our entire current suite of products. A paradigm that retains our warmth, personality, usability, and whimsy while re-imagining the subscriber experience from the ground up.

Capturing existing and designing new feedback loops with our subscriber community will be a big part of this new design. This means better ways for subscribers to comment, share and even participate in our work.

The Lead Product Designer will also be responsible for setting up a full design system. One that is flexible and modular enough to organically evolve over many years to handle products, features and subscriber segments we may not even know of today.

Our goal will be to create a new design language that makes it easier for us to create stories and products, and for subscribers to consume them. Regardless of format, channel, or geography.

You’re also guaranteed to work with the smartest, most diverse, passionate, and curious people in journalism, media, strategy, and products. There will not be a day you will not learn or be challenged.

Experience

Because subscription-based journalism is still a nascent and evolving space, there are very few people who can genuinely claim to have “been there, done that” when it comes to designing products in it. Thus, we’re not filtering or optimizing for years of experience.

Instead, we’re looking for a designer who is passionate about journalism, media, subscriptions, and subscriber experiences. Someone who is as excited about the possibilities as they are with the learning opportunities. And someone who has at least 3-4 years of experience designing digital products and experiences in a company that values its products.

Compensation

One of our tenets is to offer the most competitive salaries and meaningful benefits we can to our colleagues. Promising candidates can almost always assume they will be compensated well.

The Ken’s benefits program is constantly evolving and currently provides everyone access to unlimited leave, Apple Macbooks, health insurance for themselves and their families, company paid-for therapy and subsidised learning and development programs.