We're Hiring

AHAlife connects the best the world has to offer to the most discerning individuals from around the globe. We are revolutionizing the way brands and publishers engage with consumers by integrating the art of storytelling, commerce and social curation. Our mission is to allow consumers to discover the most inspiring content and products that help them live their lives to the fullest.


Founded in September 2010 by MIT engineer-turned commerce and media industry expert Shauna Mei, the company has grown quickly to over 40 employees. Investors include First Mark Capital, DCM, and Rakuten, board members include Deepak Chopra and former chairman of LVMH, Renaud Dutreil. Curators include industry experts such as Tim Gunn, chef Daniel Boulud, filmmaker Wendi Murdoch, model Iman, and designer Donna Karan.


AHAlife was recently named by Fast Company Magazine as one of the 50 Most Innovative Companies in the World of 2013.


We are a Series B funded start up backed by 2 venture-capital firms: First Mark Capital and DCM, along with investors from technology, fashion, media and finance including John Mack and Deepak Chopra. We have been featured in The New York Times, TechCrunch, Fast Company, The Next Web, Departures, and were named a Top 5 Online Luxury Merchandiser.


HOW TO APPLY


Due to the large volume of applications, we are only able to respond to those who have been selected for interviews. All positions are for our office on Bond Street in Manhattan, New York.

OPEN POSITIONS

Senior Product Manager
Location: New York, NYDepartment: Product
Type: Full TimeMin. Experience: Mid Level

We are looking for a customer obsessed, organized, and analytical Senior Product Manager to define products which enhance the AHAlife experience for customers and designers.

As a member of the AHAlife Product team, you will be responsible for bringing together engineering, design, and other departments from around the company to launch features and products on AHAlife's desktop, tablet, and mobile properties. To be successful in his role, you will need a structured problem-solving approach, strong product/design intuition, and the ability to start from the customer and work backwards.

About the role:

  • Own your product roadmap and backlog. Ensure that your team is building and shipping the right product at the right time.
  • Evangelize. Clearly communicate product plans, benefits and results to a spectrum of audiences, from internal stakeholders to customers, as appropriate.
  • Lead through influence, not authority. Have a strong opinion which is weakly held, and excellent communication skills.
  • Balance the big picture with the details. Never lose sight of how each product impacts AHAlife's mission, while knowing the nuts and bolts of what you are building.
  • Be analytical and process-oriented. Drive cross-functional teams to set and achieve measurable goals.
  • Be gritty. Roll up your sleeves and do what it takes to ship the right product.
  • Have strong product/design intuition. Empathize with the customer and build products with compelling user experiences.
  • Be data driven. Collect, analyze, and leverage data you need to validate your product/design intuition.
  • Test often. Perform A/B testing and usability tests to rapidly figure out what works and what doesn't.

About you:

  • Degree and/or experience heavy in analytical skills and structured problem solving (computer science, engineering, data analysis)
  • 3+ years of extensive product management experience in an iterative software development environment
  • Experience discussing and taking the right calls on technical tradeoffs and design tradeoffs
  • Ability to gather and whip data into insightful stories and drive business, product, and design decisions
  • Experience with e-commerce on web, tablet, and mobile
  • Technical and design proficiency, the ability to garner respect and trust of the engineering and design teams
  • Be very process-oriented, have a strong opinion and excellent communication skills
  • A high bar for yourself and those around you

Contact: jobs@ahalife.com

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Mobile Designer
Location: New York, NYDepartment: Design
Type: Full TimeMin. Experience: Mid Level

Do you want to help people connect with designers, artists, craftsmen and makers, and their handiwork?

Do you want to work at the intersection of commerce and meaning? We call this conscientious consumption. And we're looking for an ambitious Mobile Designer to bring his/her expertise to our Design team.

Have you worked on/for luxury, high-end brands, in fashion or travel? In this sector, if you've worked on e-commerce or retail experiences, or long-form magazine editorial deliverables, and email, landing page and microsite designs, we want to hear from you if you can check off 2 or more of the above.

You should be comfortable in a startup environment, knowing that design is about visual and interactive communication, engagement and persuasion. You'll help create and define the user experience of our customer sites and apps on mobile devices. You will be deeply involved in early concepting, research, design, prototyping and all those last-minute details and tough decisions before shipping.


RESPONSIBILITIES:

UI FRAMEWORK
  • Own and design flows, experiences, storyboards and mockups of our UI system from our consumer-facing site, our vendor-facing portal, and marketing that are elegantly simple, consistent and scalable to accommodate future features.
  • Research to uncover best- or common-practices, analogous studies to work out and validate designs
  • Work iteratively with Product and Engineering to nurture concepts and features from idea to final product
  • Your turnaround time will be in terms of half-days for quick fixes, to days for research, to weeks for larger scale projects. You will be busy.
  • Be part of our build and QA process, working with Product and Engineering to push products live
  • Do it all over again, to improve features and products based on real-world usage and business goals

VISUAL DESIGN
  • Flesh-out, evolve and mature our current visual and interaction language and patterns, for at-a-glance understanding and overall joy
  • Passionate about icons that are restrained for recognizability, yet distinct enough to convey our brand
  • Provide pixel-perfect production quality assets to front-end developers


REQUIREMENTS:

DESIGN & EXPERIENCE
  • 6+ years out of design school, 3+ years UI experience on e-commerce, app and marketing UI, in agency environments, or something close

EMPATHETIC
  • You always put yourself in the users shoes, brains and hearts, and can easily imagine motivating them on their worst day.
  • You know to get out from behind the desk and watch how the real world accomplishes analogous tasks, or are motivated to engage in a product or experience

PRODUCT ORIENTED
  • You're good being the glue between Product and Engineering, translating product ideas into concepts and designs that work.
  • Detail-oriented and committed to creating great experiences, knowing details and nuances matter, because you love shipping beautiful products

TALENTED & BROAD
  • You're part UI, part Visual Designer, part Hollywood FX designer, part Product Designer, and part Magician, and you will balance feedback and requirements from an equal number of stakeholders (marketing, content, editorial, merchandizing, art and product).
  • You solve problems from an underlying sense of structure and metaphor to guide decisions and promote site-wide consistency

IN POSSESSION OF CHOPS
  • You understanding responsive design. You are proficient in Illustrator, Photoshop and prototyping with pen/paper/scissors when necessary. You keep sharp by keeping up with emerging trends, common practices in design, tech and even high end fashion. You're organized and able to share your ideas visually and verbally

IN POSSESSION OF CHOPS
  • RELIABLE, EASY TO WORK WITH & EASY TO MANAGE. Yes, we actually have to ask for this

NICE-TO-HAVES:

  • You can throw together basic HTML/CSS/JS prototypes
  • You can sketch schematically, as well as illustratively to get your vision across
  • Motion design chops to explore and demonstrate UI frameworks and transitions
  • You follow fashion, or the retail industry, or people who make or design things.

COME WORK WITH US!

  • IMPORTANT: We offer competitive salary, health benefits including medical, dental, vision, and equity
  • HATS: Startup environment: jeans, plaid, t-shirts, your favorite hat
  • EXTRAS: We don't have "Bring your dog to work," but we have hardwood floors, a roof deck with decent vistas on Freedom Tower and the Empire State Buildings
  • NICE: But most importantly, we're super careful to hire smart, but friendly, attitude-free co-workers.

YOUR WORK:

  • Your resume includes links to work that best represents your instinct for clean, functional, engaging, and persuasive design, as well as your aesthetic sensibilities. Show us work your proud of, and your thinking behind it, even if it's not a million dollar project or ever launched. Links to design communities you're involved in (Dribbble, Forrst, etc.). Show us your inner nerd, including your favor design-nerd thing.

Contact: jobs@ahalife.com

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