Come fly with ForeFlight.
Product Designer, Flight Planning
At ForeFlight we know you want a rewarding career. To do that, you need challenging projects, a good work environment, and awesome coworkers. We believe in our employees, and we empower them to make a direct impact on our products and messaging. Because we understand what our staff need, we have a low turn-around rate, our employees become brand ambassadors, and we are recognized as a premier leader in the aviation industry.
ForeFlight is looking for an outstanding Product Designer to join our flight planning team. This position is for a motivated individual well-versed in iOS as well as desktop and mobile web application design, who has a background in or passion for aviation.
This person will be a core member of our design team and will help us create the next generation of ForeFlight products.
We’re looking for someone who has a background in or passion for aviation (huge bonus points for a Pilot’s License) and an impressive portfolio of iOS and optionally web projects. A keen eye for detail is a must. We’re looking for someone who, given the realities of designing for the (often harsh) cockpit environment, can produce cutting edge interfaces that take into account the realities of glare, turbulence, and low light conditions.
A solid understanding of iOS design best practices, including knowledge of Apple’s Human Interface Guidelines, is required. The ideal candidate is strong in both User Interface as well as User Experience design. Product Designers at ForeFlight work on every phase of the design process from requirements gathering to persona development, wireframing to high fidelity mockups, and prototyping to user testing. Although we’re not looking for someone proficient in Objective-C, the ideal candidate is familiar with the basics of iOS UI implementation. Similarly, for candidates with experience designing for the web, a knowledge of web standards and modern HTML/CSS/JS best practices is preferred.
Professionally, this person is driven to execute, deliver, and complete projects independently, seeking advice and direction from team members when needed, and plowing ahead to completion when the path forward is clear. This person will be able to point to specific examples that highlight the individual’s ability to meet the objectives outlined above, and references will confirm this person’s unique abilities.
This position is for someone based in our Houston, TX office. A pilot-designer, or individual looking to pursue his or her private pilot license, is a huge plus. Benefits include medical insurance, 401K with matching, and flight training reimbursement. Relocation reimbursement will be provided for the right candidate.
Experience and Skills Requirements
- A killer portfolio
- Solid understanding of iOS and web design principles
- Experience or general interest in aviation
- Experience with Sketch and/or Photoshop
- For web design candidates, knowledge of responsive design best practices
- Experience with PaintCode not necessary, but a huge plus.
- Experience with Git not necessary, but nice to have.
- Competitive salary commensurate with experience.
- Generous health and dental benefits.
- 401(k) matching with immediate vesting.
- Flight training reimbursement.
About ForeFlight, LLC
ForeFlight produces the best selling iPad and iPhone app for pilots flying personal and business aircraft, corporate flight departments, and aircraft operators. Customers include individual pilots worldwide, Fortune 500 corporate flight departments, state and federal agencies, leading operators, and leading aircraft OEMs. We have been in the App Store since Day 1 (7/10/2008) and are consistently ranked in the top 50 grossing iPad apps in the App Store.
We are known as a leader in aviation and software development because we build exceptional products and hire skilled employees. Over the last decade, we have not only revolutionized the pilot’s flight bag but serve customers across the world and touch all segments of aviation. Our drive for innovation is why we won Aviation Week’s Laureate Award for Best New Product, received Flying Magazine’s Editor’s Choice Award four times, and are featured in Apple’s “Dreams” iPhone commercial.
Our recently expanded more than 10,000 sq. ft. office sits near the historic River Oaks neighborhood with panoramic views of the Houston skyline and is within walking distance to local favorites like Torchy’s Tacos. As the nation’s fourth-largest city, Houston is home to arguably one of the world’s best food scenes with over 10,000 restaurants. Lively arts and entertainment districts mean a festival, live concert or local farmers’ market is always just around the corner. Home to over 20 Fortune 500 companies and a robust local economy, Houston is a major corporate center.
Our software development team hails from Trinity University, Rice University, Texas A&M, UT Austin, and Clemson. We score 12 out of 12 on the Joel Test. We love shipping.
If you’ve contributed to any open source projects, make sure to include links to relevant code. If you are a recent graduate, please include a copy of your transcript. In your cover letter, please indicate any aviation experience and list any relocation preferences or constraints.