We’re growing the product and software development team at Edrolo. It’s a rare opportunity to join a stable, skilled, and productive team at a company that’s doing something important — improving the lives of secondary students and teachers.

We’re searching for a designer that has experience working within software teams to build web products.

About Edrolo

We create learning resources that are used in Australian high schools. Our latest products are textbooks (yes, actual physical textbooks) that are tightly coupled with our online resources (video lessons, interactive questions and answers, etc.).

In our seven-year journey we’ve built a customer base of over 800 schools, hired dozens of passionate educators and technologists, and raised money from Australia’s top venture capital firms. Hundreds of thousands of Australian students have viewed over 180 million Edrolo videos, and responded to over 72 million Edrolo practice questions.

Our headquarters, and about 100 staff, are based in Fitzroy, right between Smith and Brunswick streets.

Our team

Our technical and product design team consists of 5 people at the moment, and is small compared to the rest of the organisation (but is growing). This is made possible because our team is very autonomous and in-control of how we build things. Currently, our team lead balances a range of responsibilities, including product design, and the goal here is to enable a designer to give 100% of their time (at work) to product design at Edrolo.

Our product and our process

Our main focus for 2020 will be around the design, prototyping, and development of a next generation digital textbook for release in 2021.

Outside of that, you’ll be working with another designer, and a team of engineers, to realise our product roadmap as we improve and build new solutions for a range of stakeholders: students, teachers, school administrators, and internal teams (content production, support, sales, etc). A key part of the role will be staying ahead of development and providing the visual designs and solutions our engineers need to deliver value to customers. Part of this will be talking to customers and internal experts to get the information you need to solve each problem well. You’ll be in a position to inform and influence the design process and see your designs come to life, and go to customers quickly – your engineering team is very effective, and moves quickly and safely.

What we look for in a designer

  • A portfolio that demonstrates your high-quality and practical web-based product solutions
  • Experience working alongside software development teams
  • A technical understanding of the medium of the web. You get how browsers work, and know how HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and servers interact.
  • Empathy for the customer and motivation for business impact
  • A thirst for information and evidence. You’ll find ways to talk to the people you need to make sound decisions – customers, internal experts, or otherwise
  • You pursue elegant systems as much as elegant visual designs

The good things about working in our team

  • We're a tight team with tonnes of mutual respect and a great culture
  • Work is steady and our processes protect us very well from deadline-based stress. 40 hours is the norm, and it rarely changes.
  • Flexible working arrangements.
  • Working in the education industry is rewarding and impactful
  • Our goals, our work, and our product is entirely focussed on helping teachers and students - rather than things like online marketing. You’re building product, and solving real problems every day. You're not reacting to the whims of marketing/sales/growth departments.
  • You'll be surrounded by a diverse and passionate workforce.
  • Competitive salary with the opportunity for equity
  • Working in Fitzroy/Collingwood
  • We'll supply great hardware
  • A generous annual training and learning budget

Things you should know (and that might not be for everyone)

  • We're a small team, and do a lot of heavy lifting considering our weight
  • We reward great work, and long-term service, but we don't focus on job titles
  • There’s a strong focus on always improving here. May not be enjoyable if you struggle with self-reflection, talking about yourself, and your own work
  • High expectations with limited resources. We’re trying to change an industry in a sustainable manner.
  • Growing pains. There’s lots of things about growing a business that we’re still learning. If you’re interested in working on these sorts of problems you’ll love it.
  • You’re expected to independently solve problems, not polish solutions handed to you. But, if there’s people/contacts, books, resources, training, events, that will help you’ll be fully supported.

While we appreciate all applications, being a small business means we cannot get back to all applicants, so only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.