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Careers at Tastemakers

Disrupting The Narrative

Tastemakers Africa is a team of travel and technology experts working hard to connect people to the world in the most authentic ways possible. We are equally the "keepers of the cool" and “disruptors” with an intent to make it easy for people to connect to culture-forward experiences celebrating Africa and its diaspora while disrupting narratives that keep us separated by our differences. We value hard work, collaboration, and innovation. We don't just support travelers, entrepreneurs, and creators: we are them. Tastemakers is building community, fueling passions, and creating sustainable change in a way that values both the visitor and the resident. We pride ourselves on our values, including:

  • Ambition with Integrity
  • Experimentation with Intentionality
  • Ideation with Creativity
  • Design with Representation
  • Curiosity in Culture
  • Growth with Community

Why Work at Tastemakers?

Working at Tastemakers is an opportunity to join a small team with huge ambitions. We work within a community of passionate travelers like no other. We are venture-backed and and we work for the most interesting creators, makers, and artists all over the world. And we work on the most interesting problems in travel using technology. You might be a great fit if you:

  • Work well independently, but even better on a team
  • Are good at exceeding goals, and great at defining them
  • Can quickly move between the big picture and the smallest details
  • Are self-motivated and keen on solving problems rather than passing them on
  • Have conviction that greatness lies everywhere 
  • Are passionate and/or curious about black culture globally
  • Believe that understanding and experiencing culture can change the world for the better

Our success is measured by how many travelers we send across the world and how many underrepresented tourism and lifestyle entrepreneurs join our mission. Through our work, we will create a “home” for people looking to be acknowledged for who they are and a safe space for those looking to explore their dynamic contributions to society.

The Perks of Being a Tastemaker

Startup Mindset

Well-defined goals, unknown solutions, and a huge opportunity to take ownership of our mission.

Team Conferences in Africa

Our entire team meets once a year somewhere in Africa to vacation: we call it quality assurance ğŸ˜‰.

Experience Credits

Tastemakers platform credits to use on experiences all over the world. Feel free to use them on yourself or gift away.

Flexible Vacation Policy

Flexible vacation policy, standard holidays in your home country (well, the ones that aren't all about colonialism😔), and three weeks of paid time off.

Health Insurance

100% covered health insurance for you and your family.

Transportation Credits

Wether you're scouting all over Johannesburg for local artists or jumping on the train in New York to make team stand-up, all work transportation is covered.

Educational Opportunities

We are a team set up to learn from each other constantly. We also believe in getting ourselves in front of the bigger community - including tech, travel, and startup conferences.

Monthly Happy Hours

Our team comes together in cities across the world for team happy hours that might be the most global post-work hang out you'll ever see.

Amazing Coworkers 🙌

You'll work alongside some of the coolest people we know (if we do say so ourselves).

Our Openings

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Software Engineer
New York, NY, USA  |  Full Time

We are looking for a software engineer to take our product to the next level. Our aim in the next 12 months is to put the “sauce” in our platform combining community and experiences that’ll change the way we travel. You’ll iterate on the Tastemakers platform, architect new applications and microservices, and own our technology stack. Our software engineers are just as comfortable behind a screen as they are meeting new people. We see travel as a way to make the world better and we couldn't be more excited to be the engineers behind the movement making it happen.

Our day-to-day switches between ideation, architecture, and implementation and our month-to-month switches between different, full-stack projects: including the Tastemakers API, our in-house CMS, web app, mobile app, and more.

Responsibilities

Tastemakers software engineers are expected to be multidisciplinary with an MVP-mindset. Projects change every few weeks or months, but our approach does not. Our collaborative programming process is test-driven, intentional, and creative. We work on web and mobile projects across entire stacks: including managed server hosting, routing, API development, backend development, and frontend development. You’ll be responsible for:

  • Working within a small, multidisciplinary product team
  • Designing and engineering new code, systems, platforms, and processes
  • Continuously improving microservices, codebases, and testing suites
  • From time to time, taking ownership of entirely new projects
  • Caring deeply about elegant and scalable code

Requirements

  • 3+ years of software development or software engineering experience
  • 1+ years of front-end web development experience (including modern standards for HTML and SCSS)
  • 1+ years of managed server hosting experience (ideally AWS or DigitalOcean)
  • Skilled in full-stack JavaScript development (our stack is JavaScript, Node.js, React, Express, and Redux)
  • Experience with the architecture, deployment, and maintenance of complex web or mobile applications
  • Experience with Test-Driven Development
  • Traveler-centric prioritization and team-centric collaboration

Nice-to-Have

  • Experience with platform-agnostic mobile development (we work in React Native)
  • Experience with platform-specific mobile development (we prefer Swift and Kotlin)
  • Experience with pair programming in a professional setting
  • Experience working with travel and/or startup environments
  • 1+ years of UX/UI design experience
  • Experience building products for diverse audiences
  • Open source project contributions

We Offer

  • Work on a suite of modern products that will change the travel industry for the better
  • Small-team collaboration, mentorship, and pair programming
  • One fully-covered large software conference, retreat, or workshop series per year
  • An annual team conference in Africa
  • Ongoing internal team workshops and local conference access
  • Monthly happy hours with our HQ team in New York City
  • Health Insurance
  • Monthly MTA benefits
  • Tastemakers experience credits, to be used by you or gifted away
  • 0% - 1% Equity (depending on applicant experience)

Curious?

Think you have the skills and passion for the job? Are you excited to work for a global team changing the narrative on travel? Then please introduce yourself and send a resume to careers@tastemakersafrica.com.

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Lead UX/UI Designer
New York, NY, USA  |  Full Time

We are looking for a lead UX/UI designer to make the Tastemakers platform an addictive, world class product that meets the needs of black millenials and culture curious travelers around the world. You’ll user test, design UI/UX, and own the Tastemakers visual brand. Our designers are multi-faceted with distinct points of view. While they are not afraid to experiment they back up their work with data that maintains that our users and community are at the center of our decisions. We see our technology as a community interface and an entirely new experience inspiring travelers and entrepreneurs across the world - our design team brings that vision to life.

Our day-to-day switches between user research, usability testing, post-production for social, wireframe iteration, and high-fidelity mockup delivery. Our month-to-month switches between different, design projects: including the Tastemakers global re-brand, web platform, mobile app, curator experience, and more.

Responsibilities

Tastemakers designers are expected to be ambitious, opinionated, user-centric, and data-driven. We are building a marketplace with many different user types, may different user products, and the goal of connecting travelers, creatives, artists, and entrepreneurs in the real world. Product lives online and offline and you’ll have a hand in every step. Your day-to-day will vary, but you can expect to spend your time as follows: 30% on UI, 30% on UX, 20% on brand design, and 10% on user research, and 10% on post-production and contentYou’ll be responsible for:

  • Applying user-centered design principles and processes to create the best possible web, mobile, and in-person experiences
  • Working with a multi-disciplinary product team to iterate and turn designs into scalable features
  • Conducting regular quantitative and qualitative UX research, including user interviews and usability testing
  • Prototyping and test user flows in collaboration with entire product team
  • Designing and iterating wireframes and high-fidelity mockups of product screens
  • Taking ownership of the Tastemakers visual brand
  • Developing brand collateral for events, activations, and community engagement
  • Continuously communicating with the product team and all of Tastemakers HQ

Requirements

  • 3+ years of experience with end-to-end UX/UI product design
  • Comprehensive understanding of Adobe Design Suite and digital design tools
  • Experience with cross-platform design (Responsive Web, iOS, Android, Email Campaigns, Print)
  • Experience working closely within multi-disciplinary product teams including software engineers
  • Great communication skills - the ability to effectively communicate design ideas and decision rationale
  • Traveler-centric prioritization and team-centric collaboration

Nice-to-Have

  • Experience with post-production (video and still) for social and web publication
  • Experience working with travel and/or startup environments
  • Experience working alongside software developers
  • Experience building products for diverse audiences

We Offer

  • Travel, cultural curiosity, and meeting new people as core to our culture
  • Work on a suite of products that will change the travel industry for the better
  • Small-team collaboration, mentorship, and pair programming
  • One fully-covered large design conference, retreat, or workshop series per year
  • An annual team conference in Africa
  • Ongoing internal team workshops and local design conference access
  • Monthly happy hours with our HQ team in New York
  • Health Insurance
  • Monthly MTA benefits
  • Tastemakers experience credits, to be used by you or gifted away
  • 0% - 1% Equity (depending on applicant experience)

Curious?

Think you have the skills and passion for the job? Are you excited to work for a global team changing the narrative on travel? Then please introduce yourself and send a resume to careers@tastemakersafrica.com.

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