UX Designer

Defense Unicorns

Defense Unicorns is growing our team of passionate people on a mission to make software delivery easy for the most secure systems in the world. We create open-source products that accelerate the delivery of mission-critical software to organizations that support our nation's most critical infrastructure in the Department of Defense. 

We are looking for experienced designers to help us improve our core mission capabilities, build new tools that simplify the software delivery experience, contribute to our internal component library, and improve our tooling and experiences for software developers, Kubernetes engineers, and system administrators. We highly value collaborative design, craft expertise, and strong product thinking.

This full-time role can be held remotely from anywhere in the United States.

What will you do: 

  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to conceptualize and execute high-fidelity prototypes, translating concepts into user-friendly designs that align with our brand and business objectives.
  • Conduct comprehensive UX research and testing methodologies to gather user feedback, identify pain points, and iterate on design solutions for optimal user satisfaction.
  • Utilize data analysis techniques to interpret user behavior patterns, extracting actionable insights to inform design decisions and enhance product functionalities.
  • Cultivate empathy for end-users across product teams & stakeholders by creating and maintaining user personas.
  • Collaborate with developers to design and build data-centered tools that improve developer experience  (DevX)
  • Create, collaborate, and iterate on user flows, site maps, user journeys, and other design artifacts.
  • Plan iterative design improvements that are delivered to production regularly. 
  • Ensure high-quality user experience and integrate feedback into product design
  • Work closely with other product teams and designers to ensure cross-product integration.
  • Mentor and uplevel design practices across the company.
  • Develop a deep understanding of the DevSecOps life cycle.

Some projects you could work on:


  • Own the end-to-end design process and delivery of SWF capability to DoD app developers.
  • Map out developer experience across SWF to identify new product needs for UDS
  • Design initial prototypes and wireframes for new applications


We’d love to hear from you if you:

  • Have a robust portfolio showcasing a range of design work demonstrating creativity, technical proficiency, and a firm grasp of design principles.
  • Have proven experience in prototyping and visual design, demonstrating proficiency in industry-standard design tools (e.g., Adobe Creative Suite, Sketch, Figma, etc.).
  • Have a strong background in conducting UX research and testing methodologies to improve product usability and user satisfaction.
  • Value high-quality, well-crafted visual and interaction design and care about the details
  • Have a good understanding of backend and frontend development
  • Have experience leading user engagements fully remote (ex., interviews, usability testing, workshops)
  • Are proficient in data analysis techniques and tools to derive insights, with the ability to translate data into actionable strategies.
  • Have excellent communication skills to collaborate with diverse teams and present design concepts effectively.
  • Familiarity with Business Intelligence (BI) concepts, tools, and methodologies is a plus.
  • Ability to work independently, manage time efficiently, and thrive in a remote work setup.
  • Flexibility to adapt to evolving project needs and contribute effectively in a fast-paced environment.
  • Love tackling ambiguous problems and shaping them into clear goals
  • Value high-quality, well-crafted visual and interaction design and care about the details
  • Are generative and enjoy coming up with novel but simple solutions
  • Enjoy collaborating closely with developers and have empathy for developer experience
  • Are interested in the technology under the hood that enables secure software delivery
  • Have a passion for our mission-focused organizations who need secure software & capabilities


A few more things:

At Defense Unicorns, we value curiosity and a growth mindset. We believe in hiring smart, driven people who are excited to learn and develop their skills. If you are excited about our mission and interested in this role, but your experience aligns differently from the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may just be the unicorn we are looking for. 


Our design team believes great designers can clearly articulate their creative solutions in whatever medium best suits them. Said a different way, the designer makes the tool, but the tool does not make the designer. However, we acknowledge that the design tool stack can be an essential factor in a job search, so here is a list of some of the design tools our team has adopted. 

  • Figma
  • Miro
  • Userbit
  • Maze
  • Carbon Design System
  • Adobe design Suit
  • Pen and Paper (of course)

Full compensation packages are based on candidate experience. Compensation ranges are established using national benchmarking data and apply across all geographic locations within the United States. 

Remote - USA
$145,614$190,000 USD

Who We Are: Defense Unicorns delivers mission value by streamlining software delivery so our customers can focus on the most important challenges. We share a vision of freedom and security for the advancement of progress and innovation. Our commitment to this vision, and to our mission-driven customers, means a commitment to speed, user experience and optionality, without compromising security. Our team is composed of innovators, software engineers, and veterans with decades of experience delivering technology programs across the federal market.

What We Do: We create and deliver secure solutions for continuous software integration and delivery. Defense Unicorns consolidates the best practices for security pipelines, testing, and deployment automation in order to meet the high security requirements valued by mission owners. Our solutions are agnostic by design and we believe that growing a robust ecosystem of secure, cloud-native software solutions can help enterprise customers inside and outside the federal market buy and integrate software more easily.

Who We Serve: Defense Unicorns’ customers are mission-focused leaders across public and private enterprises. We proudly support defense and civil agencies across the U.S. government and we work closely with the creators of leading-edge software solutions to deliver value to the mission-owner by improving the security and consumability of commercial software products.

What We Work On:

  • Kubernetes
  • Cloud Environments (AWS/GCP and Azure)
  • Infrastructure-as-code (like Terraform/Pulumi)
  • Continuous Delivery and automation tooling
  • GitOps
  • Containers
  • CNCF projects and open source products and packages
  • Helm/Kustomize-Value Stream Mapping
  • Building and improving security delivery
  • Building Kubernetes and cloud native applications

Benefits Our Unicorns Enjoy:


  • Medical/Dental/Vision
  • Premiums are 100% Company Paid
  • Health Reimbursement Account
  • Life Insurance
  • Disability Insurance


  • 401k with Employer Contribution (Regardless of Employee Contribution)
  • Company Stock Options
  • Home Office Setup Budget


  • Unlimited paid time off, with a mandatory 10 days off on top of 11 federal government holidays, week of Thanksgiving, last two weeks of December (including New Year’s Day)
  • Paid Parental Leave


  • Reimbursement for approved trainings/subscriptions
  • Conferences (travel, lodging, and fees)

Defense Unicorns is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, veteran status, genetic information, union status and/or beliefs, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.


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