“Working with Spiti Holiday Adventure, in Spiti Valley, has helped me peel away the non functional layers built over years, and has let me connect to my true self.” - Sandhya Subramanyan / 2017
Ever since its inception in 1989, Spiti Holiday Adventure, the most experienced local travel company in Spiti Valley, has been operating in what was traditionally a B2B (business to business) market. All this changed, when we decided to open up the market and connect directly with travellers from all across the world by offering the most authentic local travel experience in the valley, at the best local prices minus any middleman commissions. Despite the 30 years of experience, our mindset is that of a startup - always trying to push boundaries to build a beautiful product. Working here, and being a part of the growing process can be exciting and equally frustrating. Here, the responsibilities are high, lines between work positions are often grey, everyone seems to be doing everything. But most importantly, everyone works towards building something they love.
At Spiti Holiday Adventure, we are a small group of nomads with an unending thirst to explore and build a more authentic local travel experience. Based in Kaza (district capital of Spiti) and Mcleodganj, (yes, we have offices with awesome views), we primarily promotes tours and treks in Spiti Valley. So just another glorified travel agent? Yes and no. Spiti Holiday Adventure, unlike travel ventures, is not a middleman between travellers and travel suppliers.
Our objective is to operate at the ground level in Spiti Valley, where we promote, explore and document our trails, build our own hotels, train our own local staff and so on. So when you travel with Spiti Holiday Adventure, you visit the stunning Spiti Valley, get a taste of the local travel experience and all this – at local prices.
We believe in product first, sales later. If you are working with us, you’ll probably be wearing multiple hats, juggling various responsibilities and have sketchy work timings. We understand that most people prefer to be given a fixed work timing and a responsibility, but then – we are not most people and if you’ve continued to read this far, you’re probably not like most people either.
Apart from the love for building an exciting product, the team is bound by the love to travel – so there would be a time when you would be typing away to glory behind your computer screen on one day, and the next day, you would be navigating the harsh roads of Spiti Valley.
At Spiti Holiday Adventure, it’s possible. Click here to know more about the team.
We believe in smaller teams that are committed and dedicated to our cause. This means that if you do something magical, it gets noticed and appreciated. One of our team members came from Mumbai for a two week project to videograph a certain folk dance in Spiti Valley. He loved the place and our work so much, that he decided to stay back and work on our logistics. Next year, along with continuing to document the valley for us, he took over our operations at our office in Kaza.
So when you work with us, you work with no maps, borders or coordinates. You are free to explore your own line of work if you think it would add value to the organization and would help us build our vision. If you’re keen on doing innovative work, travelling, and solving problems and creating opportunities, we welcome you to join us on our journey.
As a Product Designer, you will be helping define and drive the future of digital design across Lonely Planet products. You’ll take on complex tasks and transform them into intuitive, accessible and easy-to-use design solutions for millions of users. You are a great systems-level thinker and visionary with strong instincts and outstanding intuition.
You have an inherent sense of clean design, passionately advocate for the user, and are committed to creating elegantly simple user experiences from complex workflows. You will create effective designs alongside product managers, engineers, researchers, and other business teams to create innovative experiences across all of Lonely Planet’s digital platforms.
Responsibilities?Define the user model and user interface for new and existing Lonely Planet products and feature sets.Responsible for and effectively advocate for our users.Develop high level or detailed mockups and prototypes to effectively communicate interaction and design ideas.Work collaboratively with other design team members, product managers, engineering, and other stakeholders.Iterate on design ideas repeatedly and validate assumptions with user testing and other research methods.Help unify user journeys across features and products.
Qualifications?BA/BS degree in Design (e.g. interaction, graphic, visual communications, product, industrial), HCI, CS, or a related field or equivalent practical experience.Minimum of 5 years of experience in User Experience (UX) Design, Product development, or other software related roles.Portfolio of UX-focused work samples for web and mobile applications.Effectiveness in defining, self-managing, and prioritizing work.Excellent communication, presentation, interpersonal, and analytical skills; the ability to communicate complex interaction concepts clearly and persuasively across different audiences and varying levels of the organization.What’s in it for you?
This is an exceptional opportunity to work with a growing team in a globally loved brand in a truly global company, with offices in the UK, US, Australia, Ireland, China & India.
You will also receive 3 weeks of vacation, a competitive salary based on your experience and region, 401K, and great medical coverage.
Location: Manali, Kaza