Xero is a beautiful, easy-to-use platform that helps small businesses and their accounting and bookkeeping advisors grow and thrive. At Xero, our purpose is to make life better for people in small business, their advisors, and communities around the world. This purpose sits at the centre of everything we do. We support our people to do the best work of their lives so that they can help small businesses succeed through better tools, information and connections. Because when they succeed they make a difference, and when millions of small businesses are making a difference, the world is a more beautiful place. How you’ll make an impact Senior Product Designers at Xero are responsible for designing beautiful, enabling and meaningful experiences that solve genuine customer problems. As a seasoned designer you’ll work closely with Product and Engineering on med-large scale projects within a product area of a portfolio. Within this role you’ll work primarily, but not exclusively on Xero Tax, Xero’s category leading compliance product in the UK. It’s an exciting time at Xero UK with the establishment of our first Product Design team and having recently made our first 2 hires in to the team we are seeking another Senior Product Designer to play pivotal role establishing the Product Design practice alongside your Research & Service Design peers. You will also work closely with Product and Engineering teams to build out a world class offering.You will work with our recently hired Design Director, Lead Designer and Senior Designer within the portfolio and product area to understand, support and implement the Product Design vision and direction; ensuring consistency and quality of execution within your product design delivery.

What you’ll do – Design practice and thinking

  • Promote the value of design and collaborative practice across spheres of influence and participation
  • Conduct desk research including domain and competitor analysis, interaction/design trends and ‘best of’ examples
  • Analyse relevant considerations such as research insights (when not directly involved), product strategy and roadmaps, technical environment and constraints
  • Contribute to the definition and articulation of ‘the problem’ – challenging assumptions and ‘pre-set’ thinking around solutions, agreeing the purpose, principles and vision
  • Create frameworks (read wireframes low/high-fi, visual frameworks, content/data models etc) which articulate the components, journeys and elements required to solve ‘the problem’
  • Explore ideal future concepts and identify new interaction solutions and patterns that meet customer needs in a better way
  • Develop phased design solutions that bridge the gap between a future state and current patterns, XUI design system and other relevant constraints and considerations
  • Create prototypes which tangibly demonstrate a proposed concept or solution
  • Collaborate with other designers to test ideas, share challenges, provide feedback and build quality in your practice 
  • Collaborate with content designers to ensure content within an experience is consistent, ‘fit for purpose’ and meets customer needs
  • Develop detailed interactions and interfaces which are smart and contextually relevant
  • Present and communicate design work to a range of different audiences
  • Create effective handover materials which clearly communicate how the design should look and behave throughout interaction flows and journeys (e.g. User flow diagrams, design specifications, experience/interaction specifications etc)
  • Design research and testing

  • Contribute to identifying research opportunities, planning and undertaking research and testing relevant to your product area.
  • Participate in generative user research to understand customer underlying goals, needs, behaviours and pain points (where necessary)
  • Participate in the synthesis of research data, drawing out and articulation of insights
  • Conduct user testing in conjunction with the Design Research team
  • Relationship management

  • Influence, challenge and support other designers within your product area to deliver high quality product experiences.
  • Facilitate cross functional team workshops – to bring everyone together at key points in the process and around key decisions
  • Collaborate with cross functional teams to ensure proposed solutions balance user needs, business strategy and technical constraints
  • Collaborate with development teams during sprints to provide design QA and problem solve issues as they arise
  • Success looks like

  • You’re delivering great product design work
  • You’re respected by your peers, the design team, and Product leaders
  • You’re delivering on schedule against agreed deadlines, to the highest quality standards
  • You’re creating inspiring and innovative solutions to meet customer and business problems.
  • What you’ll bring with you

  • Experience working on large design projects
  • Experience of working on projects with complex workflows
  • Experience across the entire design process, with mastery in executing elegant interfaces
  • Experience working with multiple development and product teams
  • Experience building and iterating on a product or experiences based on usage patterns, user feedback and an evolving strategic landscape
  • A portfolio that demonstrates high-quality design outcomes, contributing to user experience and business value
  • Track record of innovating and delivering high quality design experiences
  • Track record of solving customers’ problems through design thinking and execution
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Please provide a link to or copy of your portfolio with your application as well as any passwords needed for the hiring team to view.This role may also be called a Senior UX/UI Designer or Senior Interaction DesignerWhy Xero?At Xero we support many types of flexible working arrangements that allow you to balance your work, your life and your passions. We offer a great remuneration package with benefits that support a range of lifestyle choices and requirements and the opportunity to participate in Xero’s success through our Long Term Incentive scheme. Xero has rapidly expanding offices in London, Milton Keynes and Manchester and our work environment encourages continuous improvement and career development. Our collaborative and inclusive culture is one we’re immensely proud of. We know that a diverse workforce is a strength that enables businesses, including ours, to better understand and serve customers, attract top talent and innovate successfully. We are a Stonewall Diversity Champion, and Disability Confident committed. So, from the moment you step through our doors, you’ll feel welcome and supported to do the best work of your life.

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