Product Design Lead

Last updated an hour ago
Location:Auckland
Job Type:Full Time

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.

The Xero design function

Xero is incredibly user centric, which means design is at the heart of all our product development. Globally there are 85+ practitioners in our product design group across NZ, AU, UK, USA and Canada.

The Product Design team is a vital part of Xero’s success and our product makes a meaningful difference in the lives and businesses of more than a million people around the world. Within the design function we have two main areas, Product design and Design Research. We are all one team and as a result work cross functionally with our development and product teammates in order to create the most beautiful and enjoyable experiences for our customers.


What is Product Design Lead at Xero?

Lead Product Designers help define, design and deliver seamless product experiences within a product area at Xero. Working on your own design tasks, as well as assisting others through design collaboration, feedback and mentorship. You’ll contribute to the design vision and direction, working with the Design Principal and key relationships with Product leaders within your product area. You’ll help define how we improve as a Design team by working closely with other Leads and Principals, as well as our Design Leadership Team.


Day to day:

You won’t manage anyone as a Lead but you will mentor others and lead by example, offering design critique, sharing your thoughts and domain knowledge, and helping others develop their skills and expertise. This could be anything from helping deliver the team’s professional development programme to hosting knowledge sharing sessions or even creating better processes that can be implemented across the wider team.

Leads also work closely with their Design Directors, building strong relationships with engineering leads and product managers to help influence prioritisation of work and roadmap items.

What you need for this role:

  • You’re a highly skilled product designer with hands-on experience with the entire design process from uncovering customer needs and pain points, contributing to strategy and vision, and then delivering considered interfaces
  • Experience tackling large, complex and systemic pieces of work
  • An inclusive and proactive approach to working with product and engineering teams
  • Confidence in presenting your work and thoughts to a variety of internal groups, including design, product and engineering
  • A track record of mentoring and coaching other designers in your team

  • **In order to be considered for this role all applicants MUST submit a portfolio that demonstrates high-quality work, contributing to user experience and business value at the time of their application. If your portfolio is password protected please be sure to include your password in your application.
    Why work at Xero?

    We really value work-life balance. Many of us take full advantage of our flexible working arrangements, so whether you like to get a surf in before work, like to head home in time to pick up the kids or you just like working from the comfort of your own home now and then, we want to support you.

    We trust you to build your career to the best of your ability and we will support your hunger to learn with training and career mentorship, to help you flourish. Our facilities and PX teams work hard to give us great workspaces with all the tech company perks so join us and experience our awesome culture!

    What are you waiting for, apply now with your CV and portfolio!

    Xero is an NZ Immigration Accredited Employer and Rainbow Tick certified too.

    Please include a cover letter in your application, telling us why you’re a great fit for this position.