Principal Product Designer

Last updated 18 days ago
Location:Wellington
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 plays a vital role in all of our product development. Globally there are 90+ Product Design and Design Research practitioners across NZ, AU, UK, US and Canada. We are all one team and work cross functionally with our product and development teammates to create beautiful, enabling and meaningful experiences for our customers.

What is a Principal Product Designer at Xero?

You will be responsible for evangelizing a design system and practice that helps create consistent and beautiful products; developing the standards and guidelines which clarify the expectations of our design teams, and growing and enabling capabilities of designers within your team.

You'll help to define the design direction and vision for product areas and/or initiatives, working in partnership with design, product and engineering leaders, and ensure they are defined and communicated in a way that provides clear direction to other designers and product teams. You'll explain and promote a balance of ‘Best Practice’ and innovative design approaches to enable teams to achieve world-class design at Xero and ensure design direction is in place to support the product roadmaps and strategy of product teams.

You’ll be responsible for framing up medium to long-term, high-level design evolution across product programmes and initiatives.


About the role:

This role will be working across product portfolios enabling designers and product teams working towards a product wide initiative, allowing them to deliver a unified, internationalised experience to their customers. Through design guidance, you will ensure there is a clear understanding of any common capabilities needed for the successful delivery of the Programmes. You’ll act as a liaison between the Programme and the wider design and product teams, championing design in the Programme leadership team.


Day to day you will:

You’ll work with the GM Design and Product Design Directors in your portfolio and other Product Design Principal’s across portfolios to continually evolve and grow our design practice, processes, and capabilities to support the delivery of world-class product design solutions.

You’ll Partner closely with Design and Product Leaders to set the design vision and direction for a portfolio or initiative, raise the visual and interaction design quality and get teams working in a way that makes great products. You’ll Influence, challenge and enable teams to deliver high quality product experiences.


What you need for this role:

  • A track record of innovating and delivering design experiences at scale
  • Demonstrated quality in design craft, process and thinking
  • Recognised as an expert within the field of design, with extensive design specialist knowledge
  • Excellent communication skills
  • An inclusive, collaborative approach that helps maintain our values and contributes to making Xero a great place to workExperience leading other designers working on complex software
  • Experience building and iterating on a product 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 valueA mastery of the entire design process from uncovering customer needs and pain points, to executing elegant interfaces
  • But why work at Xero?

    At Xero, we are rewiring the small business economy and want millions of small businesses to thrive through beautiful software, advice, and connections.

    We see the value in 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! All applicants must submit a portfolio in order to be considered

    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.