Product Designer

  • Xero
  • Wellington, NZ
  • May 23, 2024

Job Description

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.

Xero Product Designers are responsible for designing beautiful, enabling and meaningful experiences that solve genuine customer problems. As a Product Designer you’ll work on small-medium scale projects within a product area of a portfolio and contribute to larger scale projects as part of a team. 


What You'll Do:

  • Work with your Design Manager and more senior product designers to understand the Product Design vision and direction and build your design practice, focusing on consistency and quality of execution within your product design delivery. 
  • 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’.
  • Create simple frameworks such as wireframes low/high-fi, visual frameworks, which articulate the components, journeys and elements required to solve 'the problem'.
  • Explore ideal future concepts that meet customer needs in the best possible way.
  • Work with others to 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, seek 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).
  • 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.
  • Participate in user testing.
  • Develop effective cross functional relationships and build influence.
  • Participate in cross functional team workshops.
  • 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.


What Success Looks Like:

  •  You’re delivering designs on schedule against agreed deadlines, to the highest quality standards. 
  • You’re consistently delivering high quality solutions to meet customer and business problems.
  • You’re collaborating and contributing to your Design, Product, and Development teams.
Why Xero
Offering very generous paid leave to use however you’d like (plus statutory holidays!), dedicated paid leave to care for your physical and mental wellbeing as well as an Employee Assistance Program to access mental health care for you and your family, free medical insurance, wellbeing and sports programmes, employee resource groups, 26 weeks of paid parental leave for primary caregivers, an Employee Share Plan, beautiful offices, flexible working, career development, and many other benefits that reflect our human value, you’ll do the best work of your life at Xero.

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.  At Xero we embrace diversity and inclusion and value a #challenge mindset.

Research has shown that women and underrepresented groups are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single competency or experience . If you are excited about this role, but your past experience doesn't align perfectly, we encourage you to apply anyway. You could be just the right person for this role and Xero. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at time of application and throughout the interview process.

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