Head of Design

  • San Mateo, CA
  • Full-time

Step is a well-funded company focused on disrupting banking through a differentiated mobile-first consumer experience.  The founding team has extensive background in FinTech and building successful consumer products and brands. Our mission is to create a bank that gives you the tools to become smarter with your money and reward you along your financial journey. If you’re looking to join a fast-growing company with a strong mission and vision that puts people first, we want to meet you.

The Role

Step is looking for an experienced design leader to be a founding member of our design team who can lead the overall product, design, and UX strategy.  We are a design focused consumer brand that works on physical products, digital products, and mobile apps. We're looking for someone to roll up their sleeves and be the companies first design hire leading brand direction, visual, UX and UI. The ideal candidate is a passionate designer who is comfortable working closely with cross-functional teams to influence product strategy and rally them around elegant, innovative mobile solutions that delight our users.

Responsibilities:

  • Act as a champion for high caliber design throughout Step, and always put our users first
  • Produce flow-charts, wireframes, mockups, and build prototypes to illustrate the entire UX
  • Collaborate with user research to test and adjust concepts based on user feedback
  • Work closely with engineers to ensure their execution matches your direction
  • Guide the team, both strategically and creatively. You will ensure the team creates experiences that align with business goals, but not at the expense of our users
  • Partner with product management, engineering, user research, content writers and other teams to define the product direction, own the design execution and measure ongoing improvements wearing multiple design hats

About You:

  • Proven design experience in the mobile space including iOS , Android and web
  • 4+ years of designing consumer product experiences with an emphasis on mobile
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills
  • Sees many different ways about tackling a problem, weighing the pros and cons of each
  • You have experience shipping products and know what it takes to get something from idea to reality
  • Experience implementing scalable design practices such as design systems and visual component libraries
  • You can handle input, ideas, and feedback from lots of different teams and deliver designs that achieve objectives for everyone
  • Experience with design and prototyping tools like Sketch, Adobe Creative Cloud, InVision
  • A passion for pixel-perfection and simple user experiences
  • Specialization in interaction design, visual design and design thinking
  • You believe in thoughtful feedback. Designs rarely emerge fully formed. For high-quality design, we rely on the process of iteration and constantly pushing each other to do their best work through meaningful and positive feedback
  • You've worked on multiple platforms and know why something that works for mobile wouldn't work well on a laptop, and the nuances of Android versus iOS design patterns.
  • You have experience and enjoy a fast-paced startup environment
  • You have a portfolio you're proud of

Please include with your application:

  • A full resume
  • A portfolio with examples of mobile product design

Working at Step

  • Competitive salary based on experience, with full medical and dental benefits
  • Stock in an early stage startup
  • Flexible vacation policy
  • Free daily lunches
  • Free snacks & drinks
  • Monthly team events outside the office
  • Dog-friendly office
  • Office right next to Caltrain


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