Senior Product Designer (m/f/d)

smava GmbH Published: July 27, 2020
Berlin, Germany
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Are you up for a successful grown-up start-up headquartered in Berlin-Friedrichshain?

smava is one of the biggest fintech employers and has received several awards, including the price for Innovator 2019 and the Top Employer 2019. Become part of the smava story now and let us grow together! We are smava – the online credit comparison. We make loans transparent, fair and cheap!

To support our Product and Design team we are looking for you in full-time as a:

Senior Product Designer (m/f/d)

Your opportunity:

We are looking for a Senior Product Designer who wants to:

  • Work on product design (UX/UI), embedded in a cross-functional agile team, working with your peers in product and engineering
  • Work on discovery and research
  • Help coach designers in best design practices, and instil a design culture in the teams
  • Bring together the experience across the journey
  • Support the Team Lead in DesignOps
  • Lead and influence the design culture
  • Empower others, sharing honest feedback and making room for others to shine

Our design team is made up of product designers, researchers and graphic designers. We work with product managers, engineers, analytics, marketing, customer success staff and more. We believe in a collaborative, lean and hypothesis-driven approach to our work.

In addition to designers being embedded in product teams, we spend time together in the Design & Research team. During corona, we’ve been doing remote beers and lunches and having open learning sessions where we can grow together. In normal times, our smava events include ‘Beer Fridays’ and ‘Cookie Fridays’.  We have invested effort to build our design culture and have a strong team spirit.

What will your day-to-day look like? 

  • Working on the experience of our website and other customer touchpoints
  • Be a partner in your quad with your Product Manager, Engineering Lead, and Agile Coach and collaborate with other disciplines e.g. Customer Service
  • Working on discovery to shape the future of our product
  • Supporting the Team Lead on DesignOps initiatives to empower the team
  • Mentor designers on good design process and influence
  • Balance influencing around your design rationale vs knowing when it’s time to disagree and commit
  • Prototyping
  • Being hypothesis-driven and lean

Here are some skills you’re good at:

  • With around 5+ years of experience in hand, you’re very good at understanding user needs and creating great user experiences
  • Strong design process, UX/UI skills, and research experience or potential to grow in this area
  • Good understanding of research and the potential to grow in this area
  • You understand the difference between discovery and delivery
  • You understand the ‘product’ part of design: viability and feasibility, data, the difference between the vision and how to split it into shippable increments, negotiation with your peers
  • Good design facilitation and collaboration
  • You are strong in leadership skills and set a good example for the team
  • Coaching other designers on process
  • A growth mindset, proactivity, positivity and able to receive feedback and give constructive feedback
  • Experience working in an Agile/Scrum development process, lean UX
  • Fluent in English and German


  • Service design experience
  • Copywriting skills
  • Brand experience


“Loving this team so bad already.”

– Artur, Research Team, during his onboarding.


If you want a sneak peek of your potential teammates, you can check us out here: Melanie HambarsoomianArtur GerkeCansu ErdinçDaniela Pinto MesaEddie Gueiros HsuPloyprom ChongkolwatanaThantawan Iemchuen.

What we offer 

  • Employer-funded pension
  • Up to 10 Child-Sickness-Days per year
  • Onboarding support (e.g. assistance visa application/work permit, German health insurance, accommodation)
  • Flexible working hours
  • Subsidies to lunch (, to public transport ticket (VBB Umweltkarte) and to your gym (e.g. John Reed, McFit, Superfit)
  • Free inhouse German course on different levels: beginners to advanced
  • Product Demos: Once a week during lunch with free pizza, the Product and Engineering Teams demonstrate newly features or product changes
  • Educational Friday: Once a month on Friday including a free drink, the Marketing Teams present different Marketing topics & campaigns
  • Special Events (e.g. Hackathons, Beer Friday, Cookie Friday and team events)
  • Open communication, flat hierarchy and fast execution
  • Smart colleagues from all around the world (40 nationalities)
  • The security of a well-established online company with start-up flair
  • A modern and centrally located office in Berlin-Friedrichshain on 4 floors with rooftop terrace, treehouses, couches, fruits/vegetables/cereals for free, PS4 and table tennis for work, retreat and exchange


Then apply online in just a few minutes via the application button as Senior Product Designer (m/f/d). Simply upload your CV and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

All applications are accepted exclusively via the application form.

Contact: Aleksandra Brodawka (030 – 617 48 0014)


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