If you ask me, I think it's hard to sense the way that we approach product design if you aren't a Pleo customer today.
It's also tough to write a job post about this without any visual cues, so instead I'm going left wing to try to tell the story of why we design our products like we do, and what our guiding star is. Then, hopefully, you can see what we believe in when it comes to design, and see if that's what you believe in too.
Let's go back to the chaos of company spending. Think of this, you're one of those lucky employees who's high up enough to get your own company credit card (yay!), but you're the only one in your team who has one (nay!), so come month-end you're collecting this eclectic pile of crumpled receipts and invoices on your desk (nay!). You're nagging your team ("please give me all receipts today!"). You get emailed pictures of blurred receipts, you get forwarded flight confirmations. And you don't even get them all.
Oh what a joy it is to be a manager. You block off your Friday to deal with admin like this. You go through the spreadsheet that your Head of Finance has sent you, and you finally start matching receipts to missing expenses. You scan each one to .PDF merge. You realise that someone made an Alibaba order and you don't know how to categorise that expense (to be honest you don't even know what was bought).
Happy Friday to you.
We feel this pain and we've realised that it...well it just sucks. We build our software to help solve this pain. And we speak to our customers all the time to figure out how best to do just that.
The biggest pain we find is how complex and outdated company spending is. It's an area that has been owned by finance people for decades, with little regard for regular people trying to accomplish the job they were hired for (which for the majority, isn't bookkeeping). That often means being forced to use poorly designed software, and participate in time consuming processes – ultimately leading to stress and contempt (usually directed towards finance people)
The design team at Pleo wants to bring the power back to those doing the job, by creating simple and beautiful interfaces that accomplish complex business tasks. Keeping regular folks very happy, and the finance team too. We want few, yet very effective features. It'd be easy to create bloated software, but deep down we believe the best interface is no interface – just because we can design for screens doesn't mean we always should.
We're looking for someone who believes that, through elegant product design, we can change the way people work today for the better.
The nitty gritty skills needed
- Lots of prior experience solving complex problems with simple experiences, from SaaS products or similar
- Researching problem areas and distilling insights
- Ideation, prototyping and validating
- Confident with complex interaction design and flows for web and mobile
- Strong visual design chops
- Working closely with engineers through the whole product development cycle
We'll geek out if you
- Push our engineering limits (in the right way)
- Have strong opinions about design processes, tooling and systems
- Care about the impact of your decisions by looking at data
- Actively involved in the design community
- Have a soft spot for motion and transitional interfaces
- Dig (or want to challenge) our Design Principles
Your colleagues say you
- Have strong communication skills: both internally and externally
- Are good at managing your time through prioritising
- Are a good person to have a coffee with (virtual or not!) ☕️
Show me the benefits
- Your own Pleo card (no more out-of-pocket spending)
- Some flexibility when it comes to working remotely for those of us who are onsite (just speak to your team)
- Quarterly trips to somewhere for team camps (both company-wide ones and team-specific ones). Last one was in Berlin this June. Supergeil!
- Investment in learning & developing (just check with your team for what's reasonable, we don't have set budgets)
And here are some other nice gestures that we do
- Catered lunch in our HQ
- Loads of weird and wonderful niche communities to join in the company (we're talking guerrilla gardening, liquids tasting, the Pleo band, learning to code initiatives, that type of thing)
- Wild enthusiasm and encouragement from us if you want to host MeetUps, events, etc - we'll help (venue, food etc)
Working at Pleo means you're working on something very exciting: the future of work. Through fintech we've seen a way to impact how people work; we think company spending should be delegated to all employees and teams, that it should be as automated as possible, and that it should drive a culture of responsible spending.
Being HQ'd out of Copenhagen means we're inspired by sensible things like a good work-life balance.
Sometimes, people write nice things about us
And a sneak peek into what happens when get together for Pleo Team Camp 👇
Sometimes, we write about things we care about
Check out what we think thee realities of working remote are here