Product Designer – Design Systems

This is the start of an entirely new role at Pleo.

Over the past few years our small product team has scrappily put together a product our customers love. We love it too. But like with most start-up stories – our initial focus was solving specific customer pains and finding a good market fit rather than building a solid and scalable design system from day one. We wouldn't change this decision, we got where we are today because of it. But as the team scales we want to ensure consistency, cohesion and quality. We want to work smarter.

That is where you come in. You get sad when you see someone 'Detach from Symbol' in Sketch. You're wondering why someone prototypes something in React but throws out the code when it needs to be built for real. You cringe when you see a developer using the colour picker on the edge of some anti-aliased text.

But beyond that you want to see designers and engineers bringing solutions to customers at a consistent and healthy pace. Enabling them to focus on the right things, rather than the things that are supposed to be simple. Building and maintaining a great design system is a huge part of improving the way we work.

The nitty gritty skills needed

    • Ability to gain a deep understanding of how our design and engineering disciplines go about their work of building Pleo
    • Ability to design and build tooling, documentation, and workflows to enable these disciplines to work smarter
    • Strong visual and interaction design chops
    • Strong grasp on web and mobile standards, accessibility and efficient product design
    • Ability to drive and manage collaboration with other members of the design and front-end team so that our design system feels like a companywide effort
    • Have already tried implementing and maintaining a product design system across multiple platforms
    • 'Systems Thinking' of how to approach design and each of the areas it impacts, both now and in the potential future
    • The ability to direct, drive, and evolve the project inside a growing company
    • Basic working knowledge of front-end development

We'll geek out if you

    • Push our engineering limits (in the right way)
    • Have an analytical mind about the impact of your work
    • Actively involved in the design community
    • Have strong working knowledge of front-end development

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!) ☕️
    • Can actually explain to them what a design system is

Show me the benefits!

    • Your own Pleo card (no more out-of-pocket spending)
    • Flexible working remote options for those onsite (just speak to your team)
    • Quarterly trips to somewhere for team camps (both company-wide ones and team-specific ones). The last one was Berlin in June this year, including a drag queen show (we went authentic Berlin)
    • 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 and London offices when you're here
    • 25 days holidays (annual)
    • 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, beer brewing, skiing, that type of thing)
    • Wild enthusiasm and encouragement from us if you want to host MeetUps, events, etc - we'll help (venue, food etc)
The reason most of us work at Pleo is because we want to change the workplace of today. We are motivated by companies trusting with us and giving us autonomy to work in the best way for us - and for the company. Pleo solves today's company spending problem. We empower companies with an app that links up to pre-paid cards. Every person gets a card, and is trusted with spending company money. After all, if you're trusted enough to be hired, you should be trusted enough with spending money responsibly.

Being HQ'd out of Copenhagen means we're inspired by sensible things like a good work-life balance. If you don't work in one of our offices with us we'll help you get up the best remote set up possible, and will fly you in once a quarter for team camps.

Sometimes, we write about things we care about

Check out what we think about the realities of working remotely are here:

And a sneak peek into what happens when get together for Pleo Team Camp 👇

What am I in for?
If you want to know how we hire, company-wide, here's how we do it: