Director of Design

San Francisco

Varo is a challenger app-based bank account for the millions of ambitious, responsible millennials who are hands-off with their money and want a bank that’s going to work for them. Varo is building a unique mobile banking experience to challenge the traditional banking system. Unlike traditional banks or other fintech apps, Varo is building an all-in-one solution with frictionless, integrated, and automated deposit, budgeting, savings, and lending products that help customers bank with ease and achieve better financial outcomes. There’s no reason for a bank branch on every corner anymore when all customers need is a smartphone to meet their banking needs. Based in San Francisco and privately held, Varo has raised $34M with an early funding round led by Warburg Pincus in May of 2016, one of the largest-ever for an early-stage financial technology company.

Varo’s design team is still small but is huge in terms of vision, creativity, and impact. We’re responsible for making sure our product values come alive in amazing, intuitive, powerful customer experiences.

We’re people who are thrilled by the idea of building a bank that’s feels more like a beautiful, seamless, frictionless consumer product than a traditional financial institution. We’re creative to our core and obsessed with our customers. We thrive on feedback and push to always up our game—but try to never take ourselves too seriously.


    • Lead and facilitate a talented, young team through each stage of the design process
    • Set the direction, objectives, and shape of design projects knowing that each project may require a novel approach
    • Mentor, coach and manage your designers while also being hands-on for certain projects
    • Collaborate with team members and stakeholders in Product, Engineering, Marketing, Research, and Strategy to build amazing experiences
    • Represent and speak for Varo Design internally and externally
    • Advocate and be the voice of our customer in our product development process


    • 7-10 years of professional experience, including 3-5 as a design leader
    • Launching new consumer technology products and features
    • Building a design team from scratch
    • Managing or working closely with UX, product, and visual designers
    • Speaking publicly or participating at external events to promote the company and our achievements
    • Influencing internal stakeholders across product, growth, operations, finance, analytics, and the executive team to consistently follow design principles  

      Nobody can be great at everything, but we’re looking for candidates who are extraordinary at:
    • An intuitive sense of simply great design and user experience
    • A collaborative nature, a hunger for feedback, a connector of teams and people, and a facilitator of design workshops
    • Poise and organizational adeptness in order to make progress in a fast-paced startup environment

    • Other nice to haves:
    • A passion for and dedication to mastering the details of any project
    • A balance of strong UX sensibilities (especially in mobile), visual design acumen, and smart design process
    • Experience managing multiple projects, in a fast-paced, high volume environment
    • Scrappy and game for any task
    • Able to adapt to quick changes in direction
    • Demonstrates a strong sense of ownership and thought-leadership
    • A very high level of intellectual curiosity

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