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Lead Product Designer - Design System

Health insurance
Paid time off
Employee discount programs
Mental health wellbeing support
Parental leave
Visa sponsorship
Paid sabbatical
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About Cleo

Most people come to Cleo to do work that matters. Every day, we empower people to build a life beyond their next paycheck, building a beloved AI that enables you to forge your own path toward financial well-being.

Backed by some of the most well-known investors in tech, we’ve reached millions of people to support them throughout their financial lives, from their first paycheck to their first home and beyond. We're hitting headlines too. This year, Forbes named us as one of their Next Billion Dollar Startups, and we were crowned the 'Hottest Tech Scaleup' at the Europas.

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On the frontier of design

We're moving through uncharted territory with brand new design challenges around conversation, UI, brand, TOV and applied machine learning AI that don’t have much precedent yet. We’re using all that to help people improve their financial health, solving money problems that make a very real and tangible difference to our users.

The role

You’ll be joining a new design-led, cross-functional squad focused on evolving, improving and implementing Cleo’s nascent design system - Cleonardo. This work is crucial to support the consistency of the user experience across the entire Cleo product, as well as the pace and quality of work being delivered as we enter our next, exciting phase of growth.The team will also be tackling larger user experience projects that cut across many areas of the business and therefore need a more strategic approach.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Support your squad with auditing and prioritising Design System work to be done
  • Building relationships with key stakeholders in pillars and chapters across Cleo
  • Communicating and educating the design team and wider business on improvements and work being carried out
  • Foundational Design System set-up and roll-out
  • Contribute to cross-cutting strategic design projects

About you:

  • Portfolio that highlights design systems you have created or largely contributed to
  • Proven experience designing and launching for both desktop and mobile environments
  • Deep understanding of how to create usable, accessible, and modular designs that can scale to millions of users.
  • Experience working and collaborating with diverse teams in a dynamic, rapid-growth environment.
  • Track record of creating and managing impactful design systems and processes.
  • Deeply curious about people's relationship with money
  • You’re impact driven. You’re excited that an idea you and the team have on a Monday could be live and pushing the numbers by a Friday!
  • Experienced in working closely with engineers and other designers
  • A strong communicator who is capable of bringing people together and establishing clarity
  • You are comfortable with ambiguity and enjoy creating structure where there is none
  • You understand experimentation & analysis and incorporate it into your design decisions
  • You ideally have 6+ years of experience within Product Design and 2+ years with design systems

Please note that, at this time, we are unable to offer visa sponsorship for the Lead Product Designer role. Only candidates who do not require visa sponsorship should apply. Thank you for understanding

How long will the process take?

We aim to move as fast as possible. Usually 2-4 weeks is enough time for us all to get to know each other.

  • Step 1: An initial 30 mins intro phone call with a member of our Talent Team to learn more about your experience and why you want to work at Cleo
  • Step 2: A case study and experience interview to present examples of impactful work with two of our design team and talk about your general experience
  • Step 3: A final 45 minutes values interview with cross-functional peers from our Product and Engineering teams

 What do you get for all your hard work?

  • A competitive compensation package (base + equity). You can view our public progression framework and salary bandings here: This role is level PM4 and we can pay between £79,364 - £102,793 pa depending on experience
  • Work at one of the fastest-growing tech startups, backed by top VC firms like Sofina, Balderton & EQT Ventures.
  • A clear progression plan. We want you to keep growing. That means trying new things, leading others, challenging the status quo and owning your impact. Always with our complete support.
  • Flexibility: We treat you as humans first, employees second. Because we can’t fight for the world’s financial health, if we’re not healthy ourselves. This means all the usual perks but it also means flexibility. We take pride in being a flexible workplace that trusts our Cleople to deliver their best work, giving you the autonomy to structure your day around morning drop-offs to school or daily dog walks.
  • Hybrid-first: Join our hybrid-first team, where we blend the best of both remote and in-office work. We expect our team members to be in our London office 1-2 times a week. On Thursdays, we buy you lunch but you can come to the office on whichever days work best for you!

Other benefits;

  • Generous pay increases for high-performers and high-growth team members
  • Equity top-ups for team members getting promoted
  • 25 days annual leave a year + public holidays (+ an additional day for every year you spend at Cleo)
  • Check out our new benefits package here:
  • 6% employer-matched pension in the UK
  • Company-wide performance reviews every 8 months e.g every 2 terms, in line with our termly cycles (Jan-April, May-Aug, Sept-Dec):
  • Private Medical Insurance via Vitality, dental cover, and life assurance
  • Enhanced parental leave
  • 1 month paid sabbatical after 4 years at Cleo
  • Regular socials and activities, online and in-person
  • We'll pay for your OpenAI subscription
  • Online mental health support via Spill
  • And many more!
Questions & answers for this position
  • What is the type of contract for this position?
    The contract for this position is a Full-time contract
  • What's the salary range for the Lead Product Designer - Design System position?
    The suggested salary for this position is £79,364-£102,793
  • Is telecommuting possible for this position?
    No, telecommuting is not possible for this position
About Cleo
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Artificial Intelligence, Finance
51-250 employees

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