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Product Design Lead

Posting Country:  United Kingdom
Date Posted:  03-Sep-2021
Full Time / Part Time:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Permanent

At Vodafone, we’re working hard to build a better future. A more connected, inclusive and sustainable world. As a dynamic global community, it's our human spirit, together with technology, that empowers us to achieve this. 

We challenge and innovate in order to connect people, businesses, and communities across the world. Delighting our customers and earning their loyalty drive us, and we experiment, learn fast and get it done, together.

With us, you can be truly be yourself and belong, share inspiration, embrace new opportunities, thrive, and make a real difference.


We are looking for a Product Design Lead to join our studio at Vodafone Smart Tech. 
Who are we? 

We're an award-winning studio within the Vodafone family, obsessed with pushing the boundaries and creating market-leading IoT experiences for a growing international audience.  
What's the role?  
Our Product Design Lead role is for those who love shaping user experiences and can bring senior expertise, knowledge and skills to the team. We're not looking for a manager but a creator who can lead the design efforts for a category.  
You won't be alone; you'll be part of a community that balances our overarching design direction with your users' needs through your partnerships with Product and Research to shape elegant solutions that bring value to people's lives.  
What about the culture?  
You'll be joining a closely-knit community of creators, innovators and makers. We're serious about design and serious about culture – values shared throughout Smart Tech.  
If you're looking to do great work, shape wonderful product experiences and work in a supportive team – this will be an excellent fit for you.  
What more can we add?  
We're a business that cares about our people, and we aspire to provide outstanding benefits. 

  • Super Flexible Working – Do what works best for you, work remotely or from our collaborative offices in Paddington, London. 
  • Optional meet-ups and social events in London. 
  • Work Abroad – You can work abroad for 4 weeks per year. 
  • 28 Days holiday. 
  • Best in class Paternal and Maternal policies. 
  • Competitive Salary, Bonus, Pension Scheme, and Benefits. 


So what are the details on this role? 

You've made it this far through the advert. That's awesome! We're big on ensuring that this is an excellent fit for both you and us – details below.

What you’ll do here 

  • You’ll generate and take broad, conceptual ideas and turn them into useful and valuable solutions for our customers. 
  • You’ll contribute towards and/or lead design projects end-to-end design - activities will include: competitor & industry research, requirements gathering, ideation & conception, flows & visual design, prototyping, supporting role in user research, presenting design recommendations, and design support for software engineers.
  • You’ll develop partnerships with peers, supporting those around you from Engineers, to Product Managers and Researchers.
  • You’ll actively help colleagues to understand the value of design, provide perspective, and advice. Advocating design to diverse audiences (including senior leaders) through written reports, oral presentations, and other novel approaches.
  • You’ll actively contribute to the enhancement of the aesthetic, interactivity, and usability of our apps, whilst considering and working within the constraints of Smart Tech’s Design System.



  • You're a seasoned Product Designer with 5+ years of experience in industry.
  • You have 1+ years of experience in designing IoT product solutions
  • You have a compelling portfolio consisting of numerous design projects showcasing your thinking, contribution, actions, and outcomes.
  • You have experience working with agile, lean, sprint-based processes.
  • You have excellent knowledge and confidence working with Figma, Sketch, Adobe Suite, Protopie.
  • You have successfully supported and/or led the design efforts in the delivery of iOS and Android products.
  • You have a solid skill set across UX, UI, Interaction and research practices and are capable of delivering easy-to-use end-to-end design solutions, using the appropriate tools to demonstrate how the experience will come to life.
  • You’re able to respond quickly to problems at hand and support your colleagues in developing ideas at pace.
  • You have a strong design process, proactively seeking input, perspectives and insight to help iterate upon your concepts and the design confidence to experiment.
  • You have the ability to communicate the value of product design, championing the user to inform our decisions, whilst balancing the needs of our identity and business.

  • You have good communication skills, you are able to articulate your ideas and the goals of your work succinctly and effectively with colleagues and stakeholders.
  • You are comfortable working collaboratively and autonomously, managing your own time and competing demands and can work with your manager and colleagues within the squad to plan and prioritise work.
  • You’re able to contribute ideas to the wider community, yet understand the value in working with our design principles and utilizing the design system.
  • Your work is considerate not just to the customer, but to colleagues, you consciously make an effort to follow the set standards within design files and recognise that other colleagues need to be able to work with your projects.

Vodafone is committed to attracting, developing and retaining the very best people by offering a motivating and inclusive workplace in which talent is truly recognised and rewarded. We are committed to promoting Inclusion for All with the belief that diversity plays an important role in the success of our business. We actively encourage everyone to consider becoming a part of our journey.