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Product Design Lead - Payments



Product, Design
Cape Town, South Africa
Posted on Sunday, September 10, 2023
Yoco is on a mission to help the businesses of tomorrow get started, and get paid – be a part of the team that changes financial services in Africa. Curious. Data-driven. Purposeful. Sound like you? It sounds a lot like us too.We are a fast-growing African technology company made up of over 350 team members globally. All with a bias for boldness, and a passion for simple, progressive solutions.Founded in 2015, Yoco is now the payments provider for over 200 000 business owners and processes over $2bn annually.Yoco is operating as a distributed company with growing global talent hubs, and will accept applications from South Africa and the Netherlands. About The TeamThe Product Design function is of significant importance at Yoco and, as such, is growing to match the ambitions of the organization. It is an exciting time with many opportunities to leave a lasting and impactful mark on the broader industry and the world of commerce.We are looking for an experienced Design Lead to bring deep method to our Payments team working across software and hardware experiences. ROLE | WHAT YOU WILL BE DOING? Payments
  • Assist in leading the design of our payments ecosystem
  • Work with your Design Manager to implement processes that ensure high-quality design from ideation through to production
  • Facilitate workshops with cross-functional stakeholders ensuring the relevant input goes into the design work taking place.
  • Effectively marry customer needs and usability with business goals and technical constraints
  • Working closely with relevant stakeholders, help plan design work in a way that ensures a balance between getting things right and getting them out.
  • Work with key collaborators to ensure that the wholistic customer journey is designed for. From acquisition through to when things go wrong and our customer needs support.
  • Provide input and guidance, from a heuristics perspective, on our hardware and accessory ecosystem
Design Practice
  • Work closely with our Design Systems team and Brand team to ensure consistency and coherence in our experiences.
  • Guide and mentor more junior designers in the team
  • Be an active contributing member in the design leadership team, furthering the maturity journey of the product design function.
Who are we looking for?
  • Someone with extensive (10+ years is a good guide) and diverse experience designing and delivering products in multi-disciplinary teams.
  • A skilled demonstrative communicator with experience facilitating design thinking methods in complex organizations.
  • You know how to apply systems thinking in way that benefits both our customer and the broader function of product design.
  • Deep experience in working with and extending design systems
  • You have care and curiosity for people
  • You’re not a robot. You understand the rules, but don't follow them for the sake of process and linearity. You bring your whole self to the team


The Yoco formula is a validated approach to work and a set of behaviours that create maximum value for our customers and help us grow.

Core Values - Our way of working to create value & grow
  • Stay Connected
  • Make Space to Explore
  • Keep it Simple
  • Master your Craft

Core Behaviours - How we show up, engage & treat each other
  • Get to know each other personally
  • Say what you think
  • Be courageous and focus forward
  • Don’t let ego get in the way

To support this, we have built a role-based organisation where every individual is given the space to focus and develop their innate strengths. Everyone at Yoco has the opportunity to lead a project and become a specialist, enabling flexibility, collaboration and accountability at all levels. You will be working with a diverse, motivated and skilled team who will continuously stretch you as an individual. To learn more about our culture, subscribe to our Exposure Gallery.

Join us on a meaningful journey at Yoco, and help enable our merchants to thrive through Open Commerce!

Yoco is a growing African Fintech, enabling people to thrive through open commerce.

Founded in 2015, Yoco now processes over US$2 billion annually, and we’re the payments provider for over 200 000 self-employed.

By 2024 we aim to serve 3 million entrepreneurs, becoming the leading Open Commerce ecosystem for small business, across Africa and the Middle East.