Product Designer

| Chicago

The Product Designer role is responsible for the user experience and visual design of products and features. You will be excited to work closely with end users, stakeholders, and our leadership team to solve user problems by driving ideas from early discovery and research to final delivery. You should be proficient in responsive web application design practices. You will be involved in all phases of the product lifecycle to ensure that applicable solutions are valuable for our users and align with our business objectives.

The ideal candidate will thrive in a collaborative cross-functional environment working on a small product team made up of a Product Manager, a Product Designer, & 3-5 Developers. This Designer will be empowered to be adaptable and creative in ways that our users love and that work for our business.

Why Paro?

Vision: 

We are creating an alternative employment model for the future of finance work. By capitalizing on the rise of the freelance/gig economy, we are disrupting the $150bn antiquated accounting industry. Through technology, we bring work directly to the highest quality finance and accounting professionals and provide them with the tools they need to manage and grow their own books of business. At the end of our day, our purpose is simple: Empower people to do what they love. Culture: Collaboration is key to the Paro Home Team. Together, we curate an open environment and encourage constant feedback to create great experiences for our freelancers and guarantee success for our clients. We live and breathe our values and have a whole lot of fun along the way.

What We Do

We help growing companies gain confidence in their finances. Paro matches businesses with the highest vetted bookkeepers, accountants, financial analysts, and CFOs who provide remote, on-demand, hourly support when clients need it. We only accept 2% of applicants into our highly curated network of experts, so clients know they’re working with the best of the best.

About You 

You are focused on product discovery, user experience design, prototypic, user testing, and interaction/visual design. You are a strategic thinker and a can provide voice in which you have no problem to use. You want to continue evolving as a subject matter expert. You’re well-rounded, proactive and productive. You can take a project and run with it. You can make something complex into something simple and interesting. Product, design and research excites you. 

 

What You’ll Do 

  • Produce stunning visual designs, manage interactions, and define information architecture from discovery through delivery including: sketches, wireframes, illustrations, and other user-centered design methodologies 
  • Optimize existing user interface designs and create wireframes, mock-ups, and prototypes to validate new product and/or feature ideas on behalf of the broader product team 
  • Collaborate with the whole company to create simple and intuitive product experiences 
  • Develop and execute research initiatives to inform and defend product directions 
  • Help define technical and business requirements and always strive to deliver intuitive and user-centric solutions 
  • Combine creativity with the structure of a defined design system and UI Kit to ensure consistency 
  • Distill feature research and test results into actionable plans for development 
  • Display leadership by taking ownership over the projects you contribute to 
  • Communicate with both our clients and freelancers to understand their pain points, goals, and objectives 


Skills You'll Need 

  • Bachelor’s degree  
  • 2+ years of experience designing web applications 
  • Experience conducting user research & stakeholder interviews 
  • Strong visual design aesthetic 
  • Understanding and ability to apply A/B Testing 
  • Understanding of user acceptance testing 
  • Superuser of Sketch 
  • Working knowledge of InVision or prototype in general 
  • Proficiency of HTML/CSS to better connect with the engineering team 
  • Axure for wireframing and low level prototyping 
  • Ability to wireframe 
  • Ability to develop, organize, and maintain process documentation 
  • Clear, effective communicator—verbally and in writing 
  • Demonstrated ability to work productively on a product team in a cross-functional capacity 
  • Results-oriented; proven ability to prioritize, drive and achieve results through self and others under time pressure. 
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and manage your time to address multiple responsibilities in a fast-paced, team environment. 


Benefits

Competitive salary + stock options 

Fun and challenging environment that propels career growth Medical, dental, and vision insurance 

Unlimited PTO – we trust you 

Monthly happy hours and team outings 

Catered breakfast on Mondays and Fridays 

Great office location in Gold Coast, steps away from public transportation


Our Values 

At Paro, we pride ourselves on our strong value-oriented culture—which we created together as a team—and look to bring on new team members who also embody these values.

Enjoy the journey 

We bring energy to an antiquated and stale industry 

We embrace fun 

We don’t take ourselves too seriously
 

Have each other’s backs 

We are a team; we win together and lose together 

We can handle anything 

We feel confident to take risks because we serve as each other’s safety net 

We are a community, not just a workplace

Do the right thing

We don’t cut corners; we take a long-term view of success

We deposit in the Karma bank 

We are loyal to clients and freelancers 

We are transparent and don’t hold ulterior motives

Take Smart Risks

We believe that trying and failing is better than not trying at all 

We think creatively about obstacles 

We challenge assumptions 

We are nimble

Never settle 

We invent new ways to do what we do 

We want to be comfortably uncomfortable and encourage each other to take on new and more challenging projects 

We are each accountable for every team member being their best and push each other and give others permission to push us

Be yourself 

We bring our whole selves to work; we're cool with who you are, professional and otherwise! We recognize that everyone brings something important to the table and that conflict helps us grow 

We are sensitive to our differences; we value being yourself while making space for others to be themselves 

We are committed to creating a culture of inclusion as we grow

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
    • PHPLanguages
    • AngularJSFrameworks
    • CodeIgniterFrameworks
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • Boostrap 4Frameworks
    • WebpackFrameworks
    • TypekitFrameworks

Location

We are located right above the Clark & Division Red Line stop in the Gold Coast, steps away from many Division street and Old Town hangouts.

An Insider's view of Paro

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Energetic! There are sales team members on the phone coaching business owners all over the office, small impromptu meetings are happening at standing desks and Poang chairs, someone is taking a break to attempt a cross-office nerf hoop shot or stretch out on a foam roller. There are snacks and breakfast is brought in on Monday and Friday!

Kristina McMenamin

Director of Content Marketing & Brand

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

As we continue to build our platform we rely a lot on our sales and account management teams for feedback. Since the product works both internally and externally it is important that these teams take feedback from our clients and freelancers as well. This allows for us to continuously iterate on the product before each release.

Clint

VP of Engineering

What makes someone successful on your team?

They never settle, take smart risks, and do the right thing (always). We look for people who align with our values, who work hard and love being part of a team, who aren't afraid to take on a lot and learn as they go, who are scrappy and resilient. Oh, and big perks if you can grow an avocado pit into a plant.

Jon Rekpa

Director of Growth

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

We recently introduced Paro Town Hall Meetings. The goal is to provide full transparency to the team on the direction we're headed and why we're headed there. I'm a firm believer that transparency and communication foster new ideas and enable everyone to solve complex problems more efficiently.

Michael

CEO

What does career growth look like on your team?

On my team, career growth can be summarized by one simple phrase: work hard for me, and I will work hard for you. If you come in every single day and work to better yourself, the team, and the company as a whole, I will do everything in my power to help accelerate your career.

Alex

Manager of Business Development

What are Paro Perks + Benefits

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Volunteer Time
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Pet Friendly
Fitness Subsidies
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