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UI Designer at Prodigy Finance
Cape Town, ZA

Prodigy Finance - who we are

Prodigy Finance is a platform that enables financing for international postgraduate students at the world’s best universities, whilst delivering competitive financial and social returns to alumni, institutional and private investors.

This borderless and innovative model enables education loan financing to students from across the globe, whilst using predicted post-degree affordability rather than present-day salary. Since 2007, Prodigy Finance has extended over US$500 million through the platform to fund over 12,000 students from over 150 countries.

Our team of over 160 (and growing) is already truly global. Our head office is in London with much of the team being based in beautiful Cape Town. We also have an office in New York plus team members based across Europe and Asia.

We are funded by some of the best, pre-eminent institutions in the world including Index Ventures, Balderton Capital, RMIH, Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank.

Why this is an amazing opportunity 

This role is perfect for an experienced UI Designer who wants to supercharge their career by experiencing first-hand what it is like to be part of an energetic, extremely fast growing company.

The sense of impact and reward will be huge.  You will help to build a product which makes a very real difference in the world.  Be a part of delivering socially responsible financial services to the masses; make it possible for students from more than 120 countries to obtain the finance to fulfil their dream of studying at the world’s top universities and schools.

We are a small non-hierarchical team; this means that you are going to get exposure to all aspects of our business immediately.  You’ll gain as much accountability as you can handle and have a huge influence on scaling the company.

Our team is very international and very sociable; you will interact with the broader business on a regular basis. The position will be based in Cape Town. 

One of our goals is to build one of the top FinTech teams and cultures anywhere in the world. This means putting a lot of time into ensuring we only hire people with exceptional potential and creating the best working environment possible. If you want to work somewhere where you're learning from some of the best brains in FinTech, this would be a good fit.

Why join Prodigy Finance

Be a part of a pioneering global growth company

Experience the excitement and learn from being part of an incredibly fast-growing young company. No kidding – exponential growth. Happening right now

Be pivotal in scaling the business by identifying smart solutions and partners with tech at the heart of it

Enjoy the agility and flexibility offered by a startup culture. A sociable, relaxed and friendly work environment (with a serious coffee culture where you can wear shorts to work)

We will help you make your mark. Make a real impact on the business and experience a steep learning curve with huge opportunities to grow and develop

Gain an inside perspective on the functioning of a venture-backed FinTech startup, backed by top VCs, learn day-to-day management and build functional expertise

Build a platform that helps to make a very real difference in the world

What you will do in the role

In this role you will drive product design from end-to-end to create distinctive visual digital solutions for customers and employees.

Specific responsibilities:

Design and deliver elegant and delightful product experiences as part of a cross-functional agile Product team

Actively collaborate with business/brand stakeholders throughout the design and development process

Clearly articulate proposed design and key decisions with Product Owners

Explore solution space and refine concepts via wireframes, mock-ups and high fidelity designs

Ensure files are uploaded and that annotations are present and visible

Define the visual style and position relative to design guidelines and corporate identity

Research, identify and articulate visual language

Build prototypes and design tests to validate customer needs, requirements and behaviours

Collaborate with other Designers within and cross-team to problem solve design challenges and maintain a level of design consistency and coherence across products

What you will be measured on

Customer excellence (to identify and respond to current and future customer needs)

Agility (to simultaneously accept and adapt to change, as well as, remaining effective and task focused in a fast paced environment)

Effective communication (to provide and receive information clearly and communicate effectively with others by considering their points of view)

Teamwork (to contribute to effective team performance by cooperation, openness and a commitment to business objectives)

Creative thinking (to think outside the box, search for and generate new ways of doing things to achieve utmost effectiveness and efficiency)

Entrepreneurship (to take action to influence the direction of events and moves business forward by balancing opportunity and risk and developing new products and services)

Result Driven (to focus personal efforts on achieving results consistent with the organization’s objectives)

What you need to be great at

Ability to handle high pressure environments

Ability to deliver within deadlines

Ability to work as part of a team

Positive attitude

Passion for work

Who we are looking for; track record must haves

Design Diploma

Strong experience in design and development

Experience with designing quality consumer products

Knowledge of accessibility considerations for design

Experience with user-centered design portfolio that spans some combination of web, mobile, tablet, TV, and wearables

Knowledge of design trends

Experience with Graphical and Visual Design, including use of a diverse set of software such as Adobe suite, OmniGraffle, Balsamiq, Axure, InVision, Sketch or other tools for Graphic Design, Visual Design

Knowledge of agile values, principles and practices

Knowledge of financial services industry

Experience that would be nice to have (but we’ll trade off if everything else fits)

Start-up experience. Sometimes the earth moves beneath your feet at Prodigy Finance so you've got to be comfortable with ambiguity, able to wear lots of hats, and adapt easily as you set up processes and frameworks for us to grow into. If you haven’t worked in a start-up before, you need to show us that you have a real desire and potential to be successful in a young, high-growth, non-corporate company.

The Prodigy Finance fit; attributes which run true in everyone at Team Prodigy

To be an A player at Prodigy Finance, you need to possess – in spades - the following attributes:

Innovative + Smart

Be curious enough to want to know more, think out the box, maybe even break the box, show initiative and be smart about it to find implementable, impactful solutions.

International + Accountable

Push yourself to be better every day. Work with others across the world, be resilient, add value and then hold yourself accountable. Encourage and celebrate each other.

Energetic + Fun

Sense of humour = survival. Bring energy and fun. Wear your heart on your sleeve. Work hard and find the time to play. We’re in this together.

Do you want to be our next UI Designer?  Here’s what to do now:

If this sounds exciting and you'd like to have an informal chat, get in touch below and tell us why you want to work at Prodigy Finance.

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