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Head of Design Research – London

At TransferWise, we’ve got a clear mission — money without borders. Built by and for people who live global lives. We’re at a genuinely exciting time when building a deep understanding of customers’ needs and behaviours have never been more important in achieving that mission. 

That’s why we’re looking for a Head of Design Research to help take our discovery and evaluative research to the next level.

What you’ll be doing

You’ll be building our research function across TransferWise — hiring, supporting and developing researchers and architecting how they operate in and across our product teams.

You’ll also be a part of the Design leadership team, collaborating on cross-team projects, shaping our tooling and practices, and helping to make Design at TransferWise more impactful.

Your day-to-day

  • Establish how Design & UX Research operates at TransferWise; making sure that we’re asking and answering the big, cross-product questions. 
  • Recruit and line manage our growing team of researchers; setting up tools and processes that help them work effectively and increase their impact. 
  • Collaborate with Product Managers, Analysts, and Designers to make research an impactful pillar of product development
  • Be a visible advocate for UX research across the company and lead by example — tackling research yourself when it makes sense. 

The experience you’ll need

  • You have at least 10 years’ experience, and you’ve already built a strong and impactful Design Research function in a fast-growing consumer product company. 
  • You’ve helped product teams understand customers, and use that insight to deliver bar-raising user experiences. You’ve done that on your own, and through research teams that you’ve led. 
  • You’re a natural people lead — genuinely motivated to help team members develop and create impact through others. 
  • You know how to establish Research Ops — and you can mentor and support others in a broad set of research methods and tools. 
  • You have a strong perspective on how teams can balance quantitative analytics data, with qualitative customer research.

We believe that diverse teams build better products, so we’d love to hear from you if you’re from an under-represented group. 

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Some important stuff we would like you to know

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