Product Design Working Student - fintech startup with experienced founder team

Working Student, Full or part-time · Köln

Job Description
We're an early-stage FinTech founded by a highly experienced team who have built multi-million Euro startups before. With this new venture, we are entering a regulated 100 billion Euro market, backed by various unicorn founders, senior industry executives, and global tier 1 VC investors.
In the past 6 months, our team has already grown to over 20 talented and diverse people. Join us as one of the first employees and work directly with the founders in a fast-scaling startup environment.
Your Role:
As a Product Design Working Student at Xaver, you will play a vital role in shaping the user experience of our innovative pension saving AI platform. Working closely with our Head of Product Design, product managers, and engineers, your contributions will significantly impact the strategic direction of our products, ensuring they meet high standards of usability and customer satisfaction. You will gain hands-on experience with both consumer-facing and B2B products in a fast-paced Agile working environment, while being at the forefront of innovation in AI technology and groundbreaking immersive user experiences.
Your Key Responsibilities:
User Experience & Product Design:
  • Support the user experience of our product from conception to launch in collaboration with product designers, product managers, and engineers.
  • Assist in designing and refining product design experiences for key features and user personas to enhance user success and engagement.
  • Translate analysis and research insights into new ideas and concepts with the help of our analysis and research teams.
  • Apply brand themes to our products as part of our white-labelling strategy.
  • Contribute to and help maintain our budding design system.
Strategic Contribution:
  • Participate in strategic decisions about the future direction of Xaver’s products.
  • Shared accountability to drive progress towards OKRs and improved user experience.
  • Represent design in various forums with peers across product and engineering teams to ensure a consistent and cohesive user experience across all touchpoints.
 Continuous Improvement & Design Community:
  • Continuously seek opportunities for self-improvement and skill enhancement.
  • Be an active participant in our design community, sharing ideas, best practices and insights to elevate our design standards.
Collaboration & Stakeholder Engagement:
  • Build strong relationships with internal teams to ensure seamless collaboration and communication.
  • Engage with external partners and stakeholders to gather feedback and insights that inform the design and development process.
Your Qualifications:
  • Currently pursuing a degree in Product Design, UX/UI Design, Human-Computer Interaction, or a related field.
  • Can-do attitude and willingness to grow and learn.
  • Basic knowledge of user experience principles and product design processes.
  • Familiarity with design tools such as Figma or Adobe Suite; prototyping skills are a plus.
  • Ability to translate research insights into actionable design actions and concepts.
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills. English is necessary, German is a plus.
Nice to Have:
  • Work samples or projects showcasing your design or creative projects.
  • Basic animation skills (e.g., AfterEffects) are advantageous.
  • Experience in graphic design for print and/or marketing.
Reporting to:
Steven Busuttil, Head of Product Design
Company Headquarters in Cologne
What We Offer:
  • A unique opportunity to shape the user experience and design strategy of an industry-redefining venture from an early stage.
  • Hands-on mentoring from an experienced leader in UX, design craft, and user research.
  • Empowerment and trust to drive your own projects from day one.
  • Competitive remuneration.
  • Additional company perks such as gym memberships and corporate benefits discounts.
  • A collaborative, inclusive, and forward-thinking work culture in an amazing office in the centre of Cologne.
  • A flexible and supportive and pet-friendly work environment.
  • Potential to evolve into a more permanent role following your studies.
Application Process:
You are invited to apply with your CV, an optional cover letter, a link to your LinkedIn profile to Please include any work samples and/or supporting documents. We will follow up with details on the interview process.

We are staunch believers in equal opportunities and celebrate diversity. Discrimination on grounds of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, or any other factor is against our core principles.
About us
Xaver enables Financial Institutions to close Europe’s pension gap. By offering an advanced AI-driven B2B platform for life insurance and private pension sales, Xaver enhances the operational and sales efficiency of banks, insurers, and brokers by up to 65% and introduces a new era of white-labeled private pension products.

With a leadership team of experienced industry veterans - Max Bachem, Ole Breulmann, and Dr. Björn Holste - and backing from leading VC funds and a prominent group of former financial institution executives, fintech pioneers, and unicorn founders, Xaver is dedicated to improving the pension situation of Europeans through their B2B offering. 
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