Who we are

Our mission is to digitize financial services. We are building the tools and services that will enable developers launch, optimize, & scale financial platforms and services. Our thesis is simply the fact that — financial innovation cannot exist without an Open Finance infrastructure. Essentially, the growth of the African Fintech industry is intrinsically tied to the success of an infrastructure like Okra.

Okra powers the tools that millions of people rely on to plan and manage their finances today. We are proudly working with hundreds of companies like Interswitch and D-local, and many of the largest financial institutions to make it easy for people to securely connect their accounts to the apps and services they choose. Okra’s network covers over 100 banks and financial institutions across Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, and Ghana.

We believe that by building Africa’s Open Finance infrastructure, we enable developers to create better, fairer financial services for everyone. We are dedicated to removing the complexity around accessing financial information and payment infrastructure for everyone.

The role

We are looking to hire our first ever Design Lead. In the role, you’ll define the look and feel of Okra as a product, define Okra as a brand, and in turn enable Okra’s Open Finance Infrastructure. You will work directly with our founding team on everything from our client interactions (e.g. dashboard, component libraries), to end-user interactions (e.g. widget, microsites), and marketing interactions (e.g. website, social channels). You’ll do this with a team of amazing designers you’ll be trusted to assemble. 

This role is for you if you are comfortable working on consumer- and enterprise-facing products, in an agile environment at scale.

The successful candidate will: 

  • Define strategy that expands the scope and understanding of Design as a discipline at Okra.
  • Define the Okra brand
  • Create assets that live on social platforms of all kinds
  • Evolve the Okra website experience
  • Be a sounding board for all product decisions
  • Advocate for design-led approaches and activities that enable product designers to have the most impact within their teams on a daily basis
  • Ensure that the craft and overall quality of work produced by the team is of the highest standard (including establishing standards and holding people to them)
  • Partner with recruiting to plan for scale, and prioritise hiring to execute on those plans

What you'll need:

  • You love design, technology, and creating amazing experiences
  • You’re passionate about the details that move the needle
  • You can effectively manage time and priorities, and a team across different time-zones
  • You can handle change and like to move fast
  • You have at least 5 years of experience in design and have brought products to market
  • You have experience advocating for design-led approaches at many levels within an organisation, and particularly with product and company leadership
  • You have past co-workers that will vouch for you as a leader
  • You have a track record of excellent work that can inspire more junior designers


Referral Bonus
→ Get up to $1,000 when you successfully refer someone to join Okra. 
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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