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Principal User Researcher

Berlin, Germany · Design

Our global team of 60+ designers have deep expertise in User Experience Research, Product Design and Brand Design. We are building additional capabilities in areas including industrial design, motion design, data visualization, UX writing and design operations. 

Most Product Designers and Researchers work in co-located cross-functional teams, across all our offices in Berlin, Warsaw, Cologne, Copenhagen, Sofia and São Paulo. They develop solutions for our core payments product including our bespoke hardware, as well as a suite of software tools that support merchants as they grow their business. We believe in quality, in making complex business tools simple, and in using data to anticipate merchants needs as their business grows. 

We pride ourselves on our close collaboration, transparency, and  placing our merchant-base of over 1 million global business owners (36+ languages) at the heart of each and every decision we make. User research and continuous knowledge building of our merchant-base is the foundation for these decisions.

What you're going to do

As a Principal User Researcher you are joining the global SumUp Research team or a specific Tribe committed to building products and services based on deep merchant knowledge. You are a senior practitioner in your field who prefers to work hands-on with research. You will work closely with the Research or Design Lead to convert this knowledge into actionable priorities and world class design solutions. You will work with your peer(s) to set clear methods, standards and metrics for gathering qualitative and quantitative insights to continuously deepen the actionable knowledge of our merchants.

Specific tasks will include

  • Conduct primary research with our customers to understand the needs, motivations, gains and pains when using our products

  • Employ a range of research methods and tools to engage with customers in the office, on the road or remotely

  • Synthesise the outputs into actionable insights used by the squads to inform the direction and roadmap of the product

  • Contribute to the knowledge base around merchant insights

  • Collaborate with other researchers, designers and teams to deepen our shared understanding of merchants from SumUp’s 31 markets across Europe and the Americas

  • Represent global merchants through workshops, presentations, and reports 

Your Profile

  • You have 7+ years of user research experience

  • You have strong experience with fundamental qualitative and quantitative user research practices, and knowledge of when to employ them most effectively

  • You have deep knowledge on finding actionable insights from data analyses

  • You know how to analyze and work with business and product data tracking

  • You have knowledge of UX standards, and bring strong background in psychology, social sciences or anthropology to the practice

  • You are good at converting insights into user models or frameworks, and can lead discussions on prioritizing product and service strategies or pragmatic solutions

  • You have strong oral and written communication skills in English and ideally one other language relevant to our global reach

  • BA or MS in Psychology, Anthropology or Design with strong focus on User Research

  • Fluent in English and one additional language - German, French, Italian, Portuguese or Spanish. Any additional language is a bonus


  • Be part of a welcoming and international community of 2000+ people from over 50 nationalities across 12 global offices. We get together regularly for breakfast, brunches, cocktail nights and office parties

  • Visa and relocation support for a smooth transition to living and working in Berlin

  • Budget for attending conferences and advancing your career. We encourage you to speak at conferences and give talks!

  • BVG Corporate Ticket

  • Regular knowledge sharing and discussion session for the whole design team

  • Football, Bouldering & Running teams

  • SumUp Corporate Pension Scheme

  • Free German classes & Yoga classes

  • All the startup swag you expect: kicker table, unlimited drinks & fruits

About SumUp

We believe in the everyday hero.

Small business owners are at the heart of all we do, so we create powerful, easy-to-use financial solutions to help them run their businesses. With a founder’s mentality and a 'team-first’ attitude, our diverse teams across Europe, South America and the United States work together to ensure that the small business owners we partner with can be successful doing what they love. 

SumUp is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer that proudly pursues and hires a diverse workforce. SumUp does not make hiring or employment decisions on the basis of race, colour, religion or religious belief, ethnic or national origin, nationality, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age or any other basis protected by applicable laws or prohibited by company policy. SumUp also strives for a healthy and safe workplace and strictly prohibits harassment of any kind.

SumUp will not accept unsolicited resumes from any source other than directly from a candidate.