Sr. User Researcher

  • Acorns
  • Irvine, CA, USA
  • Jun 01, 2018
Full time Marketing

Job Description

At Acorns, we're building a different kind of investing experience - one that looks after the financial best interests of the up-and-coming. The Acorns team is passionate about pursuing our mission and living our values. It all begins with Heart. Our Heart leads us in everything we do. It allows us to make bold decisions, build trust, grow and advance our society. Come find your place at Acorns and join us in the revolution.

Acorns is looking for a passionate user researcher to carry out research to help continue our mission of making saving and investing accessible and understandable. This role will be critical to ensure that we keep the customer at the center and never stop growing and improving as we look for ways to constantly optimize our current product and new products and features.

The Sr. Researcher will work under the direction and mentorship of the VP of Experience and will work closely with the Product, Design and Engineering teams. The researcher should be able to coordinate and execute research with little or no supervision.

Within 1 month, you will:

  • Get to know the product, design and engineering team members
  • Get to know the support team members and spend time with them to get up to speed from the front lines of how customers experience our app and the issues they commonly encounter
  • Establish research gaps, resources needed, and begin to develop a research plan
  • Begin to execute on a user testing and research plan
  • Identify ways that user research can be leveraged to drive business value and our key metrics

Within 6 months, you will:

  • Work closely with the product and design teams to conduct user testing on new products and features
  • Expand the breadth and depth of our user research and identify new methods and techniques to gain key insights
  • Establish metrics to better drive product decisions with data
  • Present information and findings at a company all hands meeting to evangelize user research and share with the company what is being worked on and accomplished

Within 12 months, you will:

  • Have a deep understanding of our product, our users. Who they are, what they love about Acorns and what they don’t
  • Conduct hundreds of hours of user research to ensure that every part of Acorns has been tested, vetted and optimized
  • Evangelize the results of user research throughout the organization to help everyone have a better understanding and empathy for our users
  • Make a meaningful and measured impact on our product

 What you will bring to Acorns:

  • Bachelor’s degree required (branches of psychology, human computer interaction, human factors, marketing, communication, market research, or related field)
  • 4+ years experience conducting user research for mobile or web apps; user testing, qualitative and quantitative research
  • Experience working on customer centric consumer products
  • Good interpersonal communication (both written and verbal)
  • Good organizational and analytical skills
  • Ability to translate research findings into actionable product improvements
  • Adaptable and quick learner that enjoys tackling a large variety of problems
  • Ability to conduct research with participants of all ages
  • Passion for user research, apps and personal finance
  • A natural curiosity that leads you to always wonder how and why people use our product in the way they do
  • A thirst for constant learning and improvement

What we offer:

  • Competitive salary and stock options
  • A comprehensive benefits package to meet the needs of you and your family
  • Unlimited paid time off
  • Corporate gym access
  • Daily breakfast, weekly team lunches, and an endless supply of snacks
  • Numerous career possibilities that allow you to grow with Acorns
  • Talented and motivated team members who care deeply about one another, our mission and our customers.
  • The rare opportunity to create a new world. We inspire one another every day to do meaningful work that solves big societal challenges.

About Acorns:

Acorns is the leading micro-investing app in the U.S. It allows users to round up their daily purchases and automatically Invest the Change® into a low-cost, diversified portfolio of exchange-traded funds offered by some of the world's top asset managers (including Vanguard and BlackRock). Founded in Newport Beach, Calif., by father and son team Walter and Jeff Cruttenden, Acorns provides a simple entry-point using the Acorns app on iPhone or Android. Customers accumulate fractional shares in one of five portfolios constructed by world-renowned Nobel Laureate economist Dr. Harry Markowitz. Acorns' smart portfolio algorithms automatically work in the background of life, helping users build wealth naturally, pennies at a time. From Acorns mighty oaks do grow.


With benevolence and courage, we look after the financial best interests of the up-and-coming; beginning with the empowering step of micro-investing.


1. Lead with heart
2. Make bold decisions 
3. Always build trust
4. Never stop growing 
5. Advance our society