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Senior HCI Specialist - Design Researcher

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Job Introduction

The User Experience and Design (UX&D) team within BBC Design & Engineering (D&E) delivers the design for world-class interactive sites and services on the internet, mobile and interactive TV platforms. The team is responsible for the user experience of a wide range of products and services including; BBC iPlayer, News, Weather, Homepage, BBC Radio sites, BBC Mobile sites as well as iPhone and Android applications.

As part of the UX&D team you would have the unique opportunity to contribute whilst working in a multi-disciplinary team.

The BBC’s focus is to be the most creative organisation in the world. To help us reach that goal we need experienced Usability professionals with talent and flair, a real understanding of working with disabled and non-disabled test participants, and a passion for interactive media.


  • To act as a specialist in UX&D for assuring BBC digital products and services are usable by our audiences
  • To define and manage all aspects of the user testing process and ensure all significant findings are fed back to Creative Directors and other key stakeholders.
  • To act as an HCI specialist in UX&D who assures that BBC Digital products and services deliver a great user experience to all of our audience.
  • To define, manage and implement all aspects of research during the design life cycle.
  • To engage the User Experience Design team and other key stakeholders in the UCD process thus ensuring that user research is at the heart of design decision making.

Role Responsibility

Work with the Product Managers, Creative Directors, UXA Designers, UXD Designers and Accessibility Specialists on a daily basis.

Manage all aspects of mixed ability user testing

Manage all aspects of user research with both disabled and non-disabled audiences

Planning and Reporting

  • Create a research plan for individual product areas
  • Provide quarterly budget reports tracking the spend against each activity within the plan

Designing & Briefing

  • Work with the project team in designing the user research
  • The creation of the research brief
  • Commission the research either internally or externally (from an agency)

Provide expertise backed-up with research findings on user behaviour to the design and product teams

Capture and share best-practice/user research findings in usability which could be applied more widely across BBC products.

These will need to be documented and archived along with any related or otherwise interesting papers or articles.

Work collaboratively with User Behaviour Researchers in BBC R&D, Accessibility Specialists in UX&D and Audience Researchers in BBC Marketing & Audiences on internal or collaborative projects

Investigate new research methodologies and ensure the team are kept up to date with advances within the field Line Manage and support the development of direct reports within the team

The Ideal Candidate

  • Proven experience of providing advice to UX and production teams
  • Understanding of HCI expertise - this includes lab studies, expert evaluations, participatory design sessions, rapid prototyping, ethnographic research methods and persona development
  • Experience of employing HCI based methods and tools such as user modelling, task analysis, scenarios, use cases, wire frames, paper prototypes, labelling schemes, flow diagrams, site maps and comparative analyses
  • Experience of analysing the navigation structure and interaction design of user interfaces, creating interaction design diagrams and documentation and working with other disciplines
  • Proven experience in designing and conducting user research in a consumer-facing environment
  • Achieved a Masters Degree in HCI (or 2 years minimum experience)
  • Excellent written, verbal communication and presentation skills - the ability to communicate the reasoning behind your preferred results, methods, and approaches (orally and in writing) with internal clients

Package Description

Grade 8


Salford based

About the Company

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