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Senior UX Designer

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Job Introduction

Are you interested in creating design systems, working alongside engineers to bring both order and delight to our vast and diverse audience?

The Global Experience Language (more commonly known as GEL), is the BBC’s shared design framework.

We’re working to measurably improve the way teams create the next generation of digital experiences at the BBC.

Providing a consistent User Experience (UX) across multiple BBC services is vitally important. For our audiences, GEL provides ease of use, familiarity and the confidence to explore more of our digital content. For our design and engineering teams, GEL increases our efficiency and productivity.

Role Responsibility

  • Be the voice of user experience in project teams, explaining your rationale to developers, editorial staff and product managers
  • Contribute expertise and collaborate with other members of the team to get to the heart of what our users need, creating sketches, concepts, user journeys, wireframes and navigational prototypes
  • Lead on user requirements employing relevant design and research methods and techniques to ensure a compelling design
  • Lead the delivery of user requirements, personas, domain models, ontologies and functional specifications to ensure the design comes to life
  • To engage the wider team and key stakeholders in the user-centred design process, ensuring that user research is at the heart of design decision making
  • Line manage, mentor and develop colleagues, inspiring them to new creative heights
  • Direct the work of other user experience team members, and ensure high-quality delivery
  • Work with people across the department and other teams to make sure we’re making the most of the BBC’s Global Experience Language (GEL)
  • Initiate projects and prioritise own workload
  • Guide the work of external agencies and freelancers to learn new things, see new perspectives and create new ideas
  • Help organise formal and informal user research and proactively try out ideas and designs with people to make sure we’re meeting real user needs
  • Investigate new research or design methodologies and ensure the team are kept up to date with advances within the user experience field
  • Do all this with a view to achieving a single, seamless service across all BBC products and services
  • Input into the recruitment of mid-weight and junior staff, including regular catch-ups, professional development, input into appraisals, and manage poor performance where required
  • Support a positive working environment that considers the needs of a diverse team

Are you the right candidate?

  • Evidence of an extensive portfolio of consistently great work across different screens and systems
  • Proven experience of providing leadership and expertise to user experience and product teams
  • Broad conceptual expertise to inspire others and help shape product strategy
  • Good knowledge of design systems and CSS would be beneficial
  • Comfortable explaining design concepts to anyone, no matter how senior or inexperienced
  • To take a broader view – approaching design and information architecture conceptually, and thinking about the whole experience
  • Excellent written, verbal communication and presentation skills - the ability to communicate the reasoning behind your concepts, methods, and approaches to varied audiences
  • Ability to balance what the user needs with what’s really achievable
  • Follow the latest design trends and technology developments
  • Can prioritise and plan own work, to perform well under pressure and to multiple, tight deadlines

Package Description

Band: D
Contract type: Permanent
Location: Salford

We’re happy to discuss flexible working. Please indicate your choice under the flexible working question in the application. There is no obligation to raise this at the application stage but if you wish to do so, you are welcome to. Flexible working will be part of the discussion at offer stage.

  • Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and work in different areas of the organisation.
  • Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
  • Benefits- We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 26 days holiday with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

About the BBC

We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below.

Diversity matters at the BBC. We have a working environment where we value and respect every individual's unique contribution, enabling all of our employees to thrive and achieve their full potential.

We want to attract the broadest range of talented people to be part of the BBC – whether that’s to contribute to our programming or our wide range of non-production roles. The more diverse our workforce, the better able we are to respond to and reflect our audiences in all their diversity. 

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please click here


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