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.
- Be the voice of UX in project teams, explaining your design rationale to developers, editorial staff and product managers.
- Collaborate with other members of UX&D to get to the heart of what our users need, creating sketches, concepts, user journeys, wireframes and navigational prototypes.
- Inspire and encourage UX&D colleagues to create coherent user experiences across multiple screens.
- Lead the development of the visual and interaction elements of BBC user experiences, refining them towards a polished design, considering typography, iconography, layout and brand identity along the way.
- Line manage, mentor and develop colleagues, inspiring them to new creative heights.
- Art direct the work of other designers and inspire them with your own work.
- Work with people across UX&D to make sure we’re making the most of the BBC’s Global Experience Language.
- Instigate projects and prioritise your own workload.
- Guide the work of external agencies and freelancers to learn new things, see new perspectives and create new ideas.
- Help organise formal user research and proactively try out ideas and designs with people on the street to make sure we’re meeting real user needs.
- Do all this with a view to achieving a single, seamless service on all screens across all BBC products.
The Ideal Candidate
Your portfolio's full of consistently great work across different screens, be they mobile, connected TV, tablet or desktop. Now you're ready to take all that experience and expertise and use it to inspire others.
Yes, you can craft delightful designs. But you know improving user experiences isn't just about grafting away at the drawing board. You take a broader view - approaching design conceptually and thinking about the whole experience across multiple screens.
You might tend towards wireframes, user flows and personas. Or layout, colour and typography. And maybe you've got something special up your sleeve, like you're a top illustrator, motion graphic designer or prototype builder. Our team's made up of a diverse range of people, skills and experience, so we'd love to hear about you and yours.
Whether you learned your skills on a design degree or on the job, you're comfortable using them to explain design concepts to anyone, no matter how senior or inexperienced. And you know how to balance what the user needs with what's really achievable. You're enthusiastic, curious and full of ideas.
You keep up to speed with the latest design trends and technology developments. And you’re constantly fascinated by what people really need, and how we can create the right experience to give it to them.
Contract type: Perm
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 Company
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.
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