Senior UX Designer - The Unit

Digital, Media & Technology

Brighton and Hove

Closing date: 16/06/2017

The Unit is a strategy, design and technology company based in central Brighton. We work on exciting and innovative projects, from Internet of Things prototypes to substantial digital change programmes. Our clients include household names in international finance, global energy and bespoke travel.

So why work with The Unit?

We’re growing and we want you to grow with us. Your career and personal development is a key part of the deal. You’ll get an annual training budget to spend on things that really interest you and help you to flourish.

We’re all about creative thinking. You’ll take part in regular Innovation Days and knowledge sharing sessions, so we really get to know what you're passionate about. You’ll also get the chance to take these ideas to the next level with leading-edge projects and new technology.

We are team players; there are no lone wolves in our pack. You’ll be working collaboratively with talented, creative colleagues and interesting clients who we see as partners, not just customers.

We’re a friendly bunch and love getting out and about. Whether it’s beer Friday, birthdays, bouldering, bingo or one of our legendary company jollies, you’ll get to know everyone really quickly (over sharing is something we’re working on).

So, if you think we can put your talents to work, then please get in touch.

Job Description:

Due to rapid growth we are looking for a Senior UX Designer to join the growing team and be part of helping us shape the future of The Unit.

UX is at the very heart of what we do and plays a critical role within the company. We are looking for Senior UX designer to collaborate with UI designers, developers and the wider project team in a creative and open environment to develop exciting digital products.

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Skills Range:

We work at the cutting edge of digital and design products across multiple platforms from Web to Mobile, IoT to Chatbots, AI and machine learning.

While you may not currently have experience in all of these areas you will need to have the ambition to embrace new technologies and apply solid UX practice to ensure the best possible user experience is achieved. Our work often extends beyond digital design into organisational design and business strategy.

Your time will be divided between user research, partnering with the client and interaction design. This can vary over time so you should be comfortable working to a high proficiency across all areas.

You would be expected to bring your extensive project experience to establish the UX direction of the projects and lead the UX input into the project; implementing best practice and striking the balance between user need and business requirements.

We also have our own in house usability testing lab to gather feedback from people and regularly validate our design thinking through a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods.

You should be confident presenting your work and ideas to senior management teams and c-level execs or receiving and acting on their feedback. You will also be responsible for designing and facilitating client workshops in an engaging way to ensure you get all the information needed and accommodate any complex systems and processes which may surface in the project.

Although you are a creative at the core you should be fluent in your understanding of Agile and Lean product and project management. None of our processes are set in stone and we are always looking at ways to improve our working practices as such you will be expected to contribute your thoughts and ideas to help improve and evolve this.

 
Person Specification:

The kind of person we are looking for should be:

Passionate. We look for people who live and breath the subject of UX. Always with your head in a book or trawling blogs, Medium and Twitter for the latest insights. You should have a thorough understanding of contemporary user centred design methodologies and a thirst to constantly improve and excel.

Experienced. You should have led the UX approach on a wide variety of projects in both size and complexity over a number of years and be willing and able to demonstrate this experience to us.

Self motivated. You won’t be spoon fed work or told what to do. Although you have the help and support from the Head of UX you will be autonomous, taking full ownership of your work and responsibility for every last detail every step of the way from inception through to delivery.

A team person. One of our company values is togetherness, we expect every employee to be a strong independent thinker but also know the importance of collaboration and that great teams are bigger than the sum of their parts.

A problem solver. You should have a highly analytical (as well as highly creative) mindset capable of solving problems in an elegant and efficient way.

A natural communicator. You will able to effectively communicate your design vision through whatever the most appropriate medium or tools may be. This could be paper sketches through to functional prototypes for the project team or it could mean you presenting to board level execs. You should also have excellent interpersonal, diplomatic and persuasion skills (as required) to help get stakeholders on board with your thoughts.

 
Key Area: Usability 15-1151.00Usability
Attendance: Full-Time
 
Additional Information:

Working at The Unit includes the following advantages:

  • Competitive salary
  • Modern offices in the heart of Brighton
  • Generous personal development budget to invest in your career
  • Regular innovation days.
  • Weekly knowledge-shares and skills swap
  • 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays
  • Company pension scheme
  • Friendly sociable team
  • Friday beers and regular socials
  • Well-stocked fruit bowl and snacks
  • Childcare vouchers, bike to work scheme
 
 

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