Lead UI Designer / Lead Product Designer

Independent Digital Agency

The client

An independent agency who specialise in helping brands to boost their customer engagement through a range of touch points including brand, marketing, product and strategy. The total agency headcount is currently in the region of 250 people but they are currently going through an incredible growth period.

 

They have a particular within the business who focus on product strategy, experience design & the development of innovative mobile experiences. As a cross-functional team of 50 split across UX, Design, Development and Product/Project Management they design & build cutting-edge digital products & services.

 

Lately, they have been moving away from traditional platform build & campaign projects to focus on larger programs of work like digital transformations, deliver a wide variety of products across platforms & devices with a focused on creating customer experiences that engage through imagination and innovation.

 

As well as some great work, the company culture is awesome which has led to multiple appearances in the Sunday Times ‘Top 100 Best Companies to Work For’.

The role

Following further growth and success within this product team, they are looking to bring on a Lead UI Designer.

It’s great to be able to say that there is a lot of flexibility in terms of how this role will look depending on the candidate that joins. What I mean by this is while there is a focus on well-crafted UI designs, there is scope to be involved in the wider product process if you wish. If you consider yourself more of a hybrid Product (UX/UI) Designer but are happy focusing on the UI and Visual elements then this could still be for you.

Also, there is flexibility between being slightly more hands off and managing the team of 5 UI Designers or being completely hands-on and taking more of a mentorship approach and have the team report to another colleague if this would suit you better.

Either way, you will have the opportunity to work on some huge digital transformation projects as well as smaller product builds for an impressive list of global brands.

Key responsibilities:

  • Lead the design activities for large programs of work and across the team.
  • Craft beautiful and engaging visual/UI designs for apps, websites and any other interactive digital touch point.
  • Deliver screens designs, assets and prototypes to a high standard.
  • Help to lead meetings and workshops with clients.
  • Propose a range of creative and innovative conceptual ideas for projects.
  • Present your work to both internal and external stakeholders at a senior level.
  • Work independently, using your experience and initiative to take ideas and run with them.
  • Oversee and help steer the work of other design team members for individual projects
  • Mentor and develop junior members of the design team.

The candidate

As mentioned above, there is some flexibility regarding exact level of experience and design skills However the below will give you a pretty good idea of what I am looking for:

  • UI or Product Designer with exceptional UI/Visual design skills and a portfolio to back it up.
  • Some experience in a Lead role or at least leading on projects as a senior.
  • Experience designing for multiple platforms including responsive websites, mobile and tablet apps (IOS & Android) and any others that may be relevant.
  • In-depth knowledge of current visual and interactive design trends
  • Excellent typography and layout skills, with meticulous attention to detail.
  • Confidence in presenting ideas and talking through your processes.
  • High proficiency in software like Sketch, Adobe creative suite and any prototyping tools of your choice.
  • A good working knowledge of wireframing tools such as OmniGraffle and Illustrator
  • Ideally some experience within an agency environment.