Full-Time London Salary: £46.3k plus excellent benefits Closes: 2021-03-03

We are recruiting for Designers and Design Leads!

About Nesta

We are Nesta. The UK’s innovation agency for social good. We design, test and scale new solutions to society’s biggest problems, changing millions of lives for the better.

We confront challenges that affect millions of people, from chronic childhood inequality to ill-health and the climate crisis.

We believe that innovation is more possible now than ever before. We see opportunities to mobilise citizens and influence behaviour. A wealth of private and public capital that can be used more creatively. Pools of data to mine.

And so we draw on these rich resources by bringing together multidisciplinary teams: data scientists, designers and behavioural scientists, practitioners at the frontline, academics; and people with lived experience.

Together, we design, test and scale new solutions to society’s biggest problems. We partner with frontline organisations, build new businesses and work to change whole systems. Harnessing the rigour of science and the creativity of design, we work relentlessly to put ideas to the test.

Your role

You will work on a range of different projects within one of Nesta’s missions, meaning your tasks will vary day to day.

This role is for a design specialist who has experience in using a variety of design skills in an applied setting. The successful candidate will support the work of the mission team by supporting the delivery of design-led approaches as part of our innovation partnerships, including working with the Design Manager, as well as with others with different backgrounds and skills.

As Designer, your work will involve using design expertise to support the mission, building strong stakeholder relationships, reviewing evidence and making recommendations about how Nesta can achieve its vision. Working on the end-to-end project cycle, you will also be expected to:

●     Plan and conduct primary user-centred design research, including interviews, observations, data analysis

●     Identify analogous situations/behaviours/populations and user groups we can research

●     Use design tools, methods and approaches to support the understanding of each Innovation Mission

●     Design prototypes to test new solutions with user groups

●     Facilitate and participate in collaboration, including co-production or multidisciplinary working

●     Work with others within the Innovation Mission to use design-led approaches

●     Support the overall delivery of projects within the Innovation Mission

Minimum qualifications

●     Deep expertise in a specific design discipline, such as service design, systems thinking, user-centred design or visual design

●     Experience in applying design principles to a project or programme of work

●     Ability to conduct and plan for interviews, observations, ethnographic/immersive research and other research methods

●     Quantitative literacy, while you are not expected to be a quantitative researcher within the team, you are expected to be comfortable with quantitative data

●     Evidence-based design: you are able to work with others to use evidence (qualitative and quantitative) to inform the design of projects, products, and services

●     Ability to build contextual competence fast

●     Broad understanding of a range of design specialisms, and technical expertise in at least one: service design, design thinking, or an equivalent design discipline


●     Experience in Agile working

●     Coaching and facilitation skills

●     Excellent writing skills to tailor content to different audiences

●     Experience in paper, physical (maker skills) and/or digital prototyping

What we offer

Salary: Designer: £42,429, Design Lead: 49,419  plus array of benefits, including health cash plans, dental insurance, the ability to buy and sell annual leave, eyecare vouchers and more

Location: This role is based in Blackfriars, Central London, but we offer flexibility for our people to work remotely

Term: Permanent

Hours: This is a full-time role but we offer a range of flexible working arrangements and encourage our people to take advantage of them. Many do.

Making an application

To apply for this role, please submit your application before 8:00am on the 3rd of March 2021.

Interviews will take place w/c 8th of March 2021.

At Nesta, we believe that a diverse workforce leads to an organisation that is more innovative, more creative and gets better results.

We want our workforce to represent the diversity of the people and communities we serve. We also want our workplace to be one where different experiences, expertise and perspectives are valued, and where everyone is encouraged to grow and develop.

This means that when we are recruiting, we actively seek to reach a diverse pool of candidates. It also means that we are happy to consider any reasonable adjustments that potential employees may need to in order to be successful.

We recognise the importance of a good balance between work and home life, so we do everything we can to accommodate flexible working, including working from home, compressed or part-time hours, job shares and other arrangements.

Please just let us know in your application or at any stage throughout the process (and beyond) if these are options you would like to explore.

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