Designer (People Powered Results)

Full-Time Blackfriars, London Salary: c. £40k plus excellent benefits Closes: 2022-02-07

We are recruiting for a Desginer (People Powered Results)

We are looking for a collaborative human and community centred designer to join the People Powered Results team. This is an opportunity to join a fast-paced, creative and high performing team working across the UK to accelerate the pace of innovation and change in complex systems.

People Powered Results is a Nesta Social Enterprise and operates as a not-for-profit consultancy. We work with organisations and public systems across the UK to release the power of people closest to issues to adapt and take action in an increasingly complex world. We take on some of today’s biggest challenges and face the future with curiosity and confidence. We’re collaborators, architects of change and developers of everyday innovation. We are on a trajectory of greater independence from Nesta over the coming years and this role will be a core part of the team as we shift into this more independent consultancy model.

Our work and approach is underpinned by a shared set of beliefs, and we deliver a range of change and innovation methods focused on four themes:

  • Curate insights: Our Listen & Learn programmes are shaping recommendations for the future by supporting systems to explore and understand the world through the perspectives of people delivering and experiencing services.
  • Shape new visions: Our innovation programmes support strategy development and implementation planning and help systems reimagine the future, and design a path to get there.
  • Make it real: Our 100 Day Challenge (developed alongside our founding partners the Rapid Results Institute), sprints and prototyping methods bring ideas to life by accelerating the pace and improving the experience of change in complex systems through people-centred approaches.
  • Create space: Our team supports organisations to create spaces where they can unpack some of today’s toughest challenges and learn new ways to achieve progress. We offer a range of services including leading through innovation, coaching, capacity building, events and workshops.

You can read examples of our work and the organisations we build collaborative partnerships with on our website.

The role
We are excited to find a new designer to join our team, someone who is eager to use their creativity to make a difference for people and communities and puts accessibility at the heart of everything they do.

Our team is multidisciplinary; we each have different strengths, specialisms and expertise. It’s how our varied experience and shared values come together that is our biggest strength. The work that we do together is underpinned by design thinking; continually coming up with and testing ideas and learning from them to develop better services and systems that improve people’s lives.

As a team we apply some of the principles of service design, learning design and user-centred design and our designer role is there to make sure the work we do makes sense to everyone.

In this role, you will be expected to work across our programme portfolio, as well as on our internal comms and branding and so it’s important that you thrive on being able to adapt your creative mind to different contexts, partnerships and people. One day you might be working with people who have learning disabilities and autism to come up with creative ideas that improve the services they use, and the next day you might be designing a report for leaders at the top of NHS England.

In particular, the role includes:

  • Designing visual content that transforms complex information into easy to understand visuals and documents (this includes visions, prototypes, reports and images to support our communications)
  • Collaborating with our team to design workshops and events (online and in person) that put people at the heart of the process and encourage participation (this includes design of workshop exercises, templates that are easy to use and developing prototypes)
  • Developing our digital tools that support knowledge management and business development of the team (this includes our internal toolkit, pitching deck and facilitation cards)

The person
We are looking for candidates with most of the skills and experience listed below, and we expect to provide training or development opportunities in some of the areas.


  • You have a gift of transforming complex information into plain english and visuals, making content accessible to all
  • You find it easy to communicate with anyone, no matter what their background. (This could include health and care practitioners, system leaders, adults and children who have experience of issues we work on including learning disabilities and autism, mental health and homelessness)
  • You understand and are eager to learn more about accessibility and inclusivity best practice
  • You have experience working in multi-disciplinary teams, using what you hear and learn to inform design of content, workshops and events
  • You find it exciting working in an agile, fast paced environment
  • You have a good understanding and knowledge of Adobe Creative Cloud (Essential: Illustrator Desirable: Photoshop, InDesign, Adobe XD)
  • You have experience designing reports, leaflets and/or websites
  • You are a whizz in using collaborative digital tools (including Google suite: slides, docs, sheets, jamboard as well as Miro)
  • You have good project management skills and ability to plan and manage own workload


  • You are able to visually notetake at events
  • You have experience using Zoom and Microsoft Teams
  • You have experience designing, organising and delivering workshops
  • Experience in service design, user centred design and/or learning design may also be beneficial.

What we offer
Salary: c.£40k plus array of benefits, including health cash plans, dental insurance, the ability to buy and sell annual leave, eyecare vouchers and more

Location: The role can be based remotely, with access to our offices in Cardiff, Edinburgh or London. We are a national team and our work takes us all over the UK, so the ability and willingness to travel is important.

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.

Reports to: Senior Consultant

Making an application
To apply for this role, please submit your application before 8am on 7th of February 2022. First round interviews will take place on 15th February 2022, second round interviews will take place on 21st February 2022.

At this point we will ask to see a portfolio of two or three examples of your work that demonstrate you meet the experience, knowledge and skills we are looking for. In the interview, you will be asked to present one of these examples in a 10 minute presentation, telling us about your design process and how you got from the start to end point.

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’d like to explore.

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