Senior Interaction Designer
We are looking for two Senior Interaction Designers to work out of our York Digital Hub.
Defra is the UK government department responsible for safeguarding our natural environment, supporting our world-leading food & farming industry, and sustaining a thriving rural economy. Our broad remit means we play a major role in people's day-to-day life, from the food we eat, and the air we breathe, to the water we drink.
Our approach puts user needs at the heart of digital development. We design and build user centered public services that support our superb food, farming and fisheries industries, enhance our beautiful rural environment, and better protect against flooding, disease and other natural threats.
We are looking for two Senior Interaction Designers to work out of our York Digital Hub. You will join our growing community of researchers and designers as well as the wider community of over 800 designers working in the UK government.
You will work in a multi-disciplinary agile team alongside user researchers, service designers, product managers, architects, developers and many others to ensure that user needs are intrinsic to the design and implementation of our services.
If you’re passionate about designing inclusive and intuitive experiences for everyone, this is a chance to work on services that matter.
An interaction designer works out the best way for users to interact with services, the overall flow and individual design elements.
As a Senior Interaction Designer you'll provide design leadership and direction on multiple or highly complex services.
You will have experience of designing in an agile environment and want to help government transform the way it delivers services, so that they are simpler, faster and easier to use.
As an interaction designer, you will:
• Understand user needs and how to design user-centred interfaces and services that meet them.
• Create and iterate prototypes, working as part of multidisciplinary delivery teams and with internal stakeholders.
• Work with user researchers and developers to turn these prototypes into user-centred services.
• Clearly explain design decisions to stakeholders and team members as well as supporting services at internal and GDS assessments.
• Ensure our services are consistent with GOV.UK and inline with best practices and web standards.
• Encourage constructive criticism of your work and constructively review the work of others.
• Contribute to cross government design patterns and standards.
• Be an active part of a community of designers at Defra and across government.
• Advocate for accessibility in all areas of a service.
Ideally, you will also have experience/knowledge of:
• Working as an interaction designer or a design related degree
• HTML and CSS
• User centred design in an agile environment
• The government service design manual, service standards, prototype kit and design patterns
• Coaching and mentoring more junior designers
We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
- Making Effective Decisions
- Communicating and Influencing
We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:
- Interaction design.
- Prototyping, HTML & CSS.
- Designing accessible services.
Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.
The benefits of working for Defra
Equality Diversity and Inclusion:
We have many strong and pro-active staff networks that cover a broad range of requirements including Mental Health and Disability. We also have a range of Special leave policies for hospital appointments and a commitment to putting reasonable adjustments in place for those who need them.
The department also places significant emphasis on talent programmes which help everyone to achieve their full potential.
The Civil Service as a whole is committed to providing a work environment free from discrimination, harassment, bullying and victimization. There is a range of support in place to help and support those that may be experiencing difficulties including the Bullying and Harassment network and Mediation services.
Your pension is a valuable part of your total reward package.
Defra invests in providing a contribution to the cost of your pension (contribution rates vary between 20.0% and 24.5%, dependent upon salary).
The contributions you make are deducted from your salary before tax is taken.
Generous Annual Leave and Bank Holiday Allowance:
Defra offers 25 days annual leave (rising, over 5 years, to 30 days) for full time new entrants to the Civil Service. Employees receive 8 public holidays a year, plus an additional day in May to mark the Queen’s Birthday.
We have a Staff Recognition Scheme, to reward exemplary work.
Learning and Development:
All new employees joining (and returning) to Defra will have an induction to the department, our work and policies. You will have access to a broad range of learning and development opportunities with world class providers.
Mentoring and Coaching:
Mentoring is an effective means of developing your career, boosting your confidence and empowering both the mentor and mentee. All our employees have the opportunity to voluntarily engage and work with a Mentor or a Coach.
Defra employees are entitled to 3 days special leave with pay, per year, for volunteering. We encourage our employees to take this up, as it can be a great way to share skills with worthy charitable causes, while developing new insights and stronger links with the civil society sector.
We fully support reservists and offer 15 days special leave with pay for training.
The government has introduced the Tax-Free Childcare (TFC) scheme. Working parents can open an online childcare account and for every £8 they pay in, the government adds £2, up to a maximum of £2000 a year for each child or £4000 for a disabled child. Parents can then use the funds to pay for registered childcare.
Bicycle Loan Schemes:
Defra offers interest-free loans towards the cost of a bike and Cycle to Work Scheme. Defra loans you a bike for your commute as a tax-free benefit. At the end of the loan period, you have the option to buy the bike, saving 30% of the original cost.
Season Ticket Loan:
We offer interest-free season ticket loans to all Defra employees with more than three months’ service, for purchasing train and bus season tickets, as well as station car parking
We offer a generous and supportive Sick Pay Policy, with Sick pay progressively increasing, by the length of service, beginning at one month’s sick pay in the first year of service.
Defra employees have access to a range of discounts at hundreds of top retailers via our employee discount scheme.
Give as You Earn:
Defra is registered with the Give as You Earn scheme, which enables you to make regular deductions directly from your salary, in support of a chosen charity. This is simple and tax efficient.
Defra is committed to providing a great place to work and is open to smarter ways of working that enable you to choose how, when and where you want to work in line with business needs. This includes the ability to work from home, work compressed hours and choose from a range of locations best suited to when and where you need to be. Our offices are equipped with a range of onsite facilities including fitness centres, staff canteens and much more. You can discuss where you will be based and the amount of travel you will need to undertake at the interview with the Vacancy Holder.
Employee Assistance Programme:
Is a free and confidential 24/7 telephone advice service available to all our staff.
Occupational Health Service:
Provides a range of support services, to optimise attendance, engagement and performance at work.
Sports and Social Association:
Promotes sports and social activities and organises our annual sports day and staff lottery.
Things you need to know
Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.
Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.
If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.
Selection process details
This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.
As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV and personal statement. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.
Working for the Civil Service
The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.
We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.