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Interaction Designer


Bristol, England

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Public Sector


£13 - £54000000 per annum + Benefits and Pension

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Zoe Latuszka

We are looking for two Senior Interaction Designers to work out of our Bristol 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 online 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

The ideal candidate will have Experience of:

  • Interaction and user interface design.
  • A variety of prototyping methods, ranging from paper sketching to coded prototypes.
  • Working with user research and making decisions based on evidence.
  • Designing accessible, responsive user interfaces and the challenges of designing for a diverse audience.

Desirable skills: 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.

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