We're hiring a designer

Salary: £26,425 - £48,416*

Location:  Remote (with option to work from Oxford office)

Contract: Full-time with flexible working options

About the role

Agile Collective specialises in web design, development and support for purpose-driven organisations.

We are looking for someone to join our team and help us to grow our design capacity. We're open to people with a whole range of experience and can adapt the role to suit people at different stages of their design career.

Agile Collective is also a worker co-operative, which means that we are fully owned and managed by our workers. Our ideal candidate will aspire to become a member of the co-operative. You can view the benefits and ways of working at Agile Collective in our handbook.

What you might find yourself doing

  • carrying out UX and visual design work on projects (taking on a slightly different role depending on what's needed)
  • working in the Support Circle to deal with small-mid size feature requests from clients
  • applying Design Thinking to a range of problems (strategy, content, functionality)
  • researching a design challenge and making evidence-based design decisions
  • creating interactive visual designs / prototypes using Figma or similar
  • questioning design assumptions made by clients and understanding their needs and feedback
  • supporting with pitches to new clients and agreeing design briefs
  • facilitating workshops and potentially sketching in real-time with clients
  • using a range of collaborative tools such as Miro, Jamboard, Figma
  • engaging in decisions about the wider company and our ways of working
  • mentoring and supporting other team members (e.g. apprentices)

About you

You'll thrive in this role if you:

  • can understand/interpret client needs and articulate the design process to them
  • can produce mobile-first designs
  • are passionate about accessibility and user-centred design
  • can collaborate with other designers and developers and are open to giving and receiving feedback
  • are excited about continuously improving our design practices, and are keen to share knowledge and evaluate design processes with others
  • are willing to take accountability and work in a self-managed way
  • are comfortable working in a distributed and flexible workplace
  • would like to grow your experiences, skills and contribute the business while doing so
  • are not afraid to try new things and reflect on the successes and failures openly
  • care about communication and team dynamics

It is also desirable (but not necessary) for you to have:

  • experience facilitating workshops with multiple stakeholders
  • experience of conducting user testing
  • experience designing for Drupal or other CMS-based websites
  • an understanding or interest in CSS / Javascript and other front-end technologies

Benefits

As a worker co-operative you have ownership and control over your work, and over how we reward ourselves as members. Here are some of the existing benefits but you could help shape these if you become a member.

  • flexible working hours and location
  • unlimited training budget
  • ethical pension
  • mobile phone
  • career break
  • 'good causes' pot for members

You can view the benefits and ways of working at Agile Collective in our handbook.

How to apply

We've developed a CV-less application process with the support of Collaborative Future, which will ask you to answer the following questions:

  1. Provide a link to (or upload) two projects that you have designed and are proud of. Explain the client, user or audience needs you were designing for and the design considerations you made to achieve the final outcome.
  2. Provide an example of when you've had to persuade someone of your design decision on a project. How did you approach it and what did you learn?
  3. Share up to three other unique strengths or perspectives you think you would bring to this team and role, and why you feel they are important. (You may wish to refer back to the job advert and think about examples of the key competencies outlined there, but we also love learning about other skills & experiences you might bring even if it's not mentioned in the job ad).

Apply now

To apply for this role please complete this form by 14 January 2022.

If you'd prefer to email us the responses to the outlined application questions please email hello@collaborativefuture.co.uk.

The aim of this approach is to make the opportunity as accessible as possible and ensure a diverse range of people are able to demonstrate their potential.

If you have any questions about the role or the processes please add comments to this page or contact hello@collaborativefuture.co.uk.

Questions

Why is the salary range* so wide?

We're keen to meet people with a range of experience and are willing to shape the role and responsibilities around where the right candidate is within their professional development to date. If you are a senior designer and meet all of the role specification that's been outlined then it's likely you will be paid at towards the highest end. However if you have less relevant experience it's likely we'll need to support you more with your learning before you can take on a lot of things by yourself so you will probably be paid at the lower end.

Pay scales at Agile Collective are set fairly and transparently. You can read more about our approach here.

Can people outside of the UK apply for this role?

Yes, we're happy to consider non-UK applicants provided their timezones are +/- 3 hours to UK time. Your employment status will depend on the tax situation in your country.

Is there an office space?

Yes, we have an office at MakeSpace Central: https://makespaceoxford.org/about-us/

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