We are looking for a creative and highly motivated Visual Designer to join our team.
The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) is a strategic authority working with partners to deliver a stronger West Midlands, with a focus on skills, innovation, transport, economic development and regeneration. Individual Councils and Local Enterprise Partnerships will still deliver services and retain their identity but on the big decisions we will have the resources to work together.
This is an exciting time for the West Midlands - the Commonwealth Games will be here in 2022, the arrival of HS2 will help make us a world class business location and a new £350m housing deal aims to deliver 215,000 new homes by 2031.
Against a backdrop of a uniquely challenging and evolving environment, we are looking for the right people to ensure we can meet the demands of delivering an ambitious agenda that aims to build a healthier, happier, better connected and more prosperous West Midlands.
In return for your hard work and commitment, we will reward you with a range of competitive and attractive benefits.
About the Team
We are a highly driven, multi-discipline team within the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA). The team consists of UX/UI and multimedia designers, and works hand in hand with both Front and Back End Developers.
We deliver a range of digital and print services for the organisation in a fast-paced environment. Our team vision is ‘creating better experiences together.’ We are collaborative, forward-thinking and open-minded.
We work to Government Design Principles and the Service Standard. We highly value user research and evidence-based design. We advocate for users with accessibility needs. This is for everyone. We share our knowledge with Government through blogs. We open-source our code.
About the Role
You will work on a wide range of different briefs from across the organisation. Think campaigns, branding, print and UX/UI design.
You will be expected to manage your time from day-to-day.
You will work with stakeholders.
You will present concepts to the organisation.
You will also contact printers to get quotes and have artwork printed.
You will bring your expertise to the table and help upskill other team members.
You will be able to challenge and improve team processes. We’re open-minded.
You will help to creatively develop the WMCA and West Midlands Network brands.
You will also create accessible documents and websites.
The organisation has a lot to say. Your designs will be clear and capture the attention of the West Midlands.
Who we need
You will have experience in User research and UI design.
You will have a strong, creative mind. Along with a drive to design for the user and their needs.
You will have experience in gathering user needs in various different ways and transferred those needs to designs that work.
You will have experience working on print and digital briefs. This might have been in an agency.
You will have experience of working with developers and communicating your designs to them in a clear way.
You will have created engaging campaigns, print layouts and websites.
You must be able to demonstrate your creative process from brief to delivery.
You will be able to communicate effectively with teammates and stakeholders. Communication is key.
You will be able to use your initiative to problem solve.
You must be confident using the Adobe suite and Sketch or a similar UI tool.
How to apply
Please provide detailed information in your application outlining your suitability for the post, along with a link to your portfolio. Your portfolio should include examples of both digital and print design along with any evidence you have in user research or research based design.
Closing Date: Friday 21 May 2021
We are committed to developing an organisation that is representative of the diverse communities that we serve and welcome applications from all sections of the community.
The following groups are currently underrepresented: young people, Black, Asian and ethnic minority groups and women at senior levels.
We are a Disability Confident Employer and offer a guaranteed interview scheme for applicants who meet the essential job role criteria. We will make reasonable adjustments, in line with the Equality Act, for disabled applicants if these are needed. Wherever possible we will offer flexible working options which assist work-life balance and support service delivery for the customer.