Vacancy -- Junior Interaction Designer

Recruitment Principles

The Welsh Government's recruitment processes are underpinned by the principle of selection for appointment on merit on the basis of fair and open competition as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles.

Vacancy Details

Office of the First Minister and Brexit Group
Communications
Management Band 2 - £29,100 - £35,750
A starting salary between £29,100 and £32,900 will be offered to the successful candidate, based on their skills, knowledge, experience and performance at interview. This range is not negotiable.
Full time (applications are welcome from people who work part time, as part of a job share or who work full time)
Permanent
Cardiff
TBC

Purpose of Post:

This is an exciting time to join the Welsh Government as we modernise our development of online services.

As a Junior Interaction Designer, you will take complex tasks and processes and transform them into intuitive, accessible, and easy-to-use designs for everyone from first-time users to experts.

You will help ensure that the Welsh Government makes the most of its websites and online services and have the opportunity to test them with users.

Key tasks:

  • Follow a User Centred Design approach to understand user needs and explore solutions
  • Design effective components, patterns, layouts and user journeys for a range of online services
  • Create and rapidly iterate interactive prototypes using both code and design tools
  • Participate in user research and usability testing activities
  • Provide advice to clients on user experience and information architecture best practice
  • Work in a team environment to the Interaction Design Team’s processes and methodologies
  • Offer creative advice and practical ideas for improving existing websites and digital services

Development opportunities:

This is a demanding, rewarding role in a constantly developing area. The post offers the opportunity to develop skills in the areas of interaction design and wider digital disciplines.

Closing Date:

11/07/2019, 16:00

Welsh Language Requirements

The Welsh Government acknowledges the importance of developing and growing its bilingual workforce, and welcomes applications for any post from candidates who demonstrate their capability to work in both English and Welsh. 


The following list of language requirements represents an objective assessment by the line manager on behalf of the Welsh Government of the Welsh language skills required to undertake the duties of this particular post.

Not necessary to undertake the duties of this post

Competencies / Job Specific Criteria

Competencies

  1. User focus - Able to collaborate with user researchers and can sell and represent users internally.
  2. Making effective decisions - Recognise patterns and trends in a wide range of evidence / data and draw key conclusions, outlining costs, benefits, risks and potential responses.

  3. Digital perspective - Is responsive to changes in technology, adapting their approach accordingly.
  4. Leading and communicating - Communicate in a straightforward, honest and engaging manner with all stakeholders and stand ground when needed.

Job Specifics

  1. Demonstrable track record in designing online services and/or sites following a User Centred Design approach.  Please provide examples and include urls to evidence this.
  2. Proficiency and experience in creating prototypes by hand coding and with design tools such as Sketch, Adobe Creative Suite, Invision, and Azure. Please provide examples and include urls to evidence this.
  3. Experience of discovering, analysing and understanding user behaviour in relation to websites through methods, activities, or tools. Please provide examples and include urls to evidence this.

Other Information

Applicants who are successful at the sift stage will progress to the interview stage. At the interview a laptop will be available for applicants to visually support their evidence in answer to the interview questions.

As part of the interview process, applicants will be asked to give a 10 minute presentation which will assess the first job specific criteria.  The presentation topic will be confirmed in the invitation to interview.

Timothy Andrews / timothy.andrews@gov.wales / 03000 253012 Aeddan Davies / Aeddan.davies@gov.wales / 03000 251647

How to apply

All applications for this vacancy should be made online via the Welsh Government's online application system.  If you have a disability which would prevent you from applying on-line, please e-mail SharedServiceHelpdesk@gov.wales to request an application pack in an alternative format, or to request a reasonable adjustment related to a disability in order to submit your application.

To apply, you'll need to have an account on our online application system.  Click the 'Apply' button below, and you'll be asked to 'Log in' if you already have an account, or 'Register' if you don't yet have an account.  Registration takes just a few minutes to complete.  You'll need an e-mail address to be able to register.  Once you've registered for an account and logged in, you'll be taken to the online application form, which you'll need to fully complete and submit before the deadline on the closing date.  

If you’d like to apply for this vacancy in Welsh, please use the ‘Newid Iaith / Change Language’ link at the top of this page, to take you to the Welsh version of this advert, from which you can apply in Welsh.

For further information regarding the Welsh Government recruitment process, please see the Recruitment Guidance for External Candidates (link).

When evidencing your suitability for the post, it is recommended that you refer to the Civil Service Competency Framework (link)

This vacancy is closed to applications.