HQ2866 - Senior Designer

Posted: 28/07/2020 11:27
Start Date: Not Available
Salary: £33,000.00 - £35,000.00 per annum
Location: London
Level: Designer
Deadline: 09/08/2020 23:59
Hours: 35
Benefits: Excellent
Job Type: Permanent

Interview Location: London (temporarily remote working)

As our Senior Designer you will be part of the Brand team to help bring our brand to life through impactful storytelling through digital and print design. You will help to drive awareness to the 12 million people living with hearing loss, deafness and tinnitus in the UK. You will deliver high-impact content for the charity ensuring that all design work meets our brand guidelines and are creative in testing the boundaries

This is a really exciting time to join our charity as were changing at incredible speed as we begin to reshape our charitys strategy and the brand itself. As such, there will be lots of opportunity in the coming months to contribute to and change the brand visually and how our brand tells the stories of those living with hearing loss or deafness. So, if you fancy working in a dynamic and challenging environment with a flair for thinking outside the box, then this place is for you!

Interview Date: 11th to 14th August 2020

Staff Benefits

You'll enjoy a range of excellent benefits and access to ongoing support and learning and development programmes across the country. We provide an attractive and competitive salary and benefits package. We also recognise your talent and commitment by helping you to take care of your health, life balance and financial wellbeing.

  • 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays (pro rata if part time)
  • Bank holiday enhancement
  • Cycle to work scheme to help you save on the price of a new bike
  • Health scheme to cover you and your family’s health from £7 per month
  • Employee assistance programme that gives you and your family free, confidential support.
  • The option to buy or sell leave annually in exchange for salary
  • Enhanced benefits, including maternity, paternity and shared parental leave
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Supporting you to study including time off for study leave and external courses
  • Workplace pension scheme
  • £50,000 life assurance
  • Interest-free season ticket loans
  • Discounts and savings on our products and publications, and a half-price subscription to our magazine
  • An annual ceremony where we recognise those nominated for Pod award as well as rewarding winners.
  • The annual ‘Big Satisfaction’ staff survey measuring levels of engagement and job satisfaction
  • We are proud to hold the Investors in People Standard
  • Staff council and staff companions.
  • We are proud to hold Disability Confident Employer status.
  • Our three core values are People, Passion and Partnership. These values guide and challenge how we act, how we behave towards others, and how we go about our day-to-day work.

Learning & Development

We place high importance on giving our staff the opportunity to develop their careers. We therefore provide access to a wide range of learning and development opportunities including inductions, training courses, accredited qualifications, and coaching and mentoring schemes.

  • Induction programme for new starters covering everything you need to know about our organisation, as well as providing an introduction to hearing loss.
  • British Sign Language training and certification.
  • An internal coaching scheme
  • Partnership mentoring scheme where we match employees with suitable mentors at the Royal National Institute for Blind People (RNIB) and the National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS).

Job Description

Overall Purpose of the Role:

As a Senior Designer you will turn content into high impact assets through print and digital design to tell the stories of those living with hearing loss or deafness. You will work closely across all major departments throughout the UK such as brand (your team), fundraising, communications, policy and campaigns and local engagement, for example.

The work that you will help to create will directly support those living with hearing loss, deafness and tinnitus through vital access to services, campaigning and research.

Key Accountabilities and Responsibilities:

  • Lead on key design projects, designing standout print and digital content against client brief and goals
  • Support the Brand Manager in ensuring a strong visual identity, which considers the needs of those living with hearing loss, deafness and tinnitus (and brings the brand to life)
  • Deliver high quality content efficiently and thoroughly and the ability to work to tight deadlines
  • Ensuring all final artwork is reviewed by yourself and the Brand Manager where external designers/ agencies are used and the final product suitable for the relevant audience  
  • Ensure that all assets produced have accessibility in mind and brand identity
  • Keeping abreast of new design/tech principles and sharing them with the brand team for adoption
  • Creating reactive creative content quickly but to a high standard, ensuring it meets organisational brand identity and values
  • Creative hands on design, digital skills and confident with social media marketing tools.

Person specification:

  Essential Desirable
  • Extensive’ experience of working within an agency or in-house role
  • In-depth knowledge of working in multi-disciplinary graphic design role is essential as is recent experience of working with animations for social media.
  • Ability to communicate with internal and external stakeholders at all level
  • Ability to work as part of a team and work collaboratively across the organisation
  • Working within a charity and understand fundraising sector
Qualifications / Professional Training
  • A degree or equivalent design qualification
  • Any additional training is advantageous and viewed strongly
Skills / Knowledge
  • Fluency in the Adobe Creative Suite: InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop
  • Ability to work creatively within brand guidelines
  • Experience working on marketing/fundraising campaigns
  • A good eye for detail
  • Strong typographic design and layout skills
  • Ability to manage and organise own workload and working with line manager to understand capacity
  • How to develop a design concept from start to finish that will meet the requirements of the client
  • Ability to create visually interesting and creative moving graphics (eg. animations for social media).
  • Practical understanding of UX and UI principles and of responsive website and email design
  • Understanding of the print and production techniques and ways of working
  • Experience designing annual reports
  • Logo and branding design
  • Image manipulation and retouching
  • Knowledge of accessibility
  • Knowledge and application of Microsoft Office software
  • Knowledge of CMS (WordPress)
  • Understand what is involved when an organisation rebrands, and been involved in one from a design/brand point of view.
Personal Qualities
  • Constantly driven to find new ways of expressing content visually
  • Passionate about quality of work and embrace new technology
  • Ability to deal with difficult stakeholders and say ‘no’ when needed
  • Ability to multi-task and work at pace
  • Work collaboratively with cross-functional teams yet work independently
  • Remain calm under pressure
Thinking Style
  • Imaginative, creative and curious
  • Practical yet innovative
  • Comfortable with change
  • Accessibility- first mind-set

Communication is a basic human need. Yet most of us know someone who struggles to communicate through hearing loss. It can cause substantial harm to friendships, family relationships, confidence, employability, mental health and life chances.

Action on Hearing Loss (formerly the RNID) is the UK’s largest charity for the 11 million people in the UK who confront deafness, tinnitus and hearing loss every day. Established in 1911, we help people to take control of their lives and live the life they choose, removing the barriers standing in their way. We give people support and care, develop technology and treatments, and campaign for equality. 

We champion the value of difference and equality and celebrate our diverse and inclusive workforce. We actively encourage applications from eligible candidates from BAME backgrounds or who are deaf or hard of hearing. With almost 20% of our employees having a disability we proudly hold Disability Confident Leader status and guarantee an interview for disabled applicants meeting the minimum essential criteria.