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Interaction and User Interface Designer (UI/UX)

  • Job reference: IF-001863
  • Sector: Buildings, Infrastructure, Urban Development
  • Location: Birmingham
Due to recent growth, we are looking to recruit a proactive and inspirational Interaction and User Interface Designer to join our Birmingham studio.

You will be supporting and reporting to the Technical Lead for Interaction and User Interface Design and will need to be flexible in your design approach to work across a broad range of design applications, such as websites, digital efficiency tools, immersive exhibition displays, virtual reality apps and e-learning courses.

You will need to be a real team player who enjoys the buzz of a dynamic working environment. Being digitally focussed with a thorough grasp of web and mobile applications is essential. You will be a natural problem solver, with excellent attention to detail and experience of challenging content architecture. You should be the type of designer that possesses a high quality interaction and user interface portfolio and have a real passion for design.

Our Interaction Designers are deeply committed to making the work we produce intelligent, useable and intuitive, while retaining a high standard of design.

About Creative Design
‘Creative Design’ is not your typical in-house team. We are a proactive and creative team of over 60 designers, developers, visualisers, filmmakers and immersive media specialists integrated into the heart of Atkins.

Our expertise spans a range of creative disciplines, from traditional identity design to virtual reality and interactive platforms. We work collaboratively with Atkins’ teams and external clients, to get to the heart of a problem, adding value and innovation to every project.

We currently work with clients such as High Speed Rail, Transport for London, East West Rail, Ministry of Defence, Highways England, EDF Energy, Faithful+Gould, the University of Edinburgh and Atkins internal communications.

Responsibilities
• Responsible for designing, amending and implementing small and large scale digital initiatives driven by user needs.
• Use a high degree of technical judgement to resolve design challenges.
• Utilise your understanding of Information Architecture to apply designs to different development frameworks.
• Collaborate with team members and clients to define and implement innovative solutions for the product direction, visuals and experience.
• Create wireframes, storyboards, user flows, process flows, site maps to effectively communicate interaction and design ideas.
• Create prototypes that can communicate to clients/customers for user testing.
• Help facilitate client workshops in order to gather requirements and evolve your designs.
• Closely work with project managers and developers through the project lifecycle to ensure high quality delivery.
• Continuously enhance knowledge and keep up with emerging trends in design.

Required experience
• Must have proven experience working as an interaction and user interface designer (or similar role).
• Fluency in prototyping tools such as Sketch, Craft and InVision.
• Strong Knowledge in Adobe Creative Suite.
• Proven ability to solve problems creatively and effectively.
• Excellent written, verbal and visual communication skills.
• Display confidence breaking down architecture for wireframing.
• An understanding of front-end development (HTML, CSS and JavaScript). - You won't need to code in this role, but you will need a good understanding of how development projects are built to allow you to communicate your thoughts effectively.
• Understanding of interactivity and ability to apply this through all design stages from concepts to final sign off.
• Planning information architecture by studying the strategy, concept and target audience.
• Ability to develop big ideas within a highly collaborative team.
• Excellent understanding of user-centered design principles and practices, web standards and layouts, typography and colour, and web usability standards.

Desirable
• Experience in games design and working with Unity.
• Experience working with Lean UX/UI principles.
• Experience working in an Agile/Scrum development process.

When applying, please upload a CV and portfolio or details of URLs to support your application.

Training
Atkins develops individuals through a portfolio of training and development activities designed to help you make the best of your abilities and talents. These are reviewed with individuals through an annual appraisal process. We actively support staff in achieving corporate membership of relevant institutions.

Creative Design in the press
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/stem-awards/design/what-does-a-user-interface-designer-do/

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/stem-awards/design/augmented-reality-will-transform-engineering/  

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/stem-awards/design/creative-engineering-solutions/  

Rewards and Benefits
The Atkins standard benefits package can be found using the following link https://www.yourrewardatkins.com

This role may require security clearance and offers of employment will be dependent on obtaining the relevant level of clearance.  If this is necessary it will be discussed with you at interview.

If applying to this role please do not make reference to (in conversation) or include in your application or CV,  details of any current or previously held security clearance.


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