As part of the Digital Development team and reporting to Bloomsbury Head of UX, this role contributes to the definition, implementation and delivery of all Bloomsbury Digital Resources across Bloomsbury Academic, Professional and Special Interest divisions. Bloomsbury Digital Resources have already won a number of accolades for the quality of design and usability, often receiving glowing reviews from leading publications and customers. This role will build on that success by ensuring that we continue to deliver engaging, accessible products and an excellent user experience to the students and researchers within our global customer base of academic institutions.
The UX designer will help introduce evidence-based design practices, enabling short- and long-term innovation in our platform development. The role will be collaborate closely with the Product Management and Technology teams. Together they will develop, evaluate, and iterate the user experience.
- Run user experience research and analysis to understand our users’ journeys and needs
- Translate findings into clear and prioritised business requirements in a programme of continuous improvement
- Produce designs to assist with user research, internal discussion, presentations to stakeholders, and delivery, encompassing interface design within a tested and established design language, basic UX writing, usability testing, and interaction flows
- Ensure that platforms comply with accessibility
- Identify improvements to the team’s processes and workflow
Knowledge, skills and experience
- A proactive, “can-do” attitude, with a keen curiosity and willingness to learn
- An excellent eye for nuance and a logical, problem-solving approach
- Demonstrated experience of user experience work, preferably in an academic context
- Cross-functional team collaboration, including stakeholder management
- Ability to understand the specific needs of a varied user base of students, scholars, librarians and practitioners in visual and applied arts, performing arts, humanities, social sciences, law and finance
The role is a full-time permanent position
The role is based at our London office 50 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3DP on a hybrid-working pattern of 2 days office based / 3 days home based (or fully office based if preferred). Allocated office days for this role are: Wednesday and Thursday
Please apply with a CV and covering letter addressed to Human Resources (Word or PDF format only) via the ‘APPLY NOW’ button detailing how you meet the requirements outlined above for this role and also attach a copy of your portfolio by 8th December 2022.
Bloomsbury reserve the right to close the role early if we exceed the required number of applications
As well as a fantastic opportunity to join a global award-winning organisation, Bloomsbury offers the following competitive benefits package:
- hybrid working pattern of: 2 days office based / 3 days home based (or fully office based if preferred)
- 25 days holiday
- 3.5 days Christmas company holiday
Two paid Personal Wellness Days
Flexible Fridays – take Friday afternoon off by working an additional 3 hours and 45 minutes earlier in the week
Season Ticket Loan
Eyecare Voucher Scheme
Company culture! – Employee Voice Meetings, Staff Networks (Bloom, Disability, Mental Health, Pride and Parents, Guardians and Carers), 12 Mental Health First Aiders trained across the UK offices, Publishing Events and access to free Publishing Resources
For additional benefits see below
Bloomsbury is a place where anyone of any background, race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, gender identity, age, ability, or socio-economic status can thrive, feel comfortable, and be heard and accepted. We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community.
We are willing to make any reasonable adjustments throughout the recruitment process, please flag to the recruitment team if required
Applicants must have the legal right to work in the UK.
Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.
Bloomsbury Publishing is a leading independent publishing house, established in 1986, with authors who have won the Nobel, Pulitzer and Booker Prizes, and is the originating publisher and custodian of the Harry Potter series. Bloomsbury has offices in London, New York, New Delhi, Oxford and Sydney. Within Bloomsbury’s Academic division, it publishes under Bloomsbury, as well as under a number of prestigious and historic imprint names. Read Our Story for how it all began.
Bloomsbury is committed to creating a working environment that stimulates creativity and collaboration, is respectful of difference, is inclusive and ethical in its practice, and promotes well-being. We are determined to nurture and develop our employees to reach their highest potential, and we know that our success is down to the passion, commitment and hard work of our talented people. We recognise the urgent need to attract and support applicants from all backgrounds and identities to become part of the global publishing industry, allowing diverse voices to reflect and shape our culture and society.