Senior Digital Designer 

Any Big Lottery Fund office location or remote working an option
Competitive salary plus generous benefits
21 Dec 2017
17 Jan 2018
Contract Types
Full Time
Design Disciplines
Digital / Web
Job Functions
Design Management, Designer

Senior Digital Designer 

Closing date:  9am on 17 January 2018 
Band: D
Starting Salary: Up to £48,395 per year (subject to location and skills/experience) 
Type of employment: Fixed term 12 months (maternity leave cover)
Hours per week: 29.6 hrs – 37 hrs (i.e. 4 or 5 day working week)
Location: London, Birmingham, Newcastle, Exeter, Leeds, Manchester, Nottingham, Glasgow, Belfast, Cardiff, Newtown, and remote working anywhere within the UK also an option
About Us

The Big Lottery Fund (the Fund) distributes around £650 million of National Lottery Funding across the UK each year supporting health, educational, environmental, and charitable projects. We are fortunate to be able to support around 12,000 projects each year with grants ranging from as little as £500 to multi million pound programmes. By funding good causes, the Fund makes a real difference to local communities all over England.
The Fund is committed to putting people in the lead – it is our official vision and our top priority. To that end we are taking significant steps to embrace the user-centered, iterative culture of digital development, putting those values and practices at the heart of how we work. As a sign of how seriously we are pursuing this vision, we have created a new multidisciplinary Digital Team mixing design, programming and product management expertise, and we have appointed a specialist digital lead (Tom Steinberg) to the Senior Management Team, in order to head up that team. Our mix of skills and ways of working have been substantially shaped by the Government Digital Service’s Service Design Manual, and by modern digital working practices seen across the world. We are big fans of working in the open, where possible, and you can see our current work on our public GitHub repository at
About the role

The Big Lottery Fund receives thousands of applications a year, for projects that seek to benefit millions of people. Handling these is a large scale process of real consequence, and one in which the quality of user experience can make a significant real world impact. In 2017 this means that high quality digital channels are essential for fulfilling our mission.
The role will entail carrying out digital design for the Big Lottery Fund. You will work within the Digital Team, a brand new part of the organisation that has been set up to give the Big Lottery Fund an in-house capacity to research, design, deliver and iterate high quality digital services. With colleagues, you will have a key role in rebuilding the Fund’s public-facing website from scratch on a new technology base, using a range of agile and user-centred working practices. Whilst this role is primarily about our public-facing services, you may also be asked to assist with the design and operation of back-end tools, working to make the lives of our colleagues more efficient and effective

The Digital Team’s structure and working practices are heavily informed by the Government Digital Service’s Service Design Manual, and by modern, iterative software development practices in general. Work will be arranged in sprints, and run in an agile way, with plenty of user-testing and user-conversations to inform choices.

Working as part of a small, newly-formed digital team you will be required to deliver innovative creative concepts and world-class visual design using an agile approach. Your main responsibility will be to create attractive digital products that focus on usability, while ensuring your output observes UX principles and web best practises. The ideal candidate will have a creative, functional mind and will be able to take an idea from sketch, through to polished design, ready for build across mobile and web. You will ensure your creative output constantly meets the highest standards and will be flexible in attitude to extend, edit or expand as per requirement.
In order to succeed in the role of Senior Digital Designer, you will have to be able to produce design assets from rough sketch through to polished design, working closely with colleagues and users throughout the process. Your application will be especially strong if you can show knowledge of user-centered design techniques. 

Person specification

You will be a capable digital designer who takes real pleasure from designing and collaborating with colleagues and customers.
You will bring with you a proven track record of delivering customer-facing digital services that placed user experience and user needs at the heart of their priorities, either as a solo expert or as part of a team.

You will need experience in:

  • Designing interactions professionally for the web and mobile, especially in tools like Photoshop and Sketch. Experience of designing interactive applications is key: we are seeking a higher level of interface and product design experience than the production of brochure sites.
  • Partaking in user research exercises to map and understand user needs, before designing and testing prototypes
  • Experience of contributing to the development and continual enhancement of digital products or services. 


The following are not essential, but will strengthen your application:

  • Experience of hand-coding HTML, CSS and/or JavaScript
  • Training in any user research or user-centered design techniques
  • Experience of designing data visualisations, and familiarity with good and bad practices in the realm of information design. 
  • Experience of working closely with colleagues to turn user data into actionable product/service requirements that feed into prototype development, and influence product direction
  • Experience of delivering designs that meet web standards, ensuring that key elements are built in from the outset
  • Experience presenting work at user groups and conferences
  • Experience in print design
  • An ability to communicate design concepts to a non-technical audience

How to apply 

Please click the Apply button to send your CV with a covering letter describing how your experience meets the requirements of the role, and your reasons for applying.

You should include either a link to an online portfolio, or an attachment containing portfolio examples of your design work. 

The selection process will involve an initial evaluation of CVs, covering letters and design portfolios in order to shortlist candidates for interview.  Invitations to interview for shortlisted candidates will be sent out no later than 18th January 2018. Interviews will take place on 24th January 2018 in London, although Skype will be considered for candidates for whom travelling poses a problem.
Please note that secondment arrangements will be considered.

NB: It is unlawful to employ a person aged 16 or over who does not have permission to live and work in the UK.  Please be aware that you will also need to supply a copy of your eligibility to work documents before starting employment with the Big Lottery Fund. You will need to bring the original documentation on the first day of your employment.  The Big Lottery Fund cannot sponsor individuals to live and work in the UK. 

For more information, or if you would like to discuss this opportunity in more detail please contact Tom Steinberg at

The Fund is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.
We are committed to increasing employment opportunities for people with disabilities and will respond positively to meet individual needs throughout the recruitment process. Once in post, the Fund will ensure that any appropriate reasonable adjustments to our workplace are made, in order to support colleagues with any form of disability.

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