• Designer (Senior)

    Job Locations UK-London
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(06/06/2018 13:42)
    Job ID
    Marketing and Public Engagement
    Closing Date
    Position Type
    Permanent Full-Time
    Salary Max
    GBP £34,884.00/Yearly
    Salary Min
    GBP £34,884.00/Yearly
    Pay Band
  • Job Scope

    • Develops effective and engaging design solutions in line with the brand guidelines, translating design briefs to finished materials.
    • Acts as ‘brand guardian’, ensuring work is produced in the Society’s design style, and communicates effectively to its different audiences.
    • Schedules and prioritises design jobs based on the requirements set out in the design brief, making sure stakeholders are regularly updated on project status.
    • Advises colleagues and external project partners on design and production processes, lead times, the correct use of the brand and using templates.
    • Works with external suppliers including photographers and printers to deliver a consistent ‘look and feel’ across materials in line with the brand.
    • Demonstrates a sense of ownership for all projects, involving the use, development and interpretation of the Society’s brand.

    To apply, please submit a covering letter, CV and link to your online portfolio (pdf portfolios will also be accepted – maximum file size: 10mb).


    The covering letter and CV should clearly outline the following:

    • Why you would like to work for the Royal Society?
    • Why this role specifically appeals to you?
    • How your background and skills are suited to this role?

    Applications that do not follow this guidance will not be progressed. 


    Closing date for applications: 25 June 2018 

    Interview date: 10 July 2018 

    Hours: 35 per week

    Pay Band: D

    Salary: £34,884





    • Producing designed materials for print and digital output ranging from small internal jobs to major marketing/campaign collateral (like creative concepts for the Society’s Summer Science Exhibition).
    • Taking design briefs from stakeholders ensuring they are clear and considered, gaining further clarity where needed.
    • Schedule and prioritise design jobs based on the requirements set out in the design brief, making sure stakeholders are regularly updated on project status.
    • Help to educate Royal Society staff in the importance and correct use of the brand on a day-to-day basis.
    • Provide advice to internal customers on the design process, from concept to print, ensuring projects remain on budget and meet deadlines (bearing in mind internal clients do not necessarily have knowledge of the design and print production process).
    • Help to manage corporate brand assets, including photography and copyright information as well as the archiving of completed projects.
    • Work with the digital team to create assets for use online.
    • Produce infographics to communicate complex messages/data in a simplified way.
    • Work with printers, photographers and other suppliers to ensure work is completed in-line with the project brief, deadline, budget and quality expectations.

    Key Knowledge and Skills Required



    • Relevant HE qualification (or equivalent experience) in graphic design.
    • Experience working within a design agency or as an in-house designer.
    • Excellent knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite including InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator (CS5 and above).
    • A high quality, broad portfolio of work that shows experience in designing across multiple types of output for different audiences, including experience of producing infographics.
    • Able to take a complex brief and give clear guidance and execute successful designs.
    • Highly organised, self-disciplined individual with the ability to work independently when necessary.
    • Experience working with a range of stakeholders.
    • Able to manage several design projects simultaneously, throughout the project’s lifecycle (from approval and planning, initial concept development and design, to layout and production).
    • Able to handle pressure and meet tight deadlines without letting standards slip.
    • Excellent communication skills.
    • Experience of briefing or assisting designers (either within a team, freelancers or agency).
    • Excellent knowledge of outputting files for print and digital.
    • Good knowledge of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel applications.
    • Good knowledge of Mac OSX operating system.



    • Experience using Teamwork or other project management tool.
    • Able to advise on use of photo libraries and copyright licenses.
    • Experience in design for web and email marketing.
    • An interest in science.


    The competency levels for a Pay Band D role are described below.



    • Works unsupervised and can motivate self
    •  Produces results under pressure
    •  Can manage in stressful situations
    •  Pushes for the best results
    • Pursues and encourages feedback that may reveal an error in judgment and then makes appropriate adjustments
    • Recognises own personal biases or limitations, and uses this understanding to improve decisions and plans for action
    • Seeks out mentors and other development resources to gain additional self-awareness and personal development
    • Reflects on negative situations with maturity and seeks to understand own contribution to the situation
    • Holds things together and acts as a settling influence


    Working with others

    • Contributes ideas and identifies opportunities to work with others both within the team and across the organisation
    • Willing to provide feedback to sectional colleagues when requested
    • Produces succinct presentations and papers for senior colleagues
    • Understands when to seek senior advice on potentially delicate negotiations
    •  Reaches a variety of audiences using an appropriate mix of communication methods and tailored messages to appeal to their unique needs
    •  Speaks from the heart to compel action and creates an emotional appeal for organisational priorities
    •   Creates an environment of transparency while respecting confidentiality requirements
    •   Builds consensus for delivering team goals. Frequently interacts with peers, on cross-functional matters.

    Resource management

    •  Makes the best of internal/external resources and coordinates well with external partners to best meet the needs of the Society
    • Builds contingency into projects taking into account possible outside factors
    •  Sets and monitors performance against quality and results orientated targets.
    • Focuses on both short and long-term goals
    •  Creates novel solutions to problems
    • Creates a detailed design or plan to implement a new solution or approach
    • Evaluates new technology as potential solutions to existing issues.
    • Adjusts course as new information comes to light
    • Executes quickly and decisively in a time-sensitive situation
    • Takes accountability to persist until opportunity is realised or problem solved


    Critical thinking

    • Determines and clarifies the exact requirements of any situation
    •  Checks information for accuracy and raises concerns if information is inaccurate
    •  Extracts the key points succinctly, clearly and accurately
    • Puts forward suggestions for improvement concerning current processes or systems
    • Tries different ways of doing things to get the best results
    • Compares and evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of a variety of options
    • Formulates an opinion by considering opposing views and suggestions
    •  Runs trials and models or applies statistical analysis  and stress testing to confirm or disconfirm proposal



    • Overcomes obstacles and is not deterred by setbacks; checks assumptions and first principles and works out alternative approaches
    •  Reacts proactively to new challenges and works in a flexible manner to produce solutions
    •  Provides feedback and participates in discussions surrounding new ideas approaches or projects
    • Maintains focus and continues to deliver when things are ‘up in the air’
    • Adjusts to act differently depending on the situation
    • Takes steps to understand basic risk management and importance of identifying and maintaining controls
    •   Helps others to understand and cope with ambiguous situations



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