• Designer (middleweight)

    Job Locations UK-London
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(2 weeks ago)
    Job ID
    Marketing and Public Engagement
    Closing Date
    Position Type
    Permanent Full-Time
    Salary Max
    GBP £29,376.00/Yearly
    Pay Band
  • Job Scope

    The Royal Society is the national Academy of science in the UK and our aim is to recognise, promote, and support excellence in science, and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity. The Society has played a part in some of the most fundamental, significant, and life-changing discoveries in scientific history and Royal Society scientists continue to make outstanding contributions to science in many research areas.


    This is a fantastic opportunity to join the Royal Society. As a key member of the design team, you will be helping to tackle design challenges in a fast paced environment, producing materials such as advertisements, events flyers, policy reports, marketing materials and campaign collateral all within the brand guidelines for both print and digital use.


    You should have a high quality, impressive portfolio demonstrating your creative flare and attention to detail. Being well organised, you will be able to meet tight deadlines and should have prior experience of taking projects from brief to delivery.


    You will have extensive experience working as a graphic designer and have excellent knowledge of InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator (essential for this role).

    • Produce materials in line with the brand guidelines, translating design briefs to finished materials.
    • Act as ‘brand guardian’ ensuring work meets the Society’s design style.
    • Help to advise colleagues on design and production processes, lead times, the correct use of the brand and using templates.
    • Work collaboratively with a range of external suppliers including photographers and printers to ensure consistent use of the Society’s brand.
    • Demonstrate 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 portfolio.


    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.
    • Interviews: Thursday 27 September 2018



    • Producing designed materials for print and digital output, ranging from business cards to reports and infographics, including input into the creative concepts of major campaign/marketing collateral.
    • Designing and managing regular materials (such as bags, folders, badges, stickers), ensuring they are ordered in line with requirements from across the organisation and fit within the brand.
    • Able to advise on the Society’s visual output.
    • Helps to educate Royal Society staff in the importance and correct use of the brand
    • Assists Design Manager in providing 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 print production process).
    • Helps to manage all corporate brand assets, including photography and copyright information as well as the archiving of completed projects.
    • Works with the digital team to create assets for use online.
    • Ability to produce infographics to communicate complex messages/data in a simplified way both on and off line.
    • Able to work with external design agencies, 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 portfolio of work that shows experience in designing across multiple types of output.
    • 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.
    • Able to prioritise design jobs and allocate appropriate amount of time to meet deadlines. 
    • 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. 
    • An excellent eye for detail.
    • A team player with good interpersonal communication skills (both oral and written).
    • Able to maintain a flexible approach at all times.
    • Good knowledge of colour correction and image manipulation techniques.
    • Excellent Knowledge of the printing process and outputting files for print.
    • Able to maintain standards of accuracy in colour for print and electronic output.


    • Able to advise on use of photo libraries and copyright licenses.
    • Good knowledge of Mac OSX operating system and Apple hardware.
    • Good knowledge of Microsoft Word, Powerpoint and Excel applications.
    • Experience in design for web and email marketing is desirable.
    • Experience of briefing freelance designers.  
    • An interest in science is desirable.



    ·         Works unsupervised and can motivate self

    ·         Produces results under pressure

    ·         Can manage in stressful situations

    ·         Pushes for the best results



    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

    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


    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



    ·         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


    Managing people and relationships

    ·         Delegates effectively, setting clear expectations and authority

    ·         Monitors results and feedbacks to team on a regular basis

    ·         Recognises others’ contributions and acknowledges their limits

    ·         Helps others to identify ways to improve their performance

    ·         Prioritises supervisory responsibilities and carries them out in a timely fashion

    ·         Understands and can identify client/stakeholder/staff needs and looks for opportunities to improve their experiences


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