Organisation UKRI
Organisation Detail UK Research and Innovation - Central Services
Reference Number IRC248317
Location Swindon See on Map
Salary £30357
Date Posted 07 February 2019
Grade UKRI-Band D
Contract Type Fixed Term Appointment
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 24 February 2019
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £30,357
Grade: D
Contract Type: 2-years Fixed Term
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 24th February 2019
Interview Date: 13th March 2019

About JRS

We provide creative, design and production services to the whole of UKRI, including all the Councils and other organisations associated with them. Our aim is to deliver an outstanding standard of creative design, account management and print production services, offering integrated services across print and digital media, as well as range of complementary services.

We have a client-centred, collaborative can-do approach and working attitude, helping our clients in defining their briefs and solving the challenges they face. We offer doorstep convenience and accessibility to services developed specifically with our clients’ needs in mind, and continually evolve our services in consultation with them – our goal is to give our clients the services they want, need and will use.

We are passionate about what we do and believe in fostering innovation. We believe in developing people and ideas to their full potential, and always welcome a challenge. We are commercially minded and accountable for our performance and reporting. Our vision is to become the best in-house creative, design and production department in the UK.

About the opportunity

We have a great opportunity for a creative, dynamic and highly motivated Senior Designer, working with multiple clients on a broad range of projects. We're looking for a first-rate designer who understands the importance of the creative idea, and has a track record of developing them to create brilliant design solutions. We are looking for passion and dedication.

Experience is a must. You'll play a key role in all stages of the creative process, have a passion for taking on challenging briefs and work with our design, production and accounts team to develop them into successful projects and campaigns that give outstanding results. You have a desire to always deliver the best and enjoy collaborating with others from across the organisation, while being open to new ideas.

You will benefit from working in a highly creative environment for one of the most exciting clients in the UK. You will have the opportunity to work on a diverse range of projects and industry sectors, safe in the knowledge that your work is contributing to a positive impact on society. You will have the opportunity to grow professionally, and expand on your skill-set by working closely within a team of talented professionals.

About the role

The Senior Designer is responsible for developing and managing all aspects of the creative output. This is a demanding role, with accountability for online and offline design output. The role will require you to develop your own designs as well collaborating with the team’s overall creative development.

You will ensure that the creative solutions are aligned to client expectations and delivered to the highest standard, on time and on budget. You will work closely with our Head of Design, design, production and accounts management teams for internal and external clients, and fully understanding our clients’ needs.

You will use your experience and knowledge to continuously review processes and practices, with a view to enhance creativity, improve efficiency and overall workflow throughout the studio.



  • take a brief from concept through to delivery, whether it is for print, online or display, and deliver high quality, creative design solutions
  • ensure your work is on brief and exceeds clients’ expectations in all stages of the design process
  • develop creative solutions within respective clients’ brand guidelines, on time and within budget, and with a very sharp eye for detail
  • commercial accountability through accurate scoping and quoting of work.


  • supporting the creative team with considered, informed and inspiring feedback, with the aim to improve quality results
  • influencing design-led thinking and culture across the team and organisation.

Approach to work:

  • maintaining a client-centred, positive and inspiring culture
  • developing and managing productivity and continuously improving your production capabilities
  • playing an active role in the JRS Senior the wider JRS team.

Organization Description

What is UK Research and Innovation?

Operating across the whole of the UK with a combined budget of more than £6 billion, UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. UKRI will build on the successful elements from the current funding system and maximise the contribution of each of the component parts to create the best environment for research and innovation to flourish.

Building on success

The UK has a world class research and innovation system. Our expertise spans all fields of knowledge, from the discovery of penicillin and monoclonal antibodies, to the jet engine and the world-wide web. Our inspirational creative industries are strong in art, design and the innovative use of new materials and technologies. Our universities and laboratories produce a disproportionate percentage of the world’s top research, and their academics are highly-sought as international colleagues and co-authors and are among the world’s best at attracting overseas students Nor is this excellence confined to university campuses and research centres. Our engineering, automotive and pharmaceutical industries are successful in part because of the superb graduates they can hire and the top rate researchers that support them.

Our partners

The nine UK Research and Innovation partners each bring unique assets to this cooperation. Innovate UK helps businesses to identify the commercial potential in new technologies and turn them into the new products and services that will drive economic growth and increase productivity; Strong discipline-facing Research Councils encourage breadth and diversity, curiosity-driven research, and priority-driven initiatives; Research England’s work on knowledge exchange will focus on capacity and culture in universities and provide balance to the funding system. It will drive quality and impact through the REF and work closely with its counterparts in the devolved administrations.

Shortlisting Criteria


  • a strong portfolio showing creativity and high quality design solutions (see ‘How to Apply’ for more details)
  • demonstrable and well-developed problem-solving skills
  • solid understanding of brand development and the creative and design process for print and digital media, and the skills to use the appropriate software
  • cross-media design abilities and knowledge (print, digital and display)
  • extensive knowledge of digital design, including digital animation skills
  • a good commercial awareness for accurate scoping and quoting of work
  • ability to prioritise own workload with minimal supervision
  • ability to write a solid rationale for your ideas and presenting your own work
  • excellent organisational skills and attention to details
  • ability to work with Macs and Mac software.


  • experience in working in or with the science, research, innovation or higher education sectors
  • a degree (or equivalent) in a design related subject, or equivalent practical on the job experience.

Interview Criteria


  • evidence of a proven track record of high quality design experience
  • good judgement and analytical skills, with a clear and solid rationale for your ideas
  • ability to effectively communicate and present your work
  • cross-media design abilities and knowledge (print, digital and display)
  • extensive knowledge of digital design, including digital animation skills
  • a good communicator, confident and well organised
  • a positive can-do attitude and team mentality
  • can work to tight deadlines, and can manage multiple projects and budgets well
  • ability to work well with a team but also have the initiative to work on your own
  • a sharp eye for detail
  • confidence to speak own mind but also to be a good listener
  • understanding of the latest development and trends in design
  • ability to show initiative beyond the immediate area of responsibility, to support wider organisational goals and culture.


  • experience in working in or with the science, research, innovation or higher education sectors.

UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research. Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process on all individuals that are offered a position with UKRI. This will include a security check and an extreme organisations affiliation check.

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Employee Benefits
UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and aim to provide a pay and rewards package that motivates staff to perform to the best of their ability. The reward package includes a flexible working scheme, a Career Average Revalued Earnings pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.

Developing Talent
We are committed to developing employees in their roles throughout their career. Learning and development plans enable employees to continue their professional development through training and development opportunities such as e-learning, classroom training and on-the-job experiences. We encourage our employees to share their learning across teams and organisations.

Equal Opportunities
We strive to make decisions based on individual merit and ability. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and promote equality of opportunity in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. As holders of Disability Confident Employer status, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

Online applications only. Please submit a covering letter and CV ensuring that the IRC reference is included in the filename description of each document uploaded. Also include a link to a portfolio including examples of work that you have created directly.

Please note that failure to address the above criteria or submitted without a covering letter may result in your application not being considered.

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