Interaction Designer

Within DDaT, Data Services and Analytics (DSA) runs one of the most advanced data analytics centres in Government. This sits at the heart of the Home Office's transformation into a data driven department. In DSA, we design, build and operate services that are critical in helping the department achieve its mission. We use a wide range of Home Office data and have every part of the Home Office as customers. You will be responsible for helping build and deliver business-critical analytical data products used across the Home Office. Our success depends on our ability to exploit the latest technologies to create leading-edge, world class solutions whilst ensuring they are secure and resilient. Our work has a high profile across the Home Office. The Home Office is relying on our services to transform their operations; to continue to deliver to the public, the Home Office must become more efficient and more effective. This is an exciting time to work for the Home Office as we develop some of the most challenging and transformative technology projects the department has ever seen. You'll have a chance to shape the future and support our goal to provide exceptional services for everyone. Our work is guided by these fundamental principles: Put user needs first Delivery and outcomes over process Make the most of openness: open standards, open source, open data and open markets We value everyone's skills and provide a creative and supportive environment to help you do your best work. We're looking for an Interaction Designer who is passionate about designing digital products that are simple enough for everyone to use. You will work in a multidisciplinary team, alongside researchers, content designers, data scientists and developers, to deliver word-class, user centred, inclusive products and services for the public and civil servants. As an Interaction Designer, you'll determine the best way for users to interact with services, the overall flow and individual design elements. You will have an understanding of the way the internet works, experience of designing in an agile environment and want to help government transform the way it delivers services, so that they are simpler, faster and easier to use. Responsibilities Your main day to day responsibilities will be: identifying, developing and using best practice and standards to design services consistent with the rest of government and the Home Office supporting and mentoring more junior Interaction Designers, allocating tasks and providing them with guidance, training and constructive feedback advocating for users and understanding user needs to design simple, effective and accessible services creating prototypes and concepts to communicate and test ideas with users and improving with evidence mapping user journeys, processes and visualising design problems collaborating within a multidisciplinary team by sharing design work, participating in research You will also be expected to carry out the following day to day activities: advocating for user-centred design and being an active part of the Design community within the Home Office and across government to share ideas, best practice and proactively help and support each other taking responsibility for your own learning and development and seek opportunities to improve your knowledge and experience Essential Criteria You'll have a demonstrable passion for interaction design, with the following skills or proven experience in: talking about design and ideas in a way that other people understand understanding how the internet works and the technology constraints that may need to be considered in design using your extensive knowledge of visual and interaction design to create usable, accessible and responsive user interfaces running workshops, participating in discussions and assisting in the facilitation of the design of the service through collaboration with other professions understanding user needs, participating in research activities and interpreting user research to inform design sketching, concept creation and designing prototypes at different levels of fidelity Qualifications: relevant industry experience Desirable Criteria Ideally you will also have the following skills or some experience in: working in an agile environment coding interactive prototypes using HTML, CSS and JavaScript designing for users with access needs Candidates with exceptional skills and experience may receive a Recruitment and Retention Allowance of up to a maximum of £5,000. This is allowance is subject to an initial review within six months of taking up the post and thereafter in line with Departmental priorities and could be reduced or withdrawn at any time. Technical skills We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process: Creating usable, responsive and accessible user interfaces Sketching, concept creating and designing prototypes Talk about design and ideas in a way that people understand Understanding user needs, participating in research activities and using research to inform design Benefits Learning and development tailored to your role An environment with flexible working options A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity A Civil Service pension Things you need to know Security Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check . See our vetting charter . People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks. Selection process details This vacancy is using Success Profiles , and will assess your Experience and Technical skills. As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV, Personal Statement (Max Limit: 750 words) and provide a portfolio of work (PDF or link to online portfolio accepted) that demonstrates how you meet the Essential Criteria. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form. Please note that your Personal Statement MUST demonstrate evidence of the Essential Criteria and Technical Skills required for this role for you to progress to the interview stage. An initial sift of your CV, Portfolio and Personal Statement will be conducted against the Essential Criteria outlined in the. Shortlisted candidates will then be invited to attend an interview. At interview candidates will be assessed on a combination of Experience and Technical ability, in line with Civil Service Success Profiles. Sift and Interview Dates Sift will take place from the 9th April 2021. Interviews will take place week commencing the 26th April 2021 All dates are subject to change Please note, in light of current government guidance in relation to COVID-19, the interviews will be conducted via video conference. Candidates progressing to interview stage will be notified about the arrangements after the sift. We often have similar roles available at different grades. If a candidate is suitable for a similar role or a lower grade than they have applied for, we may offer the candidate that role without the need to go through a further selection process providing the role has the same competencies and essential skills. Further information Please read the essential skills for this position carefully. We will only consider those who meet the listed requirement. If you have previously made an unsuccessful application for a role with the same essential skills and are not able to demonstrate how you have developed these skills since your last application please reconsider applying as your application is unlikely to be successful. A reserve list may be held for a period up to 12 months from which further appointment may be made. Every day, Home Office civil servants do brilliant work to develop and deliver policies and services that affect the lives of people across the country and beyond. To do this effectively and fairly, the Home Office is committed to representing modern Britain in all its diversity, and creating a welcoming, inclusive workplace where all our people are able to bring their whole selves to work and perform at their best. We are flexible, skilled, professional and diverse. We work to recruit and retain disabled staff and area Disability Confident Leader. We are proud to be one of the most ethnically diverse departments in the civil service. We are Stonewall top 100 Workplace Equality Employer and a Social Mobility Foundation top 75 employer. New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band. Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening, subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant's details held on the IFD will be refused employment. For further information please see the attached notes for candidates which must be read before making an application. Existing Civil Servants should note that some of the Home Office terms and conditions of employment have changed. It is the candidate's responsibility to ensure they are aware of the Terms and Conditions they will adopt should they be successful in application and should refer to the notes for candidates for further details. Transfer Terms: Voluntary. If you are invited to an interview you will be required to bring a range of documentation for the purposes of establishing identity and to aid any pre-employment checks. Please see the attached list of Home Office acceptable ID documents. Any move to the Home Office from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at Reasonable Adjustments If a person with disabilities is at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes. If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should: Contact Government Recruitment Service via as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs Complete the "Assistance Required" section in the "Additional Requirements" page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you're deaf, a language service professional If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the 'Contact point for applicants' section. Feedback Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment. Nationality requirements This job is broadly open to the following groups: UK nationals nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK nationals of the Republic of Ireland nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with (or eligible for) status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS) relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals Further information on nationality requirements Working for the Civil Service The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants. We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles . The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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