Senior Product Designer - Content Engagement

Job Locations United Kingdom-London


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The Economist is the leading source of analysis on international business and world affairs. We deliver world-class, thought provoking content through a range of formats, from web and app, to newspapers and magazines, conferences, film and audio. What ties us together is the objectivity of our opinion, the originality of our insight and our advocacy of economic and political freedom around the world.


With a growing global subscriber base and a reputation for insightful analysis and opinion on every aspect of world events, The Economist is one of the most widely recognised and well-read current affairs publications and the foundation of our digital consumer product portfolio. We are developing a world-class product and design organisation and have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Product Designer to help us define and develop engaging content experiences within our web product.


Currently, we are seeking an experienced Senior Product Designer to enable subscribers to consume our content in new and interesting ways that create engaging experiences they keep coming back to. You will be part of teams that are re-imagining how audio fits into our products (including podcasts), how to better integrate and leverage video and data visualisations and find new and better ways to showcase the breadth of our content. The content experience is a cornerstone to The Economist product portfolio. We have big ambitions to offer richer storytelling and immersive experiences for our subscribers - and you will be part of driving this strategy across homepages, articles and index pages. 


You’ll be embedded in a cross functional team of Engineers and a Product Manager. Your role will be to produce end-to-end user experiences and create design deliverables ready for engineering. Your work will uphold The Economist brand digitally, maintaining a high bar of visual quality whilst ensuring technical constraints are considered to create intuitive experiences.


You’ll be able to demonstrate in-depth knowledge and experience designing content experiences across platforms, comfortable sketching, creating prototypes and working through fidelity quickly.  From user research to wireframes and user flows through to testing and validation - you’ll be responsible for working end-to-end. 




How you will contribute:

  • You will work with partners across the business (from product, editorial, marketing and data) to drive one of our key measures around engagement


  • You will plan, manage and run user research alongside your team to understand user behaviour and identify needs


  • You will articulate key insights and translate them into testable artefacts like sketches, user flows or interactive prototypes that utilise The Economist brand to test assumptions and ideas


  • You will map out user flows and journeys that think about edge cases as well as a happy path that elegantly allows more users to consume more of our content

  • You will create production ready design assets and work with engineers to ensure a high quality experience is shipped


  • You will facilitate workshops and/or design sprints that bring stakeholders and others along the product development journey


  • You will communicate progress and product rationale to key partners by designing and delivering presentations; or through dialogue on an ad-hoc basis


  • You will mentor and support other designers

Experience, skills and professional attributes

The ideal skills and experience for this role:


  • You have a portfolio that demonstrates your design process and core craft skills including interaction, typographic and information design across a breadth of platforms and project types


  • You know how to run, evaluate and interpret user research findings in order to wireframe or prototype solutions


  • You have an understanding of technologies used to build world-class digital product experiences. You have solid experience in agile working and sprints, will be hands-on with user-acceptance testing (UAT) and have a familiarity with the fundamentals of accessibility and usability


  • You have experience in responsive design across multiple screen sizes and devices, with a well-trained eye for design quality, usability and consistency


  • You have experience with prototyping and design tools like Miro, Sketch, Figma or Invision and can prioritise choosing the right tool at the right time


  • You are a motivated team player with the ability to perform well under pressure and take ownership of your work end-to-end


  • You have great communication skills and fluency in English


If you think you are qualified for this role but don’t necessarily tick every box, please submit an application.


This role is based in our London office (The Adelphi, 1-11 John Adam St, London WC2N 6HT). 


We offer flexible working and have systems in place to ensure working remotely when the need arises. However during the current Covid-19 situation, we are all remote. The intention is that when we are ready we will move to spending on average 3 days a week in the office.


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