Delightful Ethical Digital

Mid-weight UI designer

Delightful opportunity to join our ethical team as a junior to mid-weight digital designer. A full-time role based in either London or Manchester, with flexible hours available.

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The role

Fat Beehive is seeking a skilled and creative mid-weight designer with a focus on creating delightful user interfaces and experiences. 

At Fat Beehive, we research, design and build websites, run discovery and strategy workshops and produce vibrant brands for charities, social enterprises and NGOs. Ideally, you would have a passion for the charity sector and a portfolio of work that reflects this sector and the work we do – or be able to demonstrate skills and understanding that can be readily transferred. 

This role would suit a curious, creative designer already in a similar role or looking to move from client to agency-side. We’re a small and friendly team providing creative freedom and the chance to grow with the role. Plus, you get to work with our fantastic clients – all of which make a genuinely positive impact on our societies. You might also have an interest or experience in UX and/or branding and visual identities, but that’s a bonus. 

We are open to full or part-time applicants and particularly encourage applications from women, disabled and Black candidates, as these groups are underrepresented throughout the creative and technology industries. We offer flexible working arrangements for parents or carers who want to balance their commitments at home. 

We’re slowly moving back into the office a few days a week as restrictions are eased – as and when each of us is comfortable, in line with national guidelines – as well as working from home.  

Key duties & responsibilities

Interface & other design, 60%

  • Interpret design briefs, discovery research and recommendations into beautiful, suitable user-centric digital designs
  • Use Figma to create and adapt these bespoke designs for new and existing clients (Sketch or Adobe Creative Suite skills are transferable and we can teach you Figma)
  • Implement accessibility best practice including understanding differing user needs
  • Keep up to date with best practices and the latest innovations in design, content and visual communication.

UX, wireframing & prototyping, 20%

  • Maintain and improve our wireframing library in Figma
  • Prototype designs in low or high fidelity, from sketched to interactive client-facing tools
  • Work with our user research team and project managers to interpret the most relevant insights for each project.

Other, 20%

  • Support the Head of Creative in proposals, pitches, costing work and client presentations 
  • Plan your tasks in a Kanban Agile style (we will teach you this) that meets the agreed budget and timings
  • Understand and use Jira to manage your workload and prioritise tasks
  • Accurately estimate and track time spent, to ensure efficient production.

Qualifications

Skills

  • A portfolio of primarily excellent UI design, but that might also include marketing, branding or digital marketing
  • Be passionate about colour theory, typography and design/UI systems 
  • Ideally include examples translating user research and needs into great user experiences and interfaces
  • Have a curiosity that queries briefs, enhance user experiences and is always looking to improve our design outputs
  • Motion graphics or campaign experience would be another bonus
  • Experience or knowledge of branding and visual identity creation and execution digitally would also be advantageous
  • Experience in an agency environment is preferred

Education

  • Relevant design experience – degree or self-taught. We don’t prioritise those with degrees. 

What we offer

£35k salary. With our charity sector client base we can’t compete with commercial agency salaries, but we feel our comprehensive benefits package (and the knowledge your work makes a difference) balance things out. 

Our benefits include:

  • Profit Share (shared equally) and quarterly bonus
  • 27 days annual leave, 2 volunteer days per year and an extra day of leave for each year worked (up to 5 extra days)
  • Matched pension contribution up to 6%
  • Dental Plan, Income Protection and Death in Service benefit
  • Health and Wellbeing Budget
  • Season ticket loan and cycle to work scheme
  • Dedicated training budget
  • Flexible and fair working culture
  • Free Friday drinks – and team lunch every month.

The role will report to our Head of Creative, Ben.

About Fat Beehive

We are a growing team of about 32 who, when not working from home, work in a relaxed, informal office in a converted warehouse in Borough (London) and Ancoats (Manchester). There is often cake. There is often music playing. We don’t have a ping pong table, table football or an office dog (although an office rabbit has been suggested!). 

Fat Beehive is dedicated to providing a friendly, relaxed, safe, fulfilling and fair work environment – see what it’s like. We want to create an environment where people want to come to work – one that engages them to give their best. 

We’ve all chosen to work in the charity design sector because we want to help bring about positive social change – and we know that starts with us as individuals. We’re always challenging ourselves to work in a way that puts awareness of power, diversity and inclusivity at its heart. 

We don’t work for oil, mining, arms, banking and sweatshops. But we do work for charities that challenge these and more. Come join us.

To apply

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Profit share and quarterly performance bonus

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27+ days annual leave

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Fortnightly chair massage

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2 volunteer days per year

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Buy 5 extra holiday days each year

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Family friendly and flexible employment

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Matched pension contribution

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Free Friday team drinks

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Training budget

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Death in service cover

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Income protection

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Transparent financial reporting

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Fair work culture

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Staff lunch once a month