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Design Lead - Content Design (Contract)

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Design Lead - Content Design (Contract)

Team: Content Design
Location: Leeds
Commitment: Contract
The Role

As a Design Lead you’ll lead designers across multiple programmes of work to deliver complex services. You’ll be responsible for consistency of design quality, be an escalation point for problems, and influence senior stakeholders through building their understanding and support of design in agile.

What you’ll do within our teams

  • Oversee multiple programmes of work, each made up of multiple projects
  • Represent UCD excellence for all design roles, leading on quality and best practice for all design roles through coaching and mentoring teams
  • Collaborate with your leadership peer group to tackle process and operational challenges
  • Mentor and line manage senior designers
  • Support recruitment, resourcing and allocation for upcoming project pipelines
  • Ensure consistency of quality in delivery through peer reviews and assessments
  • Review project and team change proposals and recommend actions and next steps
  • Be an escalation point for challenges within teams and across programmes
  • Facilitate discussions across high-risk and complex areas or projects under constrained timelines
  • You’ll suit this role if you:

  • Have experience in a design leadership role
  • Have mentoring and coaching experience
  • Are comfortable adapting to competing constraints and requirements
  • Can make and justify decisions about high-risk, high-impact problems
  • Can facilitate discussions in complex and time-pressured situations
  • Can engage and influence at all levels
  • Can use your initiative to identify problems or issues in team dynamics and solve them
  • Unblock issues and resolve conflict with empathy and skill
  • Have a strong understanding of GDS and designing to government service standards
  • About Opencast 
    Opencast is an ambitious, successful, and growing technology consultancy. We pride ourselves in the qualities of our people. We're inclusive, creative, and collaborative. 
    It's an exciting time to join us on our journey as we grow and expand our services to help our clients tackle bigger, more complex challenges. We plan to treble the size of our team by 2025 — but we’re determined not to lose our unique culture. 
    What makes Opencast right for you? 
    You don’t have to tick every box to join us. We’re looking for those brave enough to ask the right questions and do the right thing. We value and empower our people, doing right by each other. We work flexibly and keep hierarchy to a minimum. 
    Inclusion at Opencast 
    Opencast is an equal opportunity employer and we’re committed to creating an environment where everyone thrives. We don’t discriminate based on age, disability, ethnicity, family status, gender, race, religion, or sexual orientation. 
    If you’d like to be part of a team where your voice is heard and your involvement matters, please join us. We’re a better company because you’re with us. 
    Where you’ll work 
    At Opencast, we’re not remote-first – we’re hybrid. Our hybrid working model is about being in the right place at the right time to deliver your work, taking into account the requirements of your client and your team as well as your own. This could mean working at a client site, remotely at home or at one of our offices around the UK.
    Interview process 
    Interviews take place over Microsoft Teams. If that doesn’t work for you, we’ll do everything we can to support and make any necessary adjustments. We want to ensure everyone has the best possible interview experience. 
    Applicants from overseas 
    We accept applicants from overseas but once you’re appointed you need to work in the UK. 

    Want to find out more? 
    Visit our website to find out more about us, our work and the benefits of joining us. 

    If you’d like to talk directly about this role with the people leading our services, visit the Contact section of the website. We’re keen to chat. 
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