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Designer (User Experience Design), BBC World Service

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Job Introduction

BBC World Service is an international multimedia broadcaster, part of BBC News, delivering a wide range of language and regional services and working increasingly with other parts of BBC News to serve global audiences. It uses multiple platforms to reach its weekly audience of 468 million globally (2020 figure), including TV, digital platforms, social media, AM, FM, shortwave, digital satellite and cable channels. As part of an historic and exciting expansion that began in 2017, the BBC World Service expanded its language services in Persian, Turkish, Afghan, Uzbek and Krygyz. The expanded language services will be based at BBC's headquarters in London working closely and collaboratively with all Near East teams to deliver the best service for BBC audiences.

About the Near East Visual Journalism team

The purpose of the visual journalism team is to unlock the potential of multimedia storytelling across all our platforms - desktop, tablet, mobile and TV. By using graphical tools and combining those of data and journalistic rigour, the team aims to produce powerful visual explanations that improve understanding of the news

Role Responsibility

Now we need a midweight Infographics and UX Designer to join the World Service team, which is a part of BBC News. You will be working with world-class UX & Infographics designers, social media designers, journalists, technical experts and masters of motion graphics to create amazing digital storytelling experiences, in multiple languages to a global audience.

We're not talking about 9 to 5. You'll be at the heart of the action when a story breaks, working closely with senior team members to deliver experiences that resonate across BBC News. Wherever and whenever our audience encounters us.

You will be collaborating with technical, editorial and product teams from across the BBC to create elegant, delightful experiences that transcend the barriers between old and new media. We are a global brand, our audience is international and we must deliver our designs and user experiences in multiple languages so we can reach all our users.

The Ideal Candidate

You will have a keen interest in current affairs, a firm grasp of how design can make a story comprehensible compelling and relevant. You will also be able to pitch your work to people from all sorts of backgrounds.

You have a track record of outstanding infographics and UX work across various different platforms, be they mobile, connected TV, tablet or desktop. And you have the portfolio to prove it.

You might tend towards data visualisation, information graphics and mapping, or layout, colour and typography. Either way you will have skills you can use to create the ideal user experience. Maybe you have even got something special up your sleeve, like you're an amazing prototype builder, responsive design expert or 3D animator.

You are comfortable applying your skills to whatever situation arises, be it a new device or an unfamiliar design package. You have a great degree in design or the equivalent on-the-job experience

We like people who are:

• Enthusiastic about what they do and a delight to work with;

• Obsessive about accurate, timely delivery and being the first to break the latest news;

• Motivated and full of ideas

• Serious about current affairs

• Geeky about information design and the latest developments in technology

Package Description

Band: C
Contract type: Permanent
Location: London

We’re happy to discuss flexible working. Please indicate your choice under the flexible working question in the application. There is no obligation to raise this at the application stage but if you wish to do so, you are welcome to. Flexible working will be part of the discussion at offer stage.

  • Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and work in different areas of the organisation.
  • Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
  • Benefits- We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 26 days (1 of which is a corporation day) with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

The situation regarding the coronavirus outbreak is developing quickly and the BBC is keen to continue to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people across the BBC, while continuing to protect our services. To reduce the risk access to BBC buildings is limited to those essential to our broadcast output. From Wednesday 18th March until further notice all assessments and interviews will be conducted remotely. For more information go to

Mae’r sefyllfa gyda’r coronafeirws yn datblygu’n gyflym, ac mae’r BBC yn awyddus i barhau i sicrhau diogelwch a lles pobl ar draws y BBC, gan barhau i warchod ein gwasanaethau hefyd. I leihau’r risg, dim ond y bobl sy’n hanfodol i’n hallbwn darlledu fydd yn cael mynediad i adeiladau’r BBC. O ddydd Mercher 18fed Mawrth ymlaen, bydd pob asesiad a chyfweliad yn cael ei gynnal o bell, nes rhoddir gwybod yn wahanol. I gael mwy o wybodaeth, ewch i

About the Company

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Diversity matters at the BBC.  We have a working environment where we value and respect every individual's unique contribution, enabling all of our employees to thrive and achieve their full potential.

We want to attract the broadest range of talented people to be part of the BBC – whether that’s to contribute to our programming or our wide range of non-production roles.  The more diverse our workforce, the better able we are to respond to and reflect our audiences in all their diversity. 

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexuality, social background, religion and/or belief.  And we promote flexible working opportunities where operational needs allow.  

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