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Design Lead (A Fairer Start)



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Join Nesta as a Design Lead and Shape the Future of Education with Digital Innovation


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Blackfriars, London - Hybrid

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Hybrid (In-person ~2 days / week)- London United Kingdom

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Expires at anytime

Organisation summary

Nesta is the UK's innovation powerhouse committed to fostering social good. With a focus on delivering equitable child education, promoting health, and ensuring economic sustainability, Nesta has been at the forefront of solving societal challenges for over two decades. As a Design Lead in our A Fairer Start mission, you'll have the opportunity to make a significant impact by leveraging digital technology and AI to bridge educational inequalities.

Role Summary

  • Lead digital innovation projects within the A Fairer Start mission.
  • Support and guide multidisciplinary teams in the design, testing, and scaling of digital solutions.
  • Work on programmes that utilize digital technology and AI to improve school readiness.

Role Requirements

  • Proven experience in early-stage digital product development and testing.
  • Expertise in multiple design disciplines, including service design, UX design, and product design.
  • Ability to use design thinking and lean/agile methodologies effectively.
  • Track record of leading projects that meet user and stakeholder needs.

Application Process Details

  • Apply by 8:00 am on the 18th March 2024.
  • We encourage a diverse range of candidates to apply and are open to making reasonable adjustments for successful employment.

We are Nesta, the UK’s innovation agency for social good. We design, test and scale solutions to society’s biggest problems. Our three missions are to give every child a fair start, help people live healthy lives, and create a sustainable future where the economy works for both people and the planet. For over 20 years, we have worked to support, encourage and inspire innovation.

The role of Design Lead within our A Fairer Start mission involves working on digital innovation projects. You will support and lead multidisciplinary teams to design or adapt, iteratively-test and scale impactful digital solutions that meet the needs of end users and stakeholders. Specifically, you will work on a programme aimed at delivering projects that demonstrate how we might leverage digital tech and AI to narrow the school readiness gap.

Job requirements include experience of early stage digital product development and testing, experience in more than one design discipline, such as service design, user experience design, product design, etc, including using design thinking and lean/agile approaches. Experience of leading multiple projects to design digital interventions that have met the needs of end users and stakeholders is also required.

Benefits include private medical insurance, dental insurance, the ability to buy and sell annual leave, eyecare vouchers and more. This role is based in Blackfriars, London, with a hybrid working arrangement with a minimum of 2 days per week in the office. The role is a 12 month fixed term contract.

To apply for this role, please submit your application before 8:00am on the 18th March 2024. We actively seek to reach a diverse pool of candidates and are happy to consider any reasonable adjustments that potential employees may need to in order to be successful.


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