Design Researcher

Hybrid working multiple locations
Posted on:
August 18, 2021

BBC UX&D designs amazing digital experiences – from apps to websites, iPlayer to News. It’s an exciting time to be a design researcher as we focus our efforts around six key products, and the systems and services that support them.

UX designers, architects and researchers collaborate closely with product, editorial and technical teams from across the BBC. Together we create elegant, delightful digital experiences on mobile, tablet, desktop and TV across a range of digital products. We also design the ‘behind the scenes’ tools, services and employee experience which help make these happen.

Working together with users and colleagues, you’ll take a holistic, human-centred approach to help create a BBC that’s truly fit for the digital age.

Role Responsibility

As a Design Researcher, you’ll be working as part of a small squad that looks after the needs of several products. The research we run varies in size, scope and complexity – so you’ll be comfortable juggling a few projects at a time with the support of your squad colleagues and squad lead. Some projects you’ll lead, some you’ll collaborate on, and occasionally you might commission an external agency.

On a typical project, you’ll:

  • Lead projects through all stages of the research process from briefing and proposal formulation, to set up, fieldwork, analysis and insight sharing.
  • Clarify foggy projects by working with stakeholders to better understand their research needs.
  • Draw on your knowledge of a range of methodologies to make recommendations on the best approach.
  • Coordinate project set up – sample definition, recruitment, stimulus creation, discussion guide etc.
  • Organise and run fieldwork.
  • Analyse data and draw insights.
  • Present your findings to stakeholder

The Ideal Candidate

You’re comfortable advocating for the user and their needs. You’ll enjoy building empathy with different kinds of stakeholders, flexing your approach to achieve the best results. You’ve an extensive knowledge of different research methodologies, and are able to articulate insights in a way that lands with colleagues and results in real, tangible changes.

You’ve probably worked alongside designers and business analysts to discover requirements in complex environments, and are happy and capable running multiple projects at once. You enjoy teaching others, and helping teams get more from research.

Package Description

Band: C

Contract type: Permanent

Location: London, Cardiff, Salford or Glasgow

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

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