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User Researcher

  • Salary: £500 - £545 per day
  • Job type: Contract
  • Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire
  • Sector: Other
  • Date posted: 16/02/2018
  • Job reference: J381850A

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User Researcher

Location: Leeds

Duration: Initial 3 Months

The ideal candidate will be SC cleared or eligible and willing to undergo the relevant checks.

As a user researcher you will be experienced in using a variety of user research methods to reveal actionable insights.

You will have excellent analytical and problem solving skills, and the ability to quickly develop recommendations based on quantitative and qualitative evidence.

You will need to be confident in explaining user needs to senior stakeholders, and acting as a persuasive advocate for those needs both within the team and the wider organisation as required.

You will have experience with and be comfortable working with agile development teams. You will be able to introduce user research practices into a team, establish a user centred culture, and continually monitor and improve practices.

Main responsibilities:

  • Planning, designing, preparing and running user research activities to support the design and development of digital government services (including contextual discovery, experience mapping, diary studies, early stage concept and prototype testing, lab based and contextual usability and accessibility testing).
  • Designing and running contextual and discovery research to develop a deep understanding of the needs of all users of a service
  • Managing the usability and accessibility testing process from recruiting participants, designing test tasks, and preparing discussion guides, to test moderation, analysis and presenting results.
  • Designing, executing and analysing quantitative surveys.
  • Leading colleagues to analyse research data and synthesis findings so that research is shareable and traceable.
  • Effectively communicating user research findings to the team and the wider organisation, so that they share a strong and empathetic understanding of their users (including presentations at show and tells, designing and maintaining research outputs as directed by the project manager).
  • Working closely with designers and developers to turn user research findings into stories and actions that lead to valuable product and service features.
  • Working closely with analytics colleagues to define user centred KPIs, to create a rich picture of user behaviour to tell the full story of how and why people use our services.

Skills and experience

It's essential that you have:

  • Demonstrable knowledge, experience in and passion for user centered design practices for web, service or software development.
  • Proven experience of understanding user needs for web content, tools and transactional services, especially those with the most complex user journeys.
  • Proven experience of designing, facilitating and analysing a wide range of qualitative and quantitative user research methods.
  • Strong understanding of strengths and limitations of different research methods.
  • Proven experience of presenting user research findings in a wide variety of formats and contexts.
  • Proven experience introducing and establishing user research practices in an organisation.
  • Proven experience of working in an agile development environment with designers and developers and product managers to create new digital products and services

It is desirable that you have:

  • Previous experience within government services.

Suitable candidates should submit their CV in the first instance.

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