Situation vacant: Head of UX at the Guardian

Martin Belam by Martin Belam, 23 May 2012

I joined the Guardian in February 2009, and in just over three years I’ve had the opportunity to work on an amazing range of products, including apps for the iPhone, iPad and Facebook, on redesigns of commercial and editorial areas of the Guardian’s website, and been involved in fascinating projects like the Guardian’s local beat blogs and new live blogging tools. I’ve helped introduce a greater degree of user testing into the company’s product development process, and I’ve been lucky enough to travel the world talking in public about what I’ve been up to.

But now it is somebody else’s turn.

This week the Guardian started looking for a replacement Head of User Experience.

“We are currently looking for someone to join our Digital Development team as Head of User Experience. As Head of User Experience you will be wholly responsible for leading, defining and shaping the user experience for the Guardian’s digital products and services. You will have proven success in building and leading world class user experience teams at either a successful international digital business, large media organisation or a major design agency. ”

As well as all of that, you’ll need to be passionate about forging a place for quality digital news provision in a challenging marketplace, and championing the voice of the user, reader & consumer at every turn along the way. And what the job ad doesn’t say is that you will get to work with the most amazingly talented team of developers. When I first did a few weeks contract work at the Guardian before they moved to Kings Place, it was the passion and enthusiasm shown by the development team on their first hack day that was instrumental in me deciding to take a permanent role.

The closing date for applications is June 4th - and if you move quickly enough you may even find yourself being interviewed by me as part of the recruitment process before I leave...

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