Cancer Research UK

Job Description

4,000 professionals, 0 days wasted, 1 incredible purpose. Together we will beat cancer.
User Experience Designer
Reports to: Lead UX Designer
Department: Chief Operating Office
Hours: Full time 35 hours per week
 This vacancy may close earlier if a high volume of applications are received or once a suitable candidate is found
Recruitment process: Two competency-based interviews (1st technical skills, 2nd soft skills)
Interview date: From the week commencing 26 June 2023
Application method: We operate an anonymised shortlisting process in our commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusion. CVs are required for all applications ; we won’t be able to view them until the interview stage so they will not be reviewed in the shortlisting process. To be considered fairly for this role, you must fill out the employment history application questions.
At Cancer Research UK, we exist to beat cancer.
We are professionals with purpose, beating cancer every day. But we need to go much further and much faster. That’s why we’re looking for someone talented, someone who wants to develop their skills, someone like you.
As a User Experience Designer, you will play an important role in helping us deliver against the

‘Engage’ pillar of our new organisational strategy

. Engage transformation aims to deliver better, more personalised, and consistent experiences for Cancer Research UK’s audiences. This will help us build deeper, more engaged relationships that increase the propensity of our audiences to support our lifesaving research and services.

Working in cross-functional teams predominantly within the Marketing, Fundraising, and Engagement (MFE) Directorate, Technology, and business teams to support this ambitious change programme. This will involve improving MFE products by creating compelling, emotionally engaging experiences based on the needs of the charity’s supporters and staff; and designing applications/products/services that are useful, easy to use, and delightful to interact with.

This is an opportunity for you to be part of a stable, ambitious, cross-discipline team with a successful track record of delivering career development and progression opportunities. The team is known for delivering exceptional end-to-end work that spans a broad range of user experiences, products, and services. You will be a part of this by solving complex problems for users and Cancer Research UK by gathering and analysing insights and combining them with your knowledge of interaction design best practices.

What will I be doing?
  • Creating and improving Cancer Research UK’s Marketing, Fundraising & Events (MFE) products and services to be more audience-focused.
  • Delivering best-of-breed UX and interaction design solutions that meet the needs of Cancer Research UK and its audiences.
  • Working closely with other UX Designers to advise on interaction design best practices and ensure your designs adhere to our Design System and branding guidelines.
  • Carrying out research to understand the diverse user needs of Cancer Research UK’s audiences and to evaluate the design of our products, services, and applications.
  • Helping design, develop and coordinate guidance and governance for UX and interaction design practice at Cancer Research UK.
  • Contributing to the UX team by staying at the forefront of UX best practices whilst exploring new tools, theories, and techniques.
  • Collaborating with other capabilities and business owners in multi-disciplinary product and project teams.
  • Influencing, coaching, and upskilling team members across the organisation to help embed user-centred design thinking and approaches.
  • Actively participating in the day-to-day operations of the UX team.
What skills are you looking for?
  • Demonstrable User Experience background operating within Product teams and Agile methodologies (e.g. working in sprints)
  • Strong design history with experience in:
    • Prototyping
    • Designing for multiple devices and platforms
    • Running design workshops
    • Usability testing
    • Inclusive design and accessibility
  • Acted as a self-sufficient UX subject matter expert within a Product environment
  • Can clearly communicate UX concepts with strong stakeholder management and influencing skills
  • Available for 18 month fixed term contract
What will I gain?
Each and every one of our employees contributes to our progress and is supporting our work to beat cancer. We think that’s impressive.
In return, we make sure you are supported by a generous benefits package, a wide range of career and personal development opportunities and high-quality tools, policies and processes to enable you to do your job well.
Our benefits package includes a substantial retirement plan, a generous and flexible leave allowance, discounts on anything from travel to technology, gym membership, and much more.
We don’t forget people have lives outside of work too and so we actively encourage a flexible working culture.
Our work – from funding cutting-edge research to developing public policy – will change the world. It’s exciting to be part of our team.
For the full job description and more information about working with us please contact [email protected]
Additional Information
Cancer Research UK’s Technology team is proud to be part of the

Tech Talent Charter

(TTC) for our efforts in driving equality, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace. Our vision is a digital world accessible to all, and we have always sought to draw from a diverse pool of talent and maintain an inclusive working environment.

For more information on this career opportunity please

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There’s a place for everyone at Cancer Research UK. Our vision is to create a charity where everyone feels like they belong, benefit from and participates in, the work we do. We’re committed to creating an inclusive culture where everyone can be themselves and reach their full potential.
We actively encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and cultures, in particular those from ethnic minority backgrounds who are currently under-represented and believe that a diverse workforce will help us to beat cancer sooner.
If you’re interested in applying and excited about working with us but are unsure if you have the right skills and experience we’d still love to hear from you. We don’t expect everyone to meet all of the criteria listed.
We want to see every candidate performing at their best throughout the job application process, interview process and whilst at work. We, therefore, ask you to inform us of any concerns you have or any adjustments you might need to enable this to happen by emailing us at


Unfortunately, we are unable to recruit anyone below the age of 18, so that we can protect young people from health & safety and safeguarding risks.

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