Software - Senior UX Specialist

Northrop Grumman
01 Dec 2021
14 Dec 2021
Part Time
Contract Type
Requisition ID: 755
Category: Information Technology
Location: Cheltenham - GLS, United Kingdom
Citizenship Required: United Kingdom Citizenship
Clearance Type: Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS)
Telecommute: Yes- May Consider Occasional/Part-Time Teleworking for this position
Travel Required: Yes, 25% of the Time
Positions Available: 3

At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems that impact people's lives around the world today, and for generations to come. Our pioneering and inventive spirit has enabled us to be at the forefront of many technological advancements in our nation's history - from the first flight across the Atlantic Ocean, to stealth bombers, to landing on the moon. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join forces to invent the future, and have fun along the way. Our culture thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work - and we have an insatiable drive to do what others think is impossible. Our employees are not only part of history, they're making history.

Are you a Senior UX Specialist who would like to join a leading software engineering team within an evolving and dynamic organisation?

Due to the success of a number of strategic Gloucestershire based programmes, we are growing our User Experience team with creative and ambitious UX Specialists. With a primary focus on developing cutting-edge digital surfaces in a rapid iterative way, this is an opportunity for you to help shape the future of our HCI provision.

What you'll be doing:

Delivering cutting edge User Centred Design (UCD) focused applications

Researching, ideating and conceptualising digital solutions within a multi-disciplinary team of stakeholders, analysts, developers, UX specialists (and more)

Participating in user research, research analysis and user interviews

Testing your output with varied and inclusive user groups so that you may validate your ideas and use feedback to introduce new features and/or discover methods of improvement

Documenting features, specifications and use-cases into practical guides for development teams and peers to follow

Knowledge sharing and collaborating on a routine basis by attending weekly design forums and workshops

Presenting to stakeholders in multi-team project demonstrations

Promoting UX standards and practices across the wider business as well as contributing to the internal UX community

What we're looking for in you:

A varied portfolio showing the quality of your design work, UX work and any user research

Must have experience as a UX Specialist

Capable of understanding business/stakeholder needs as well as user needs Familiar with Agile & Lean methodology with a willingness to work in a fast paced agile environment

Evidence of good communication skills across the project-team and stakeholders in order to manage and make progress, keeping the product delivery on track

A solid understanding of UX practices with particular emphasis on digital surfaces and software development

A solid understanding of accessibility (WCAG 2.1) and inclusive design techniques or keen willingness to learn

An ability to analyse user behaviour and needs from both qualitative and quantitative methods

An ability to use your own initiative to generate ideas, suggest processes and ways of working

A keen eye for detail and consistency across your own work

At ease using typical UX design tools, (either) Figma, Balsamiq, and where there is an absence of tools, capable of using your own initiative in order to maintain progress

Comfortable participating in collaborative workshops

Good interpersonal skills

What would also be advantageous?

Experience using Agile tools such as Jira and Confluence

Comfortable with HTML5, CSS3 and vanilla JavaScript

Experience using a range of design tools, Photoshop, Illustrator, InkScape, Gimp, PowerPoint (yes, PowerPoint)

A knowledge of, or experience with, JavaScript front-end web frameworks such as React.js or Angular

A knowledge of, or experience with, modern style libraries such as Bootstrap or Material Design

An interest in current UX communities and events

Additional information for your consideration...

You must be able obtain and hold UK Government clearances Opportunities exist across the UK to enhance your career progression

Northrop Grumman is committed to equality and diversity in our workplace. Northrop Grumman provides equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants without regard to an individual's protected status, including race/ethnic origin, color, nationality, national origin, ancestry, sex/gender, gender identity/expression, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marriage/civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity, religion or belief, creed, age, disability, genetic information, or any other protected status or characteristic.