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Lead User Researcher (Inside IR35) | Ref: PSR0022691

Job Description

The Lead User Researcher will lead and participate in two or more of our product teams, working on a variety of products and services. They will be responsible for ensuring our design projects are rooted in a deep understanding of users and their needs. They will have a wider helicopter view products that share commonalities, ensuring that work isn't duplicated or missed. You'll be expected to ensure quality, innovation and creativity in how we approach all aspects of user research and how we then play those back to our stakeholders. As an experienced practitioner, you'll also identify and bring inspiration and best practices from the user research community to shape and improve how we work. You'll be comfortable working with stakeholders and representing our user-centered design and research principles. As a Lead User Researcher your main responsibilities would be

Candidate Description

  • Identifying and building strong relationships with stakeholders across large-scale and high-profile projects, influencing and collaborating with them to improve our user focus and their understanding of user centered design. + The visible champion of user-centered research and design for our product and service teams + Designing qualitative research methodologies to maximise insight in fast paced, agile environments + Managing relationships between your team and others to ensure consistency and share good practice. + Contributing to guidance for government, including research and design principles and patterns + Working closely with product and service teams to map out user needs, translate them into user stories and use a double diamond approach to iterations. + Engaging in meaningful interactions and relationships with users. + Interpreting evidence-based research and incorporate this into your work + Synthesising research findings rapidly using appropriate tools and techniques into user needs, expressed as user stories + Mentoring more junior colleagues You'll have relevant experience in: + User research within a government or health setting, understanding and application of GDS approach + Best practices in user research and user-centered research, and the ability to embed them into an agile workflow to deliver timely outputs. + Adapting to different audiences. + Participation in research practice development, training and mentorship + Managing and influencing stakeholders and contribute to improving these relationships, using evidence to explain decisions made. + Defining strategies and policies, providing guidance to others on working in the strategic context + Good time management and the ability to work autonomously. + Providing simple, clear and audience appropriate research and synthesis + Getting to the heart of an issue, demonstrating expert knowledge in an applied setting + High profile programmes of work, with levels of complexity and uncertainty + Conducting pandemic safe research that is accessible + In-depth interviews, workshop facilitation, ethnography research techniques + Trauma-informed practice + Ethical and best practice research, and the ability to explain this to stakeholders and other team members + Inclusive research + Making complex language and processes easy to understand (how things work now, what are the issues, what works well already etc) + Giving direction on which tools or methods to use and experienced in meeting the needs of users across a variety of channels, offering insight and expertise in how user needs change over time + Researching vulnerable and niche audiences such as those in financial hardship, with health concerns, young people, elderly or the disabled + Research moderation skills and questioning techniques + Developing qualitative research discussion guides for different objectives and research questions + Providing feedback to and mentoring others to make sure they're delivering quality work If this Lead User Researcher role sounds like something that you would be interested in, please click the link to apply and get in touch with one of our PSR team now. "In applying for this role you acknowledge the following; this role falls in scope of the Off Payroll Working in the Public Sector legislation. Any rates of payment quoted will reflect the gross rate per day for the assignment, and will be subject to appropriate taxes and statutory costs. As such the payment to the intermediary and your income resulting from this contract will be different." Please be aware that this role can only be worked within the UK and not Overseas.

Employer Description

Imagine having a talent that could benefit someone you've never met and solve problems you didn't even know existed. Well, you do, and you can. And we're here to help you do just that. At PSR we are the go-to place for talented contractors and temps for a rich variety of public sector roles.