Working at Clearleft
We don’t like the way most agencies operate, so want Clearleft to be different. We care deeply about our work and always aim to do the right thing, so we’ve designed the perfect environment to do the best work of your career.
We prefer to hire digital veterans and won’t dictate your process, so you’re in charge of solving the problem the best way you see fit. This usually involves lots of sketching, conversations and close collaboration. We’re very open to experimentation and encourage people try new techniques.
We’re a mix of design thinkers, creative technologists and digital product champions. All our team are client facing and love helping our partners achieve their business goals though beautifully intuitive interfaces.
It’s demanding but rewarding work, and you’ll be stretched on a daily basis, but you’ll also be supported and surrounded by a wonderful group of smart, friendly and engaging people. We really do want this to be the best place you’ve worked and the best job you’ve had.
People tend to stay with Clearleft for a long time; so permanent jobs aren’t common. If you are interested in working with Clearleft one of the best ways to start is as a contractor. So if you don’t mind mixing your time between our studio in Brighton and our clients in London, please get in touch. We’d love to sit down for a cuppa and a chat, and a browse through your portfolio.
Principal UX Consultant
Clearleft are a friendly and collaborative team of interaction designers, graphic designers and creative technologists. We’ve been in the field of User Experience Design since the early days, and love sharing our ideas with the community through our writing and events. Thanks to this we’ve been lucky to work with some amazing clients like Channel 4, eBay and Mozilla, and find guiding them through the design process deeply rewarding.
We’re currently looking for an enthusiastic UX designer to join our small and supportive team in the heart of Brighton. Our ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate a varied portfolio of sketches, concept maps and clickable prototypes, across a wide range of companies and problem types.
However good design is more than a collection of deliverables. We’re looking for somebody who is curious about the world and wants to make our digital lives better. We don’t mind if you sketch your solution on paper, wireframe in OmniGraffle or hand-code an HTML prototype. However, we do prefer a lean, iterative approach and encourage people to explore new techniques where possible. As such, flexibility and a willingness to experiment is key.
We think good designers are also facilitators, so a large part of your role will be leading clients through the design process. You should be confident running a variety of stakeholder workshops to help set the vision, extract hypotheses and iterate through ideas. You should also be able to present your findings in a range of different ways that suit the audience.
Clearleft’s ethos is to hire smart, capable, and warm people, then give them the support, trust and freedom they need to do a good job. We’ve worked hard to create a nurturing environment that will let you do the best work of your career, free from the typical constraints of big agency culture. This is a great opportunity to learn from others and excel at what you do.
Every member of the Clearleft team brings something new to the mix. We’re keen to hear from people with a diverse range of work and life experiences. We’re especially interested in people with knowledge of information architecture, content strategy or multi-platform design.
We believe that the best work happens in a happy environment dedicated to learning and growth. We organise regular events such as family BBQs, team training days (like barista training or letterpress printing) and company days out (like trips to the V&A or Design Museum). Some of our team have even taken to organising lunchtime Pilates classes and life drawing sessions.
The salary range for this position is £40-55k, depending on experience. To support ongoing development, everybody at Clearleft gets a £1,000 training budget and will often be invited to conferences for free. We’re also able to offer a matched contribution pension and discretionary bonus based on company performance, as well as a generous 30 days’ holiday.
There are numerous other benefits to working at Clearleft, but we think the work, the environment and the people are some of the biggest. We hope you do too.
We take our time finding the right people to join our team. This posting will stay open until the 12th January, and we hope to make a decision by the 30th.
Senior Product/Project Manager
Clearleft is a small digital agency with a big reputation. So this isn’t a typical role.
We try to encourage autonomy, mastery and purpose amongst our teams—the three things that we believe make people happy at work.
Because of this we’re looking for somebody who doesn't just love digital, but is also highly organised and can really add value to our client projects — both to support our internal teams and to provide leadership to our clients.
Ideally you’ll be experienced in the various flavours of Agile project management, while being flexible enough to fit the process around different clients and teams. In fact we’d love to have somebody who feels so strongly about what makes a project run smoothly that they’d be willing to help us continue to improve our processes, and to share their thoughts with the wider community.
We prefer to run a few large projects than lots of smaller ones. So a typical project will involve a team of 3-6 UX designers, UI designers and front-end developers over a 6-month period. Due to the scale of these projects, as well as being design and technology literate you'll need to be experienced in stakeholder engagement and risk management. But more than this — we want you to care as passionately about what we deliver as our practitioners do. This means acting as much like a product manager as a project manager, ensuring our work meets the needs of the client and user, along with the usual time and budget constraints.
We’re looking for somebody who is open, friendly and empathetic—the type of person who is as comfortable in front of clients as they are working in a tight-knit team.
This position offers up to £50k PA depending on experience. Like all our staff you’ll benefit from a yearly bonus based on the performance of the whole company, as well as flexible working hours, a generous 30 days' paid annual leave, an employer matched pension scheme and a £1,000 conference and training budget to spend as you see fit.
If this sounds like you, please click on the link below to apply or contact us to find out more.