Reports to: Chief Product Officer

Overview

We are working to reimagine family history. We need someone to help us live up to that goal — someone demonstrating smart original thinking that will help us create new and improved websites, mobile experiences and other products.

With a renewed focus on design and technology, we aim to take our services to a new level of excellence, and you will be a key part of this change. Millions of people use our sites and services based around family history, and we want to excite them with upcoming improvements and our expansions into new areas.

You will have a love and curiosity for design and user experience. You want to be involved with creating fantastic products and services that people love to use. You will have the freedom to make a significant impact on our Product strategy and set and lead the design direction.

Responsibilities

  • Helping guide and set the design direction for multiple properties.

• 70% UX, UI and other design work (this could include prototyping, user journeys, wireframing, UI design, visual design, motion design, etc.)

• 20% Research (working with the rest of the team, product managers and a user research analyst on usability testing, analysis, user research, etc.)

• 10% Front-end design (for prototyping, coding and testing)

Essential Skills

  • Ability to think outside of a design brief to see the bigger picture; setting and leading the design direction for whole products, not just features.
  • Understand complex design issues and produce effective and clear designs
  • Ability to persuade stakeholders and teams on a vision for design
  • Ability to lead meetings, workshops and take action on their findings
  • A keen interest in the latest thinking in design and UX

Desirable Skills

  • Graphic design skills (including typography, grid systems, etc.)
  • Experience of operating in agile environments, or willingness to learn
  • An interest in family history would be great
  • Knowledge of HTML/CSS/JS

Our Brands

Findmypast is a fast-moving company in the family history, online content and social networking space.

We own a number of British iconic websites including Findmypast and Genes Reunited. Our strategy is to provide online businesses where people go to search their past, share their story and connect with people and places. We offer a variety of websites to inspire and help others on this journey.

What is our ambition/vision?

We want to be the number one online global genealogy company and we're looking for the best people to get us there.

Technology

2 million page views a day from 70,000 unique visitors

8 web sites

Database of almost 3 Billion records

Why is it a great place to work?

Attract and retain passionate, driven and successful leaders, who are committed to growing our business

Global business with aggressive growth plans

Innovative, creative business always open to exploring new ideas and new ways of working

Fun place to work, people are very friendly and approachable and driven

Benefits

26 days holiday plus bank holidays

Pension – 3% employee and 3% employer contribution

Life Assurance

We also offer a flexible benefits system where you can select from the following benefits up to the value of 3% of salary:

Pension: Additional 3% employer contribution (must be matched by employee)

Health and Wellbeing:

oPrivate medical cover

oHealth cash plan

oDental cash plan

oCorporate gym discounts

Cash It's also an option to have your 3% benefits allowance paid as a cash amount.

Lifestyle:

oChildcare vouchers

oCycle to work

oSeason travel tickets