Head of Product Design
At British Gas Energy our ambition is to provide simple, affordable and sustainable energy to consumers and small businesses in the UK.
We are looking for an exceptional Head of Product Design to set service and user experience design to deliver a world-class experience across all energy customer-facing products and services.
As Head of Product Design, you will oversee the whole design function: visual styling, service and user experience research and design for the entire energy product offering. You will be leading a team accountable for designing usable, valuable and viable product solutions meeting customer and commercial needs.
With our Flexible First working arrangements we empower our colleagues to work in a way that best suits them – meaning location doesn’t need to be a barrier.
Our Team and Environment:
At Centrica we recognise that building a diverse workforce is critical to the success of our business. We strongly encourage applications from a diverse talent pool and welcome the opportunity to discuss flexibility requirements and workplace adjustments with all our applicants. See our flexibility culture here.
We are happy to talk flexible working! We offer a flexible balance of both home and office working. This conversation will happen as part of the appointment process so there is no need to tell us on your application. We will make sure your request is considered and accommodated where it is practical.
Role Accountabilities: What will you be doing?
Drive service and user experience vision and strategy to deliver a world-class experience across all customer-facing products and journeys
Champion design thinking in British Gas Energy, develop a world class design team and support wider teams with design thinking practices
Advocate a user experience centered mindset across the organisation and drive and embed a culture of experimentation and innovation
Develop digital visual identity, guidelines and standards that support overall brand identity and ambition
Develop and maintain common design work processes and tools to drive efficiency and delivery velocity across British Gas Energy
Use your deep expertise in user and visual and experience design to provide advice and direction to the design team
Manage and prioritise the design backlog, working with Product Lead and Product Owners to ensure design activity supports the digital and offline delivery roadmap
Provide quality control over design outputs and production
Deliver clear specs for the engineering team and discuss trade-offs of different approaches
Develop a design system to enable rapid delivery and consistency
Work with research & insights to undertake testing activity to refine and optimise design
Support Customer Strategy & Proposition Managers in undertaking customer-led design-thinking approaches to proposition design
You are customer focused, always striving to do better for our customers. You have a proven track record in designing product and user experiences through research, design-thinking, customer-led and lean design methodologies and testing. A creative thinker with an insistence on following human-centred design principles, you are curious and actively challenges the status quo to deliver better outcomes.
You’re a great fit if you care deeply about your team and about enabling them to do great work. You don’t have an ego and you put trust into your team. This role isn’t about telling designers how to design, it’s about creating an environment where people enjoy themselves and do their best work. Whilst the designers are designing, you are always looking for ways to take things to the next level – you optimise and grow DesignOps and ResearchOps, you grow design maturity across the business, you offer strategic support and consultation into the leadership team. You aren’t just building a team to deliver in the short term, you are helping shape the future of the energy industry experience.
At Centrica we embrace diversity and actively seek to attract individuals with unique backgrounds and perspectives. To build a more sustainable future, we need the best team – a team with a diverse mix of people and skills, where everyone feels welcome and able to succeed. We are dedicated in helping to close the diversity gap across the technology sector and would love to see more females, people of colour and LGBTQ+ employees, as well as those from a variety of cultures and ethnicity to veterans and the differently abled. Supporting diversity and inclusion is a big part of who we are, we are not looking for people to fit into our culture but to add to it!
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