Senior Product Designer

  • Manchester  
  • Company
    Auto Trader  
    Start date
  • Closing date
    16 September 2020  
    Posted on
    17 July 2020  

We’re on a mission to make buying and selling cars an easy and straight-forward process. As a Senior Product Designer, you will be key to enabling this for the millions of consumers and thousands of retailers that use our applications and sites each month. Working day-to-day with developers, user researchers and product managers you will be involved in every aspect of the product development process, from discovery through to delivery.


You’ll be responsible for:

·        Steering and taking responsibility for product design within a cross-functional team.

·        Continually improving our experiences and building continuity across web and mobile.

·        Working with product managers, engineers, and researchers to guide our products through both discovery and iterative delivery tracks, contributing strongly to the full lifecycle of design.

·        Using and evangelising our design system, and identifying issues and future improvements.

·        Running and participating in design workshops and sprints.

·        Contributing to direction with the rest of your product team by being a key part of decision making throughout the product lifecycle.  

·        Designing, prototyping and testing ideas with your team and in more formal testing environments.

·        Influencing, persuading, and evangelising user experience design within your product team and the wider design team.


How you’ll operate:

·        Give and welcome feedback and critique from other team members and designers.

·        Identify and clearly articulate when and where design thinking, and design craft are needed and communicate the value of each.

·        Be part of the broader design team - learning from and helping others, identifying and implementing improvements to the way we work.

·        Coach and mentor more junior designers or colleagues in other roles.

·        Work at pace - having confidence to make decisions, knowing when to use qualitative or quantitative data and when it’s acceptable to rely on your own knowledge and experience.

·        Be able to switch from high level, big picture thinking to the detail of user stories and UI designs.


About you:

·        Experience with end-to-end UX/product design in a commercial environment - including scoping, researching, prototyping and testing.

·        Comfortable working closely with developers & QA to bring products to life.

·        Experience with user testing/research and using data to define outcomes and measure improvements.

·        Experience in interaction design work, sketches, storyboards, prototypes, and visual design. We would be interested in seeing examples of these in your portfolio.

·        Appreciation of front-end development technologies.

·        Good communication & influencing skills, and the ability to synthesise different perspectives.


Although not a requirement, useful experience includes:

·        Experience of working with design systems.

·        In house/client-side experience.



What we offer:

We offer a competitive salary with a great flexible benefits package which includes 28 days holiday, not including bank holidays – plus ½ day afternoon office closures on Christmas and New Year’s Eve, pension, healthcare, life assurance and a whole host of other benefits. You’ll get a Mac and as much free tea, coffee and fresh fruit as you like.


Personal development is an essential part of working at Auto Trader – we’ll work with you to create a plan for growth, and support you to learn, discover, and improve. Our design community attend & speak at conferences, we host external meet-ups in our event space and offer masterclasses focusing on communication, team working and leadership. As you can see, it’s not limited to what you learn at your desk. If we sound like the kind of place for you then we would love to hear from you


Everyone is unique in their own way and we are looking for people from all walks of life to become part of our inclusive culture. We’re committed to making Auto Trader a diverse and inclusive environment for everyone. Diversity for us means respect for and appreciation of differences in: gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, race and ethnic origin, religion and faith, marital status, social, educational background and way of thinking. Our dedication is to ensure you get the chance to be the best that you can be, showcase your full potential and make the right choice for you.


Due to the effects of Coronavirus, currently all our employees are working from home. We are closely monitoring government guidelines and are looking forward to returning to our offices when it is safe to do so. If you are successful in applying to this role you will take part in a virtual assessment process, and may even be on-boarded virtually depending on timeframes.