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User Experience Designer

Ingeniously simple user experience is Red Gate's best competitive advantage. We're looking for experienced designers to make sure our products are as easy to use as possible.

Why be a user experience designer at Red Gate Software?

Our UX designers are embedded in project teams. This means you'll work in collaboration with developers, technical authors, and product managers to define the user experience.

You'll be responsible for identifying key user needs, prototyping new features, running usability tests, and iterating your designs based on feedback from the team and from real users. You'll need to be confident enough to push for great user experience while accommodating the team's other priorities.

In this role, designing the right interaction is more important than pretty pixels, and you can count on the rest of the UX team to support you.

Currently we work with desktop apps and WinForms, but in time we’re likely to move to HTML 5, as we did with Source Control for Oracle.

Right now, we have a few roles available across the company:

  • In our database delivery team, to support a new suite of tools for database administrators and make continuous integration of SQL Server databases easy. The aim is to make our individual tools work better as a coherent suite.
  • In our core business, to maintain an excellent level of user experience as our tools grow and acquire new features to satisfy customer demand.

We want to help our users solve their problems. If you can help us, to solve our users problems, we want to hear from you!

What's it like to be a User Experience Designer at Red Gate?

If you watched the video and would like to find out more, you can check out our blog.

What makes you Red Gate's User Experience Designer?

  • You think design is about problem solving, not pure aesthetics. Design starts without UIs.
  • You're able to work on desktop (but also web) and quickly learn to work with other platforms, too.
  • You're able to work well with developers, technical authors, and testers in small project teams where you'll be advocating the user's perspective.
  • Your technical analytical skills mean you can objectively challenge problems and devise simple design solutions.
  • You're pragmatic when it comes to design solutions.
  • Your clear and concise communication skills mean you're able to provide rationale and build consensus for design solutions.
  • You have an excellent knowledge or user-centred design methods and tools.
  • You'd be happy facilitating collaborative design sessions and workshops.

What would really help?

  • Familiarity with web, SQL Server, and/or .NET technology.
  • Experience using an agile approach to software development.
  • A university degree in HCI or a related discipline.

What's the package?

  • A great benefits package.
  • Salary is negotiable, depending on experience (please tell us your salary expectations in your covering letter).
  • You’ll work about 40 hours a week, with flexible work time.
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How to apply

To apply, simply upload your CV and covering letter, or get in touch with careers@red-gate.com if you'd like to talk to us first.

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The Red Gate Recruitment process

Step 1

Application

Step 2

Assessment

Step 3

1st interview

Step 4

2nd interview

Step 5

Offer

Step 1
Step 1. Application

Step one is your application. So write a letter and upload it on the page for the job you’re interested in. Tell us about yourself, your skills and experience, and talk about why you’d like to work at Red Gate. Include a CV, or a link to your LinkedIn page, and if you'd like to show some of your work, attach your portfolio or point us to Stack Overflow or GitHub.

Step 2
Step 2. Assessment

We’ll acknowledge your application straight away, review it and keep you updated on your progress. We might also email an assessment to complete, or invite you for a brief telephone interview. If we don’t think you’re suitable, we’ll inform you – and tell you why. We won’t let you down, we’ll try and help you.

Step 3
Step 3. 1st Interview

Step three is an interview in our Cambridge office. We’ll talk about your work history, your covering letter or video, and any assessments you’ve completed. You might also be asked to do some work-based tests and, if you’re applying for a technical role, expect technical questions – we love talking tech.

Step 4
Step 4. 2nd Interview

The second interview typically lasts two hours. You’ll be talking to different people, you may well meet people you’ll be working with, and we’ll allow time for you to ask questions. We don’t have a dress code at Red Gate, by the way, so dress in whatever makes you comfortable.

Step 1
Step 5. Offer

If we think you’d be great at Red Gate, we’ll make an offer and iron out any details like relocation issues. If we don’t think you’ll fit in right away, we’ll tell you why. Some people have taken our advice, boned up their knowledge and come back a year later and got a job. It helps.

This is our typical recruitment process, though for some roles it might be a bit different.

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Our users love us and usability is frequently given as the reason they chose a Red Gate tool.

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