UI / UX Designer

Purpose of Role/Key Objectives

It began with one man’s passion for music.

Believe that the exploration of sound is an adventure? Want to join a world leader in the audio field and work alongside some genuinely talented people?

Naim Audio is a highly respected global brand that is both innovative and creative, continually receiving industry awards and consistent 5-star reviews for our ability to produce technically brilliant and stylish audio pieces. #NaimAudio #FocalpoweredbyNaim

By managing the relationship between our four pillars of engineering we enable our listeners to hear every single note in equal measure and transcend from audio sound to musical performance.  We call this unique and emotive transmission the ‘Voice of Naim’; it’s our signature, our calling card.

How can you join us?

Here at Naim Audio there is an exciting opportunity for a UI / UX Designer to join our R&D department delivering an effective and efficient service to our stakeholders.

Unlike most other consumer electronics, Naim Audio products are not designed to be replaced three or four years down the line, they are built for sustainability, as an investment to enable the customer to enjoy many years of incredible musical experience.  Our pride in this regard is integrated in all we do, culturally, here at Naim.    

The Role

As part of the mobile apps design team your role is to work on the visual and interaction design of the Focal & Naim app. Taking new feature concepts you will develop wireframes, interactive prototypes and detailed visual designs. Collaborating with the in-house iOS and Android developers you will refine the designs then help break them down into individual user stories ready for development. During the development process you will evaluate the emerging design and help refine the visual and usability aspects.

Mobile apps are not the only user interface design activity you may be involved in. Depending on the product requirements there may be projects focused on desktop apps or even on-product user interfaces. The mobile apps and streaming audio products form an ecosystem and as such a holistic design approach is required to ensure a common design language is used.

Our products are designed by music lovers for music lovers. You should have a good appreciation of what our customer needs to get the most out of their equipment. Topics such as novel ways to explore your music collection, how to make intelligent music recommendations to the user and how best to visually represent music metadata should be of interest to you. Our users range from casual listeners to dedicated musicophiles and our design approach must accommodate this fact, it will be your job to steer the design to deliver the best we can for our target audience/s.

You should have experience in UI/UX design, visual design and in particular experience designing for mobile apps with a good appreciation for the Apple HIG and Android Material Design. We are flexible with your preferred design tools but would expect familiarity with some industry standards such as Illustrator and Figma. The migration of the design to the development team will necessitate use of Jira so excellent written English and communication skills are a must to effectively communicate your ideas.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Taking proposed new features and designing UI and UX to fulfill the requirements.
  • User research and design trials with users.
  • Visual design of screen layouts and icons.
  • Generating blueprints and design guidelines in an organized manner for use by developers and the software test/QA teams who verify that the finished app meets operational requirements.
  • Working with the development team to create tasks in Jira to cover the visual aspects of app development.
  • Working with the development team to refine and improve the design during the development cycle.
  • Evaluation of existing designs and working with business stakeholders to constantly improve the user experience.
  • Working with the software development leadership team to help define aspects of future products that have human interaction requirements.

Skills & Requirements

  • A proven background in UI and UX design specifically within a mobile app design team
  • An eye for visual design with experience designing visual components such as icons.
  • A passion for music and familiarity with streaming music services.

Qualification / Experience

  • Familiarity with Apple HIG and Android Material Design.
  • Experience creating interactive prototypes.
  • Knowledge of accessibility requirements such as VoiceOver and font scaling.
  • Experience working as member of a development team using tools such as Jira and Confluence.
  • Excellent spoken and written English to effectively communicate your ideas.

Location:

Hybrid/remote working available, ideally with monthly visit to Salisbury office

Reporting to:

Head of Software Development

Hours of work:

37.5 hours per week - Monday to Friday

If you are interested in this role, please contact us at [email protected].