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Applications Designer

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Recruiter: NFU Mutual
Listed on: 13th January
Location: Stratford upon Avon
Salary Notes: Competitive Salary, Bonus & Benefits
Type: Permanent
Start Date: ASAP

Flexible Homeworking Options Available

About the role

We're looking for an IT Applications Designer to join us in a exciting role, to collaborate with internal teams and external partners in order to design, prototype and guide the delivery of elegant solutions that meet the needs of the user. You will communicate design solutions to delivery teams and stakeholders; supporting problem solving, gaining consensus and help to facilitate the build process. Support both technical design processes and embed the culture of good user experience, where appropriate, whilst ensuring the solution remains fit for purpose, meets the business and system(s) requirements and is successfully transitioned into business-as-usual (BAU) operation.

As an IT Applications Designer you will:

  • Fully understand, evaluate and challenge IT system requirements from Subject Matter Experts and Business Analysts to ensure that they are complete and provide sufficient clarity to produce fit-for-purpose low-level solution design documents and enable accurate IT solution development estimates.
  • Outline all potential solution options and make reasoned recommendations as to the suitability of options to ensure the Solution Designers are fully prepared to enable evidence-based decisions at the relevant boards.
  • Create, document, and maintain design collateral which meets the business objective, align with architectural blueprints, design principles and fall within brand guidelines. Ensure designs adhere to documented design patterns and follow templates, standards and governance frameworks set out by the Solution Design function.
  • Control and evaluate interaction and integration designs and enforce the integrity of the end-to-end user journey throughout the delivery lifecycle, to ensure that the final IT solution remains fit for purpose and meets the agreed business and user requirements.
  • Provide input into the creation and maintenance of design patterns; facilitate best practice by producing designs in compliance with these patterns.
  • Facilitate and support the transition of the solution into business-as-usual (BAU) operation. Assist in resolving live technical incidents and system problems as and when required, in accordance with the Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) framework.
  • Continuously develop skills and behaviours that promote the value of the solution design function and embrace the principles and values as set out in the SolutionDesign Team Charter.
  • Build effective relationships with internal stakeholders and outsourced service providers to ensure the efficient and effective delivery of Group IT and Team's activities.
  • Deliver short term / one-off projects and activities as required by and to the standards and outcomes agreed with Line Manager.

About you

We are looking for an individual with:

  • An Information Technology related degree, or equivalent industry experience
  • Extensive relevant and demonstrable experience of IT system design and/or software development 
  • Strong communication skills for collaborating with various teams and stakeholders
  • Experience in a Financial services, insurance, investments and/or pensions environment (desirable) 
  • Experience of UX design and/or front-end development (desirable) 
  • Experience of prototyping/ wire framing (desirable)
  • Experience of UML (desirable) Experience of various software development methodologies (desirable)
  • ITIL awareness 

Benefits and Rewards

At NFU Mutual we pride ourselves on being "a great place to work" and one of only 39 companies across the globe, and the only organisation with headquarters in the UK, to receive a Gallup Exceptional Workplace 2021 award. We were also named in the LinkedIn Top 25 Companies List 2021. When you join our team, you can expect a supportive culture and an attractive range of rewards and benefits including: 

  • Salary - Competitive
  • Annual bonus (up to 17.5%)
  • Contributory pension scheme (maximum of 12% company contribution)  
  • 25 days holiday plus bank holidays (additional holiday purchase scheme) 
  • Employee discounts
  • Gym subsidy
  • Health and wellbeing plan 
  • Life Assurance cover 
  • Discounts on a range of NFU Mutual insurance policies 

NFU Mutual is happy to offer its employees informal homeworking. Our teams is located in Stratford-upon-Avon and it would be expected that on average 50% of your working time would be located from this office, with the remaining days home based should you wish. Due to COVID-19, our employees continue to work from home and a return to the office is being planned for later in the year. 

Working at NFU Mutual

One of the UK's leading general insurance and financial services companies, NFU Mutual has been meeting our customers' needs for over 110 years. As an employee you are very important to us. We empower and inspire you to perform, offer opportunities to grow and we recognise and reward you for your contribution. 

At NFU Mutual we look for people like you, who have customers at the heart of what you do. You recognise that your customers' financial lives can only benefit by having a financial plan in place that reflects their circumstances both now and in the future. 

Closing date for applications: 6th February 2022

Contact Name: NFU Mutual
Reference: TJ/4068/AD22
Job ID: 3030733

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