Jobs at the London Review of Books

User researcher | Front-end developer | Web developer

User Researcher

Overview

This is a unique opportunity to help develop one of the world’s most renowned literary brands. A fortnightly print magazine of culture and ideas, the London Review of Books is beginning a period of intensive development for its digital content and presence, and is building a talented, in-house, full-stack team to support this.

The LRB wishes to recruit a User Researcher to play an integral role in the team, gathering insights to inform design and product thinking, and acting as the user advocate within the LRB. This is an exciting chance to work in a multidisciplinary team, carrying out research across the product lifecycle.

Key responsibilities

We are looking for a dynamic and motivated User Researcher, who understands the essential role which user research can play in driving digital transformation.

The User Researcher will have a sound understanding of user-centred design processes and principles, and will be responsible for creating and implementing a research plan that integrates user research into the agile sprint rhythm.

Working closely with the Product Manager and Design Lead to set objectives and hypotheses for research, the User Researcher will carry out regular user research to provide feedback and ensure that user needs are reflected throughout the development process. The User Researcher will employ a range of appropriate methodologies across the project lifecycle, including in-depth interviews, usability testing, pop-up research and surveys. S/he will possess strong analytical skills and be comfortable identifying patterns in both qualitative and quantitative data and communicating these in compelling and creative ways. The User Researcher will also be responsible for maintaining a record of research findings across iterations, so that there is a clear evidence-based rationale for design and product decisions.

Skills and experience:

Essential

  • 2+ years of experience in a dedicated user research role in a digital setting
  • Experience of working in a multidisciplinary team
  • Understanding of agile development
  • Sound understanding of user-centred design
  • Ability to identify appropriate research methods to meet different needs for insight
  • Strong organisation and time management skills
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

Desirable

  • Relevant degree / postgraduate qualification in Psychology / HCI / Digital Anthropology
  • Experience carrying out user research within an agile development environment

Benefits

  • Dedicated workspace in the LRB’s new digital office, located in the elegant 10 Bloomsbury Way building in central London (WC1)
  • Fixed-term contract (1 year)
  • Competitive salary

How to apply:

Please send your cv, cover letter and salary expectation to jobs@lrb.co.uk

Closing date: 18 November 2016

Front-End Developer (HTML/CSS)

Overview

This is a unique opportunity to help develop one of the world’s most renowned literary brands. A fortnightly print magazine of culture and ideas, the London Review of Books is beginning a period of intensive development for its digital content and presence, and is building a talented, in-house, full-stack team to support this.

We require a front-end developer to work with our existing team across the project’s lifetime, from design to delivery, including rapidly creating HTML prototypes and iterating on them to incorporate feedback from usability testing.

Key responsibilities

The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate good evidence of the following:

  • Detailed understanding and experience of front-end web development using HTML, CSS and JavaScript
  • Practical knowledge of PHP and frameworks would be desirable
  • Understanding of progressive enhancement, graceful degradation, responsive web design * and accessibility standards
  • Knowledge of web standards and browser compatibility issues
  • Knowledge of the use of the Git version control system
  • Ability to quickly research and learn new programming tools and techniques
  • Experience working on technical projects within a multifunctional team in an agile environment

Benefits

  • 28 days paid holiday per year, 3 of which between Christmas and New Years
  • A fun and social environment with lunches and drinks
  • Free coffee, fruit and Friday cake
  • 20% discount at the LRB Bookshop
  • 10 am start time
  • No dress code
  • Supportive environment, with opportunities to attend training and conferences

Further information

  • Start: January 2017
  • Competitive salary
  • Dedicated workspace in the LRB’s new digital office, located in the elegant 10 Bloomsbury Way building in central London (WC1)

How to Apply

Please contact jobs@lrb.co.uk to express an interest in this role, providing a CV and covering letter. Your application should include links to your portfolio, or other evidence of previous work (with explanation of your role in the project if produced as part of a team). This might include open source contributions or personal projects, as well as those undertaken more commercially.

Closing date: 18 November 2016

Web developer

Overview

This is a unique opportunity to help develop one of the world’s most renowned literary brands. A fortnightly print magazine of culture and ideas, the London Review of Books is beginning a period of intensive development for its digital content and presence, and is building a talented, in-house, full-stack team to support this.

Day-to-day you will be responsible for working with our team to create and improve new and existing products, platforms and transactions.

Main responsibilities:

  • Building/improving/maintaining our current and future web, mobile, and email products.
  • Sharing knowledge of tools and techniques with the wider team, both developers and non-developers
  • Taking part in 2nd-line support of applications and platforms, including occasional support outside of office hours
  • Being involved in the wider web development community, identifying good practices we can adopt.

Specialist Skills & Requirements

Essential

  • Detailed understanding and experience of building server-side web applications using PHP and MySQL
  • Working knowledge of unix-like operating systems such as Linux and/or Mac OS X
  • Knowledge of web standards and browser compatibility issues
  • Working knowledge of front-end web development using HTML, CSS and JavaScript
  • Understanding of progressive enhancement, graceful degradation and responsive web design
  • An ability to communicate technical concepts to a non-technical audience

Desirable

  • System administration and configuration management skills
  • Knowledge of the use of version control systems such as subversion or git
  • Ability to quickly research and learn new programming tools and techniques
  • Experience working on technical projects within a multifunctional team in an agile environment

Benefits

  • 28 days paid holiday per year, 3 of which between Christmas and New Years
  • A fun and social environment with lunches and drinks
  • Free coffee, fruit and Friday cake
  • 20% discount at the LRB Bookshop
  • 10 am start time
  • No dress code
  • Supportive environment, with opportunities to attend training and conferences

Further information

  • Start: January 2017
  • Competitive salary
  • Dedicated workspace in the LRB’s new digital office, located in the elegant 10 Bloomsbury Way building in central London (WC1)

How to Apply

Please contact jobs@lrb.co.uk to express an interest in this role, providing a CV and covering letter. Your application should include links to your portfolio, or other evidence of previous work (with explanation of your role in the project if produced as part of a team). This might include open source contributions or personal projects, as well as those undertaken more commercially.

Closing date: 18 November 2016