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UK Hydrographic Office

UKHO - UI/UX Designer

7 Incomplete applications

6 SME, 1 large

2 Completed applications

2 SME, 0 large

Important dates

Monday 24 July 2017
Deadline for asking questions
Monday 31 July 2017 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Monday 7 August 2017 at 11:59pm GMT


Specialist role
Summary of the work
The UKHO has a vision to become the world's leading marine geospatial information agency. This involves a major programme of change and technical innovation. The Marine Information Transformation programme is tasked with delivering that change. The UI/UX Designer will ensure delivery of high quality user experience within this programme.
Latest start date
Friday 1 September 2017
Expected contract length
6 Months
South West England
Organisation the work is for
UK Hydrographic Office
Maximum day rate
£350 (Role is expected to be inside IR35)

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
The designer will primarily work within the Marine Information Transformation (MINT) programme who are working with leading edge big data technologies such as Hadoop, Nifi, Spark and Hive. The team is building a data reservoir to store, manage and refine data received from sources around the globe. The system will be used by subject matter experts in the UKHO but they are not experts in the technology and so in order that we gain true benefits from the system we need interaction to be intuitive, flexible and predominantly self-service.
What the specialist will work on
Firstly, work with 2 agile development teams and user researchers to deliver new and improve existing user experiences, interactions and visual design, working through entire project lifecycle from initial idea generation, site maps, sketches, storyboards, process flows, user flows and wireframes to deliver visually rich, simple and easy-to-use experiences. Secondly, work with the Head of Technology Production Engineering to guide the UKHO UI/UX strategy within an agile environment in terms of best practices, lessons learnt, job descriptions and team integration.

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
Taunton, Somerset
Working arrangements
Working onsite as part of an agile delivery team, 5 Days per week - Monday-Friday
Security clearance
All staff must be SC cleared. We will ask bidders for details of key personnel, if successful the bidder will be asked for confirmation of security clearance or we will initiate clearance process

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions

Skills and experience

Buyers will use the essential and nice-to-have skills and experience to help them evaluate suppliers’ technical competence.

Essential skills and experience
  • ability to understand user needs and design services that meet them
  • ability to design user-centred interfaces and transaction flows
  • ability to create and iterate prototypes to test and communicate ideas
  • ability to work with user researchers and front-end developers to turn concepts into user-centred services
  • know how to interpret user research
  • know how to design accessible, secure, responsive user interfaces
  • ability to develop design briefs by using UX tools and gathering information by conducting all types of user research; interviews, surveys, click-monitoring
  • ability to conduct and design tests, analysing the results and integrating these changes into the design process
  • be able to work quickly in an agile environment
  • be able to explain ideas in a way that other people understand
  • understand how form and function work together
  • know how to remove complexity from services
  • have a basic understanding of typography
  • explain design decisions and be able to represent a service at a service assessment
  • put forward a case for design with a product owner
  • engage the whole multidisciplinary team with the design process
  • experience of working in agile Scrum teams
Nice-to-have skills and experience
experience of leading a UI/UX practice

How suppliers will be evaluated

How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
  • work well in a collaborative agile team
  • be able to constructively review the work of others
  • welcome the constructive criticism of your work
Assessment methods
Work history
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. Q. Is there currently a specialist delivering this work to UKHO?
A. No this is a new post
2. Q. Can you please confirm you are looking for an SC cleared UX/UI designer in Taunton for a total charge of £350 a day or if in fact there is a bigger budget to work with?
A. The approved day rate for this post is £350
3. Q. Is this price a guide price or final price?
A. This is the final price.