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Imperial College Union
Full Time




£34,273 - £37,180 per annum


1 month ago

Imperial College Union is a vibrant, member-led charity organisation comprising the 18,000+ students of Imperial College London – one of the world’s top universities. If you are excited by the opportunity to help us do things differently, empower others and build a students’ union that can better support our students, then we could have a role for you!

The Designer is responsible for all the Union’s design outputs at the Union. We are looking for someone to produce a range of communications materials and digital content across all our owned channels (social and web) as well as email, out of home display, print, signage, events, campaigns and marketing collateral. You will also work in partnership with external creatives and agencies to ensure that all work is consistent with our brand. In addition, you will also provide advice to student staff to help them produce effective and on brand communications for our audiences.

You will play a key role in reviewing and implementing the Union’s brand and work closely with the wider marketing team to develop content for our members, to deepen their engagement with the Union, and better understand our work. You will also deliver, often at pace, collateral for the Union’s bars and venues to promote activities.

The role will also champion sustainability and work to ensure that our communications reflect the Union’s ambition to be a more diverse and inclusion organisation. We are looking for someone who will be able to operate with autonomy and balance contending priorities in this exciting role, which is in a fast-paced but ultimately rewarding environment. We are also committed to supporting your professional development, elaborating on your excellent technical and interpersonal skills among others.

*You will be required to upload your design portfolio as part of your application. Please ensure your name has been removed on all works as part of our anonymised recruitment process.


Duties and responsibilities

Key responsibilities:

  • To build and create new concepts and artwork for use across all channels
  • Produce outputs at pace against tight deadlines, without any loss in quality or creativity
  • Give ideas and creative solutions to internal clients and team members, taking the time to fully understand the design needs, taking feedback and adapting as needed
  • An ambassador for the brand, making sure all designs are on brief and within brand guidelines
  • Support the wider team in creating visual assets
  • Gives feedback to student staff carrying out design or creative work for the Union
  • Closely work with the Marketing & Engagement Manager across their workload and coordinate all design elements of Union campaigns

The full duties and responsibilities are set out in the Job Description and Person Specification.


Essential requirements

  • A portfolio of work demonstrating experience in producing work relevant to the role
  • Experience of developing and delivering design outputs that achieve the objectives of the brief
  • Experience of working with style guidelines and design systems to create engaging content
  • Experience of working to deadlines and keeping team members on top of deadlines
  • Excellent knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop)
  • Good knowledge of digital design packages (eg Dreamweaver) and HMTL (CSS)
  • Highly creative with a portfolio demonstrating own creative response to briefs
  • Ability to manage competing priorities with the ability to also work autonomously
  • Proactive, supportive and with a team attitude
  • Resourceful and able operate in a fast-paced environment
  • Commitment to working in a democratic and student led environment


Further information

Please note this role is with the Students’ Union. We’re a registered charity in our right, with our own governance, systems, processes and objectives. However, we work extremely closely with Imperial College London, so you’ll also be joining a wider community of staff working within higher education. If you’ve never worked in a students’ union, or are unsure why it’s different, we urge you to get in contact. It’s a brilliant place to work.

As an employee of Imperial College, you will be part of lively community and work in a friendly and relaxed environment. Our aim is to provide to all our employees an encouraging and relaxed working environment with an emphasis on personal development and work-life balance. Based on that we offer:

  • flexible working hours
  • generous pension scheme
  • 25 days holiday (plus 6/7 extra days per year for College Christmas and Easter closures)
  • bicycle loan scheme
  • season ticket loan
  • health benefits
  • excellent professional development opportunities and many more.

More information can be found on the Imperial College Benefits page:

To apply for the role please complete the online application form.

We are running a characteristic anonymised application process for this recruitment as part of the College’s commitment to equal opportunities and eliminating discrimination. Applicants will be assigned an application reference number and applicants’ names will not be visible to recruiting managers until the interview stage. You will not be required to attach a CV. Please also refrain from including your name in your supporting statement.

Should you require any further details on the role please contact the People team on

Closing date: 28th April 2024.

Interviews will be expected to take place week commencing 6th May 2024.

We welcome applications from everyone regardless of age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith, or disability. We particularly encourage applications from Black, Asian and other racial minority ethnic candidates and disabled candidates who are currently underrepresented in our workforce. If there are any reasonable adjustments needed through the process, we will accommodate as much as possible.