Research & Development

UX Designer

Salary: Up to £55,000 • Location: Manchester

UX Designer

We’re BrightHR. We saw that small business owners were spending hours every day on their HR tasks, and we wanted to create a system that made those same chores quicker and easier to do. So, we put our heads together and created software that was unlike any other, and that’s how BrightHR was born. Since our launch in 2015, we’ve branched out into other areas of HR for small businesses. Now, we offer 24/7 employment law advice, expert health & safety support, a confidential employee wellbeing service and much more! No wonder 100,000 businesses – across the UK, Ireland, Canada, New Zealand and Australia—trust us to free them of their paperwork and keep them on the right side of the law! There’s also 200 of us! You’ll mostly find us in our modern, city center office which boasts some of the best views you’ll get of the city and is a stone’s throw from Victoria Station. We believe that magic happens when talented people get together in a room and our hybrid approach of 4 days in the office & 1 day at home, has nurtured a tight-knit community at BrightHR, one where face-to-face interaction isn't just a necessity; it's a preference that drives our collaborative spirit and creative solutions. We’re on the lookout for a UX Designer to join our vibrant team and be part of a highly successful, mature, profit-making business that retains the community driven approach of a start-up. We're looking for a design enthusiast who's eager to work in a collaborative environment, bringing innovation and quality to our web applications and component libraries. If you're passionate about a research, and user-centric first design approach, and thrive in a dynamic, agile setting, we'd love to hear from you.

What You’ll Be Doing

Design and research (80%): Dive deep into the creation of our SaaS products, working alongside a dynamic, cross-functional team, getting involved in every stage from brainstorming sessions to deployment, ensuring that our solutions not only meet but exceed our high standards. Your role extends beyond the design, you’ll be envisioning, planning, and executing projects that resonate with our customers.

Process and Tooling (10%): Take part in refining our design processes and exploring new tools that enhance our efficiency and output. Your insights will be invaluable in keeping us at the forefront of technological advancements.

Personal Development (10%): At BrightHR, growth is a constant. Allocate time to expand your knowledge, keeping abreast of the latest industry trends, tools, and techniques to push your capabilities and our solutions forward.

About You

  • A hands-on designer with a love for technology and a strong belief in producing high-quality, resilient services with an aspiration to achieve design excellence.

  • Nimble and adaptable, with the ability to quickly adjust to new challenges.

  • A design thinker who values diverse technical solutions and innovative approaches.

  • Proactive in seeking out and evaluating emerging technologies that can add value to the platform.

  • Demonstrable experience in design delivery and Agile methodologies.

  • You love face-to-face collaboration and being part of a close-knit design community.

  • Ambitious & passionate with a desire to develop your skills alongside your peers.

  • You’re comfortable explaining solutions to both technical & non-technical stakeholders.

**Technical Skills


  • User Research: Ability to conduct user research through interviews, surveys, usability testing, and data analysis to understand user needs, behaviors, and pain points.

  • User-Centered Design: Expertise in designing with a user-centric approach, ensuring that products and services are intuitive, accessible, and meet user expectations.

  • Wireframing & Prototyping: Proficiency in creating wireframes, low-fidelity prototypes, and high-fidelity interactive prototypes to visualize and test design concepts.

  • Information Architecture: Knowledge of structuring and organising information in a clear and logical manner to facilitate easy navigation and findability.

  • Visual Design: Understanding of design principles, typography, color theory, layout, and iconography to create visually appealing and consistent user interfaces.

  • Usability Testing & Iteration: Ability to conduct usability testing, gather feedback, and iterate designs based on user insights and data.

  • Communication & Collaboration: Strong communication skills to effectively collaborate with cross-functional teams, stakeholders, and clients.

  • Analytical & Problem-Solving Skills: Ability to analyse complex problems, synthesize data, and develop effective design solutions.


  • Interaction Design: Knowledge of designing intuitive and seamless interactions between users and digital products.

  • Accessibility and Inclusive Design: Understanding of accessibility guidelines and best practices for designing inclusive experiences for diverse user groups.

  • Agile Methodologies: Familiarity with agile development processes and ability to adapt to iterative design cycles.

  • Coding and Prototyping Skills: Basic knowledge of front-end technologies like HTML, CSS (We use Tailwind), and JavaScript to create interactive prototypes or understand technical limitations.

  • Data Visualisation: Ability to present complex data in a clear and understandable manner through visual representations.

  • Design Systems and Pattern Libraries: Experience in creating and maintaining design systems, pattern libraries, and style guides for consistent and scalable user experiences.

  • Project Management: Strong organizational skills and ability to manage multiple projects, prioritize tasks, and meet deadlines.

  • Storytelling and Presentation: Ability to effectively communicate design concepts, rationale, and solutions through storytelling and presentations.

  • Industry Knowledge & Trends: Staying up-to-date with the latest design trends, tools, and technologies in the UX field.

What’s great about working here?

Tons! But here’s a few things:

  • An engaging work environment focused on innovation, creativity, and continuous learning.

  • Our office first approach within our hybrid working policy fosters a sense of community and collaboration available only by being physically present with the great people you can work with.

  • Enjoy a high degree of autonomy in your approach to solving design challenges. We take an outcome-driven approach, and we deliver software really well, and really quickly.

  • Thrive in a design-led culture that values regular guild & community of practice meets as well as quarterly guild and hack days.

  • A transparent progression framework and a tailored development plan – know exactly where you are in your development.

  • Unrestricted access to leadership, fostering transparency, and open communication.

  • It’s an exciting time to join as our target market starts to shift towards larger companies and our roadmap of work takes shape around that with many brand new features on the horizon.

  • We shout about our achievements and recognise each other’s work, offering financial rewards & holidays for outstanding performers.

Other Benefits

  • 25 days holiday, increasing with length of service, plus a day off for your birthday.

  • £500 budget per year for training materials & supplies.

  • 2 conference days per year to attend relevant events to further your own development.

  • Enhanced sick pay and an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) scheme.

  • Health Shield scheme for additional health coverage.

  • Cycle to Work scheme.

  • Season ticket loan.

  • Profit Share scheme reflecting the company's success.

  • Free breakfast every Monday and office fruit to promote a healthy lifestyle.

  • Various retail discounts and perks.

  • Access to an on-site gym (coming soon).