Web Design

Job Description And Person Specification

Job Title/Role:

Web designer

Reports to:

Managing Director

Job Summary:

A web designer/developer is responsible for the design, layout and coding of a website. They are involved with the technical and graphical aspects of a website – how the site works and how it looks. They can also be involved with the maintenance and update of an existing site. After establishing the target audience for a website and identifying the type of content it will host, a web designer/developer will:

 

  • Write the programming code, either from scratch or by adapting existing website software and graphics packages to meet business requirements
  • Test the website and identify any technical problems
  • Upload the site onto a server and register it with different search engines.

Essential skills required and principal duties:

  • Have skills in software programming and graphics
  • Adobe software, in particular Photoshop, Illustrator etc. CSS, HTML
  • Have creativity and imagination
  • Be adaptable and able to pick up new techniques
  • Have good interpersonal and communication skills
  • A web designer/developer is expected to have a degree-level education, often with relevant work experience and vocational skills and have a good grounding in web design, interactive design, graphic design and internet technology.

Training is done on the job, and includes in-house and may include external training courses. As the IT industry continues to develop it is vital for web designers/developers to keep up to date with new software and technology.

What is the work of a web designer/developer?

In order to design a website, a web designer/developer will:

    • Establish the purpose of the website based upon its target audience
    • Identify the type of content the site will host
    • Determine any functionality that the site must support, for example, whether it will handle financial transactions or enquiries
    • Give guidance on layout, colours and styles.
    • This will determine the type of technology to use and how complex the site will be. The web designer/developer will then:
    • Write the programming code, either from scratch or by adapting existing website software and graphics packages to meet business requirements
    • Test the website and identify any technical problems
    • Upload the site onto a server and register it with different search engines.

 

Additional skills and personal qualities

      A web designer/developer should:

 

      • Be able to work on their own or in a team
      • Be able to work to tight deadlines
      • Be thorough and precise in their work
      • Be able to multi-task
      • Be aware of international web standards and protocols
      • Be able to use their initiative.
        A web designer/developer will usually work as part of a team, which will include a web author/editor and an account or project manager.

It is usual to work in an open-plan office environment. A limited amount of travelling may be required.

If you are interested in this role send your CV and covering letter to info@bbig.org.uk

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