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Interaction Designer – 75069
£37,683 – £48,067


We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and aim to have a workforce that represents the wider society that we serve. We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice. We champion diversity, inclusion and wellbeing and aim to create a workplace where everyone feels valued and a sense of belonging. To find out more about how we do this visit:

Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service 

Directorate: Strategy & Change (HMCTS Reform)

Workstream: User Experience and Insight Team

Job Title: Interaction Designer (up to 1 role)

Location: National

Duration: Permanent

Pay Band: SEO    

This position is available for external applicants as well as existing civil servants on level transfer or promotion. New recruits to the Civil Service joining MoJ are expected to join at the band minimum. Secondments and loans will be considered on an individual basis. This appointment will be made on a fixed term appointment, due to the time limited nature of the Reform Programme. For existing civil servants, whilst the role itself is time limited, successful appointment on promotion will secure this grade on a substantive basis.


It is an extremely exciting time here at HM Courts and Tribunals Service. We have been undertaking a change programme aimed at delivering pioneering judicial services that better serve the public.

As part of the Strategy and Change Directorate, you will be at the forefront of facilitating and implementing change in our world-leading justice system. As services are reformed, you’ll be part of their transition into Digital and Technology Services, supporting service owners to continuously improve our services based on research, insight and best practice. It’s an exciting opportunity to influence ways of working from a design perspective.

Can you deliver in a fast-paced environment that is changing constantly? Do you have broad relevant experience of user-centred design, using user research and insight to shape the way people interact with services? Can you help develop others to do the same? If so, please read on and apply. We’re particularly keen to hear from people in under-represented groups.

This Programme is one of the largest across Government and you will gain a deep understanding of how a large complex portfolio operates as well as develop a broad range of effective business skills. Your development will be supported throughout with coaching and mentoring from senior professionals across the Directorate, and you also can attain relevant professional qualifications/certifications. 

About You:

Putting the user at the heart of your design process, you’ll have the technical knowledge and experience to create, test and iterate prototype digital services, from simple wireframes through to hi-fidelity code prototypes. 

Key Responsibilities:

As an interaction designer, you’ll be part of the user-centred design team and HMCTS’ growing design community of practice. You’ll be working on new and improved courts and tribunals services that anyone can use to get access to the justice they need.

You’ll be expected to:
•    work in an agile, multidisciplinary team to develop design concepts at pace within complex, fast-moving transformation programmes
•    work out the best way to let users interact with your service across different channels, devices, browsers, and technologies
•    champion accessibility and inclusion, making sure that designs meet accessibility, legal and security requirements
•    actively participate in user research to identify user needs and test different design ideas 
•    talk about the evidence, data and research that underpins your design decisions and demonstrate your service to communities, stakeholders and at service assessments
•    work within and support the government service design manual and government service standards
•    support, coach, mentor and train other designers, helping set and communicate best practice 
•    play an active role in HMCTS’ growing design community of practice as well as wider cross-government communities of practice
•    provide management support for up to 2 HEO interaction designers, focusing on their development needs and the quality of their work and behaviours

The post holder is required to work in a flexible way and undertake any other duties reasonably requested by line management which are commensurate with the grade and level of responsibility of this post.

Essential Skills & Criteria:

You will be able to evidence a track record of:
•    Working with user researchers to identify and meet user needs. Explaining the difference between user needs and the desires of the user. 
•    Balancing user needs and business requirements to develop design solutions.
•    Using a variety of prototyping methods to test your design ideas. Experience prototyping in code.
•    Understanding the importance of assisted digital and designing accessible and inclusive services.
•    Effectively managing stakeholder expectations. Supporting or hosting difficult discussions within the team or with diverse senior stakeholders.
•    Being an active member of a community, actively networking with others, contributing to ways of working and community activities such as design critiques

Desirable Skills & Criteria

•    Experience of working in large digital transformation programmes in government
•    Experience of UK government service standard assessments, either taking services for assessments or assessing services against the standard

Location of Posts:

The successful candidate will be required to travel to London, however base location can be flexible. Travel to other HMCTS sites may also be required as part of these working arrangements. In line with the department’s policies, travel and subsistence and, where appropriate, overnight accommodation will be available in line with organisational policies.

Application Process:

To apply for this position please complete the online application form, ensuring you submit the following two application documents:

•    An up-to-date copy of your CV which details your experience and achievements

•    A 750 -word statement demonstrating how you have the essential skills & criteria for this post

If selected for interview we will assess your ability, strength, experience and technical/specialist skills against the following Civil Service Success Profile behaviours (Level 3):

•    Making effective decisions
•    Communicating and influencing
•    Working together
•    Developing self and others
Further information on Success Profiles and the required standards for this post (Level 3) can be found at:     
Interviews may be conducted by video conference or in person and will involve a task and a panel interview. 

If we receive applications from more suitable candidates than we have vacancies for at this time, we may hold suitable applicants on a reserve list for 12 months, and future vacancies requiring the same skills and experience could be offered to candidates on the reserve list without a new competition.

We welcome and encourage applications from everyone, including groups currently underrepresented in our workforce and pride ourselves as being an employer of choice. To find out more about how we champion diversity and inclusion in the workplace, visit: 

The MoJ is proud to be Level 3 Disability Confident. Disability Confident is the approach through which we offer guaranteed interviews for all people with disabilities meeting the minimum criteria for the advertised role as set out in the job description.

Terms & Conditions:

Flexible working options
HMCTS offers a flexible working system in many of its offices.

Job Sharing and Reduced Hours
All applications for job sharing or reduced hours will be treated fairly and on a case by case basis in accordance with the MoJ’s flexible working policy and equality policy.

Excess Fares and Relocation Allowances
This job is not eligible for relocation allowances, but excess fares may be considered in accordance with MoJ’s excess fares allowance policy.


The national salary range is £37,683 - £41,506, London salary range is £43,647 - £48,067. Your salary will be dependent on your base location

Additional Information

Working Arrangements & Further Information

The MoJ offers Hybrid Working arrangements where business need allows. This is an informal, non-contractual form of flexible working that blends working from your base location, different MoJ sites and / or from home (please be aware that this role can only be worked in the UK and not overseas). Some roles will not be suitable for Hybrid Working. Similarly, Hybrid Working will not suit everyone’s circumstances. Arrangements will be discussed and agreed with the successful candidate(s) and subject to regular review.

For nationally advertised roles, the successful candidate(s) will be appointed to a MoJ office location, which may include their nearest Justice Collaboration Centre or Justice Satellite Office. This will be discussed and agreed on the completion of pre-employment checks.

Some of MoJ’s terms and conditions of service are changing as part of Civil Service reform. The changes will apply to staff joining MoJ who are new to the Civil Service. Staff joining MoJ from other civil service employers will transfer onto the new MoJ terms if they are already on ‘modernised’ terms in their current post or onto ‘unmodernised’ MoJ terms if they are on ‘unmodernised’ terms at their current post. Details will be available if an offer is made.

Flexible working hours

The Ministry of Justice offers a flexible working system in many offices.


The MoJ offers a range of benefits:

Annual Leave

Annual leave is 25 days on appointment and will increase to 30 days after five years’ service.

There is also a scheme to allow qualifying staff to buy or sell up to three days leave each year. Additional paid time off for public holidays and 1 privilege day. Leave for part-time and job share posts will be calculated on a pro-rata basis.


The Civil Service offers a choice of pension schemes, giving you the flexibility to choose the pension that suits you best.


The Ministry of Justice is committed to staff development and offers an extensive range of training and development opportunities.


The opportunity to join employee-run networks that have been established to provide advice and support and to enable the views of employees from minority groups to be expressed direct to senior management. There are currently networks for employees of minority ethnic origin, employees with disabilities, employees with caring responsibilities, women employees, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.


  • A range of ‘Family Friendly’ policies such as opportunities to work reduced hours or job share.
  • Access to flexible benefits such as voluntary benefits, retail vouchers and discounts on a range of goods and services.
  • For moves to or from another employer or moves across the Civil Service this can have implications on your eligibility to carry on claiming childcare vouchers. You may however be eligible for alternative government childcare support schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. More information can be found on GOV.UK or Childcare Choices. You can determine your eligibility at
  • Paid paternity, adoption and maternity leave.
  • Free annual sight tests for employees who use computer screens.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles. Should you feel that the recruitment process has breached the recruitment principles you are able to raise a formal complaint in the following order

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As a Disability Confident employer, MoJ are committed to providing everyone with the opportunity to demonstrate their skills, talent and abilities, by making adjustments throughout all elements of the recruitment process and in the workplace. MoJ are able to offer an interview to disabled candidates who meet the minimum selection criteria, except in a limited number of campaigns.

You will be able to request reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process within the application form. If you need additional help completing the application form, please contact the SSCL Recruitment Enquiries Team.

We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and aim to have a workforce that represents the wider society that we serve. We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice. We champion diversity, inclusion and wellbeing and aim to create a workplace where everyone feels valued and a sense of belonging. To find out more about how we do this visit: