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Natural History Museum

Archived: Head of Design

Salary: £50,000 – £55,000 per annum

Location: South Kensington

The Natural History Museum (NHM) is a world-class visitor attraction, leading science research centre and commercial event space. We use our unique collections and unrivalled expertise to tackle the biggest challenges facing the world today. We care for more than 80 million specimens, both in our London and Tring museums, spanning billions of years and welcome more than five million visitors annually.

We are at a pivotal moment in our history as we will soon launch a new strategy setting out our role as the natural world faces increasing threats. Building on our world-leading collection, global reputation for science and as one of the world’s leading visitor attractions, the NHM has ambitious plans leading up to the 150 anniversary of the opening of the Waterhouse Building in 2031, making this a truly exciting time to be part of the NHM team.

About the role

This is a strategic role, responsible for setting the design vision for the Natural History Museum and delivering this through multiple outputs including exhibitions, galleries, public realm and through 3D, 2D and digital in support of the Museum’s strategy.

You will deliver design leadership for the Museum, championing high quality design, supporting a variety of audiences to engage with the Museum. Pivotal to the successful delivery of the Museum’s ambitious plans across a number of strategic areas, you will lead the brand development, the masterplan, high profile temporary exhibitions, commercial developments and digital products.

As design champion, you will work with senior stakeholders from across the Museum to influence the application of sophisticated design approaches that build brand, support the Museum’s visitors, showcase the Museum’s collections and science, and build reputation with external stakeholders.

You will also lead the internal Design Studio and commission external designers, providing strong design leadership to deliver coherent approaches across all programmes of engagement and channels of communication.

About you

As the successful candidate, you will be highly experienced in leading the development of design briefs, commissioning and recruiting design teams and delivering outputs, along with possessing a background in leading projects that encompass 3D, 2D and digital across a range of outputs including galleries and exhibitions.

You will have comprehensive understanding of RIBA design stages, with ability to translate these into concrete deliverables, and ideally will have a working understanding with collections and heritage spaces.

With high-level influencing skills, you are able to work with project teams to identify approaches that deliver business objectives and are able to communicate with both non-specialists and specialists in design and to work with a range of internal and external stakeholders.

Strong leadership, management and team development skills will be essential.

Closing date: 9 am on Tuesday 28 January 2020
Interviews will be held on: Thursday 6 February

To apply, please visit and upload your CV with a covering letter, which clearly outlines how you meet our person specification.

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