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Senior Design Lead

£54000 - £62000 per annum Excellent Pension & Holidays

Job description

Morgan Hunt are currently recruiting for a Senior Design Lead on a 2-year Fixed Term Contract on behalf of our public sector client based in Edinburgh.

Salary; £54k-£62k

The purpose of the Design Lead role is to oversee the designing a 'best fit' operating model for the organisation, against a set of complex and diverse requirements, varied stakeholder perspectives, and a complex organisational environment. They will lead all related design work across all facets of the operating model (e.g. services, business processes, organisation structure design, technology architecture), ensuring that all design work is produced, documented and assured to high standards in line with leading industry practice.


  • Ensure that design work is addressed in an integrated and mutually reinforcing manner across all facets of the operating model and across all constituent projects
  • Ensure that design activities engage and involve the right stakeholders at the right time - across the breadth of the organisation and at different levels of seniority - to maximise levels of emotional buy-in and commitment to the future design.
  • Apply experience/expertise of organisational transformation to establish and embed a Target Operating Model (TOM) for Research Support
  • Take accountability for defining, guiding, planning, assuring, and maintaining the design of the TOM across successive phases of design.
  • Lead the transition from High Level Design to Detailed Design ensuring that this maintains continuity of design principles and design decisions
  • Set direction, provide design leadership, and run design assurance activities to ensure that all relevant projects are compliant with the overall target operating model and are focused on resolving the business challenges/ opportunities/ requirements that have been identified.
  • Maintain a strong understanding of other significant organisation change programmes - in particular, the design dependencies and/or conflicts that these present - ensuring that these are incorporated and/or resolved as appropriate

Skills & Experience;

  • Strong stakeholder management and negotiation skills, including the ability to engage effectively with both business leaders and technical/subject matter experts
  • The ability to clearly articulate design choices, benefits, and challenges, and to facilitate groups with divergent interests to adopt common design solutions.
  • Team leading and management of business analysis and/or design colleagues
  • Review and assurance of project teams' design outputs against Target Operating Model and design principles
  • Practical experience in the use of design-related standards and frameworks - e.g. TOGAF, BPMN
  • Strategic, business, and commercial acumen: a focus on delivering business change that delivers benefit


  • 39 Days Annual Leave
  • 21% Employer Pension Contribution
  • Hybrid working options

Morgan Hunt is a multi-award-winning recruitment business for interim, contract and temporary recruitment and acts as an Employment Agency in relation to permanent vacancies. Morgan Hunt is an equal opportunities employer. Job suitability is assessed on merit in accordance with the individual's skills, qualifications and abilities to perform the relevant duties required in a particular role.


Alex McCrorie
Technology Recruitment Team
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