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Design coordinator/designer
at Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum is looking for a design coordinator/designer to join its team in London.

About the role

The Natural History Museum has commenced an ambitious programme to transform and reimagine the Museum’s public spaces so that we deliver excellent visitor experiences, bring to life our strategy, and cater for audiences now and into the future. The programme includes new and refreshed galleries, the application of our new brand on-site, and the development of new signage and wayfinding for our sites at South Kensington and Tring.

We are looking for an experienced design coordinator with project delivery experience to support the delivery of the signage and wayfinding project.

The role will also contribute to the design of other projects in the Museum, working as part of a team of internal designers.

For the signage and wayfinding project, the post will focus on providing design management, coordination and oversight for the Museum.

Please note that this role is based in our South Kensington site, and all candidates should be able to commit to working on-site at least three to four days weekly.

About you:

  • 2d, 3d designer or architect with professional experience delivering high-quality complex projects
  • having a high-quality portfolio containing projects relevant to the role
  • experience of working collaboratively with multi-disciplinary design teams delivering projects
  • having experience in project delivery and project processes such as RIBA Plan of Works, Listed Building Consents, CDM and construction contract processes, and knowledge of project delivery best practices or methodologies
  • designer and coordinator with meticulous attention to detail
  • critical thinker with the ability to challenge and get the most out of projects
  • creative problem solver with the skill to use design thinking to tackle competing objectives in intelligent and beautiful ways
  • experience working in heritage, museum or cultural sector or on exhibitions is an advantage

About us

We are a world-class visitor attraction and leading science research centre. We use the Museum’s unique collections and our unrivalled expertise to tackle the biggest challenges facing the world today. We care for more than 80 million objects spanning billions of years and welcome more than five million visitors annually and 16 million visits to our website.

Today, the museum is more relevant and influential than ever. By attracting people from a range of backgrounds to work for us, we can continue to look at the world with fresh eyes and find new ways of doing things.

We employ 900 staff in a variety of roles, all united by our vision of a future where people and the planet thrive. We need everyone to have the passion and drive to help us with our mission to create advocates for our planet and inspire millions to care about the natural world.

Diversity and inclusion matter to us

Our vision is of a future where both people and the planet thrive. Diversity is one of our core values and we strive to build a workplace where everyone feels a sense of belonging. All new staff who join us learn about the importance of diversity and inclusion to the museum and how to contribute to creating an inclusive environment.

We know we have more to do, but we are committed to ensuring that everyone who works at the museum feels they can thrive and feel valued and respected.

Thriving at the museum – the way we work

We are proud to work at the museum and have identified the qualities we all need to embody to reach our shared ambition. This sits alongside the museum’s values and forms the framework for the way we work. Find out more here.

What we offer:

  • 27.5 days holiday plus 8 bank holidays (full-time equivalent)
  • generous defined contribution Natural History Museum Pension Scheme (employer contribution 4-10%)
  • season ticket, bicycle and rental loan
  • life insurance
  • free admission to our exhibitions and many other paid exhibitions at museums, galleries and institutions across London and the UK
  • staff discount at our museum shops and cafes
  • we offer a wide variety of training initiatives and opportunities to build skills; investing in staff development is important to us, and we are ambitious about helping staff grow and fulfil their potential
  • affordable membership to the Civil Service Sports Council which offers a range of benefits including an extensive list of special offers and reduced entry fees at a selection of cinema chains, theme parks, theatres, retailers and supermarkets; it also provides entry to up to 300 English Heritage sites and other national treasures; for more details, visit
  • membership to our Sports and Social Association (for a small fee), which includes access to our in-house gym and clubs such as football, softball, table tennis and tennis and classes in Middle Eastern dance, yoga and Tai Chi

Read the full job description and apply via the ‘apply for job’ button below.

How to apply:

  • include in the online application a link to a downloadable or online portfolio containing examples of your design work and projects that you have delivered to completion
  • please include a short summary which describes your role on each project shown (maximum 150 words for each project shown)
  • please also include examples of work which demonstrates your design and interests outside of your employment experience; this could include work developed while studying, freelance work, competitions done independently of your employment or other self-initiated work
  • please note that this role does not qualify for museum sponsorship so the successful postholder will need to have a valid right to work in the UK at the point of offer

Closing date: 9am, Monday 29 April 2024
Interviews expected: w/c 6 May 2024

Salary: £35,000 - £40,000
  • Applications have closed.