Global Water Intelligence is looking for a brilliant graduate who is both creative and numerate, and is ready to begin a career in a fast-growing new field. It is a field created by the fact that people need to understand ever more complex ideas, but have less and less time for reading. It means that more and more of the information we consume is in a visual form. Those few people who are bright enough to be able to assimilate data, understand the stories it tells, and express that intelligence so that others can understand it at a single glance will be the rulers of this new world.
It is not a job that really exists today. Give it to a designer and they just don’t get it: they produce pretty pictures which don’t get to grips with what we are really trying to say. We are looking for a special kind of person. Someone who is interested in design, but is also inspired by the intellectual challenge of understanding the complex ideas that grow out of the data and refining that into a clear visual message. We have advertised for “Graduate Arty Scientists” because we think that best describes the kind of people who might be good at this. You might have studied art for A-level, have a hobby interest in graphic design or drawing but then studied for a science degree. Alternatively, you might have done well at maths A-level, but gone on to study design or another arts degree. Either way you will need to be able to show that you are bright and you are excited by the possibilities of visual communication. Experience of Adobe Illustrator would be an advantage, but we can give you training on that if necessary.
For the right candidate we can offer the first step in a career which is guaranteed to be highly in demand with opportunities opening out across the media as the world becomes more time poor and information rich.
- Visualising data to create engaging information graphics
- Design of digital and print products
- Working with technical content
- Maintaining a strong brand identity across our products
- Improving production processes through the use of tools such as XML, InDesign scripts and third-party plugins
GWI employees are enrolled on a company pension plan, and receive a holiday allowance of 25 days per year. The successful candidate will be sent to relevant training courses and conferences that help them to develop within their role, and there is also opportunity for travel – our Global Water Summit is held in different cities across the world each year.
Global Water Intelligence (GWI) is an ambitious young company with around 50 employees spread between Oxford, Austin (Texas) and Shanghai. It publishes market-leading magazines, databases, and reports on the international water industry. Additionally, it runs a series of successful events. It has a unique corporate culture which can be summed up as follows:
- We are global: our market is totally international and we need to reflect that. We travel a lot and around 40% of our staff don’t come from the UK.
- We work for each other: we do work hard, but not out of fear or greed. It is because we care for each other and it lightens the load of everyone if we all pull together.
- We balance the commercial with the idealistic: We are passionately committed to addressing the world’s water challenges, but we can only do what we do because we are a profitable business.
The following qualities would be desirable in a successful candidate:
- A problem-solving attitude and a willingness to tackle different challenges
- Excellent time management skills and the ability to balance multiple ongoing projects
- Knowledge of Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator
- Experience with web technologies (HTML, CSS, JS and SVG) would be advantageous
- Experience automating InDesign and Illustrator through the use of ExtendScript and XML would be advantageous
Accepted degree subjects
£23,000 – £26,000
depending on experience, with a six-month probationary period
Contract and working hours
How to apply
Please send a well-designed CV and a covering letter to Charlotte Massey via the Apply button. The way you present your CV will give us an idea of how imaginatively you can express yourself in visual terms. The covering letter should explain why you think you would be good at the job and include links to relevant work if possible.
Closing date: Continuous recruitment
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