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Motion and Digital Designer

Date: 09-Jan-2021

Location: Manchester, UKM, GB

Company: British Council

The British Council builds connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language. 
We work in two ways – directly with individuals to transform their lives, and with governments and partners to make a bigger difference for the longer term, creating benefit for millions of people all over the world. We help young people to gain the skills, confidence and connections they are looking for to realise their potential and to participate in strong and inclusive communities. We support them to learn English, to get a high-quality education and to gain internationally recognised qualifications. Our work in arts and culture stimulates creative expression and exchange and nurtures creative enterprise. We connect the best of the UK with the world and the best of the world with the UK. 
These connections lead to an understanding of each other's strengths and of the challenges and values that we share. This builds trust between people in the UK and other nations which endures even when official relations may be strained. We work on the ground in more than 100 countries. In 2019-20 we connected with 80 million people directly and with 791 million overall, including online and through our broadcasts and publications.



The Brand Team leads the development of our brand and use our expertise to tell inspiring stories to enhance our global reputation, build lifelong relationships, engage our staff and prove the impact of what we do. The Design Team sits within the Brand Team and provides creative services for colleagues across the world.


This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic team and to manage video content production for our internal clients. You will lead the video, motion and digital design and production services within the Design Team, implementing our refreshed identity across a large portfolio of products, programmes and projects. 


You will ensure the ongoing ability of the team to deliver an excellent service to our clients across the organisation.


The role also requires the training and support for other members of the team to improve their skills video and digital production.



Responsibilities include:


  • Lead on the production of video, animation and digital marketing assets produced by the team:
  • Work with Creative Studio Manager and Senior Designers to ensure creative concepts are delivered through video and digital assets.
  • Assist in the successful uptake of creative proposals through short video examples.
  • Work with script writers and videographers to create storyboards and treatment guides.
  • Manage permissions and copyright and footage storage.
  • To be innovative and develop creative solutions for British Council products and services in line with corporate requirements.
  • Contribute to increasing levels of client satisfaction as measured by the client survey.
  • Support the global video project


Support the Creative Studio Manager in:

  • Working with the Video Working Group to improve the organisation’s ability to produce engaging and effective video content.
  • Creating tools and processes for efficient video production that can be shared with the organisation.
  • Video and digital innovation
  • Continually look for ways to better use video and digital content:
  • Provide advice and guidance to clients on the best approach to their video and digital requirements
  • Identify new formats, technologies and channels for presentation of client content
  • Keep abreast of current production software and technology to ensure industry standards
  • Research and document latest trends in motion graphics creative

Knowledge sharing and training

  • Improve the capabilities of the whole team in video and digital production:
  • Manage the production of video and digital assets by other members of the team
  • Develop and run workshops on key areas such  as basic video editing for other team members
  • Identify training opportunities
  • Build capability in 3D modeling and animation
  • Support offline materials production
  • Support the team in the production of offline materials:
  • Create designs and artwork for offline materials when required by the team
  • Liaise with Production Managers in trafficking jobs through the department, including brief taking and client liaison, work allocation and job monitoring. This will include accountability to Creative Studio Manager for the creative quality of the studio output.



A good level of experience working in a similar role with proven experience working within a busy and multi-disciplined creative team.
Proven creative ability in delivering projects, across on and offline media
Excellent knowledge of Adobe Creative Software including:

Ideally knowledge of HTML and CSS.
Good knowledge of core Microsoft software including Word and PowerPoint.
Ability to plan and organise, working to strict deadlines.
Ability to manage performance of others and develop them.


Pay Band  7 (26,934-30,354)
Location:  Manchester

Contract Type 12 months


What you will receive:

  • Outstanding Civil Service Pension Scheme
  • 32 Days Holiday
  • Annual Travel Season Ticket Loan
  • Annual Performance related bonus



You must have a legal right to work in the UK 


If you feel that you are suitable and would like to be considered for this role, please apply before 23:59 UK time on the 13th December 2020.


Please include links to showreel and portfolio in your cv attached any docs to Additional Attachments field

A connected and trusted UK in a more connected and trusted world.


Equality Statement


The British Council is committed to a policy of equality and to valuing diversity and is keen to reflect the diversity of the societies in which we work at every level within the organisation. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. We aim to abide by and promote equality legislation by following both the letter and the spirit of it to avoid unjustified discrimination, recognising discrimination as a barrier to equality of opportunity, inclusion and human rights. All staff worldwide are required to ensure their behaviour is consistent with our policies. 
The British Council has Disability Confident Employer Status. We offer a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the role. Applicants are encouraged to highlight any specific requirements or adjustments needed to enable participation in the recruitment process.

The British Council is committed to safeguarding children, young people and adults who we work with.


We believe that all children and adults everywhere in the world deserve to live in safe environments and have the right to be protected from all forms of abuse, maltreatment and exploitation as set out in article 19, UNCRC (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child) 1989.


Appointment to positions where there is direct involvement with vulnerable groups will be dependent on thorough checks being completed; these will include qualification checks, reference checks, identity & criminal record checks in line with legal requirements and with the British Council’s Safeguarding policies for Adults and Children.


  If you have any problems with your application please email askhr@britishcouncil.org