About the role

We’re looking for an exceptional junior to mid-weight designer to join our Creative Team – with innate curiosity, a passion for design, and a strong aesthetic across print and digital.

Sitting within the broader Brand and External Engagement department, the Creative team act as custodian of our brand and visual identity. And as go-to creative experts, fulfilling a range of fast-paced print and digital briefs across supporter marketing, social channels, and corporate comms, as well as offering creative advice and training to other departments.

This role sits within the Creative team, reporting to the Creative Manager.

Through this role we want to:

  • Grow our in-house creative team
  • Deliver on more creative briefs that supports our fundraising and marketing objectives
  • Embed design excellence
  • Drive our storytelling, through innovative use of moving image and photography
  •  Demonstrate the power of good design to solve communication problems
  •  Make it easier for non-design experts to use our visual identity
  •  Achieve more consistency in how our visual identity is used.

You will deliver great design, production and artwork for the organisation, working in collaboration with other colleagues and teams to support print and digital campaigns and activities.

Work in partnership with copywriters and other creative colleagues to take internal briefs, advise on the best strategies to deliver results, and develop creative concepts

Work across supporter fundraising appeals and communications, corporate communication, and social channels.

Continually looking for new ideas and innovation to champion creativity and promote our organisational visual identity.

Develop templates and training that support non creative colleagues to implement our visual identity consistently and accurately.

About you

You will need to demonstrate excellent all round design skills, and a strong portfolio across print and digital. Knowledge and experience of working in video and motion graphics would be a big plus. You will be able to interpret a creative brief, generate innovative ideas, and clearly pitch and communicate them. Candidates should hold a relevant, higher-level design qualification.

Why join us?

The opportunity to work for an organisation that is making a positive difference to the lives of people worldwide, a friendly and supportive culture, working with values-driven and highly engaged colleagues, work-life balance and flexible working – these are just some of the reasons we think Practical Action is a great place to work.

Our new open plan offices are located in the centre of Rugby near to the train station.

In addition, we offer the following benefits:

  • Flexible working/hours – full-time roles are contracted at 35 hours per week.
  • It is our practice normally that we operate an agile flexible working policy, where flexible working hours are enabled as well as remote working (between 2-3 days per week depending on the role).
  •  27 days holiday in addition to public holidays.
  • A pension scheme that new employees can join from day one of employment – (rules apply) employer contributes 10.5% of salary and the employee contributes 5%.
  •  Life assurance (3 x annual salary).
  •  Bike to Work scheme.

About us

We are an international development organisation putting ingenious ideas to work so people in poverty can change their world.

We help people find solutions to some of the world’s toughest problems. Challenges made worse by catastrophic climate change and persistent gender inequality.

We work with communities to develop ingenious, lasting and locally owned solutions for agriculture, water and waste management, climate resilience and clean energy. And we share what works with others, so answers that start small can grow big.

We’re a global change-making group. The group consists of a UK-registered charity with community projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America, an independent development publishing company and a technical consulting service. We combine these specialisms to multiply our impact and help shape a world that works better for everyone.

Additional information

Practical Action is an equal opportunities employer and we encourage applications from under-represented groups. We stay committed to cultivating an inclusive and diverse working environment and believe that people from different backgrounds or cultures give us different perspectives, and the more perspectives we have, the more successful we will be. By building a culture where everyone feels heard, respected and valued we give everyone working with us the opportunity to achieve their full potential.

Practical Action is committed to safeguarding and protecting children and vulnerable adults and as such candidates will be subject to pre-employment checks including criminal checks and terrorist financing. Please note that should we recruit a suitable candidate before the closing date, we will close applications earlier than the specified date.

The successful applicant must have the pre-existing right to live and work in the UK.

Closing date for applications: Thursday 20th October 2022


If you want to work for a charity with significant people ambitions, then we would like to hear from you. to hear from you. Please submit a copy of your CV including a link to your portfolio that describes your suitability for the role to