Welcome to Bivouac Design Solutions

We are hiring!


Who we are

Bivouac is a small, busy and successful design company based in central York. We produce high quality branding and marketing literature as well as websites, books, adverts etc. As well as this, we specialise in designing exhibitions and interpretation materials for museum and heritage sector clients. Our clients include the University of York, English Heritage, National Trust, Leeds Castle, Trinity House and the National Coal Mining Museum amongst others. Please explore our website to find out more about us.

Who we're looking for

We're looking for a talented designer with a passion for creativity and a strong interest in our heritage interpretation work. You will be interested in audience experience, interaction and the communication of potentially complex messages in engaging ways. We think in depth, making projects beautiful, answering the brief creatively, and making them work for the end user. We work on an exciting array of projects, and life is never dull!

Our heritage work sets us apart. You will be passionate about all aspects of our work and be prepared to learn, adapt and develop.

Why we need you

One of our designers is flying on to pastures new and we have a vacancy. We want you to inject fresh ideas and character into our happy little team. We are not looking for a duplicate of our previous designer, but someone who brings their own skills, individuality and passion to the role.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Design:
    • Branding
    • Marketing literature
    • Books and brochures
    • Websites
    • Interpretive exhibitions
    • Interactives (tactile and digital)
    • Advertising
  • Client liaison (managing calls, managing output of proofs and incoming content)
  • Managing jobs from inception to outcome (incl. updating change control documentation, programming/scheduling, costing etc)
  • Keeping accurate time-sheets and keeping the studio's online studio management software up-to-date (Functionfox – training will be given)
  • Arranging and attending meetings
  • Specifying print specifications, preparing artwork for print and liaising with printers (digital, litho and large format)
  • Assisting the team in the production of tenders and finding new work
  • Assisting in the production of our marketing literature and keeping the studio's portfolio, social media and website up-to-date
  • Assisting in project review and analysis.


  • Degree level (or equivalent) qualification, or above in Graphic Design or similar
  • Fully competent in Adobe Creative Suite
  • Typographic skills
  • Passion for heritage projects
  • Knowledge of print processes and ability to create print-ready artwork
  • Methodical working methods
  • Time management skills
  • Ability to work to a deadline, under pressure
  • Excellent verbal and written communication
  • Accuracy / attention to detail
  • Ability to work on multiple jobs and as part of a team
  • Clean driving license and own car
  • Sense of humour.


  • Relevant studio experience
  • Competent in Microsoft Office
  • Illustrative and/or photographic skills
  • 3D and/or spacial design skills
  • Experience in the heritage sector
  • Web development skills
  • Experience in exhibition design and best practice
  • Experience of large format print techniques and specifications

Place of work

You will be based in Castlegate House, in central York and will have your own workstation. You should be prepared to travel to meetings and interviews, as required, sometimes in your own car (mileage and expenses will be paid for attendance of interviews and meetings off-site).

Salary: Starting salary £16–20k per annum depending on your experience (20 days holiday + public holidays per year).

To apply for this position, please send:

  • A covering letter, stating your experience and why you think you are suitable for this role
  • An up-to-date CV including names and contact details for three referees
  • PDF portfolio showing no more than 6 pieces of work, edited to pieces you feel are most relevant to the job description, above. You will have an opportunity to present your full portfolio if you are shortlisted for interview. Your editing choices and ability will be part of the criteria that we will observe in order to shortlist.

Submissions should be emailed in a zipped folder of no more than 10Mb to our Creative Director, Kate Pettitt (kate@bivouac.co.uk) no later than 12 noon 16th March 2015.

Shortlisted candidates will be notified Monday 23 March and interviews will take place w/c 30th March 2015.

The successful candidate will be required to commence work on the 6th April 2015, or as soon as your notice period will allow.

Bivouac is an equal opportunities and age-positive employer.

Bivouac retains the right not to interview or employ any candidate if they do not meet our expectations and criteria.

Bivouac retains the right to alter the dates of application depending on the number of applications received and work commitments (we will inform any candidate that has applied, if this occurs).