RELX Group Senior Visual Designer in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Senior Visual Designer


Location: Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands

Would you like to join a company that makes a difference in the world whilst driving technology innovation and transformation globally? It is an exciting time to join Elsevier as we shape our future as a global information analytics provider. We employ over 1000 of the world’s best technologists and our teams are using cutting edge technologies to build products and systems that will advance science and health. We use Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing to filter, extract and learn from vast data sets, social networks and collaboration platforms.

We are looking for an imaginative visual designer with a systematic approach and a strong user focus, to create solutions that drive coherence across many Elsevier products. You will work directly with designers, product managers and developers. It is a unique opportunity to work with a robust team of more than 70 UX professionals internationally, and be part of one of the world’s foremost leaders in information analytics and publishing.

About the project

Elsevier has a vast portfolio of products and solutions ( ), each serving different needs of researchers and clinicians. Since these products are part of our users’ workflow, our products need to be connected. You will help users experiencing a seamless Elsevier ecosystem.

The first phase focuses on shared components and features such as product identity, sign-in, privacy settings, account settings, and help. You will investigate various brand scenarios such as co-branding, white-labelling, and institutional branding. Next phases will focus on further alignment and integration resulting in an Elsevier design system. Throughout the project we conduct user research and a/b testing, to refine our metrics and to understand our users.

You will work across the company with product teams including Developers, UX Specialists and Visual Designers. You will shape and evolve a consistent brand experience collaborating with a central project and design team. You will mentor teams to efficiently and accurately implement the designed components. It will be your objective to make it as easy as possible for the rest of the organization to follow and apply global design guidelines and UX patterns and arrive at a coherent, scalable and world-class user experience for Elsevier customers.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Create and own well-crafted designs that contribute to a consistent visual language across multiple products, and are part of the Elsevier brand digital style.

  • Explore design solutions in and across products, by expressing many alternative ideas.

  • A positive, constructive approach with an emphasis on collaboration and flexibility.

  • Interest and passion for creating design systems at large, making the rest of the organisation more agile and increasing quality of the user experience.

  • Work with UX designers, interaction designers, product managers, and developers to ensure designs meet user needs and deliver business goals.

  • Accessibility and browser compatibility hold no secrets for you.

  • Technical and personal skills strong enough to mentor cross-functional teams. Strong communication skills and fluency in English. Manage relationships with customers, users, product managers, designers and developers.

  • Actively work on improving the UX design process and the quality of UX deliverables, with a focus on the Elsevier design system and style guide.


  • Degree in Graphic Design, Typography, Interaction Design or related discipline.

  • At least 3 year experience of designing complex information and workflow products across web and mobile.

  • Proven track record of highly creative, detail-oriented design that meets user needs, product requirements, and business goals.

  • Experience with creating, maintaining and applying design systems, style guides, and pattern libraries.

  • Excellent skills in typography and composition.

  • Always thinking of the user first and approach design from a user point of view, based on actual data.

  • Experience working in an agile environment with product owners and developers, demonstrated capability to rationalise your design solutions and convince stakeholders.

  • Understand the importance of accessibility, and knows how to make designs accessible from the start. Up to speed with guidelines like WCAG2.0.

  • Experience with using HTML and CSS as design tools is an advantage.

  • A website or digital portfolio that showcases your design work.

  • Fluent in English.

What we offer

We welcome you to a truly global, dynamic and challenging environment with great opportunities for personal development. Elsevier’s benefits are very competitive and the summary below will give you an idea of what you can expect when joining Elsevier in the Netherlands.

  • Competitive salary and a 13th month

  • 27 days of leave

  • Attractive collective health care insurance package with considerable reduction rates

  • Solid Pension Plan, with a choice between a collective pension plan an individual pension plan

  • Profit share or bonus plan subject to the company annual results

  • Flexible working arrangements

  • Travel allowance for commuting

  • Reductions to several personal insurance packages due to our collective agreements

  • Free in-house sport facilities

  • Numerous training, coaching and e-learning modules for long term job opportunities and development

  • Several local and global networking communities to share best practices and knowledge

  • Various social responsibility programs, channeling knowledge and strengths to help communities around the world improve education, science, health care and protect the environment.

An assessment or business case could be part of our selection procedure. A pre-employment screening will be part of our recruitment procedure.

Elsevier does not accept unsolicited assistance from vendors including and without limitation, search firms, staffing agencies and recruiting agencies for this employment opportunity. Resumes submitted by external vendors and third parties to any employee via-email, the Internet or any other method without a valid, written underlying agreement between parties for this position will not be considered. No fee or other compensation will be paid in the event the applicant is hired by Elsevier as a result of an unsolicited introduction

Elsevier is a world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions, deliver better care, and sometimes make groundbreaking discoveries, that advance the boundaries of knowledge and human progress. Our breadth of content is unparalleled, spanning virtually every Science, Technology and Medicine (STM) field in the world and includes such distinguished brands as Gray's Anatomy, The Lancet and Cell.

Elsevier is in the midst of a transformation that is being driven by digital technology. Our innovative technology platforms and smart content solutions operate at the cutting edge of big data, semantic web and cloud technology, enabling faster more effective critical decision-making daily across the globe.

We are an employer of choice, attracting and developing talented and creative people who thrive in a challenging and fast-paced environment. We offer an excellent compensation and benefits package as well as a real opportunity for career growth in a growing organization. Elsevier is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.

For more information about this position, please contact

Mr. Frans Heeman

+31 (0)20 485 3625


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