Digital Accessibility Specialist
Full Job Description
Digital Accessibility Specialist
Do you have expertise in, and passion for, Digital Accessibility? Would you like to apply your expertise to impact a company that follows the science and turns ideas into life changing medicines? If so, AstraZeneca might be the one for you!
AstraZeneca is a global, innovation-driven BioPharmaceutical business that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialisation of prescription medicines for some of the world’s most serious disease. But we’re more than one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies.
At AstraZeneca we’re dedicated to being a Great Place to Work. Where you are empowered to push the boundaries of science and unleash your entrepreneurial spirit. There’s no better place to make a difference to medicine, patients and society. An inclusive culture that champions diversity and collaboration. Always committed to lifelong learning, growth and development.
Digital products and services are becoming increasingly important for AstraZeneca, whether these are aimed at patients (e.g. an asthma inhaler connected to a mobile app to remind patients to take their medicines), doctors or colleagues (e.g. a web tool for scientists to visualize real-time data coming from a clinical trial).
We are in the early stages of an accessibility journey aspiring to understand and uplift capabilities to meet all our users' needs. You will be working as part of a global UX team where the focus is on finding the best experiences to make a real difference in people's lives.
We are looking for an energetic self-starter who is passionate about creating a digital world that all can participate in and who can work with the challenges that may arise during the early stages of accessibility maturity within a large organization.
This role will be a healthy mix of independent and collaborative work covering end-to-end accessibility needs, working with various organizational roles, such as the business, technical and creative sides. This role will have to focus on providing guidance in plain language and training existing functions on the relevant accessibility skills.
This role requires a mix of remote and in-person collaboration with at least three days in the office.
Extensive knowledge and experience in digital accessibility WCAG 2.1 and an understanding of usability principles that impact users with disabilities.
Strong knowledge of national and international disability laws and regulations (US, Canada, UK, EU, China, Japan, etc.).
The ability to focus on the needs and experiences of users while meeting the requirement of accessible user experience.
Experience conducting wireframes/ designs audits and remediation before they are sent for development. Design formats may include Figma/ Adobe XD/ PDF/ JPG/ PPT/ etc.
Experience conducting accessibility audits and remediation of websites for desktop/ mobile formats.
Experience with accessible app development.
Experience conducting accessibility audits and remediation for documents such as PPT and PDF.
Experience running training to share knowledge, trends, and standard methodologies.
Experience in accessible coding practices related to HTML5, CSS, ARIA (ability to inspect, read, manipulate, and explain to developers).
Experience testing websites manually with various assistive tools such as screen readers, speech-to-text, etc. Understanding of “why” that is driving the requirements, and not just requirements themselves.
An excellent presenter with the ability to explain in plain language accessibility issues and potential solutions, with appropriate rationale, in both written and spoken formats and in simple, non-technical language.
Experience with UX design and interactive prototyping tools (e.g. Figma, Sketch, Axure, Adobe XD) is preferred.
Experience working across a large organization with groups of various levels of accessibility awareness.
The ability to conduct user research and usability testing as it relates to accessibility is a plus!
Requirements (Soft Skills)
A self-starter, not requiring hand-holding.
Motivation to be a change agent.
The energy and pro-activity to develop new business opportunities for yourself and the wider UX team.
Strong and motivated self-starter, comfortable working alone, collaborating closely with designers, product managers, business analysts, technical developers, etc., and as part of a project team.
Excellent influencing skills, including the ability to evangelize accessibility.
Able to successfully juggle the competing demands of multiple concurrent projects, shifting priorities, and rapid change within a global corporate environment; solid project management skills
Comfortable working in person and through MS teams.
Bachelor’s or associate degree in a relevant technology field (Computer Engineering, Science, HCI, design, etc.) or comparable job experience.
5+ years of experience interpreting, applying, and remediating WCAG UX and a11y standard processes
Certifications: IAAP Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC) and/or IAAP Web Accessibility Specialist (WAS) a plus!
WHY JOIN US?
We’re a network of entrepreneurial self-starters who contribute to something far bigger. There’s a diversity of expertise in our Technology group that’s unique to AstraZeneca – it allows us to dive deep into
exploring new groundbreaking technology. We enable AstraZeneca to perform at its peak by delivering world-class technology and data solutions. Our work unlocks the potential of science. We optimise and evolutionise AstraZeneca by maximising efficiencies and finding new ways to drive productivity. From automation to data simplification. We’re not afraid to take ownership and run with it. Empowered with unrivalled freedom. A place to be open and transparent – we speak up, think creatively and share ideas. Our diverse contributions help us to make better decisions. But we have a constant drive to innovate,
and an appreciation for high standards. It takes challenging the status quo to contribute in our ever-evolving environment. We love it here because put simply, we make a meaningful impact.
Technology at AstraZeneca is a home for purposeful disruptors!
SO, WHAT’S NEXT?
Are you already imagining yourself joining our team? Good, because we’d love to hear from you! Click the link to apply and we’ll be in touch as soon as we can.
WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE?
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