The Lead UI/UX Designer work with and manage User Experience Designers, Visual Designers, User Researchers, Front End Engineers, Business Analysts, Copywriters, and other Marketers on a regular basis to ensure the full experience of the UI/UX of the website, web application or mobile application is being taken care of. A lead designer would be expected to have over 5+ years of management and team leading experience at an agency or company with a comprehensive folio of work and projects.
Usually, UI Designers do not need to code, but it is extremely beneficial if you have programming skills. Web Developers need to understand the design needs of what they are coding, and UI Designers need to understand what designs are possible from the backend.
Key skills of a UI Designer:
Curiosity. UI/UX designers have to be curious about their users and how they operate
Empathy. A good UI/UX designer must be able to put themselves in their user's shoes and understand their problems
Communication and getting the message across with layout and design
Coding UI and designing UI requires different skills and a different mindset. UI design is hard for most developers, just as writing code is hard for most designers. Good UI designers rarely write code. Fundamentally, “UI developer” and “front end developer” are just different words for the same thing, because the UI is the front end of a system. Any tiny differences would be specific to a company culture or a person using them.
Sketch. If you have any UI design experience, you've heard of Sketch