Junior Front End Developer

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About the job 

We are looking for a dynamic and ambitious junior front-end web developer to help us grow and meet the demands of our expanding client base. 

The primary focus of this role is the development of templates for our BrandStencil software product - an artwork automation tool which uses the best of web technology to generate print ready and digital artwork.

BrandStencil templates can be thought of as mini, stand-alone web apps, so the role is varied and always challenging.  

You will have the opportunity to enhance your skills in many areas. Template development involves creating pixel perfect HTML and CSS, but is also an exercise in UX design as each template has a custom interface created using our extensive component library. 

This is an excellent opportunity to work with some amazing organisations in the not-for-profit sector and become part of a highly skilled team.

About you

You have a passion for web development and are interested in helping people interact well with technology.

You’re a problem solver who can turn a set of requirements into an elegant solution. 

You have a keen eye for design and can spot the difference between Helvetica and Arial at 100 yards. You understand document layout and can create pages which gracefully flex and flow as their content changes. 

You’re not a beginner. Perhaps you’re a year into your career as a developer and are ready for your next challenge. Perhaps this will be your first role but you’ve got some non-professional experience behind you. Perhaps you’ve been doing something else for a while and are looking for a career change. 

In any event you’ll have lots of support right from the start; we’re a friendly team and there’ll always be someone to ask.

Your skills 

  • Problem solving  -  you can understand the template requirements from a brief and devise a workable solution.

  • Communication  -  you are able to clearly express your thoughts and ideas with the team and participate in discussions.

  • Technical delivery  -  you can accurately convert artwork into semantically structured HTML and CSS and use this to create dynamic templates.

  • Tools  -  you know your way around PhotoShop, Illustrator and InDesign and are comfortable exporting asset in different formats.

  • Autonomy  -  you can work independently and are able to manage your own time.

Knowledge and experience

Highly desirable

  • Professional experience in web development

  • Comfortable working with Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign / Illustrator / PhotoShop)

  • Confident writing clean and semantic HTML and CSS

  • Understand image optimization and familiar with SVGs

  • Understand the concepts of templating (think WordPress themes)

Beneficial

  • Git Version control

  • Scss 

  • Basic JavaScript

  • Basic PHP

Personal attributes

  • Own and take pride in what you do

  • Have a curious attitude and enjoy diving into a challenge - no two templates are the same

  • Meticulous attention to detail with a keen eye for design 

  • Highly motivated and good at working autonomously

About the product

BrandStencil is a SaaS product that enables employees in organisations to easily create on-brand posters, leaflets and stationery from customisable templates. Our product saves our clients time and money every day, as well as protecting their investment in their brand.

BrandStencil is a product developed by Electric Putty, a software studio based in central Hove. BrandStencil is now its own successful business but we share a space with the Putty team and work closely together. 

Most of our clients are within the not-for-profit sector and we’re passionate about helping them use digital tools to build big ideas and make a measurable impact on the world. Our clients include: British Red Cross, TUC, RSPB, Mind, Alzheimer's Society and Leonard Cheshire.

At the heart of our company ethos is a spirit of collaboration and autonomy, giving people freedom and trusting them to deliver first class work. We believe that a healthy work life balance is key to this and offer a range of flexible working options to everyone in our team to keep them happy, motivated and energised.

Diversity matters

We particularly welcome applications from under-represented groups in the tech industry including Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates. We have previously invested in women switching careers to come into tech and we'd like to further diversify our team. For more about why diversity in tech matters read this.

Benefits

  • Profit share (paid annually)

  • Flexible working hours and location 

  • 28 days annual leave (including public holidays) 

  • A bonus 3 or 4 days additional paid leave for Christmas closing

  • £500 annual personal improvement budget (conferences, books and learning)  

  • Company pension contributions

  • Cycle to work scheme

  • Healthy snacks available in the office

  • Friendly working culture where everyone's contributions make a difference 

  • Friday beers (naturally) and regular ‘working’ breakfasts / lunches

  • Regular get togethers throughout the year. 

  • Office with rooftop views in co-working space just 5 minutes walk from Hove beach. 

Salary

£20,000 - £25,000 (based on skills and experience)

Attendance

Full time - 37.5 hours per week.

Remote working

Flexibility is at the heart of the way we work, not just as a response to the recent pandemic situation. As much as possible we give you the freedom and responsibility to manage your own schedule within our core working hours of 10am-2pm. We meet regularly in our Hove office and you would need to be able to do that around twice a month.

How to apply

If this sounds like you then we would love to hear from you. Please email jobs@brandstencil.com and convince us that you are perfect for this role.  Please include a cover letter, CV and recent example of your online work (this is vital, we can’t consider you if we can’t see what you can do). 

The closing date for applications is 28/02/2023.  Please note, we will be interviewing as we receive applications so may appoint before this date as we would like someone in post as soon as possible. We will be in touch if we’d like to take your application further. 


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