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Front End Developer York, Manchester - Full time £36000 to £40000

Meet your interview panel:

Steven urmston 5572d64404060876f623de0bb81ed80be020f8aa4948169e13e0661dd358a648
Steven Urmston
Patrick cherry 80bd4b1e98511a42656ab423d30148dc8792ec09a56eb5c46dfb16297a67f276
Patrick Cherry
Pamela hinds 65218f934cc6e91b705d07e5164ff4eebd50925aa9cd2a9b9347a3ec5655001f
Pamela Hinds

We are looking for an enthusiastic Front End developer with a passion for building browser-based applications. You will be a valuable and essential member of our Scrum team, working closely with other developers to build the front-end of all of Bytemark's in-house computer systems.

Closes 03/06/18.

We are seeking someone with expert knowledge of HTML, CSS and JavaScript, with a sufficient understanding of UX and UI design to be able to translate design work into high performance interactive applications which delight our customers and staff.

We will want to see some record of achievement in web application development or complex website development, though this might be from projects that were personal or not developed as part of your day job.

The main JavaScript frameworks we use are AngularJS and React. If you have completed work in any other JavaScript application framework or view library then you’ll get on just fine!

We've developed our own cloud hosting platform, founded on our history of building hosting products with innovative technologies. We’re not afraid of challenges, and have learned how to turn inventive developing decisions into high-value production systems. We love putting these new ideas into production for our customers. Our uptime and long-term reputation is a critical consideration in all of our work across the business.

What kind of company is Bytemark?

Bytemark is a 34-person strong hosting company founded in 2002, with around 3000 customers. Our head office is located in the beautiful, historic city of York. Our mission is to provide solid, reliable hosting with a strong focus on the UK market. We've a deep appreciation for the free software movement and as we've grown, made sure that our recruitment and management are focused on providing equal opportunities for all staff through providing a flexible 37.5-hour average work week and family-friendly employment policies.

Whilst we have a mix of staff in traditionally "technical" and "non-technical" roles, everyone in the company is encouraged to excel in their field, regardless of their position or workflow.

Your duties would include:

  • Translating design work into functional and appealing websites and browser-based applications
  • Developing well written, tested and maintainable code
  • Reviewing code of other members of the team, both senior and junior
  • Participate in building specifications as part of sprint planning within the Scrum framework
  • Triage and investigate issues reported on our code bases
  • Communicate the work of the Engineering team both internally to the company, and the wider world
  • Teaching and learning from others in the team, using pair programming with other developers to learn and disseminate knowledge and skills

Career progression

Your line manager will work closely with you and the HR Director to establish your learning needs and ensure that you have the training and resources you need.

We would like you to have a commitment to your own professional development and actively seek learning opportunities. Bytemark will pay for 5 days of conference or training (including expenses) each year to pique your interest and pick up new skills.

Skills we're seeking

Essential Skills

  • Expert skills in website and browser-based application development using HTML, CSS and JavaScript
  • Sufficient understanding of user experience, usability and UI design to be able to improve on and work around any gaps in design work
  • Ability to diagnose application desktop and mobile browser issues and performance bottlenecks
  • Familiarity with revision control systems, e.g. git
  • Ability to work with staff and customers to reach satisfactory conclusions for issues reported on our software
  • Ability to work within a remote team to deliver results
  • Enthusiasm for code quality and testing
  • Proactive and organised with excellent time-management, analytical and multi-tasking skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in the English language
  • Approachable, friendly and tactful

Desirable Skills

  • Experience with Node and Node-based task runners (Gulp & Grunt)
  • Programming Ruby or a similar dynamic language (Python, Perl etc...)
  • Experience with UI and UX design


This position will be centered around either our York or Manchester offices. Working remotely may be possible if you have the right experience. Our company has been split between York, Manchester and several fully remote workers for years, so we have various ways of making that work.

Our whole team comes to our York HQ three times a year for a meal, catch-up and talks. Each developer department meets up on a monthly basis for sprint planning meetings in one of the offices.

Employment benefits

  • Standard holiday allowance: 25 days holiday + UK bank holidays
  • Extra holiday allowance: 1 day per full year of employment up to 32 days
  • Allowance for home broadband service
  • Bytemark administered group personal Pension Scheme (current company contribution 3%)
  • Annual health cash plan & private health care
  • Enhanced Maternity - 16 weeks pay + 8 weeks 50% pay
  • Enhanced Paternity - 2 weeks pay + 2 weeks 50% pay
  • Childcare voucher scheme
  • 5 days per year allowance for training purposes
  • Company-provided bicycle for employees within cycling distance

Our policies and benefits enable every staff member to balance both family and work commitments, without sacrificing individual ambition or professional development.

Before you apply

Please understand these points before applying:

  • You must already be eligible to work in the UK
  • We will request and review references from successful candidates
  • We would ask successful candidates to complete a Basic Disclosure Scotland check (which will be reimbursed)

What are you waiting for?!

There's no "cultural fit" requirement. If you're product focused and can work well within a team, we'd love to have you on-board!

This position is now closed.