Web developer

Job posted: 8 November 2019
Closing date for applications: 3 February 2020
Start date: ASAP
Salary: Dependent on experience

About you

You’re an experienced web developer who produces efficient, robust, well thought-through, clearly commented code. And you want to put your skills to a good use – helping progressive research organisations to communicate their knowledge and ideas online.

The majority of our projects are built in WordPress or Drupal 8 so you will have experience in at least one of these. We do not expect you to have knowledge or experience in all the tools we use but any overlap you have will be viewed favourably:

  • Front-end – Gulp/webpack/npm, CSS (SASS), Twig/HTML, ES6/JS, SVG
  • Back-end – Drupal 8, WordPress, sometimes Bolt CMS or microframeworks. PHP, MySQL
  • Other – Git, Bash, GNU Make, various command line tools, familiarity with Apache servers

You are happy to work independently but aren’t afraid to ask for help when you encounter tricky issues, and you’re always willing to help colleagues to find solutions when they get stuck.

You will have the confidence and communication skills to engage directly with clients – including those with little technical knowledge – to understand their expectations and to explain your proposed solutions to them.

And where you can see potential for improving the way we do things internally – both from a coding perspective and more generally – you won’t be afraid to speak up.

You’re not afraid of working to tight deadlines or within limited project budgets. But you always find the time to stay on top of new trends and innovations in web development and find ways to apply them to your own work.

It would also be great if you had some knowledge or experience of policy, research, NGO or charity communications.

You speak English fluently, and you must have permission to work in the UK by the start of your employment.

About the job

The web developer will be part of a seven-strong in-house team of developers, led by our head of web development. You will also collaborate closely with a range of other agency colleagues, including project managers, digital designers and content strategists.

The main focus of the job is to develop the back end and front end of new websites and other digital products, including e-readers and interactives, using a variety of frameworks, CMSs and languages. You will also carry out regular maintenance and upgrades to existing sites, including some not originally built by Soapbox. And you will train clients and colleagues in the use of our digital products.

You may also be asked to provide ad hoc technical advice to clients and colleagues, and to help develop our operations and new business teams to develop proposals, pitches, project plans, and technical documentation. We rely on our developers to ensure that the technical specification we agree with the client can be delivered within the required budget and timescale.

The role may be based in either of our two studios – in London or in Bath – depending on the applicant’s preference.

Our competitive salary and benefits package includes:

  • 25 days holiday per year, plus Christmas closure
  • Regular social activities
  • Cycle to work and Tech loans
  • Flexible working around core hours

On the rare occasions when you’ll have to work overtime, we’ll make sure you get the time back.

About us

Soapbox’s mission is to communicate ideas that matter, working for charities, NGOs, think tanks and research organisations to make sure their messages reach the right audiences.

We started out in print design in 2008, but digital is the next biggest – and fastest-growing – part of our business. We are a close-knit, hard-working and ambitious agency with a growing roster of clients both in the UK and around the world, including Chatham House, Imperial College London, UNICEF and many more. Our recently launched US operation already works with the New America Foundation and the FrameWorks Institute, among others.

Most of our digital projects involve the delivery of an organisational website, but we also build smaller sites and other products, including our flagship online Reader. You can see many examples of our past work on our website (www.soapbox.co.uk/digital). Our other specialisms include branding, editorial, animation and strategic communications consulting.

We expect all our staff to act autonomously and take responsibility for their own projects – with support when they need it, of course – so they can feel a personal sense of accomplishment when we successfully complete a piece of work. We look after our people and they tend to stay with us. We have an informal all-agency meeting via video conference each week and there’s a calendar of staff events across the year, including a summer picnic and Christmas walk.

We have two studios – one with stunning views over the City and East End in Whitechapel, and the other on the banks of the Avon in the centre of Bath (this role can be based at either). Both studios have been fitted out to a high standard, with excellent social spaces.

If that sounds appealing, get in touch.

How to apply

Email your CV and a covering letter to jobs@soapbox.co.uk