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Either working within an agency team or in-house, directly for a business, you’ll often develop responsive websites, updates and modifications to existing sites. In addition, user testing and dealing with the odd client from time to time can be part of your role.

Why consider a career as a Front-End Developer?
Front-end Web Developers are always in demand and are very suited to creative problem solvers. Excellent career progression opportunities are also available within this path.

What a Front-End Developer career or job may entail…

With strong hand-coding skills, you'll be working with new code (often in an Agile and TDD environment) or you may be maintaining existing code. Core duties can include; skinning and personalising new ad formats based on user behaviours and data insights, creating dynamic land page builder, building search engine term optimised ads and landing page formats and a greenfield ad builder solution for banners and dynamic ads.

You often contribute to technical design discussions formulating your own ideas and experimenting with cutting edge tech. Specifically, you may work with HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript/jQuery, WordPress/CMS.

Typical role titles include
Front-End Developer
UI Developer
UX Developer
Web Developer
FE Developer

Career progression example
Senior Front-End Developer
Senior UI Developer    
Front-End Lead
Lead Developer
Head of Front-End Development

Salary Benchmarks
At an entry level, junior / graduate Front-End Developer professionals on average will be earning between £20k-£30k. At mid-level you’d be looking to earn £30k-£45k and seniors would be looking to earn £45k+.

Is it right for me? The skills it takes…
HTML | CSS (SASS/LESS) | JavaScript/jQuery | CMS (WordPress, Drupal etc) | Gulp/Grunt/NPM/Webpack | AJAX | JavaScript MVC (React, Vue, Angular, Node) | GIT | Adobe Suite | TDD | Agile.

What qualifications does it take?
A BSc/MSc degree in IT, computer science or computer engineering is often desirable but by no means essential.

 

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  • 22nd Oct

    Hot Jobs Full-Stack JavaScript Engineers

    — Popular GreenTech business

    Location:
    Bristol
    Type:
    Salary:
    £30K - £65K
    Work with React, React Native, TypeScript, NodeJS, GCP. Very experienced engineering team, work with the best! GreenTech business, sustainable software engineering. A very successful start-up with a mission of greening the planet is expanding their engineering team. They've been featured in Apple’s ‘app of the week’ with over 150,000 registrations having only launched 2.5 years ago. It’s a very exciting time to join, there’s lots of cool tech in the company and a very talented bunch of engineers to be connected to!  What experience you'll need Essential Proven background in JavaScript / TypeScript.  Modern front-end JavaScript library, ideally React.  Well-versed with NodeJS on the server-side. Desire to work in an agile, highly collaborative start-up environment. Desire to learn new tech and share your knowledge with the team. You will have tested your own code before. Desirable Knowledge of cloud-native development, preferably Google.  Experience with SQL databases. Use or knowledge of Microservices architecture. Any iOS or Android experience.       Any background using CI/CD. What you’ll be doing The technical challenges range from building and growing an online marketplace, as well as making improvements to digital visitor experience. The products are very much user-facing so an eye for usability is key. There is a mobile app and a bespoke web app – every developer is able to deliver entire vertical features from databases, deployments, services and the front-end. React and React Native are used on the front-end, backed by a GraphQL API implemented with NodeJS with Postgres running on Kubernetes. The development team has a tendency towards functional style of programming (with pair programming) and focus on testing, continuous integration and continuous delivery. You will be part of a team of full-stack engineers, with a high degree of autonomy across the full stack. What you’ll get in return for your talents You will receive a salary paying market rate (£30-65K based on exp) to start with, but you have all the other benefits alongside that – 25 days holiday, pension etc. but the softer benefits are great tech, free fruit, team socials/days out, central location, remote work, flat structure, self-directed autonomous working, machine learning, standing desks, pair programming, attend meet-ups (now online...) and hackathons etc. but you also get to work with a small, experienced team that has each other’s backs Bristol where you will learn from some of the best developers around. You get to choose your own equipment, and have budget for books, or whatever you need to do your job better. You will be part of a new company working with the latest tech on building a community with a positive impact on the planet. Also you have flexible working hours and the business are very remote friendly (core are 10-4). What’s next? If you’d like to apply or find out more just give Joe a call, or send in your CV to be considered! 
  • 19th Oct

    Hot Jobs Full Stack Developer (DevOps)

    — award-winning cloud product

    Location:
    Bristol (remote)
    Type:
    Salary:
    £40K - £50K
    Hybrid Development role, start-up culture. Fast growing business, expanding client base, award-winning platform. Fully remote role even after restrictions are lifted. An exciting Bristol based tech business are looking for a skilled Full Stack Developer with solid AWS/DevOps experience to deliver their established and highly successful platform to their ever-expanding client base. The business is doing incredibly well, having recently moved their product to the cloud and more than tripling their team over lockdown it’s a really exciting time to be joining them on their journey.  You will be working on a fully remote basis (bar the occasional trip to the office) even after the restrictions ease up. What you’ll need Proven background in Software Development using PHP. Experience working with JavaScript. Knowledge of modern JS libraries such as React & Typescript would be useful. Previous experience working in a DevOps environment using AWS. Knowledge of CloudFormation would be beneficial. Good working knowledge of Infrastructure as Code such as Ansible or Terraform is a bonus. Ability to implement & maintain DevOps best practices. Solid knowledge of OOP & SOLID principles. What you’ll be doing Joining a multi-disciplined & talented technical team your focus will be to deliver high-quality software for their award-winning cloud-based management platform. This is a brand-new role where your responsibilities will span across development and DevOps; they have just moved their product to the cloud and are looking to automate a lot of their processes going forward. Working closely with the wider dev team some of your responsibilities will include upgrading parts of their existing PHP codebase, setting up monitoring, build & deployment processes as well as implementing & maintaining CI/CD pipelines.  Using your expertise you will inform technical decisions from planning through to delivery. The culture is collaborative and everyone’s opinions are valued, you will be actively encouraged to contribute ideas and there’s real scope to grow in this role as a result. What you’ll get in return On top of a salary of up to £50K you will joining a fast-paced, dynamic yet relaxed environment with a company culture which is second-to-none. You will receive a generous benefits fund to tailor your benefits package to suit you on top of a number of voluntary benefits such as cycle to work scheme & give as you earn, a competitive pension scheme, 27 days annual leave including your birthday off, wellness programmes and more.  What’s next? Sound good? Get in touch with Ellen now! 01179 269 530 / ellen@adlib-recruitment.co.uk.
  • 30th Oct

    Junior PHP Developer

    — innovative saas platform

    Location:
    Bath/remote
    Type:
    Salary:
    £25K - £30K
    Supportive yet autonomous working environment? Exciting project pipeline. Fun team, excellent training, remote working. A Bath based SaaS business with a global client base is looking for a PHP Developer to join them and work on their innovative cloud-based marketing platform. The business is very culture-driven and already have a fantastic team in place. They’re looking for someone who isn’t afraid to bring fresh ideas to the table and enthusiasm for the role. With an excellent training budget there’s real scope for progression here, making it a great place for a developer with a few years’ experience to succeed.   What skills you’ll need Proven experience developing with PHP. Experience of UI/UX is highly desirable. Front-End capability using HTML, CSS, JavaScript/JQuery would be a bonus. Good working knowledge of LESS, Sass, Bootstrap. Experience of GIT. An ability to maintain clear documentation. What you’ll be doing As a PHP Developer your main focus will be to support the development of the business’ cloud-based platform. Your day-to-day will include maintaining the core product software, developing new functionality where necessary. Working closely with the Senior Developers, Project teams and Support you’ll need to be able to communicate with the wider business effectively, explaining tech to non-tech. You’ll be able to work well in an autonomous environment with good documentation skills. The team in place already are great – they’re great fun and love exploring new tech. You’ll be encouraged to contribute to all aspects of the project. What you’ll get in return You’ll receive a competitive salary (£25K-30K), remote working, flexible hours, pension scheme, excellent training and scope for progression. Further, you’ll be joining a friendly & tight-knit team in an autonomous environment where you’ll be encouraged to explore & implement new ideas. What’s next? Like the sound of this one? Send your CV to Ellen (ellen@adlib-recruitment.co.uk) now or call 01179 269 530 for immediate consideration.
  • 29th Oct

    QA Engineer

    — EdTech software specialists

    Location:
    Bristol
    Type:
    Salary:
    £20K-£25K
    Automation, creating test scripts, support from senior testers. Fast-growing, progressive successful software house, R&D focus. Fully remote for now, remote onboarding and training. An exciting opportunity for a QA Tester has arisen with a hugely successful company who produce some very smart software, including SAAS, for a variety of businesses, but predominantly in the EdTech sector. Would you like to join a group of talented testers and developers who are in an incredibly strong position due to their well-crafted products and dedicated client base? If so, this could be right for you. What skills you'll need Proven commercial experience of website testing. Test case generation, creating manual test scripts etc. UAT testing experience. Experience of automation tools such as Selenium would be ideal. ISTQB Foundation Level Qualified. Strong verbal and written communication skills. Competent technical skills. Strong analytical skills, attention to detail and be a self-motivated. Knowledge of testing PHP based systems would be advantageous. What you'll be doing Working closely with a team of 6 highly skilled testers, you'll be testing a variety of web applications, websites and mobile for some top clients and brands. You will be able to show your attention to detail, problem solving skills, good organisation and passion for technology in this role. You'll be involved in creating test plans, identifying & reporting any faults and taking ownership of the quality of the final product. You will be expected to contribute to the company culture of self-learning and knowledge sharing as well as looking to continuously improve company practices. This is an amazing opportunity giving you the chance to pick up vital skills for your future career and be nurtured incredibly well by senior testers in a team that feels like a family. What you'll get in return for your talents In return for your skills and hard work, you’ll be rewarded with a starting salary of up to £25K, a great package plus fantastic long term prospects as they have really big plans for the future. All remote for now, but they have a fantastic working environment with a smart central office, an Agile/Scrum approach and a strong focus on learning and development including the opportunity to pursue courses, certification and tech conferences.  You'll get to be involved with regular online events plus Friday beers, table football, regular socials, so this really is a brilliant, friendly and hardworking team to be a part of - they are really proud of what they produce, always sharing skills and ideas and constantly striving to produce their best software solutions yet. What's next? If this sounds like the right opportunity for you, apply now to Tareek for more info (01179 269 530).
  • 29th Oct

    Software Implementer

    — EdTech software specialists

    Location:
    Bristol
    Type:
    Salary:
    £23K-£30K
    Very fast-growing EdTech software specialist. Innovative product to implement UK wide. Significant career development opportunities. Fantastic opportunity to join a top software business with offices in Bristol as a Software/Product Implementer. This well-established EdTech software specialist is having a really successful year and are looking to grow significantly. They’re looking for a talented Implementer to understand their products fully and deliver tailored implementation plans to clients across the country. What skills you’ll be needing Product or software implementation experience, if you’ve been an application support engineer training or helping customers with support issues this role could potentially suit you. Able to relate to and enthuse technical and non-technical people, employees and customers on a suite of products. Have a positive approach to learning new things, troubleshooting potential issues and to help provide solutions. Have a friendly, keen and engaging approach to implementation whilst staying abreast of product updates. What you’ll be doing You’ll carry out requirements gathering, implementation and training work streams within a project on time and budget whilst maintaining high client satisfaction. Contribute to planning project activities and provide logistical support as well as working directly with the client to create and administer the implementation project. You’ll have the confidence to lead requirements gathering sessions and translate them into the specific product. Maintaining documentation such as updates to user guides and FAQs will be expected of you. You’ll lead and assist in product configuration, testing and user training as well as working closely with project managers to support the client needs throughout the project. You’ll help improved communication between the client, Account Managers and Support Team as well as be an advocate for the business, by providing a high-quality service at all times. What you’ll get in return for your talents In return for your skills and hard work, you’ll be rewarded with a starting salary of up to £25-30K, a great package plus fantastic long-term prospects as they have really big plans for the future. They have a fantastic working environment with a smart central office, an Agile/Scrum approach and a strong focus on learning and development including the opportunity to pursue courses, certification and tech conferences. In addition, there’s structured career development for everyone with regular meetings, a company pension, retail discounts, company socials, free drinks and fruit all as a friendly and hardworking team to be a part of.  What’s next Think this is you? Send in your CV to Tareek now (01179 269 530).
  • 29th Oct

    Head of Technology

    — EdTech software providers

    Location:
    Bristol
    Type:
    Salary:
    £70K-£80K
    Fully remote for now with the option to use their office if preferred. Thriving EdTech company with a clear and realistic growth plan. Leading teams of QA’s, Dev’s, BA’s and Designers. I’m helping good friends of ours in the EdTech space find a Head of Technology to manage and energise teams across QA, Development, Design and Business Analytics. Collectively, they produce some seriously smart software using Symfony, React & Vue to name a few and despite being a fairly young company, they’re roughly 40 strong with a clear 8-year growth plan. If you desire being part of a company where you can have a real impact and positive influence on moving forward, then this could be the one for you. What experience you'll need Managing teams of analysts, designers, developers, test automation engineers, and sysops engineers. Consulting senior-level stakeholders across the organisation. Ability to match the right technology to the functional requirements. Assessing the business impact that certain technical choices may have. Creating and embedding processes and standards for selection, implementation, and support of systems. Providing direction, guidance, and training to staff. Continually researching current and emerging technologies and proposing changes where needed or desirable. Proactively helping to identify and resolve difficult technical issues. Providing Software Architecture guidance to the product teams, assessing in place design and proposing solutions to improve it. Overviewing current infrastructure, including AWS Cloud infrastructure, and CI/CD pipelines. Facilitating cross-collaboration and knowledge sharing between departments and teams. Managing external software service providers. Ensuring compliance with company’s ISO27001 processes and policies. What you'll be doing To fit into the culture you must be ambitious, dedicated and innovative when it comes to seeking out better ways of creating software, plus you’ll have a true passion for technology and making things work well. You’ll be managing and further developing the teams, both internal and external, that are responsible for developing, testing, releasing, running, and maintaining their growing suite of software applications. As well as establishing policies, processes and procedures that produce high-quality software, you’ll also be driving the overall direction for the organisation's architecture and software development practice. You’ll have your say heard and respected by being given the opportunity every month to work collaboratively with the other heads of the business to jointly deliver against business objectives. What you'll get in return for your talents In return for your skills and hard work, you’ll be rewarded with a starting salary of up to £80K, a great package plus fantastic long-term prospects as they have a clear and realistic 8-year growth plan in place. They have a fantastic family-like working environment with a smart central office, an Agile/Scrum approach and a strong focus on learning and development including the opportunity to pursue courses, certification and tech conferences.  You'll get to be involved with regular hackathons and regular socials all within a friendly and hardworking team to be a part of.  They are really proud of what they produce, always sharing skills and ideas and constantly striving to produce their best software solutions yet. Also, to note, they have a genuine no-blame culture. What's next Think it’s for you? Get your CV across now to Tareek for more information (tareek@adlib-recruitment.co.uk 01179 269 530).
  • 29th Oct

    Senior Android Developer

    — Native Android & Java

    Location:
    Nottingham
    Type:
    Salary:
    Up to £50,000
    Mission-led wellness/ health tech company Super exciting future projects Fun culture with away-days and socials Our client, a well-established health tech app is currently looking for a Senior Android developer to join the team. With over 400,000 monthly active users and 3 million registered members this is an exciting, fast-paced business that is always striving to achieve more within its apps. What you'll be doing You will be taking the lead on all things Android, including supporting/ managing a mid-weight Android Developer. You will have your finger on the pulse around the latest technologies within mobile and come forward with fun and interesting ideas as well as delivering on pipeline projects and upgrades. This is a small team of sociable people so enjoying interacting with others and being sociable is important. What experience you’ll need to apply 5 years Android development experience Strong Native Android development experience Strong Java programming skills Agile Test Driven Development experience Experience with JSON, HTML, CSS, Jquery Knowledge of design and architectural patterns Ability to build advanced features within Android Ability to code the entire structure from registration to payment systems according to the specifications provided by the UX Designer Connect to backend services using RESTful APIs Understanding of Android Design Principles and interface guidelines Experience working in a team and an ability to work with technical and non-technical colleagues To develop unit testing across the existing App Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, on your own initiative and lead if and when necessary Solving any issues promptly and efficiently and a positive can-do attitude What you’ll get in return for your experience Salary up to £50,000 (dependant on experience) plus lots of extras like healthcare and company away weekends & socials. Really nice, recently refurbished offices (for when life returns to some realm of normality) What’s next? Please apply with your CV, or get in contact with Sophie Creese on 0117 926 9530
  • 29th Oct

    Front-End Developer (React)

    — renowned creative agency

    Location:
    Bath / remote
    Type:
    Salary:
    £28K - £45K
    Pioneering digital specialist, emerging tech and passionate team. Work with a close-knit team on a wide range of platforms (work with AR, VR & AI). Develop impressive interactive websites, applications, games and APIs. Top digital solutions provider in Bath with a reputation for innovation and creativity are seeking a talented Front-End Developer with solid React experience to join their growing team. You’ll be joining them on a fully remote basis initially with the view to stay largely home-based after restrictions lift. If you're a Front-End Developer with a real interest in a range of cutting-edge digital technologies and are looking to push your career further, then this could be the one for you! What skills you'll be needing Proven background in Front-End Development using HTML, CSS & JavaScript. Significant experience using React. An understanding of JavaScript animation would be good. Experience using modern software workflow tools - GitHub, Gulp, SASS. Ability to accurately scope projects and use your initiative on them. Comfortable using Photoshop to create front end templates. Ideally you will be flexible with the technologies you use - you could end up picking up Node.js, React Native, Unity, Kotlin, Swift, AR, VR, AI and more! You must supply an online portfolio of work. What you'll be doing Working within a close team, you'll be developing interactive websites, applications, games and APIs for their client base all over the UK. As they are creative agency, you will be comfortable using Photoshop to create all their front-end templates. Your input will be needed as you will be able to accurately scope projects and help get across the time that will be needed to complete said project. You'll work closely with the other developers ensuring consistent high-quality code that is tested and reviewed to the highest standard. This agency is always looking to work with new and innovative tech and evolving all the time. You will have the opportunity to learn all the hottest programming languages, various other tools, best agile methods and work with people who are highly-skilled specialists in what they do. What you'll get in return for your talents You'll have a competitive salary (£28 to £55k), a pension scheme, very generous holiday allowance, good training scheme, free coffee/drinks, flexible and remote working options within a great culture. You will work with some of the best tech on the market and have the opportunity to keep up to date with all the emerging software. There are great opportunities for progression and with growing teams there will be the chance to move into management/mentor roles. What's next Interested? Then please send in your CV and examples to Ellen for more information.  
  • 29th Oct

    WordPress Developer

    — awesome creative agency

    Location:
    Bath/remote
    Type:
    Salary:
    £28K - £45K
    Pioneering digital specialist, emerging tech and passionate team. Work with a close-knit team on a wide range of platforms (pick up React.js and more). Develop impressive interactive websites, applications, games and APIs. Highly innovative digital solutions provider in Bath with a reputation for creativity are seeking a talented WordPress Developer to join their growing team. They’re currently working on a remote basis and are looking to keep that going even after restrictions lift.  If you're a Developer with CMS (WordPress/Drupal etc) experience and are looking to push your career further using emerging tech, then this could be the one for you! What skills you'll need Responsive HTML/CSS. JavaScript - ES6, jQuery is fine but they also work with React.js. Experience using modern software workflow tools - GitHub, Gulp, SASS. Comfortable using Photoshop to create front end templates. Back-End Development experience using PHP. Working knowledge of JavaScript animation such as Greenstock would be a bonus. Ideally you will be flexible with the technologies you use - you could end up picking up Node.js, React Native, Unity, Kotlin, Swift, AR, VR, AI and more! You must supply an online portfolio of work. What you'll be doing Working within a close team, you'll be developing interactive websites, applications, games and APIs for their client base all over the UK. As they are creative agency, you will be comfortable using Photoshop to create all their front-end templates. Your input will be needed as you will be able to accurately scope projects and help get across the time that will be needed to complete said project. You'll work closely with the other developers ensuring consistent high-quality code that is tested and reviewed to the highest standard. This agency is always looking to work with new and innovative tech and evolving all the time. You will have the opportunity to learn all the hottest programming languages, various other tools, best agile methods and work with people who are highly-skilled specialists in what they do. What you'll get in return  You'll have a competitive salary (£28k to £45k), a pension scheme, very generous holiday allowance, good training scheme, free coffee/drinks, working within a great culture and also excellent working location within a beautiful city centre. You will work with some of the best tech on the market and have the opportunity to keep up to date with all the emerging software. There are great opportunities for progression and with growing teams there will be the chance to move into management/mentor roles. What's next Interested? Then please send in your CV and examples to Ellen for more information.
  • 28th Oct

    Front End Drupal Developer

    — 2 Month Initial Contract

    Location:
    Remote + Bristol
    Type:
    Salary:
    Up to £300 p/day
    Remote Working. Up to £300 p/day. Drupal Front End Development. 2 month initial contract opportunity, for a Drupal Developer to work for an interesting, tech focussed business.   What you'll be doing Working for a rapidly expanding, specialist tech company, based from your home office - remote working with no requirement to go onsite at this stage. What experience you'll need to apply for this role Drupal (Expert). HTML/CSS/JavaScript(Advanced). React (Desirable). What you'll get in return for your experience The daily rate is up to £300 p/day, however, all quotes from suitable candidates will be considered. What's next? Please apply with your most up-to-date CV and I will be in touch to discuss further.
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  • Enjoying a period of high growth CGI were looking to expand their technology team at pace and required an agency that would not only find the right talent, but also support the development of their employer brand. 
  • To achieve this, we introduced CGI to our tech community partners, helping them to raise their profile in the developer community, placing them solidly on the map as an employer of choice for developers and wider technology people. 
  • Through our consultative approach, we provided market guidance and knowledge, along with a comprehensive resourcing campaign that resulted in the successful hire of several hard to fill vacancies, from Developers to Solution Architects. 

“ADLIB have been a huge help throughout a very busy year of growth here at CGI. Not only have they supported with live requirements, they have also provided valuable market information throughout the year which has in turn supported with our hiring decisions and future growth plans.”

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  • As a fast growing business, Immersive Labs needed to work with a recruiter that was able to get to the heart of their culture to deliver hard to find technology expertise. Step forward ADLIB's technology recruitment team. Through our in-depth knowledge of the local candidate market skilled in JavaScript libraries such as React and Ruby on Rails and our ability to find the right personality match, we quickly identified the talent required and all in line with critical business timings.
  • With more and more companies hunting out similar skill sets, a major contributor to the success of the campaign was them being a business with a culture for R&D, cutting edge technology, highly competitive salaries & benefits and the opportunity to be part of a tech-first and people focused culture.

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