Front End Developer

England, Essex, Chelmsford
£39168.0 - £47405 per annum
22 Sep 2020
05 Oct 2020
Contract Type
Full time
Working pattern: Flexible working, full time, part time and job share will all be considered.

Who we are
Essex County Council's (ECC) reputation as an ambitious, progressive council has never been stronger. We continue to make Essex a thriving county to live, work and visit. ECC is one of the county's largest employers, with over 7,500 staff, providing many services including adults and children's social care, environmental, transport, education, planning and benefits.

The Service Transformation team is a new multi-disciplinary team. We're problem solvers. We take a user-centred approach to complex problems to help teams build good services that support the needs of Essex's residents and businesses.

You'll find an inclusive culture and a place where your opinion is valued. This role is based in Chelmsford (just 25 minutes by train from Stratford) but currently we are working remotely full time - there is the opportunity for remote working to continue in the future.

Who you are
You are an experienced developer with the confidence to champion agile, iterative digital products and work collaboratively to develop prototypes and implement designs based on evidence of user need.

What's in it for you?
This is a unique opportunity to join an ambitious team who are passionate about improving the user experience and outcomes for people in Essex. You'll break new ground in the sector and in doing so you'll further your own profile and career. You'll also help improve thousands of people's lives for years to come.

What you'll do
You will:
* champion agile, iterative digital products and proactively contribute to the team's open working practices and behaviours
* develop influential relationships with other technical staff, across ECC and the wider system, to understand their needs and influence an agile, user-centred digital approach
* seek out opportunities for change and improvement of the ECC approach to digital products, and to help engage services to embrace modern software practices
* lead colleagues from across the organisation to understand the importance of accessibility to digital services
* use quantitative and qualitative data to make decisions about how to improve the performance of digital services for residents
* work collaboratively with user researchers and interaction designers to create, iterate and communicate workable prototypes
* communicate ideas, explain technical decisions and building consensus with stakeholders including senior decision makers
* contribute new elements to the design system as and when additional service patterns are identified

Your Skills

* educated to RQF level 6 (Bachelor's degree) or equivalent by experience.
* evidence of continuing professional development and expert knowledge in relevant professional area
* extensive experience of modern frontend web technologies (HTML, CSS/Sass, Javascript and common libraries) and static website tools (i.e. Hugo, Jekyll, Gatsby)
* experience of using Git/Github for managing software projects
* experience of using headless content management systems (i.e. Contentful, Umbraco Heartcore)
* experience of agile ways of working
* experience of communicating new approaches in simple and accessible language to a wide range of audiences, including senior stakeholders and decision makers
* experience of balancing the needs of users with organisation priorities to make the right decisions and empowering teams to act upon them
* knowledge and practical application of the Government Service Standards, Government Accessibility Regulations (including the latest accessibility guidelines from the W3C) and Information Governance principles

Next steps

For more information, please visit the full advert on the Working for Essex website.

Interviews will take place on 14th or 15th October 2020.