Junior Developer

Job description for the role of Junior Developer at:

Baxter & Bailey
The Colour Rooms
12 Richmond Parade
Brighton, BN2 9QD

This is the perfect opportunity for an ambitious and enthusiastic Junior Developer with 1-2 years professional experience to further their career in an exceptionally creative, successful and progressive Brighton-based design agency.

If you’re a digital thinker, innovator and doer looking to work for a purpose-led design agency in one of the UK’s most dynamic, creative and digitally ambitious cities, this one is for you.

Baxter & Bailey is a brand design agency. We’re a digitally focused, multi award-winning and ethically conscious team of eight. If you are motivated by the concept of design-for-good and have the relevant skills and experience – alongside being bright, meticulous, keen to learn and fun to work with – then we want to hear from you.

Brighton-based. Flexible terms. Salary range from £20,000 to £25,000 per annum, dependent on experience.

The company

Founded by Matt Baxter and Dom Bailey in 2012, we’re currently a team of eight people specialising in the areas of brand strategy, brand identity, brand communications and brand environments. We work for all kinds of clients in all kinds of sectors, but we’re perhaps best known for our work in arts and culture, charity and non-profit, higher education and publishing.

We’re here to do the work we believe in, for clients we admire. For us, that means brand-focused design and digital communications that make a tangible difference to audiences and a positive impact in the world.

We’ve been around long enough to know that really great things only happen when both studio and client share an ambition to create something of lasting value. The point is to do work that matters. Work you care about. Work you can look back on and feel proud of. If this sounds like you, we want to hear from you.


Job description and person specification: Guidance

This job description and person specification provides an overview of the role, responsibilities and the essential skills and experience required. It is not an exhaustive list of tasks.

The person specification provides a detailed list of the skills, knowledge, experience and attributes required to do the job.

Please provide detailed evidence and examples of how you meet the person specification in your written application. Feel free to list each one and provide relevant details of how you meet these requirements.

In addition to your CV, we very much want to understand why you want to work for Baxter & Bailey and how you will help us.


Job description

Key responsibilities:

Front end development (80%):

This post-holder has a key part to play in the digital capability and reputation of our agency and needs to be able to:

  • Support our full-time Front End developer and Digital Manager with coding on live project work
  • Communicate daily with the Digital Manager on project progress, updates and challenges
  • Contribute with smart thinking and ideas for live projects and project proposals
  • Stay tuned in on the latest developments in the digital world and self initiate your own research and learning to solve problems and learn new skills

Project management (20%):

  • Support the Digital Manager with project administration and research as requested and required
  • Communicate and collaborate effectively with our Account Director and Design Director as part of a wider team
  • Professional and polite spoken and written communication with our team and our clients
Person specification

Technical

Essential:

  • A solid understanding of semantic HTML
  • Knowledge of CSS and CSS preprocessors (we use SASS)
  • A strong grasp of JavaScript as a vanilla language and experience with jQuery
  • Confidence in PHP
  • Excellent design interpretation abilities
  • Wordpress theme development experience
  • An awareness of cross-browser development
  • Build tool configuration (NPM, Gulp, Webpack) and some familiarity with the command line
  • An awareness of W3C web standards, accessibility and performance and how your work affects these areas
  • Version control experience (GitHub/Bitbucket)

Desirable:

  • Proficiency in using AJAX to create smooth user experiences
  • Server configuration and management experience
  • An interest in modern JavaScript frameworks such as React or Vue
  • An interest in using Wordpress as a headless CMS
  • SVG animation experience (GSAP)
  • An interest in HTML canvas, Three.js or WebGL
  • Familiarity with Adobe XD
  • API integration experience
Project management

Essential:

  • Professional, punctual and polite
  • Good time-management skills. The post-holder needs to be able to work across several projects simultaneously
  • Prioritisation skills
  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to request support when appropriate
  • Good written and verbal communication skills with close attention to detail and accuracy being extremely important
  • Mac OS literate and experience in using iWork and Microsoft Office software suites

Desirable:

  • Familiarity with Adobe Creative Cloud suite of software
  • Some client experience e.g. contributing in meetings or presenting work
Personal qualities and skills

Essential:

  • Passionate about the digital world
  • Committed to continued personal-development
  • Receptive to new ideas
  • Ability to work effectively independently and as part of a team
  • Confident in own ability but smart enough to request help when its needed
  • A strong eye for detail

Desirable:

  • A strong eye for detail
  • A natural collaborator and problem solver
  • An appetite to develop new technical skills as well as existing ones, and capable of spotting opportunities to integrate learnings into live projects
  • Joined up thinking. You’re able to think steps ahead and anticipate potential issues that need to be communicated to the wider team at the earliest opportunity.
Equality and Diversity

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

To find out more about equality and diversity at Baxter & Bailey, please read our Equality and Diversity policy here.

What can I expect from others?

Mentoring

I can rely on the Digital Manager and the company Directors to support me in all aspects of my job. I understand that they are there to help me and that I should actively seek their knowledge and insight at key stages within a project. Their aim is to help me ensure the efficiency and quality of my work is the best it can be and to help further the prosperity of the company and my career. I expect my Digital Manager and the design team to collaborate with me to deliver outstanding digital communications professionally and efficiently. I expect team members to seek input and advice from me from time-to-time. I expect them to be a constant provider of new information and ideas which inspire me in relation to my job responsibilities.

Practical help and advice

I can rely on more experienced members of the company to help and advise me on my own personal development and ambition.

Company culture and benefits


25 days holiday. Included within this: The entire studio closes over the Christmas period, including Christmas Eve. A days holiday on your birthday (or nearest working day to it).

Access to the company Pension Plan.

Season ticket travel loan if required.

An all team studio lunch is provided every two weeks where we all eat and 
chat together.

Our 180 initiative gives each team member on rotation 180 minutes (0.5 day) to leave the studio to do something inspiring, different or new. They share the experience with the rest of the team on their return to work.

We have two annual all-team parties. One in the Summer and one in the Winter. Recent parties have involved beach volleyball, boule tournaments, ice-skating, zip wires and curling. All our parties involve drinks, dinner with the optional invitation to gigs, dancing and the occasional karaoke sing-off.

Our Monday morning meeting aims to get the week off to an energetic start. We brew some coffee and talk about inspiring stuff we’ve seen or done or what’s hot in the world of design, art, culture and sport. We find it’s a great team-focused way to start the week.

Interested?

If you are interested in this opportunity please contact us expressing why you’d like to work with Baxter & Bailey to idliketowork@baxterandbailey.co.uk

Applications close at 6pm on Tuesday 16th February 2021.

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