Substrakt vacancy: Front-end developer (and digital designer)

Author: Andy Hartwell

£30 – £40k (depending on skills and experience)

Ideally based at our Birmingham studio (but will consider London)

Monday to Friday, 9 – 5

Substrakt is a digital agency with studios in Birmingham and London. We make websites and interactive applications for museums, galleries, theatres, arts centres and other visitor attractions in Europe and North America Our clients include Shakespeare’s Globe, Birmingham Hippodrome, Royal Court Theatre, Canadian Museum of Nature, English National Opera, American Repertory Theater, Nottingham Theatre Royal & Concert Hall and The Bridge Theatre among others.

We are looking for a talented front-end developer to join our team. The ideal candidate will also have an interest and experience in digital design.

At Substrakt we aim to foster an ambitious, supportive and collaborative working environment. We don’t believe in unnecessary hierarchies and distractions, our focus is on enabling the delivery of the best quality work possible. As well as sending staff to conferences and industry events, everyone has a book allowance and a Code School account. We value our staff and want to support their ambitions and professional development.

You will also get 25 days annual leave (plus bank holidays) and we are always open to flexible working hours.

You’ll be joining a passionate, committed and knowledgeable team of developers and UX designers. We’re actively involved in the community and always looking to open source aspects of our codebase. You will be joining the company at an exciting time of real growth and opportunity.

We plan our projects without getting bogged down in management terminology, so you’ll get to design and write code straight away. However, we will expect you to have a clear handle on defining technical requirements and a keen eye for user-experience and user-interface.

You will need to have:

  • A good working knowledge of Sass
  • A good command of semantic HTML
  • At least a basic knowledge of JavaScript / jQuery

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You are a competent digital designer, having planned and designed medium sized websites (rather than mobile apps).

You are confident in producing greybox wireframes, high fidelity designs (We use Sketch, it would be great if you did too) and design rationale that details your decision-making to our clients. For this reason a good command of English is essential.

You design with the considerations and constraints of the web, and a CMS in mind.

You design in a modular way, thinking about components/design systems as well as pages.

An interest in arts and culture (preferred but not essential).

At Substrakt:

Please contact Andy, Managing Director ( with details of your experience, a link to your portfolio and a link to code that you have written and that you are proud of. Either send us a public git link (eg GitHub or BitBucket) or contact us and we can organise looking at a private repository. We promise we won’t share. (If you’re unable to show us examples of your code, we’ll set you a small technical task to test your coding expertise).

Substrakt is an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from all suitably qualified people regardless of their race, gender, disability, religion, sexual orientation or age.

No agencies please.

Deadline for applications: Monday 11th June 2018.