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Vacancy: Frontend Developer


Salary: £35,000-40,000 (depending on skills and experience) + benefits

Location: UK-based. Flexible/remote options are available – the role-holder needs to be based in the UK and spend at least 1 days a month in our Birmingham office (once pandemic restrictions are relaxed).

Working hours: Monday to Friday, (we’re happy to discuss flexible working hours, the majority of our clients have office hours of 10-6)

We have written this guide about what to expect if you’re thinking about applying for a job at Substrakt.

The deadline for applications is Monday 21st March 2022.


We are looking for a friendly, curious, enthusiastic Frontend Developer to join our team.

This person will be responsible for the frontend development of our website and digital product work, working closely with designers and analysts to ensure that our work delivers brilliant user experiences.

Why Join Substrakt?

At Substrakt we believe that arts and culture enriches lives and brings society together. We want to ensure that amazing cultural experiences can be enjoyed as widely as possible by harnessing the power of digital technology.

Substrakt creates digital solutions for cultural organisations. The types of organisations we work with include theatres, performing arts centres, music venues, museums, galleries, and performance groups in Europe and North America.

We work with some of the most exciting and interesting cultural organisations in the world including the National Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe, Santa Fe Opera, Royal Court Theatre, American Repertory Theater, Bridge Theatre, Malmö Live and Malmö Opera amongst many others. Read more about the work we do, and the people we work with.

We also provide consultancy services and training on analytics, digital strategy, ticketing, project management and digital community events.

By supporting organisations with their digital needs, we enable them to reach new and wider audiences so that arts and culture can be accessed and enjoyed by everyone.

Role description

The Frontend Developer will be responsible for turning the work produced by our design team into user-facing production code, and for maintaining and improving on our existing front-end builds.

They will work closely with designers, backend developers and analysts to ensure that we are delivering high-quality, performant user experiences. There are aspects of the role that are client facing, so we’re looking for someone who will enjoy working collaboratively with our clients.

Accessibility, usability and performance are all central priorities for us and the Frontend Developer will have an important role in ensuring our work meets and exceeds user expectations in these areas.

The ideal person has:

  • experience working in an agency environment
  • a very good understanding of HTML, CSS, and browser capabilities
  • a deep understanding of JavaScript, and cross-browser compatibility (we use vanilla, Vue.js, and jQuery)
  • a high working knowledge of CSS preprocessors (we use Sass with a BEM methodology), and bundling tools such as Gulp or Webpack
  • experience working with Git (and, ideally, GitLab)
  • a strong sense of code quality, longevity and flexibility
  • a solid understanding of scalability and user experience
  • an interest in the visual capabilities of code (particularly in the areas of interface animation and interaction)

Our Development Practices:

Life at Substrakt

At Substrakt we believe that work should be an enjoyable part of life and we put effort and resources into making this a reality for our team.

We have a friendly and supportive culture that enables our team to do their best work and develop their skills, we value curiosity, compassion and respect. We are selective about the clients we work with, so that we build rewarding relationships and work on exciting projects. When we say that we work with people we like, on projects we love we really mean it.

We invest in our employees and provide opportunities for them to grow. This includes formal training, going to industry conferences, and regular informal knowledge-sharing sessions such as our weekly demo and drink, and monthly Substrakt Sessions.

We have a great set of benefits as standard:

  • Fully flexible working patterns, agreed in advance and available from day 1, including part-time hours, condensed hours, flexible start and end times and 100% remote working. We’ll discuss this with you upfront, so you can feel comfortable knowing a role at Substrakt will give you the work life balance you want.
  • 25 days annual leave (plus public holidays) and no fixed holiday dates, so you can use your leave when it suits you. Plus, your holiday will increase by a day for every two years you are part of the team.
  • Enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption leave policies.
  • Free NHS cashback health plan – enabling employees to claim cashback on health costs such as dental treatment, scans, prescriptions and much more. Access to an employee assistance helpline, counselling, and accident cover is also included. The plan is also available for our employee’s partners and children.
  • Annual profit share scheme.
  • Annual allowance of £500 to spend on books, courses, conferences and training – anything that helps you build skills to thrive in your role – and 6 days off per year for you to focus exclusively on your professional development.
  • Monthly health and wellbeing allowance of £50 to spend on anything that helps you feel your healthiest and best self. This includes anything from hobbies, to the gym, to childcare, talking therapy, a donation to a cause you care about, entertainment, or a nice meal out!
  • Free weekly yoga classes
  • Free weekly Distrakt sessions where we play games, do quizzes and other things to unwind
  • Regularly bringing the team together for outings to theatres, galleries, historic sites and cultural events through our network of client partners.
  • Quarterly team lunches and a varied selection of optional, relaxed social events.

To apply…

Please contact our HR & Office Manager, Laura on with details of your experience, a link to some work you are proud of, and an outline of why you think you would be a good fit for this role.

We have written this guide about what to expect if you’re thinking about applying for a job at Substrakt.

Substrakt is an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from all suitably qualified people regardless of their ethnicity, gender, disability, religion, sexual orientation or age, read more about our Equity, Diversity and Inclusion vision.

We particularly encourage applications from groups under-represented in the design and tech sectors.

The deadline for applications is Monday 21st March 2022.