Senior Frontend Engineer | Tech Product | London | £70,000+

Senior Frontend Engineer | Tech Product | London | £70,000+

We’re looking for a Senior Frontend Engineer with excellent Javascript skills to join an internationally diverse, sociable, dynamic team with a clear vision and strategy.

You’ll join the Product and Engineering team where every decision made is with the customer at its core. You’ll be expected to constantly ask yourself, ‘will our clients benefit from this?’

As a Senior Frontend Engineer you’ll need commercial experience with the following technologies:

  • Javascript
  • React
  • Jest & TDD
  • Chrome Dev Tools
  • CSS 3
  • HTML 5
  • Git
  • npm / yarn
  • Webpack

Would be great if you had an interest in or are familiar with:

  • React Hooks
  • Typescript
  • React Testing Library, Cypress
  • Storybook
  • GraphQL, Apollo

You’ll be responsible for ensuring our client continue to deliver a world-class user experience for their customer’s, other key responsibilities might include :

  • implementing prototypes to ensure a fast feedback loop when collaborating with designers, product managers and customers
  • managing and maintaining our UI component library
  • managing our styling architecture
  • collaborate with design on ideation and redesign of components
  • pairing with our engineering team
  • interested in transitioning your design-oriented background towards a more engineering focussed role

This is a great opportunity to join a fast-paced business with lots of room for creative freedom. They offer flexible working, including parent-friendly working hours, flexible hours, working from home days and £1000 annual self-development budget. 

If this sounds a great to you as it does to me, please get in touch ASAP! Call Jordan on 07858973473 or email Jordan@lewishollings.com 

LHR – Lewis Hollings Recruitment is a dynamic recruitment business passionate about matching fantastic technology professionals with great companies. We have an excellent network and understanding of the industry, with a particular focus on the niche and modern technologies in the world of Front-End & Javascript Development.

Front-end Developer (Angular) | eCommerce | London | c£70,000

Front-end Developer (Angular) | eCommerce | London | c£70,000

Are you looking for the opportunity to join a great business and make your mark, helping to take an already leading eCommerce site to the next level? 

We’re looking for a Front End Developer to join a fantastic technology team. 

You’ll work with an Angular 7 codebase, utilising Typescript, Pug, SCSS, Jest (for Unit/Integration tests), Cypress (E2E tests) & AWS, backend by APIs to our Ruby on Rails platform. 

The technology team complete many projects such as UI/UX improvements. CMS management, performance improvements, deeper analytics and integration of the latest SEO and testing techniques. Alongside developing for our three international sites, you’ll be able to work with other teams – from building Slack bots, using serverless technologies, infrastructure, integrations into other systems and playing with the cutting edge tech during our regular hack-days. We love to share our ideas on our blog and at meetups/conferences. 

We are looking for someone with a passion for frontend technologies coupled with at least 2 years commercial experience using Angular (4+ or JS), TypeScript, and previous experience of bringing user-centred product design into production. 

You’ll need knowledge of current and emerging front end technologies, in particular, single-page applications, gained as a frontend (or full-stack) developer, ideally on a customer-facing product. 

The role will involve working with RESTful APIs and ideally, you have contributed to the design of new APIs. 

You’ll be able to demonstrate how you can build great user experiences, favouring simple and easy-to-use UIs, and take a mobile-centric approach that stretches beyond responsive design to concerns such as performance and scale-ability. 

This role represents a fantastic opportunity for you to play a leading part in delivering the product and technology roadmap, and ensuring optimum technical approaches are chosen. This will mean writing, reviewing and supporting code, taking ideas from requirements to production code, and being responsible for quality at every step along the way, whether it’s testability, UX or architecture. 

If you are a Front-end Developer with Angular skills and experience who would thrive in an informal, startup environment where everyone is friendly and sociable, with regular company-wide events and you like the sound of working with developers of all skill levels, using code reviews, pair programming and other techniques to improve the team as a whole then please get in touch ASAP! 

Call Jordan on 07858973473 or email Jordan@lewishollings.com 

LHR – Lewis Hollings Recruitment is a dynamic recruitment business passionate about matching fantastic technology professionals with great companies. We have an excellent network and understanding of the industry, with a particular focus on the niche and modern technologies in the world of Front-End & Javascript Development.

Hiring Contractors? Looking for a Contract role?

Are you a client who hires contractors into your Tech or Product teams?

Do you know what your contractor margins are? Do you know what percentage of the day rate goes to the recruiter and how much the candidate is actually getting?

Are you a candidate who has been negotiated down hard on your day rate? Did you feel like the recruiter would say anything to get you to drop that extra £20 or £50 per day?

Coupled with 15 years of tech recruitment experience, we have a completely transparent commission of just £50 per day here at LHR.

This means we regularly save clients 100’s sometimes 1000’s of pounds per month in comparison to other recruiters.

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Working with LHR means clients get the same quality contractor at a fraction of the fee and Candidates get to work on the same great gig but without the car boot sale type bartering and maybe end up with extra cash too!

Need a contractor? Looking for your next contract? Call us now on 07858973473.

 

What do you want from a recruiter?

Everyone knows businesses need to stand out, go the extra mile and offer something more than their competitors to thrive. The recruitment market is tough and we don’t have the best reputation (!) so building trustworthy relationships is a priority for me.

A couple of months ago I decided to try to get even more involved with the Ruby market and build on my knowledge of the sector by attending a developer event. I really enjoyed it, although of course most of the tech chat went over my head! I very deliberately didn’t approach anybody with “sales patter” nor did I make it obvious I was a recruiter.

In the days following the event I did what I believe to be the normal stuff, followed the speakers on Twitter, tweeted to say I enjoyed it etc and I also tagged a few attendees and speakers into a tweet, nothing salesy or opinionated and certainly not asking for business. To my surprise, I received quite a bit of push back and negativity. I received one message from a client (and speaker) I’d love to work with saying my interest and excitement in the event was making him “uncomfortable” and I should delete the tweets.

This was pretty tough to take, so it led me to wonder ‘what do people want from a recruiter’? Is fact-finding, knowing your market and increasing your knowledge important or not?

So, what do you want from a recruiter? I would love to hear your views and opinions….

Ruby on Rails Developer | R&D | Oxfordshire | £65,000 + Bonus & Options

Ruby on Rails Developer | R&D | Oxfordshire | £65,000

Fantastic “out of London” client is keen to hire a Senior Ruby Developer. Work from home options + Bonus + Options (Pre IPO)

If you are a Senior Ruby Developer based in Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Berkshire or Buckinghamshire who is keen to build innovative technology with great colleagues without having to travel into London every day please read on…

LHR looking for a Ruby on Rails Developer to join a leading R&D company in Oxford. This is a great opportunity for a Senior Ruby on Rails Developer looking to work on challenging projects with an incredible company.  

The Role  

As the Ruby on Rails Developer, you’ll be working on the front end of my client’s complex web applications. This is a senior role within the company so the Ruby on Rails Developer will have a great opportunity to contribute to wider strategy and architecture, as well as mentoring Junior Developers.  

The Company  

A local success story, the Ruby on Rails Developer will be joining an incredible research and development company who are at the forefront of their field. You’ll be joining during a period of growth, so the opportunities for your role moving forwards are huge! 

What’s Required?

For this Ruby on Rails Developer position, we’re looking for a Senior Developer with significant previous experience developing web applications using RoR.

We’re ideally looking for experience with the following:

  • Strong background coding with Ruby on Rails
  • Experience with other open source languages such as PHP, Python and JavaScript will be beneficial
  • Previous experience building complex web applications, such as e-commerce systems, would be great  

For more details please call 07858973743 and send a copy of your CV to Jordan@lewishollings.com

Happy Candidate Alert!

It was lovely of Zenon to leave this recommendation for Jordan earlier today.

“It’s a real pleasure working with Jordan. He has been quite professional, honest, patient and eager to help with anything. He shows real interest in his clients and actually listens to them. He is without a doubt one of the best recruiters I’ve encountered so far and I highly recommend him.”

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Ruby Tech Team Lead. Payments Industry. London. £75k + Equity

Our client, a B2B payment company powered by blockchain technology are looking to hire a Ruby Engineering team in London, starting with a Tech Team Lead.

This is a really exciting opportunity to join a young company and make a massive impact in a business backed by leading VCs in the payment space and with a presence in the UK and the US!

The perfect candidate will be a Senior Developer keen to stay hands-on and Lead a small team.

Technical Experience:

  • Ruby on Rails
  • Javascript and/or Coffeescript (Backbone, React)
  • Relational databases (RDS, Postgres)
  • AWS (EC2, OpsWorks)
  • Background workers (Resque)

We need an experienced software engineer with a track record of executing & delivery on challenging projects. The best candidates will be comfortable working closely with business & product teams to determine the project road map.

Ideally you’ll have previous experience leading small sized engineering teams

Qualifications & Experience:

  • Previous team leadership experience
  • Full stack web application experience
  • Working knowledge of Rails and at least one front end framework
  • Unit and end to end testing experience
  • Experience building web APIs
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience building production-deployed web applications

To learn more about this or any of our Ruby opportunities please call 07858973473 or email your CV to CV@lewishollings.com

Playing The Long Game

I wrote a blog a while back and mentioned the need for clients and candidates to work with a specialist recruiter. I’ve always believed niche and specialist is the way forward but never really been brave enough to be one. I’ve been a recruiter for 17 years and always worked the technology markets, predominantly with Web Developers, but never specialised in a particular technology for any length of time.long-road-478155_1920

Niche recruitment agencies & consultants have a clear advantage over general recruitment agencies.

They specialise, don’t try to cater to everyone and know their market, which is why I believe they deliver superior service to clients & candidates. I no longer see a benefit of working across a wider market – there may seem to be more opportunities, but the reality is it is much harder to develop specialist knowledge in a large sector and long-term you’ll make fewer placements and add far less value.

I have always liked the security of having lots of clients who needed people and several ‘live vacancies’. The problem was they didn’t become placements. Placements I made were down to graft and luck rather than science or intelligent recruitment. I’d start every assignment from scratch and be working on 7 or 8 different types of roles at one time.

I’m now a specialist, I only work within the Front-end & Javascript technology space. This allows me to really know my market and have my finger on the pulse. But it also means I have had to learn to say NO to new business from other markets, a daunting prospect for a small company. However, it’s been the best decision I ever made and in truth, I should have made it years ago.

Saying no to jobs I could probably fill in favour of new business, lead chasing, endless voicemails and emails nobody replies to sounds crazy but I’m “playing the long game“.

Recruitment these days is more about adding value than ever! I want to add more value to clients and candidates and I want to stay in the industry.

Focusing on a niche market, becoming a specialist, is about delivering the best quality service and adding value, which will lead to loyal customers and repeat business.

It’s a tough call for a small start-up because cash is king but nobody wants to be a flash in the pan either. Russell Clements, ex CEO of Computer Futures tells Roy Ripper in a podcast I listen to that all good recruiters should “Know their market” “Be an expert” and to “Be famous for something“. Intellectual curiosity makes a different!!

I love that I’m no longer purely motivated by filling vacancies. I’m more interested in building long term relationships with clients and candidates. Repeat business is what drives me and this suits my motivations and skill-set far better too!

Recruitment success is less about what we provide and much more about how we provide it. Finding a recruiter in London is easy, but finding an experienced professional who cares, who listens and someone you can trust is a little more difficult.

If you have any questions whatsoever, I’ll answer them openly and honestly without hesitation.

Give me a call.

Hopefully, talk soon,
Jordan – 07858 973 473