Hello, this is Ben Lattimore from Lattimore and Friends and we are looking for our first junior web developer to join us!
So, who are you?
You’ll be friendly, with a keen eye for design and some initial coding ability. We definitely aren’t looking for computer science graduates - we’re looking for a genuine junior who brings a base level of knowledge and the enthusiasm to learn.
Indeed, you don’t even need to have a degree at all. Perhaps you smashed through all the courses on Codecademy or Treehouse, perhaps you did one of those 8/10/12/15 week crash courses, perhaps you did it the old school way with books from the library. However you got here, we want to take you further. It should also be said here that we’d be so stoked to give more women and/or those from other backgrounds their first step into tech.
So, who are we?
We work with some of London’s most exciting creative, branding and communications agencies, providing them with the best possible WordPress experience (amongst other languages).
We have a unique way of working that allows us to deliver great value and at the same time, maintain amazing quality.
We’re growing rapidly and need our first full-time developer to help us out.
So, what will you do?
There are two parts to this role, which overlap and should keep you engaged and supercharge your learning.
1.) Code yourself
We always finish and refine our projects here in London and it is at this point you can spread your coding wings. You’ll be making final changes to the front-end, doing various WordPress fixes and improvements and generally tackling myriad problems via code. You will have gone through our in-house WordPress training course before doing this, don’t worry!
In addition, you will be supported to deliver your own projects - all the way from development of the front-end templates (HTML, SASS/CSS, jQuery) to the WordPress back-end.
Once you are ready, you will also go in-house with our clients for 1-3 days at a time to deliver the most critical phase - the in-house refining and finishing, working closely with the original designers. This will be a challenge for you but you will not be expected to jump into this deep-end until you feel confident.
2.) Work with our Project Manager to ensure all our projects have quality code
From day one, you will work closely with our Project Manager (a trained Full Stack Developer) to help guide our team of great distributed developers as needed. When asked, you will help ensure the end results matches the designs, use your front-end skills to offer thoughts and improvements and ultimately to read and check the code coming back to us. This will be challenging but you’ll be given loads of support and we can assure you that, hard as it is, reading other people’s code is one of the best ways to learn development yourself.
So, what do you need?
We need three things from you:
1.) Some coding ability
Bring your HTML, CSS and perhaps some basic jQuery with you
If you know some SASS (or can learn this before you start), that’s even better
If you have tinkered with some WordPress theme files in the past, that’s awesome but not at all required
2.) An eye for design
The biggest complaint we hear from our clients is that websites, once developed, rarely look like the original design. This is a nuisance at best and a business-threatening problem at worst. We’re proud that our most common feedback is how accurate we are to designs and how we work hard to work with designers - and offer them thoughts on how to get the most from their designs.
You need to value and understand great design, even if you couldn’t design it yourself - taste is what we are after!
3.) Be a people person
Developers have a reputation for being anti-social and a bit unfriendly. We aim to build strong relationships, even friendships, with our clients.
Do people call you charming? Funny, witty? Great to have around? If so, you’ll be a great fit. It’s so much easier to train a chatty, friendly person how to code than to try and make an ornery developer into a pleasure to be around.
After 6 months or so, you’ll be let loose upon our clients and spending time in their offices. You should be a fun, engaging and friendly presence (who impresses with your hard-work and diligence too) for the day or so you are there. You should be slightly missed when you’re not around.
So, what do you get?
The London Living Wage (£10.20 p/h), working out to £21,500 annual salary
A MacBook Air
A great place to work in our WeWork in Shoreditch, with its free coffee, tea, biscuits, beer and free events and activities like yoga.
As can be expected, personal development is hugely important to us - especially as the founder was a self-taught developer - so you will be given the following:
A paid subscription to your choice of learning platform e.g. Treehouse, Udemy, etc
The time and support to work on personal web development projects to help you maximise your learning. This could be a bespoke blog for a friend (or yourself!), to a simple web app to anything and everything in between. Make sure to bring some of these ideas to the interview.
So, what do you need to do now?
A proposed start date is Monday 14th January but do let us know if another date would work best.
We’ll be holding interviews on a rolling basis until we find the right person, but we will aim to have a lot in the first week of January, so try and keep those days free.
In your application, do send over:
A brief description of how you got into coding and what you have used to learn thus far
Send over an example of a website with great design, and explain why
Any examples of your web work thus far
Salary range £21,500 — 21,500
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