1 December 2019

Kew, London

£35,000 p/a + benefits


Do you have a passion for delivering creative, user focused digital services to a global audience of millions? Would you enjoy working as part of a multi-disciplinary digital team to transform challenges into innovative solutions that balance user needs with business goals? If so, The National Archives would love to hear from you.

The National Archives is looking for an experienced front-end developer with strong design skills to help create outstanding digital services for their users. This is a key element of an ambitious vision to transform our digital services and open up access to 1,000 years of history.

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About the role

This is a Designer/Developer role within the Digital Services department, which is delivering the ambitions of our digital strategy to re-invent what it means to be an archive in the digital age. 

The National Archives has a track record of delivering high quality, innovative and ambitious digital services to diverse audiences. You will join a creative, motivated team, which embraces challenge and looks for opportunities to do things differently while always retaining a focus on quality, resilience, accessibility and inclusion.

Plans include Project Alpha – an entirely fresh envisaging of what The National Archives would create if they were to start completely anew with public facing digital services, as part of a new strategy, Archives for Everyone.

About you

You will have excellent front-end development skills (HTML5, CSS and JavaScript), and a passion for usability, accessibility, inclusion and progressive enhancement. You will thrive working collaboratively in a diverse multidisciplinary team and will be experienced working with Agile principles.

This is an opportunity to work with talented people from a broad range of specialisms - including designers, user researchers, developers and subject matter experts – all sharing a commitment to delivering the highest quality digital services to The National Archives' audiences.

To submit your application please click the 'Apply now' button on this page, where you will be asked to upload a CV and complete a statement of suitability. In your statement of suitability, please explain how you meet the criteria below. You may draw on knowledge, skills, abilities, experience gained from paid work, domestic responsibilities, education, leisure interests and voluntary activities. Please note selection for interview will largely be based on the information you provide in this section so please make full use of the 1250 word count.

Essential criteria

  1. Portfolio of successfully completed user interface development projects, produced in a professional environment for multi-device use. You should be able to take ideas from concept to execution. Please include links in your CV.
  2. Excellent skills across modern front end development technologies - HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript (ES.next) – libraries and tooling.
  3. Ability to quickly research and learn new programming tools and techniques.
  4. Solid understanding of browser and platform compatibility, accessibility considerations (WCAG) and experience of developing rich applications that work across older (IE8+) and less featured browsers while using progressive enhancement to leverage JavaScript, HTML5 and CSS3 support in newer browsers.
  5. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, you must be a persuasive communicator and enthusiastic collaborator.
  6. Good at sharing knowledge with others and be open to code reviews and constructive criticism.
  7. The ability to work on your own initiative, manage own workload, meet tight deadlines and make decisions.


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