26 May 2022




We are looking for an enthusiastic Frontend Developer with excellent coding skills, a passion for accessibility, usability and progressive enhancement.

Our Digital Services team build and run services used by over 1 million people a month to access more than 30 million record descriptions. This is an especially exciting time as we rethink our digital offer to ensure that all of our audiences can find, access and understand The National Archives’ collections.

You will help us grow our digital capability, skills and culture in an open and collaborative environment, engaging widely with internal and external communities to share your expertise and learn from others.

This mid-level Frontend Developer role is part of a creative, motivated digital team who embrace challenge and look for opportunities to do things differently. Working with colleagues at all levels; you will help shape ideas and build solutions that balance user needs with business goals.

You’ll work in multidisciplinary teams, alongside people who are passionate about usability and accessibility. You will have demonstrable experience of agile development in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, and a good working knowledge of modern front-end development practices like progressive enhancement and responsive design, as well as an awareness of back-end development.

Your role will be to build accessible interfaces that are simple enough for everyone to use and that work across multiple channels, devices, browsers and platforms.

The Frontend Developer role is a full-time post, but requests for part-time working, flexible working and job share will be considered, always taking into account the operational needs of the Department. A combination of onsite and home working is available, and applicants should be able to travel regularly to our Kew site.

We are committed to continually improving the diversity of our workforce and therefore encourage applications from people of colour, the LGBTQI+ community, the trans community, those who are neurodiverse, and those with a disability.

As a Frontend Developer at The National Archives you will:

  • Build user-centred, open source, accessible digital interfaces.

  • Develop high quality HTML, CSS and JavaScript using the software design principle of progressive enhancement to deliver resilient interfaces that work for as many users as possible, regardless of their needs.

  • Write automated tests, and carry out cross-browser/device and accessibility testing.

  • Use modern language features, libraries, tooling and workflows (CI, TDD).

  • Work collaboratively and in the open as part of a multidisciplinary team, building intuitive, innovative and reusable interfaces.

  • You will from time to time represent The National Archives externally, and maintain relationships with suppliers to deliver services to agreed standards.


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