Designer/Developer

Join a massive website, and make a massive impact

Salary: £35k – £55k (according to location and exp.)
Holidays: 34 days (incl. bank holidays)
Location: London NW1 Euston/Kings Cross
Benefits: Bupa, bonuses and much more…

We are a top ten UK media publisher, with a website loved by millions: a technology company at heart with industry-leading success metrics propelled by a highly experienced multi-disciplinary engineering team that can afford to run lean. Which means today, we offer all the excitement and agility of a start-up, but with the stability and benefits of an established business — we’re still a company where everyone gets to make a massive impact!

Our ethos and news product are well proven, but we’ve huge plans to fulfil our mission to be the best and fastest website for news from all the angles.

That’s why we’re expanding and now looking for a exceptionally talented full-time designer/developer, who will work on a wide array of UI/UX challenges.

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About the role

You will join the engineering team, working together on an incredibly varied array of challenges, designing UX/UI for our responsive websites and apps using Adobe Suite, HTML, CSS, JavaScript and jQuery.

On a day-to-day basis, the role comprises:

  • crafting and coding elegant, robust and high-performance solutions to hard web design problems;
  • designing exactly how new UI will work, what it should do and look like;
  • attending to, developing, refreshing and evolving brand and style guidelines;
  • focusing on delivering an engaging, intuitive and consistent experience to all our users from first-time visitors to daily users, and across all devices.

This is a wide-ranging role, with plenty of variety, and an excellent opportunity for the right person to influence the way forward for one of the UK's favourite online news and sports destinations.

You and your skills

You will be a designer/developer, with a strong grasp of aesthetics, constraints and implementation, plus knowledge of cross-device and cross-browser delivery and compatibility. You will also have analytics experience and some testing knowledge.

You will be able to demonstrate prowess in graphic design, wireframing and image manipulation and possess an understanding of modern web development practices. You have a keen eye for visual detail and typography, but also the ability to see the bigger picture.

You will thrive in a collaborative design environment, enjoying an iterative approach to achieving solutions through shared evaluation and ideas. You will love the process of designing, not just the end product.

You will have a track record of helping bring significant projects to completion, with 2-3 years commercial experience in a full-time web design role.

You will also possess excellent communication skills, a good memory and fast and accurate keyboard skills.

A passion for driving improvements in public access to relevant news and information and an understanding of the news industry would be a distinct advantage.

Required: Adobe Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop), HTML5, CSS3 (responsive CSS), JavaScript, jQuery.

Useful: Other JavaScript frameworks (e.g. React / JSX), programming skills, copywriting, SEO, designing for print media.

About the company

NewsNow is the UK’s largest independent free-to-web real-time news aggregator. A one-stop shop for news for 15m unique monthly visitors, we aim to be the best site on the web for those seeking news from all the angles. Running stably and profitably since our start in 1997, since 2009 we’ve been experiencing even greater commercial success as an industry leader in programmatic advertising technologies. In February, The Guardian ranked NewsNow among the top ten UK media publishers for news consumed by British people online.

We are always looking for new ways to reward the loyalty of our massive fan-base, and to grow our reach to new people seeking news from all the angles. We are a driver of quality in the news media and today set editorial standards for much of the content we link to.

Our highly experienced multi-disciplinary engineering team can afford to run lean. Our compact set-up lets us keep hierarchy and bureaucracy to a minimum. Which means today, we're still a company where everyone who joins us gets to make a massive impact. In short, we offer all the excitement and agility of a start-up, but with the stability and benefits of an established business.

We run a LAMP stack, which employs mostly OO code in Perl 5, ES5, NodeJS (ES5+ES6), Go, with some C running on Debian Linux, deployed on co-located raw metal and in the cloud. We do our client-side development in HTML5, CSS3, OO JavaScript and jQuery.

NewsNow is also very proud to be the first digital member of the DEC charity’s Rapid Response Network, which helps alert the UK public efficiently to its vital emergency fundraising appeals.

Benefits

  • Fully paid Bupa private health insurance
  • 34 days paid annual leave (incl. bank holidays)
  • Childcare voucher scheme
  • NEST pension scheme
  • Competitive salary + bonuses
  • MacBook
  • Flexible/homeworking opportunities
  • Cycle to work
  • Social activities
  • Sabbatical proposals considered after 2 years

How to apply

If you are enthusiastic about creating a compelling digital experience for our 15 million users, enjoy a collaborative approach to web design, and would welcome the opportunity to help NewsNow realise its mission, then please apply stating for which position you are applying, including a covering letter explaining your interest in and suitability for the role, your CV in PDF format and access details for your portfolio.

Please ensure that you provide a daytime contact number on your application so that we may contact you by telephone.

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