Lead Front End Developer, UK

About Us

Building Blocks help global companies solve complex problems with digital technologies. We work with clients to identify digital opportunities that will increase revenues, develop relationships and improve efficiencies. Our design, technical and operational expertise then put those opportunities into practice - rapidly, reliably and at global scale.

We have always worked with ambitious organisations who offer their products and services internationally.  We understand the need to balance centralised consistency with local flexibility and offerings to support the specific goals of local market teams. We have rolled out 100’s of websites in over 100 different local countries.

Building Blocks is part of Dept - an international network of leading digital agencies. From our offices across Europe and the US, 600 of the most talented and experienced people in our industry combine creativity, technology and data to deliver digital products and services that build brands, grow businesses and make people’s lives easier.

Dept is made up of the agencies TamTam, Expand Online, a friend of mine, Second Degree, Building Blocks, Studio Dumbar, Be Excellent, Trust Agents, Unskippable, ebrella, Tricode and Webfactory. The network has 600 employees, a combined turnover of over €60 million, and offices in Germany, UK, US, the Netherlands and Spain.

What you'll be doing

As Lead Front End Developer will be involved across a number of high profile projects, working predominantly with our Front End team, but also acting as a link to other teams within the business.

At Building Blocks, we don't like to find a working formula and stick to it. We're always looking to change and adapt to deliver the best for our clients and to keep our team engaged. An important part of your role will be to lead our front end team in defining their direction in the ever-changing technical landscape.

Although you will be spending a large portion of your time delivering work for clients, you'll be expected to also line manage and mentor the team as well as promote the team internally.

What we need from you

We're looking for Lead Front End Developer who can do just that - lead a team of experienced developers and push them to continually deliver the best quality work for our clients.

You will need to have extensive experience in web development using both standard and emerging technologies and be able to integrate new approaches and technologies into the team when required.

You must be wlling to manage more junior team members and support them in their growth and career development so some experienece in this or a real drive to take on this reponsibility is a must. You also need to be able to direct your team in ways that also support the ambitions of the business.

Although we expect our developers of all levels to be client facing, you will be the first point of senior contact for clients with relation to our front end work, so you need to be keen to work with clients and be focused on ensuring that we're doing the work they require.

Most of our clients and our sister agencies are based outside of the UK so at times some travel is required for on-site meetings with clients. It's a great way of getting out of the office, seeing the world and meeting new people.

We use a number of technologies day-to-day but here are some of the key areas that you must have significant experience in:

  • HTML and CSS
  • JavaScript 
  • CSS Preprocessors
  • Templating (eg. Handlebars, Mustache)
  • Developing in a modular, responsive fashion
  • Development tooling (eg. Task runners, dependency management)
  • Source control processes using Git
Experience in the following areas is also desirable:
  • SPA's (eg. ReactJS, Angular)
  • Developing to accessibility guidelines
  • Building for CMS implementations

What Building Blocks will do for you

We know things can get busy when working across multiple projects for multiple clients and we know everyone pulls together to get things delivered right first time. It's only fair we give something back so we offer the following perks to everyone who comes to work with us:

  • Well defined progression path to help you grow your career at Building Blocks
  • Beer Friday - at 4pm on a Friday, the beer fridge is unlocked and you can have free beer
  • Pizza Friday - once a month, we buy pizzas for everyone in the office to celebrate everyone's hard work
  • Site launch lunches - a great way to celebrate a go-live with the team who made it happen and BB pick up the tab.
  • Break Room - with comfy sofas, an XBox, music and a pool table
  • Free soft drinks, tea and coffee - all day every day
  • Quarterly social budget
  • Yearly trip to the Dept Festival in the Netherlands - a chance to meet other people within the other Dept agencies, see great talks from industry leaders and a great weekend of fun!
  • Exposure to all disciplines within the company - working with varied technologies, Quality Assurance, Content Entry and Project Management
  • Yearly bonus scheme
  • Pension scheme
  • Free private healthcare
  • An excellent salary based on experience

Our Core Principles 

We do things properly
We always focus on delivering quality, no matter what the task. We don’t cut corners and always strive to find the right solution for every challenge. We work with integrity and are dedicated to delivering excellence across the entire business.

We aim to be the best
We’re all passionate about what we do, so we focus on continually improving for the good of both our own personal development and the goals of the business. We’re confident in our ability to take ownership, and tackle everything with a proactive mind-set.

We’re open and honest
We are always approachable and transparent with our communications. Our opinions are open, constructive and respected by all members of the team and the clients we work with.

We trust each other 
We all appreciate the contribution of each and every one of our colleagues. We treat each other with respect and dignity, and know that we can rely on each other to provide help, support and guidance whenever it’s needed.

We’re all in it together 
We don’t believe in blame, just in finding solutions to tackle even the hardest of challenges. We all have individual areas of expertise, and our success comes from our consistent collaboration.

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Like what you see? Get in touch and email your CV and cover letter to careers@building-blocks.com


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