Front-end developer

We’re looking for a front-end developer who is comfortable with modern front-end methods, and takes a natural interest in UX and user-centred design. You’ll be an important member of our friendly team scoping, developing, testing and supporting client websites on the WordPress platform.

What’s life at Helpful like? Read about working here and our story.


Essential skills:

  • translating wireframes and visuals into standards-compliant HTML5 and performant CSS3
  • writing structured modular/reusable SCSS and jQuery
  • technologies that support responsive web design
  • handling cross browser and cross device issues
  • using Bootstrap

Desirable skills:

  • writing plain Javascript and working with modern JS frameworks such as Vue.js and React
  • implementing accessibility solutions
  • using Git/Github


  • experience using Gulp
  • experience working with Sketch
  • knowledge of PHP
  • knowledge of WordPress

You’ll also need:

  • a portfolio of sites you’ve worked on, and/or Github repository
  • clear communication skills and excellent written and spoken English
  • eligibility to work in the UK (we won’t be sponsoring visas for this role)


You bring a common sense attitude to your development: you’re naturally on the side of the user, thinking ahead to future support needs and changes, and able to prioritise.

Our people are what makes Helpful special. Communication is crucial to the smooth running of the company, and we value communication skills above all – being able to share constructive feedback with colleagues over chat or email, or clearly explain your thinking to a client on a call or in a meeting.

The role

This is a hands-on coding role, with a wide variety of work, nice clients and relaxed colleagues. It’s a good learning opportunity, but we’ll expect you to have real examples of work you’ve completed to show us as part of the recruitment process.

Day to day, you’ll translate briefs and designs/wireframes into functional HTML, CSS and Javascript, adopting modern coding standards and methods such as mixins, functions and modular code.

You’ll work with developer colleagues to turn templates into WordPress themes, sometimes building light themes yourself or helping tidy up the front end of a colleague’s work. You’ll work with designers, PHP devs and project managers to understand a client’s brief, build prototypes and take part in user research sessions. You’ll have a key role in projects within our small team, with real responsibility for delivering good quality code and justifying your recommendations to clients, so we build the right things and build them right.


Central London (Barbican/St Paul’s) with occasional travel. Primarily office-based, but as a partly remote team this role could be up to 50% remote within 6 months.

Hours of work:

Full time, 40 hours/week. We're open to part time job-share working and flexible working patterns.

Contract term:

Minimum 12 months, potential to make permanent dependent on performance and business growth. Probationary period: 3 months

Salary & benefits:

  • Salary dependent on experience, £30-40k. This is a junior to middleweight role.
  • Company pension with 5% company contribution
  • Company-funded mobile/data contract
  • Flexible and reasonable hours
  • 25 days’ holiday plus public holidays
  • Home office setup budget to ensure you can work productively from home
  • Up to date hardware and software to work with

We offer a range of development opportunities including:

  • access to paid online learning
  • access to relevant industry events
  • regular friendly, constructive feedback
  • opportunities to gain experience beyond your normal day-to-day role by working with other members of the team

Closing date:

Open until end of November 2018 or until we find the right person

About us

We build creative, interesting, useful things with WordPress – from helping scientists study Antarctica to engaging young people with career opportunities or showcasing wedding venues to potential customers. Friendly, open communication is at the heart of our culture internally and with clients, and you’ll be a key participant in catch-up calls to review a Trello board, on Slack chats to scope a new feature, and in meetings or screencasts to demonstrate prototypes or examples you’ve created. We have mature client relationships, a relaxed working culture, and a team-oriented approach to managing projects including lean methods, user-centred design and version control.

How to apply:

No agencies or freelancers please.

Please send:

  • your CV
  • links to your portfolio (and code repository if you have one)
  • a covering email describing your experience and the kind of role you’re looking for


If you have what we’re looking for, we’ll invite you to a phone interview initially. If we both agree it’s worth taking it further at that point, we’ll pay you to complete a small piece of work in your own time, and ask you to take us through it at a face to face interview, where we’ll also talk about your work and experience.