Frontend Engineer

The role

We believe in the power of ingenuity to build a positive human future. 

As strategies, technologies and innovation collide, we create opportunity from complexity.

Our diverse teams of experts combine innovative thinking and breakthrough use of technologies to progress further, faster. Our clients adapt and transform, and together we achieve enduring results.

An innovation and transformation consultancy, we are over 4000 specialists in consumer and manufacturing, defence and security, energy and utilities, financial services, government and public services, health and life sciences, and transport. Our people are strategists, innovators, designers, consultants, digital experts, scientists, engineers and technologists. 

We operate globally from offices across the UK, US, Netherlands and Nordics. 

PA. Bringing Ingenuity to Life

As a Frontend Engineer, you'll be working as part of agile teams who are responsible for delivering functioning solutions to our clients. With the support of experience professionals within the team you'll have responsibility for owning and delivering on specific tasks, and you'll be trusted and empowered to move things forward on your own steam. You'll gain exposure to the full stack, using continuous delivery processes and a broad range of technologies to deliver high-quality, maintainable and customer focused experiences across a range of devices.

  • Develop high-quality websites and applications using HTML, CSS and JavaScript, including supporting backend development using Node and related frameworks.
  • Collaborate closely with designers to develop prototypes, styleguides and re-usable UI components.
  • Collaborate closely with QA to marry unit tests with rigorous end-to-end testing to ensure applications function as expected.
  • Assist the team with writing specifications and acceptance criteria, estimating stories, sprint planning and documentation.
  • It’s important you feel comfortable having team discussions with the client on the project and contributing your thoughts and ideas into the team.
  • You may also be expected coach more junior engineers in the team, working with them to build their expertise.

Personal Qualities

  • You are pragmatic and already understand that writing code is only part of what a software engineer does.
  • You can clearly communicate with both clients and peers, describing technical issues and solutions in both written and meeting/workshop contexts.
  • You are a confident problem solver and troubleshooter.
  • You are confident and generous in sharing your specialist knowledge, ideas and solutions.
  • You know when code is "good enough" to ship.
  • You are constantly learning and able to make others better by consciously teaching and unconsciously inspiring.

To be successful in this role, you will need to have:

  • 3+ years experience with one leading JavaScript SPA framework (React preferred) and associated tooling (Gulp /Webpack, Redux, Jest etc).
  • Good understanding of JavaScript including the DOM, events and progressive enhancement without using a framework. 3+ years experience working with designers to translate ideas into responsive code (CSS, Sass/PostCSS etc).
  • Good understanding of semantic HTML, WCAG accessibility guidelines, common issues across web and mobile devices, and how to fix them.
  • Some experience developing cloud-native applications (AWS, Azure, or GCP).
  • Some experience of test automation (ideally applying TDD or BDD) and using CI/CD practices such as git, branching, automated tests and deployment pipelines.
  • Experience working in an Agile team using Scrum or Kanban processes.

In addition to the above, we would be thrilled if you also had:

  • Experience using Node.js and associated frameworks (e.g. Express, Next.js, Gatsby) to develop websites and APIs.
  • A demonstrable eye for good user interface design, typography and user experience.
  • Some experience of content management systems, coupled or headless (e.g. Craft, Contentful, AEM).
  • An understanding of SEO and frontend performance optimisation.
  • Experience developing with serverless, microservice-based, containerised or Jamstack/MACH architectures.

The Engineering team

We have deep full-stack development expertise across multiple technologies. We have specialists in Architecture, Quality Assurance and DevOps – as well as colleagues with expertise in Cloud, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things and Technology Innovation.

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Front-End Developer

Claire Bates

"The thing I love most about working here is the people. I really enjoy working with people who make an effort to share knowledge, take mental health at work seriously, and care about addressing anything that isn’t working well."

Benefits

We all work best when we feel valued, supported and life feels balanced, so we got the folks who actually work here to design our benefits.

Looking after you and yours

Flexible healthcare plans just for you or your family. Depending on your office location, we offer a range of benefits including dental, eye tests, gym discounts, Cycle to Work, and more.

Finding work/life balance

Now, more than ever, we recognise the value of flexible working. As soon as you join, we’ll have an open discussion about what works best for you. We’ve also enhanced our parental leave, so you can make more time for those major family milestones.

Taking a break

Because there’s more to life than just work… All our office locations have competitive annual leave allowances. You can also buy up to five extra days per year in addition to your standard allowance.

Personal growth

Learning never stops – it feeds the mind, expands our skills, and strengthens our team. We offer a range of ongoing internal and external training programmes covering everything you'll need to grow your career ambitions and keep you curious.

Planning for the future

We offer all the sensible things as well, including a pension, life assurance, income protection schemes, and PA shares.

Giving back

Take advantage of our great Give as You Earn scheme, or why not volunteer up to three days a year for a charity close to your heart?

A home for everyone

Whether you’re just starting out, or you’re a practiced hand, we have active and firm-wide support communities in place to help everyone at PA get the support they need.
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Going further afield

With offices spread across the globe, we’re able to relocate our people who want to move – whether temporarily or permanently. Your starting location doesn’t have to be forever, as your career takes off – so can you.

Location

The base office for this role is Belfast. However, you may sometimes be required to work onsite at client offices, too. You can find out more about our offices and remote working approach on our Locations page.

Address

79 Chichester Street, Belfast, BT1 4JE

Transport links

Our office is right in the city centre, a few minutes' walk from several Translink Metro stops, Lanyon Place and Great Victoria Street train stations. There’s also lots of parking in the vicinity – the closest being Victoria Square right across the road.

Laganside bus station – 5 minutes walk
Europa bus station – 12 minutes walk
Lanyon Place – 8 minutes walk
Great Victoria Street – 13 minutes walk

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Additional Information

Benefits at PA:

  • Private medical insurance
  • Travel allowance
  • 25 days annual leave with the opportunity to buy 5 additional days
  • Company pension scheme
  • Annual performance-based bonus
  • Life and Income protection insurance
  • Tax efficient benefits (cycle to work, give as you earn)
  • Additional optional benefits (Dental, critical illness, spouse/partner life assurance)

PA is committed to building an inclusive and supportive culture where diversity thrives, and all of our people can excel. We believe that greater diversity stimulates innovation, enabling us to fulfil our purpose of ‘Bringing Ingenuity to Life’, supporting the growth of our people, and delivering more enduring results for our clients.

We only recruit, promote and reward our people based on their contribution, without regard to gender, race, disability, religion, nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age or marital status.

We welcome international applications, but we are unable to offer sponsorship for work permits, so you will need to have the full right to live and work in the UK. Unfortunately, your application will be automatically rejected if you do not have these rights.