£32000 - £35000 per annum
Job description

The Natural History Museum's purpose is to inspire a love of our natural world and to help unlock answers to the big issues facing humanity and the planet.

We are now embarking on a digital strategy to support this purpose and to significantly grow the number of people engaging with the Museum and its work. We aim to provide exceptional online experiences for everyone, from scientists to schools to those simply curious about nature.

This is why we are looking for a talented Front-end Developer to work on the Museum's public-facing digital experiences.

What will you be doing?

You will work within the Digital Media and Marketing Department, inside the iconic Natural History Museum in South Kensington, London. Our department is made up of cross-functional product teams consisting of developers, UX and digital designers, product managers, content producers and marketing managers. You will be expected to work closely within your product team and other departments across the Museum.

In addition to product work for the department, as the Development team we work on ongoing technical improvements for our multiple codebases, and you will be able to contribute to these.

As a department we are growing - and learning - and we would love for you to join us on our journey. We're looking for proactivity, collaboration, new ideas and opinions.

What are we looking for?

  • Strong front-end development skills (HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript), including experience in implementing responsive designs and using preprocessors such as Sass or LESS

  • A good understanding of build tools and package managers such as NPM, Grunt, Gulp or Webpack

  • Experience working with RESTful APIs and data manipulation

  • Good experience of integrating front-end and back-end codebases

  • A good awareness of web performance, accessibility and web security best practices

  • Experience using Git for version control

  • Experience working with and developing for a range of different systems, platforms, devices and technologies including content management systems

  • A good understanding of designing and building for user needs

You may also...

  • Be interested in or have previously used Node, React, Vue, Angular and/or templating languages such as Handlebars

  • Have an awareness or interest in front-end testing and automation

  • Have experience working in an Agile/Lean environment (stand-ups, pair-programming, code reviews)

  • Have an interest in UX and an understanding of visual design

What's in it for you?

  • 27.5 days holiday plus 8 bank holidays

  • Natural History Museum Pension Scheme (employee contribution 4%, employer contribution 8% - if you choose to contribute more than 4% of your salary the Museum will match up to a further 2%)

  • Complimentary exhibition tickets to the Museum plus free admission to exhibitions and entrance fee to several other museums, galleries and institutions across the country, such as Kew Gardens, V&A and Tate

  • Membership to the Civil Service Sports Council (for a small fee), which offers a range of benefits including a free digital Tastecard, discounted cinema tickets and corporate membership of English Heritage sites (including Dover Castle and Stonehenge). For more details, visit

  • Membership to our Sports and Social Association (for a small fee), which includes access to our in-house gym and clubs such as football, softball and tennis and classes in Middle Eastern dance, yoga and Tai Chi

  • Staff discounts at a range of local businesses and services

  • Up to 50% staff discount at the Museum's shops and cafes

  • Season ticket, bicycle and rental loans

  • Child and eye care vouchers

Professional development opportunities

  • Access to a range of courses to broaden your technical and personal skills

  • The chance to work with other technical teams in the Museum

  • Job-related professional membership fees

Closing date: 3 July 2019, 9.00am

How do you apply?

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Posted on: 19 June 2019
Closed date: 03 July 2019
Job ref: CW0049
Tags: IT, Digital