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We’re looking for people to join our ground-breaking Creative Technologies team. We’re growing, and we’re looking to increase both our capacity and our capability.

The Creative Technologies team is made up of designers and developers from a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines. We are a proudly diverse team who work openly, collaboratively and supportively with each other. What we all share is an ambition and passion to improve the built environment through digital technology.

Bryden Wood are leaders in the theory and practice of Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA). The Creative Technologies team are specialists in design automation. We aim to redefine what’s possible in both what we do, and how we work.

The role of Front-End Development Lead is a great opportunity to join us.

What we do

We provide bespoke design automation technology, customised from our modern tech stack, to major clients in the public and private sector, both in the UK and internationally.

We’re building web-based technologies for configuration and design automation that are changing the way transport, homes, education, and industrial projects are delivered. Our approach is about making the process of designing buildings and infrastructure not just faster, but smarter.

Design is at the heart of our front-end development work – the features and functionality are often complex and we want to make apps that are accessible and easy to use (and, if possible, fun as well).

We aren’t all software developers, but we do make software ;)

The role

You will be the Lead for our Front-End Development group, made up of Senior and Junior Developers. You will be directly responsible to the team Board Director.

The role means that you will work closely with the Director group of the Creative Technologies team in leading our projects, helping shape our technology strategy and further developing our capabilities and working practices. You will be expected to actively encourage and support the technical, professional and personal development of junior members of our team.

You will have client-facing responsibilities in the conception, design and delivery of our projects.

About you

We’re looking for someone who is passionate about improving the way in which we design the built environment and who will help shape the future of our diverse and creative team.

We are looking for someone who:

  • Inspires our creative Front-End Development group within the Creative Technologies team
  • Communicates their passion for creative UX/UI solutions while ensuring accessibility and ease of use
  • Understands state-of-the-art technologies for web development to support creative UX/UI solutions
  • Iterates and explores exciting design solutions within a collaborative team dynamic
  • Breaks down high-level features into detailed, structured task lists and manage team members across complex, multi-stranded projects
  • Encourages and coordinates wireframes and mock-ups of UI designs for teamwide discussion and development
  • Organises and coordinates the work of the front-end development cluster, including managing issue tracking systems to communicate project progress, both within our team and to our clients
  • Communicates with other clusters in Creative Technologies to ensure feasibility of ideas as well as informing and shaping plans for future technology and development direction of the team
  • Leads regular, structured app and feature testing both internally and with client user groups.

Your skills

We’re looking for someone with experience in developing interactive web apps using:

  • General use of JavaScript + HTML5 + CSS
  • One (or more) specific UI frameworks such as React, Vue or Angular.

We typically develop immersive and interactive 3D and geospatial environments as part of our apps. Interest in, and experience of, any of the following will be an advantage:

  • js
  • AFrame
  • Unity (C#)
  • Mapbox
  • Google Maps API/ Earth Engine.

We often develop apps with extensive data visualisation features and an interest in the topic. Experience of JavaScript libraries such as d3.js will also be a benefit.

Your potential

Technical skills are important, but we also value approach, attitude, outlook and desire to help shape our vision. We aren’t necessarily looking for the ‘finished article’ – if you think you don’t tick all the boxes, we would still like to hear from you. And if you’re truly interested in what we do and want to be part of an innovative team that is made up of genuinely inspiring people, then we definitely want to hear from you.

We will support you to become an integral part of our team so that we can achieve success together.