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Vertical Leap office Portsmouth

Junior web developer

Vertical Leap, one of the UK’s top digital marketing agencies seeks a bright and ambitious web developer to supporting existing services and help to grow the skills of the dev team. This job is based in our Portsmouth office, working in creative services alongside our talented and friendly team of web developers, who will provide support as you learn and develop your skillset.

Key duties and responsibilities:

  • Plan and implement websites from initial concept, site architecture, and user interface to finished deliverable
  • Code and implement websites from Photoshop/Xd/Sketch layout through HTML/CSS to a custom theme, functions, and plugins (if required – ideally functionality should be created natively)
  • Specify and implement new features, enhancements, and content of existing websites
  • Create and update re-usable code libraries to streamline web development cycle
  • Facilitate client website training, site documentation and maintenance
  • Work with API’s from a number of different sources to integrate 3rd party applications into sites

Skills required:

  • At least a year working in web development (or equivalent academic training)
  • Strong knowledge of good coding practices and web standards
  • Good knowledge of current web development languages and environments (including HTML5, CSS3, PHP, databases)
  • Strong time management and communication skills
  • Ability to manage and complete multiple tasks
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines

Any exposure to the following is advantageous:

  • WordPress
  • Git
  • Familiarity with .net
  • Knowledge of web server configurations (Windows and Linux)
  • Experience with dynamic, geo-related, data-driven and/or e-commerce sites

Team culture:

The creative team is a talented, friendly and supportive group of designers, developers and UX specialists. We have a varied and interesting workload consisting of a mix of retainers and project work, so there’s opportunity to build strong relationships with clients and get to know their brands.

We are relaxed and informal in the office and enjoy jokes and cat GIFs, but we also work hard, focus and get stuff done when we need to.

We are always looking to develop and add to our skill-sets, and keep up to date with trends and developments in our respective fields.

We have regular team lunches and drinks as well as joining in with company-wide events. We also enjoy tea. A LOT of tea.

What we give you:

  • Laptop and two monitors
  • Your choice of software
  • Control over your own work, no hovering management
  • Positive environment with a focus on learning and development
  • Access to a variety of experienced colleagues who are all happy to help, so you don’t have to wear non-dev hats (unless you want to)
  • Proper dev work (no downloaded themes or jamming plugins in everywhere)
  • You’ll work on small & large, straightforward & complex projects, so there’s plenty of opportunity to grow as a developer
  • Entirely optional company activities (e.g. beer Friday, yoga)
  • Periodic homemade cake

Company benefits:

  • Relaxed, collaborative culture where autonomy is valued and encouraged
  • 22-25 days of holiday per year, plus your birthday off
  • 5-10 days self-directed training per year
  • Self-scheduled/flexible working hours (any 8 hr period between 7am & 7pm)
  • Child care voucher / cycle to work scheme access
  • Opportunities for growth and development within a growing company
  • Fantastic office located inside Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard

How to apply for this job:

Please apply in confidence to Kirsty McLean at kmclean(at)vertical-leap(dot)uk including some examples of your previous website work

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