Sophie Jackson

Front End Developer

Havas Lynx

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Havas Lynx is a healthcare communications agency headquartered in Manchester. From our City Centre offices, we create and deliver a wide range of engaging digital solutions, including responsive websites, microsites, mobile applications and games, to name a few.

We’re a large agency, so we are structured into teams of around 25-30 people which facilitates better team work, communication, efficiency and collaboration. It means we can be more creative and also more responsive to our clients. As we continue to grow, we’re setting up new teams, and those teams are made up of a combination of existing Lynx folk and new additions. We now have an opportunity for an experienced Front end Developer to join one of our newest teams.

From a technical point of view, we’re keen to hear from applicants who have either worked in a creative or digital agency, or a software development house. You will be able to show us a strong portfolio of work which portrays your individuality, technical knowledge and coding skills – you should be able to clearly demonstrate strong capability in all aspects of Front End Development; across HTML(5), CSS and JavaScript/JQuery. You’ll also have a strong working knowledge of build stacks, including Node.js, Grunt, SASS and their relevant frameworks. Knowledge of CMS packages such as WordPress and Expression Engine will also be an advantage, as will your understanding of QA processes – you’ll need to be confident in implementing cross-browser and JavaScript testing as necessary.

Professionally and personally, we’re looking for a team player. As one of two front end developers in this team, you’ll advise the rest of the team on the best way to approach a project and how long it’s going to take. So we need someone who can contribute to brain storms and the development of quotes and proposals and draw on breadth of knowledge and a broad skill set, which you are proactive in keeping up to date. You should be a great problem solver. You’ll be asked to make recommendations as to the best technical approach – sometimes this is going to allow you to flex your muscles and also learn new things, sometimes you’re going to be looking for the simplest and quickest solution – we’re not about reinventing the wheel or the use of fancy tech for the sake of fancy tech – we’re about producing something solid and reliable for our clients and working in a clean and efficient way. In terms of your approach, the most important thing is that you become very much a part of the team – working in support of one another to do an absolutely brilliant job. We take great pride in what we do, and we are looking to see that from you too.

In time, the team will grow and you’ll need to develop your management skills and be able to act as a mentor and actively bring on more junior team members. This is something that we’d like you to be open to, but we’ll help you to develop the associated skill set if you haven’t had the opportunity to do this already.

In return, we offer a supportive environment where there is a high level of focus on your career development – we’re proud to offer our bespoke internal training programme; you can view more on #LXAcademy via the blog area of our website – We’re also very proud of our heritage and culture and we work in a sociable, friendly environment; take a look at our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter via @HAVASLYNXEU and @LX_workwithus for a closer look at what we get up to socially.

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