Senior Frontend Developer We're building the worlds best collaborative learning app

West London, London
06 Jul 2017
05 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Full Time


  • We’re making products to help people, teams and organisations learn in new, collaborative, more engaging ways.
  • Our client list is growing weekly and includes well-known sports organisations and elite clubs, global media and e-commerce giants and forward-thinking schools and coaches.
  • Our small, world-class engineering team has built our platform supported by 4 Product and UX specialists. Our whole team talks with clients and learners to guide our roadmap and design decisions.
  • We enjoy all the excitement and freedom of an early-stage start-up but with the stability and resources of Blenheim Chalcot: the UK’s largest venture builder
  • This role will help build our true mobile-first front-end as a single page javascript application
  • We work in a very agile way. Our processes are user-driven and we are constantly improving them.
  • Great working environment in West London (Hammersmith). 30 seconds from the tube.
  • Fruit and healthy snacks
  • Soft drink and beer fridge

Our Product Development team is cross-functional. We work in ways that enable Analytics, Product, UX, Development and QA to contribute at each stage of our sprint-based roadmap delivery. We use Agile/Scrum-based methods with Lean Startup principles interwoven.

We are building out our platform fast. In early 2017 we built capabilities to brand our platform for clients (we want to meet their aspiration to consider it as 'their learning app’). Recently we re-designed our 'Activity’ feed and added In-app Notifications to enable members of Hive Learning Groups to more easily discover key learning opportunities.

Within the next month we’ll build and roll-out 'Slack-like’ @mention functionality to enable messaging. We’re designing and prototype-testing our first 'micro-course’ functionalities using our mobile-first, social-first principles. Whilst learners will complete these micro-courses alone, we’re determined to add 'social’ aspects that help the wider Group. We’re also experimenting with new functionalities that will soon by delivered via machine learning.

Role description

Never stop learning:

  • We're building a kick-ass product! You will be at the heart of that, liaising with both back-end and mobile front-end teams.
  • Help us deliver across the entire app life cycle-concept, design, build, deploy, test, release.
  • Be central to optimization and performance improvements

We'd like to see:

  • A background with engineering and computer science fundamentals.
  • You consider yourself very comfortable with design and programming skills in HTML/CSS/SASS.
  • You have a general understanding of industry standard build tools, libraries and testing frameworks.
  • Debugging and optimisation skills are part of your normal day to day approach
  • Version control (Git)
  • Ideas and knowledge of computer interaction and usability design principles
  • Ability to analyse user data and user testing to inform design decisions.
  • You get along well in a team environment and consider yourself to be able to communicate ideas very clearly

What we need from you:

  • Strong Javascript and BackboneJS skills
  • Very good understanding of industry standard build tools, libraries and testing frameworks - got some new ideas? try them out
  • Solid understanding of interaction with REST APIs.

Our Team & Environment

Hive Learning is a sophisticated javascript webapp built with an excellent mobile user experience from the ground up. This is served by a scalable and fault-tolerant REST API written in Python using PostgreSQL, Elasticsearch and Redis. We offer iOS and (soon) Android applications that extend the mobile experience with additional native-only features.

We work openly and collaboratively without red-tape in agile, cross-functional ways - which we are always trying to make even better. Our team works in a building shared by over 20 other energetic, high potential tech-based businesses. We share a great café, social and learning activities - but our fantastic beer fridge is just ours!