JavaScript Developer

£50000 - £55000 per annum + bonus & benefits
11 Oct 2013
08 Nov 2013
Steve Winter
Contract Type
Full Time

The world's leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals are looking for a talented JavaScript developer to join their large software team. They combine industry expertise with innovative technology to deliver critical information to leading decision makers in the financial, legal, tax and accounting, scientific, healthcare and media markets, powered by the world's most trusted news organization.

The company have recently created a global business division dedicated to providing information and insight on Governance, Risk and Compliance to financial institutions and their legal and professional service advisors. The business unit, branded will help banks, hedge funds, insurance firms, general companies and their legal advisors connect strategy, operations and products to the rapidly changing regulatory environment. The business will advance the resources available to the legal, compliance, operations and audit professionals who work together to manage business risk.

Position overview

The JavaScript Developer is responsible for developing high quality, large cross-browser, single page web applications using JavaScript and LESS CSS. You will be using an in-house application framework based on the DOJO toolkit and latest web technologies, development best practices, and within a large interdisciplinary team.


  • The JavaScript Developer will be part of an Agile Scrum team on multiple challenging development problems. As a member of a Scrum team, developers will be expected to participate in development planning exercises, pair programming and manage their own task load.
  • Assist in the generation of estimates for project proposals and programming tasks.
  • Assist with gathering of specifications as needed.
  • Develop high quality code from current designs following appropriate coding standards.
  • Use BDD and TDD practises to write well tested code. This may include the code of other team members.
  • Participate in Design Inspections and Code Walk-through Reviews as appropriate.
  • Assist in providing development documentation, as well as testing suggestions for the quality analysts.
  • Keep management informed of task progress, issues, etc. throughout the development process.
  • Perform maintenance and support activities as necessary.
  • Able to work hours outside the normal business hours on occasion.
  • Day to day you will be building JavaScript and LESS CSS widgets with Unit Tests and Behavioural Driven Development tests to meet business requirements for the application. Typical widgets we have built recently include:
  • Tying a lazy-loading grid to filters which are dynamically created based on the columns and the content in the grid,
  • Updating a "case" real time via NodeJS web sockets so that when users are editing or changing the case other users are both notified of the changes and see them replicated in their view,
  • Creating a dynamic form builder for editing a case based on a model
  • We are developing a shared framework which will be used by more business units
  • Login process with pluggable authentication providers,
  • Shared LESS files which have a theme switcher,
  • A versatile list widget for simple lists, searching, taxonomy trees and lazy loading items,
  • A filters widget for dynamically generated filters.
  • As a UI team we are also developing our Continuous Integration and tools:
  • Mocking and schema layer for sharing REST end points between NodeJS and the UI,
  • Build scripts utilising closure compiler for minification and compiling code in sections that can be lazy loaded on demand as the user navigates the app,
  • Unit test wrapper with Sinon for mocks and stubs

As a developer you will be having interactions with:

  • Product owners, business analysts and user experience specialists to determine what the work is
  • Quality assurance team to perform behavioural driven tests and drive out bugs,
  • Java back end developers defining interfaces and building features,
  • Other development teams, whether they are Thomson Reuters or outsourced.


EDUCATION/CERTIFICATION: BA/BS in related field or commensurate work experience


  • Excellent JavaScript development knowledge - specifically OO style JavaScript and Ajax interaction patterns.
  • Experience of JavaScript toolkits such as DOJO, Backbone, Angular, Ember, ExtJS, YUI or KnockoutJS. Cross training to Dojo will be provided.
  • An understanding of the intricacies and insanities of cross-browser development.
  • Experience of JSON, JSON Schema and REST APIs.
  • Excellent knowledge of CSS2 (opportunity to work in CSS3 environment).
  • Excellent knowledge of Test Driven Development (TDD).
  • Experience working with a team using conformant coding standards e.g. JSLint.
  • Working knowledge of a code versioning system (Github, Subversion et cetera).
  • Experience working with User Experience and QA teams


  • Continuous Integration.
  • IntelliJ IDEA, Eclipse, Sublime Editor, Vim.
  • Design-by-contract.
  • Pattern Based Design.
  • Having a design aesthetic and/or an ability to use Adobe Photoshop.
  • Behaviour-Driven Development (BDD) Cucumber JS or Capybara.
  • General understanding of systems and application administration.
  • Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) Domain.

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