Front-End Developer

Forward Partners
London (Greater)
09 Nov 2018
13 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
Forward Partners is an £81m venture capital fund, investing in tech startups at the earliest stages. We were established in 2013 by our Managing Partner, Nic Brisbourne, and we are on a mission to make long-term investments that deliver outstanding returns, and to back the best pre-seed and seed stage founders, and businesses.

We are doing this by not only making brilliant investments, but by supporting our founders with world-class execution support at every step of their journey. From Product Development, to Growth, to Design, to PR to Talent, our team of experts help our founders achieve their goals quicker, better and in a more cost effective way.

We are looking for a Front-End Developer to join the FP team. As part of our execution support function, the Front-End Developer will work with all our idea stage (pre-seed) companies based in the room with us, as well as supporting our wider portfolio of seed stage companies. We're looking for an experienced, mid-level developer and someone who loves startups! Please read on to find out more.

What You'll be Doing
- You will be ensuring the success of all our tech startups by creating pre-seed companies’ prototype, and early version websites and apps; taking our pre-seed founders’ ideas and bringing them to life!
- You will be using your technical skill and your startup knowledge and experience to help our partner companies build the very best websites and apps, to the highest specifications
- You’ll be agile, and will use lean processes, working with skill and pace to deliver the most appropriate Front-End solutions for all our founders and our portfolio companies
- You will be as comfortable advising our startups as you will be in hands-on implementation, executing with close attention to detail. You will leverage your strong bias to action, to work at a fast pace, making quick decisions.
- You’ll be a brand ambassador for Forward Partners; representing FP at various events and networking opportunities

About You
- Excellent knowledge of responsive layouts, grid systems and design systems.
- Excellent knowledge of translating interaction and visual designs into production quality front-end experiences
- Excellent knowledge of cross-browser compatibility.
- Excellent knowledge of Git
- Excellent knowledge of HTML5
- Excellent knowledge of CSS & SCSS
- Excellent knowledge of JavaScript (ES6 and beyond)
- Experience with JavaScript Package Managers (We use Yarn)
- Experience with build tools (We use Webpack)
- Experience with React and JSX
- Experience with testing tools (We use Jest)

... Bonus Points For
- Experience with templating languages (We use Django's templating language)
- Experience with GraphQL and REST
- Good understanding of website performance optimization techniques
- An eye for design and typography
- Experience with local state management systems (We use MobX and React )
- Experience with React Native
- Experience with CSS architecture patterns (We use BEM)
- Experience with CSS frameworks (We use Foundation)
- Experience with code quality tooling (We run ESLint, Prettier on every build)
- Experience with NodeJS
- Experience with Serverless environments (We use AWS Lambda, Google Cloud Functions)
- Experience with Typescript

Forward Partners have helped some incredible companies including Appear Here, Thread, Wonderbly (LostMyName), Big Health, Live Better With, Patch and Spoke. We have a portfolio of over 40 companies and that continues to grow. Many of our portfolio companies appear in the Startups 100 list and go on to raise millions. We are immensely proud to think that our work helped make that happen.

We’re based in the heart of the UK tech scene Forward Partners’ offices are a few minutes walk from Old Street roundabout.

We have four core values; to work with Skill & Pace, to make Big Leaps & Constant Improvements, to Enjoy The Journey, and to communicate Honest Opinions, Constructively Shared. We hold ourselves to these four values and recognise each other’s work and contribution every day. We give each other bonuses, we display our great work on TV's around the office (permanently) and we have a great culture. Our office is open plan and bright, with free food and drinks and a garden complete with BBQ. Our social calendars include team lunches and monthly socials - and some of the best Christmas parties around!

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