Javascript Developer

at Gecko in Edinburgh or UK Remote for salary not provided

At Gecko, we're always on the look out for ambitious and talented Javascript Developers (Geckos). Our awesome SaaS products provide the smartest solutions to common challenges faced in the Higher Education sector and are used by the world's best-known Universities. To ensure we continue to put the latest innovation in the hands of our growing list of university clients, we welcome applications from engineers with solid experience under their belt, who want to be part of a brilliant, forward-thinking and growing team.

As a Gecko Software Engineer, a typical day may include a blend of:

  • #1 Development work - designing and implementing low-latency, high availability and performant software,

  • Addressing technical problems, sharing knowledge of how to design features around our codebase across the team,

  • Collaborating with others, including different areas of the business, to ensure the quality of our products,

  • Contributing to our Agile ceremonies across two-week sprint cycles,

  • Growing with the team and business and being a master of your own destiny!

Job requirements

In terms of experience, we’re open to the right Gecko(s), but you need to be experienced at designing and developing new features, maintaining code and, of course, fixing bugs (they happen!), as well as becoming a Gecko codebase expert.

Our tech stack is a mixture of Javascript and PHP and while this role is focused on the Javascript (React and Node) aspect of our stack, should you happen to have experience with PHP (perhaps even with the Laravel and/or Lumen frameworks) even better but by no means is this required.

The hard skills needed:

  • Extensive software development experience and expertise (this isn’t your first rodeo!)

  • Deep understanding of Javascript and practical ability.

  • Excellent hands-on programming knowledge.

  • Proven AWS understanding and application – you know your way around here!

  • Hands-on experience working with both serverless & microservices.

  • Agile experience, such as Scrum, and familiarity with ceremonies like Stand-up & Retrospective

  • Feature design experience, such as writing acceptance criteria and writing user stories.

  • Confident with Testing, namely an understanding of the importance of comprehensive and intelligent tests and unit tests. Ideally comfortable with BDD, TDD and automated testing.

  • Able to support team growth and mentor junior team members (not essential)

  • Encountered continuous integration and continuous delivery (not essential)

Our Engineering Team have a ‘Wish List’ describing the qualities of their new Gecko 🦎 does this sound familiar?:

  • Curious & creative - someone who likes to experiment (failing fast and learning faster means that making mistakes isn’t a bad thing).

  • Opinionated, yet open-minded.

  • Growth-oriented and loves to learn new things.

  • Passionate about great code and good practice – someone who geeks out over awesome craftmanship.

  • Outcome-oriented

  • A Dissenter! Someone who isn't afraid to break from the norm and challenge us to improve.

  • A collaborator who loves to work closely with their team-mates on interesting problems.

  • Ambitious and driven – someone wants to grow personally and professionally with their team and company.

Sound like you? Keep reading to learn about the nice bits about working for Gecko and how to apply…

The Benefits:

  • 4-day Workweek (optional)

  • 33 days Holiday

  • Remote Working & Home Office Setup

  • Flexible Working

  • Private Healthcare

  • Death in Service

  • Pension

  • EMI Share Option Scheme (after qualifying length of service)

  • EAP, plus employee discounts & benefits via Perkbox

  • Work with some of the best in the biz in a dynamic, energetic and super fun working environment (you can find out more about working with us here)

  • And lots more...

If all of this excites you then you may be our next Gecko 🎉

NB. Successful applicants will be subject to complete a video-questionnaire and testing challenge as part of the recruitment process

We can only accept applications from UK-based applicants who already have a valid right to work in the UK.

How to apply

To get started on your Gecko journey, simply click ‘Apply’ below … We can’t wait to meet you!

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