Frontend Developer

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Date: Nov 16, 2022

Location: London, GB Lisbon, PT Berlin, DE

Company: Springer Nature Group

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Who we are

SPRINGER NATURE - springernature.com

Springer Nature employs more than 10,000 people in over 50 markets, and is home to some of the best-known names in research, educational and professional publishing.

 

Working at the heart of a changing industry, we are always looking for great people who care about delivering quality to our customers and the communities we work alongside. In return, we provide opportunities to learn from some of the best in the business, with a culture that encourages curiosity and empowers people to find solutions and act on their instincts.

 

SN DIGITAL - sndigital.springernature.com

SN Digital (SND) is a technology division of Springer Nature. We are responsible for maintaining and delivering millions of articles used by researchers, scientists and students around the globe.

 

There are around 230 of us in London, Berlin, Pune, New York, Madrid, Dordrecht, Heidelberg and - coming soon - Lisbon. We work in collaborative, multi-disciplinary delivery teams, developing digital products and services that answer user problems and support business goals.

Who we are looking for

We are looking for people who want to become part of a global team that aims to put Springer Nature at the forefront of digital publishing.

 

  • The work is interesting and meaningful.
  • Our culture is collaborative and friendly.
  • We encourage and support growth, both personal and professional.


This is a terrific opportunity for friendly, inquisitive people who want to get involved in our work, who love to learn, who will embrace and develop our culture, and help make SND a place where people and ideas can thrive.

 

Having a good command of English is important; collaboration is important in our day to day work, so being able to communicate your ideas and understand others is key.

 

We are intentionally looking to create teams that are diverse and inclusive. Diversity is the mix of culture, background, experience and personality that we all bring; inclusion is getting the mix to work better together. We want every member of our teams to contribute to our common goals while respecting each other's skills, knowledge and needs.

The role

We are looking for a Frontend Developer to work on Elements, our in-house design system. Your background will have been in frontend development, having gained knowledge of a wide range of methodologies and technologies. This role requires a comprehensive understanding of standards-based frontend technologies, focussing on the development of progressively enhanced solutions. Previous experience working with Design Systems is a plus, as is expertise in Node.js.

The successful candidate should have excellent communication skills, as the role involves working with, and understanding the needs of, different product teams and their users - we are user rather than technology driven.

Our design system consists of a suite of frontend components that are built with a focus on web standards (we don’t use frameworks) and accessibility, as well as a documentation website for content designers, UI / UX designers and developers. This role focuses on building and maintaining this design system ecosystem, as well as helping individual teams with implementing existing components and contributing new components back to the design system.

The role is based in London and you will work remotely at times with colleagues in Lisbon (Portugal), Pune (India) and Berlin (Germany).

 

Please visit the SND homepage to learn more about who we are and what we do. To gain an understanding of frontend development and our approach to accessibility at Springer Nature, browse our Frontend Playbook.

The team

You’ll be part of a multi-disciplinary team working on our design system. You’ll work collaboratively with this team to set goals and targets to enable successful use of the design system throughout our organisation.

 

As a frontend developer in this role, you will be part of a wider group of frontend specialists called the Frontend Enablement Team (FEDE). FEDE works across the organisation, ensuring that product teams have the support to do their job to the best of their abilities.

 

They provide support & tooling focussed on the following key areas — accessibility, web performance, architecture, tooling, monitoring and security. Using emotional intelligence to collaborate with people from other disciplines and provide effective consultation for our customers.

 

You will work closely with your colleagues in Frontend Enablement to ensure that your work with the design system team aligns with the wider goals of this group, ensuring that all products we build conform to the standards and requirements of the frontend discipline.

 

What you’ll be doing

Within 3 months

  • Establish relationships with the rest of the design system team, developing an understanding of how they work and the goals of the team.
  • Begin to demonstrate an understanding of the constraints, goals, and strategy of Frontend Enablement (FEDE).
  • Build a relationship with your peers in the Frontend discipline, gaining insight into collaboration and technology across the business.
  • Under guidance from the design system team, become familiar with, and contribute to, the frontend component & design system architecture we are currently developing.
  • Begin to understand how the design system is used across the business on different teams.
  • With guidance, contribute to meetings & discussions with other disciplines to gain an understanding of how we integrate & engage with the wider business.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of Agile development methodology.
  • Start contributing towards our open-source front-end playbook.

 

Within 6 months

  • Start to build relationships with a variety of teams around the business, gaining an understanding of how they work and the role they play within the company
  • Under guidance from the design system team, continue contributing to the frontend component & design system architecture.
  • Continue contributing towards our open-source frontend playbook.
  • Start to take part in code reviews for new and existing components, advocating for techniques outlined in FED playbooks (such as progressive enhancement and accessibility), and following our component strategy.
  • Become more confident contributing to meetings & discussions with other disciplines and the wider business.
  • Foster a wider understanding of our goals & technologies by demonstrating effective communication in meetings & discussions.
  • Begin to work closely with, and build relationships with, our colleagues in the UX department. Understanding the role user research and design plays in our design system.
  • Begin to work with product teams on a consultancy basis to help develop their use of the design system, and help make sure that components are kept up-to-date, well documented and tested.
  • Work with your manager to identify and undertake training to improve yourself (accessibility, performance, etc).

 

Within 12 months

  • Continue contributing to the frontend component & design system architecture without supervision.
  • Continue to advocate for and implement techniques outlined in FED playbooks (such as progressive enhancement and accessibility) in contributions and/or code reviews.
  • Assume ownership of tasks related to your key area(s) of expertise.
  • Continue contributing towards our open-source frontend playbook.
  • Demonstrate an ability to play a key role in meetings & discussions with other disciplines and the wider business, doing so with empathy and quietude.
  • Develop your team’s reputation as an expert resource for design system matters (e.g. by answering questions, responding to GitHub issues, reviewing pull requests), and doing so without supervision.
  • Develop a good knowledge of components within our design system, being able to assess the suitability of proposed new components, as well as review updates to existing components
  • Continue to work closely with our UX department to help understand their needs, and help develop cross-discipline initiatives.
  • Continue working with product teams on a consultancy basis, helping to identify new shared components based on a developed understanding of work being done on different teams.

 

Benefits

  • 25 days annual leave, +1 day/year for your first five years
  • Life Assurance
  • Group Income Protection
  • Flexible Working and Working at Home policies which you can discuss with your manager
  • Pension with company contributions ranging from 6% to 9%


Flexible fund benefits, where you can choose from:

  • Private Medical Insurance
  • Increasing your pension contributions
  • Raising the value of your life insurance cover
  • Buying or selling annual leave
     

Everyone also gets the option to take advantage of:

  • Season Ticket Loan
  • Free Eye Test
  • Cycle2Work scheme
  • Discounted Gym Membership

Developing your skillset

We recognise how important it is for you to be able to develop your skills and take the next step in your career so we offer:

  • 24-hour access to training programmes on Leap, our global training platform
  • A Global Leadership Programme
  • ‘Job Families’ across many departments so you can see what different career paths are available to you

Support Networks

Our employee groups and networks give you an opportunity to get together with colleagues with similar interests to provide support and contribute to your career development. These include:

  • UK Wellbeing Champions
  • UK People Group – helping make Springer Nature a great place to work
  • SN Pride
  • SN Women
  • SN Parents
  • SN DEN - Springer Nature's Disabled Employee Network

At Springer Nature, we value the diversity of our teams and work to build an inclusive culture, where people are treated fairly and can bring their differences to work and thrive. We empower our colleagues and value their diverse perspectives as we strive to attract, nurture and develop the very best talent.

Springer Nature was awarded Diversity Team of the Year at the 2022 British Diversity Awards. Find out more about our DEI work here.

 

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