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Advert Date:   Monday, 20th June 2022
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Job Title:   Lead Front End Software Engineer
Organisation:   Natural History Museum
Salary:   up to £60,000 p.a.
Type:   Full-Time Position
Location:   London, England
Closing Date:   Monday, 11th July 2022
Job Ref No:   GSFLSD
About Us
The Natural History Museum is both a world-leading science research centre and the most visited natural history museum in Europe. With a vision of a future in which both people and the planet thrive, it is uniquely positioned to be a powerful champion for balancing humanity’s needs with those of the natural world.

It is custodian of one of the world’s most important scientific collections comprising over 80 million objects. The scale of this collection enables researchers from all over the world to document how species have and continue to respond to environmental changes - which is vital in helping predict what might happen in the future and informing future policies and plans to help the planet.

We are at a pivotal moment in our history as we launch a new strategy setting out our role as the natural world faces increasing threats. Building on our world-leading collection, global reputation for science and as one of the world’s leading visitor attractions, the NHM has ambitious plans leading up to the 150 anniversary of the opening of the Waterhouse Building in 2031, making this a truly exciting time to be part of the NHM team.

About the role
Technology Solutions is looking for an experienced Software Engineer to join its development team and provide technical leadership in the production of public facing digital experiences.

The Lead Front-end Engineer will work primarily within one of the five Digital Product teams. The product teams are cross-functional – consisting of Developers, UX and Digital Designers, Product Managers and Content Authors – and the Lead Front-end Engineer will be expected to work closely within their own product team to deliver its objectives. This role will also have a broader focus, acting as one of a group of three Lead Engineers who maintain oversight of all the work carried out by the developers across the Digital Product teams and more widely across the museum. This group of Lead Engineers will drive the technical direction of the Development team, setting standards, choosing technologies and ensuring solutions across the product teams meet the needs of the business, as defined by the Product Leads.

The Lead Front-end Engineer should have demonstrable experience in leading development and delivery of public-facing websites or applications and a good understanding of designing and building for user needs. They will be able to demonstrate a strong track record in providing technical leadership, designing and co-ordinating technical solutions across multiple teams, and should be comfortable in line-managing or mentoring other developers within the team.

Significant extensive experience in building front end applications using JavaScript frameworks, specifically React/Next.js, is expected, as well as extensive exposure to working with RESTful APIs and GraphQL. They will have an excellent understanding of web performance, accessibility and web security best practices.

Strong front-end development skills will be expected in HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, Git, responsive design and using CSS pre-processors (e.g. Sass), as well as experience working in an agile/lean environment. This will be backed by a broad knowledge of web development platforms, technologies, languages and protocols and experience working with enterprise Content Management Systems, such as Adobe AEM.

Reporting to the Head of Systems Development and Operations.

What we offer
• 5 days holiday plus 8 bank holidays (full time equivalent)
• Generous defined contribution Natural History Museum Pension Scheme (employer contribution up to 10%)
• Free admission to our exhibitions and many other paid exhibitions at museums, galleries and institutions across the country, such as the British Museum, V&A, National Gallery, Royal Academy and Tate
• Affordable membership to the Civil Service Sports Council which offers a range of benefits including a free digital Tastecard, discounted cinema tickets and corporate membership of English Heritage sites (including Dover Castle and Stonehenge). For more details, visit
• Membership to our Sports and Social Association (for a small fee), which includes access to our in-house gym and clubs such as football, softball, table tennis and tennis and classes in Middle Eastern dance, yoga and Tai Chi
• Staff discounts at a range of local businesses and services
• Staff discount at our Museum shops and cafes
• Season ticket, bicycle and rental loans
• Eye care vouchers
• Professional development opportunities - We are committed to the professional development of our staff and offer a range of courses to ensure they reach their potential. We also sponsor professional qualifications and job-related professional membership fees.
  Application Instructions
If that sounds like you, please apply online on the Natural History Museum’s careers portal:

Closing date: 9am on Monday 11 July 2022

Interviews: Interviews expected between 18th and 22nd July 2022

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