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Advert Date:   Thursday, 22nd September 2022
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Job Title:   Lead Software Engineer
Organisation:   Natural History Museum
Salary:   up to £60,000 p.a.
Type:   Full-Time Position
Location:   London, England
Closing Date:   Monday, 10th October 2022
Job Ref No:   AMGLSE
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.

Diversity and inclusion matter to us.
Our vision is of a future where both people and the planet thrive. Diversity is one of our core values and we strive to build a workplace where everyone feels a sense of belonging. All new staff who join us learn about the importance of diversity and inclusion to the Museum and how to contribute to creating an inclusive environment.

We know we have more to do, but we are committed to ensuring that everyone who works at the Museum feels they can thrive and feel valued and respected.

We welcome applications from everyone – diversity, inclusion and the feeling of belonging matters to us. By attracting people to work for us from a broad range of diverse backgrounds we can continue to look at the world with fresh eyes and find new ways of doing things.

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.

About you
We are looking for someone with substantial experience developing public-facing websites or applications and a good understanding of designing and building for user needs.

We also require some prior experience taking senior or lead roles in software development projects or being the technical lead within a product team structure, taking responsibility for delivery across the team.
  Application Instructions
If that sounds like you, please apply online on the Natural History Museum’s careers portal.

Closing date: 9am, Monday, 10th October 2022

Interviews: w/c 17th August 2022

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