Front End Engineer

London, UK
Technology – Development
Full-Time
Technology. Award-winning customer service. Bleeding-edge data ability.

Simply Business is a new type of insurance company, using all of the above to create the best possible insurance experience for small businesses and self-employed people.

We love working here, and have even taken the number one spot in the Sunday Times Best Company To Work For 2015 and 16 lists; we’ve stopped entering now to focus on a few bigger projects, but you get the idea.

It’s a great place to work.

There are currently over 500,000 active Simply Business insurance policies in the UK alone. And we have offices in London, Northampton and Boston, USA.

Talking of offices, ours are bright, airy and geared up for really smart working. We’re flexible, with plenty of remote workers coming in and out, and we believe work and life should be hand in hand, rather than a juggling act. So no need to worry about school pick-ups, or a horrible commute.

Our people are our most important asset, so we focus on building a working  life that helps us thrive, not stick. Join us and you’ll be part of our journey  to creating something even better, for our customers and ourselves.

In this role, you are capable of taking well-defined tasks and completing them in a way that is considered by the team to be high-quality with supervision from more senior team members. The emphasis of their work is around UX aspects of the products they are working with, therefore most of their interactions will be with User facing content. However, front-end stories may depend on back-end work so fluency in more that JavaScript could be required.

The progress through this level is focused on taking tasks of increasing complexity, scope and importance and completing them with very high quality with a decreasing need for oversight.

An important focus of this level is developing empathy for the users of their software, whether they be internal employees, customers, or other engineers on the team.

A team member at this level is seeking out the context they need to understand the why of a particular feature and nurturing this empathy via that understanding.

    • Can understand business requirements
    • Knows who to escalate to when unable to handle communication with business
    • Is able to work with researchers and designers to define and build UIs for applications based on the provided design
    • Comfortable working with researchers and designers to define and deliver new features, translate concepts into living, breathing prototypes,
    • Can assist in providing estimations for stories
    • Contributes to delivering projects as part of a team
    • Is able to work independently when given an objective

    • Can support and mentor Junior team members
    • Is able to give feedback to colleagues
    • Knows when to escalate issues to their peers, their team, or to the wider team
    • Is able to pair-program effectively

    • Follows our best practices particularly regarding Frontend
    • Can bring meaningful contributions to technical discussions especially regarding front-end architectures
    • Can take responsibility for implementing stories
    • Knows when a feature requires a wider design discussion
    • Experienced in HTML5, CSS3, modern JavaScript, e.g. ES2015+
    • Designs/creates UI components extending our design system working with tools such as Storybook
    • Familiar or willing to learn ReactJS
    • Familiar with bundling toolchains, such as BabelJS, ESLint, Webpack, Rollup, Parcel, etc
    • Proven responsive web design experience
What are the benefits?

There’s all the serious (but important) stuff we call ‘core benefits’. On top of that, you can pick and choose from the more exciting options we offer – whether it’s a full gym membership or gym subsidy, comprehensive private health cover, extra holiday, or a National Trust pass. 

The ‘core’ stuff
Some of these will kick in once you’re confirmed in post, but here’s the summary:
• a salary that reflects your experience, our pay policy and the market we’re in from your first day, generous annual leave
• life assurance (financial cover for your family, should the worst happen)
• a cash plan to reimburse your everyday medical expenses
• an extra day off if you get married or move house
• an automatic enrollment pension (employer-matched at 5%) 

The fun stuff
Passed probation? Time to pick and mix from things like:
• a full gym membership
• private medical insurance
• extra days annual leave
• shopping vouchers
• dental insurance
• travel insurance

But there’s so much more to Simply Business than insurance and memberships. We also commit to flexible working options, smart working (our offices are kitted out for you to work when and how you choose), cycle to work, eye test vouchers, and season ticket loan schemes, and we have a handy online form to put in any training or conference requests.

Best of all, though, are the groups, clubs, and adventures that come with the Simply Business territory. Forget a simple Give As You Earn scheme (although we’ve got that too) – we trek the Sahara for charity, take you on weekends away, throw epic summer parties, and meet up for book groups, public speaking coaching, yoga, manicures, beer brewing, and lots, lots more.

Our values

Everything we do comes down to these five values – empowerment, authenticity, simplicity, learning and pioneering.

In practice, these will mean something unique to every  person at Simply Business, but if you’re considering working here, give them some thought. They’re at the heart of our story.

Empowerment
We believe in our people and the positive impact they can have so we enable everyone to stretchthemselves

Authenticity
We celebrate diversity, avoid jargon and genuinely care about helping small businesses thrive

Simplicity
We attempt to simplify complex solutions to save our customerstime andeffort

Learning
We’re never done learning about new possibilities and act to explore them

Pioneering
We’re obsessed with finding new ways to create even better  experiences