Posted 3 weeks ago

Front End Developer

PWA TypeScript Web Components WebAssembly Webpack

This is an exciting time to be joining the V&A Digital Media and Publishing team, as the V&A takes root in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, with the opening of a new museum at Stratford Waterfront and a collections research centre at Here East (in 2023), and with the redesign of the V&A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green (2022).

The Digital team plays an important role in the V&A’s multi-site future and will lead the design and development of a suite of new visitor-facing digital products and services, and a significant expansion to the V&A digital estate. Our award-winning website was revamped in 2016, and we have a rolling programme of improvements, including our collections online and a new website for the Museum of Childhood. We’re now looking to significantly expand the team.

The Digital Media team’s mission is to bring the V&A to life online and in our buildings. Our aim is to deliver a world-class digital experience that reflects the depth and breadth of the V&A’s collections and engages people with art and design. Our ambition is to turn more of the 15.7m visits to vam. ac. uk into visits to our museums, and to tell the incredible stories behind our collection of two million objects covering 5,000 years of human history.

Why this role matters

Our Front-End Developers build beautiful, functional applications and features for the V&A’s digital estate. They are responsible for developing and maintaining front end functionality to improve performance, reliability and accessibility. As well as helping to deliver an ambitious product roadmap they develop online features that support our museums’ diverse exhibition programmes. That might involve developing new narrative components to tell stories about the collection, image viewers that help people zoom into object details or games that get people closer to our objects. Working closely with product designers, fullstack and server-side developers, our Front-End Developers improve and refactor existing features across our digital product portfolio.

What the Front-End Developer does

  • Prototypes and builds new front-end applications (using React or modern JavaScript)
  • Builds reusable components and libraries that are used by the team and by our agencies
  • Improves the build pipeline and documenting code
  • Advises on the development of new content features that support our public programme of exhibitions and collections
  • Optimises features and applications for speed and scalability
  • Ensures the technical feasibility of UI and UX design
  • Refactors legacy code to ensure best practice (improving performance, security, accessibility and reliability)
  • Collaborates with colleagues in content, technology and design, with other V&A stakeholders and with our support agencies

Additional responsibilities

It is the responsibility of all employees to be committed to health and safety and ensure familiarity with all the museum\'s health and safety policies and procedures. You should always be security conscious, ensure familiarity and co-operation with all museum security procedures and you must always wear a security pass when on museum premises.

You should promote equality and diversity in all aspects of your work by developing and maintaining positive working relationships, ensuring that colleagues are treated fairly, with respect and dignity.

You should carry out any ad hoc duties as requested by appropriate managers within your department.

What you’ll bring to the role

  • Solid understanding of current UI frameworks (preferably React)
  • In depth knowledge of HTML5, CSS3
  • Knowledge of modern JavaScript specifications (ES6 and beyond)
  • Experience developing responsive websites
  • Experience of modern build pipelines (Webpack, Babel, Yarn, etc.)
  • Experience of build and documentation tools such as Git, JIRA, Confluence
  • Experience of working in Agile delivery environments

You’ll also have…

  • experience with RESTful APIs and JSON.
  • experience with code debugging.

You might even have…

  • interest in web standards and the development of the web platform.
  • knowledge of Typescript.
  • interest in developing web standards such as WebAssembly, Web Components and Progressive Web Applications.
  • interest in the cultural heritage sector and in the history of art, design and performance.


Hours: Net working hours (i.e. excluding meal breaks) are 36 per week

Annual leave: 28 days plus 8 days public holidays

Pension benefits: You will be automatically enrolled into the Museum’s Group Personal Pension Scheme. At the end of your probation period, you will be moved to an enhanced pension provision, which includes an employer contribution of 10%.

Other benefits

  • Free entrance to all the major museums and exhibitions in London and many others, national and international
  • Subsidised staff restaurant
  • Discounts on purchases in the V&A’s shops
  • Non-contributory life assurance policy (up to four times your annual salary)
  • After three months you will qualify for an interest free season ticket or bicycle loan
  • Childcare Voucher Scheme
How to apply
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