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Victoria & Albert Museum is hiring a

Front End Developer x 2

  • London
  • full-time

As the V&A expands its physical estate – with the opening of two new sites in the Olympic Park and the refurbishment of the Museum of Childhood – we will be making a significant expansion to our digital estate. We have created seven new digital roles to shape the development of a suite of new digital products to support the V&A’s multi-site future. Using – and contributing to – the latest technologies and frameworks, we will be building new websites, online services and mobile applications for visitors to discover the rich stories of the 2.3 million objects in our collection.

We are looking for two Front-End Developers to build beautiful, functional applications and features for the V&A’s expanding digital estate. As well as helping to deliver an ambitious product roadmap, our Front-End developers build online features that support our museums’ diverse exhibition programmes.

About us

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 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, full-stack 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

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.