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Front End Developer (Javascript, CSS, HTML) AO


Manchester Riverside

A bit about us

We may have started small, but we’ve always had very big ideas, like totally changing the way people buy appliances. We launched in 2000 and we just haven’t stopped, a years’ worth of achievements always seems more like three at AO.Our customers are now our biggest advocates, and we’ve made millions of them happy. We’ve even launched in new territories throughout Europe.Sometimes we have to pinch ourselves. But we’re determined to be the best electrical retailer in Europe, and for that, you need to be driven. You need to be bold enough to try new things, and smart enough to see them through. You need to care about people, and have a little fun while you’re doing it.

More about the role

We’re always hunting for passionate front-enders who have their finger on the pulse of the latest technologies and are keen to work alongside like-minded individuals; learning and developing their craft in a collaborative and energetic environment.  Candidates who fit the bill will become an integral part of our front end team working on a variety of technically challenging projects spanning key areas of the customer journey, with the autonomy to help drive and shape projects in a way you deem most appropriate. You’ll work closely alongside our industry leading UX designers, graphic design and back end teams, with plenty of opportunities to pair program and learn from developers who really care about software excellence and share ideas through weekly workshops, developer meetings and monthly hack days.

Here's what you can expect to be doing

As a leading online retailer, millions of customers each year will see and enjoy your work. You’ll be responsible for the design and development of exciting, innovative front end pages, systems and functionality using a mixture of cutting edge and well established technologies and our own internally developed front end libraries and frameworks.You’ll write lean and semantic HTML, carefully crafted and efficient SASS and functional JavaScript, often with libraries such as React and Redux (when the need should arise), all upon a foundation of NodeJS based build tools like Gulp and Webpack to take care of those trivial but essential front end tasks like compilation, concatenation and minification. Beyond developing new innovative front end features, application heavy key journey functionality and beautiful, bespoke multimedia heavy brand pages for all the amazing manufacturers we work closely with like Samsung, Microsoft and Apple, you’ll be working across our international and client sites and getting stuck into other general areas of development such as optimisation, page performance, accessibility, Multi Variant Testing and much more.

A few things about you

We use the following technologies daily, so commercial experience with them is beneficial, although you don’t need to be a master at them: 
  • HTML
  • CSS / SASS
  • JavaScript
  • JavaScript and CSS based frameworks / libraries
  • Node JS based tooling (Gulp / WebPack etc.)
  • Desirable
  • Good understanding of browser discrepancies
  • Familiarity with developing for mobile devices
  • Understanding of unit testing
  • CMS experience
  • Page performance / optimisation knowledge
  • Animation techniques (CSS or JavaScript based e.g. WebGL)
  • Good knowledge of Web APIs
  • .Net experience
  • We’re looking for candidates who enjoy their job and take pride in their work, who like the thought of joining a young, vibrant and close knit team and are confident enough to work both individually and in collaboration with others.

    Why choose AO?

    It’s not about the job you need now, it’s about who you want to be and where you want go. The thing about AO is that you don’t have to leave to move on. We have the kind of environment where people learn and thrive and be the best they can be. That’s our values talking.We empower each and every person to push the boundaries of what’s possible. We’re growing rapidly and so should you. Our environment and our culture are vibrant and engaging, you almost have to feel it to believe it.  “Our people are our biggest asset, they’re our culture: that unique, indescribable thing that makes us really different.

    Great people deserve great things

     As an AO employee you can take full advantage of our benefits package. As well as fundamental benefits, like pensions and holidays, we have designed our “AO Perks” to help you out financially, make your work life a little easier or make your home life a lot more fun.
  • 33 days holiday pro rata : For a well-deserved rest (Including Bank Holidays)
  • Attendance bonus: For a year well spent*
  • Company Sick Pay: Support when you need it*
  • Contributory Pension Scheme: Thinking ahead
  • Share Save Scheme: Something for a rainy day
  • Discounts on AO products: Exclusive savings
  • An enhanced Maternity, Paternity and Adoption package: The best start for your family*
  • Childcare Vouchers: Looking after the next world leaders
  • Cycle to Work Scheme: Stay healthy, save the world
  • Length of Service Holiday Bonus: More time to play*
  • Eye Care Vouchers: Protecting your vision
  • Death in Service: Knowing they’ll be taken care of
  • 2 Make A Difference (MAD) Days: Give something back, do something amazing
  • Gifts for New Arrivals: Something for the mini AO’ers
  • Gifts for Newlyweds: Something for the happy couple
  • Free Snacks and Drinks: Everyone loves free snacks and drinks
  • Long Service Rewards: Our commitment to you, for your commitment to us*
  • Social events calendar: Work is serious but we like to do it with a smile on our face
  • Site specific benefits: In case all of the above wasn’t quite enough, some of our locations have additional benefits including discounted Gym Membership, On-site Parking, Beauty Spa and/ Starbucks facilities
  • (*Subject to start date or length of service)