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theidol.com is looking for a Senior Web Developer to join our team with flexible home / office working supported.

The Idol is an award-winning, rapidly growing tech company based on the edge of the Lake District National Park in Cumbria. It’s the ideal setting to get out, enjoy a walk, be inspired, and conceive our next innovative product or solution. We’ve been leading online innovation since 1999 and specialise in creating cutting-edge web applications and solutions for customers and businesses of all sizes.

We are part of the Legal & General Group and partner with household brands such as Go.Compare and ComparetheMarket. We pride ourselves on innovation and early adoption of new technologies and working practices.

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If you feel you have the skills and experience required to join the team at theidol.com, please send us your CV, contact details and a short statement about you and your suitability for the role.

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Overview

We are looking for a Senior Developer to join us on a full-time basis. Reporting to a Solution Architect, you will influence the work within a multi-disciplinary squad supporting the development of our SaaS platform called Asanto. Asanto is a flexible, no-code platform empowering business users to configure products, pricing and distribution without the need for specialist developers. You will be a senior member in an agile development team championing development best practice and code quality, ensuring developed solutions meet the expectations of the Software Development Life Cycle, providing technical input to project prioritisation decisions or queries, and providing mentoring to your peers.

Principle accountabilities
  • Writing well designed, structured, testable code based upon industry and development best practices.
  • Maintaining, updating and continuously developing deployed solutions.
  • Integrating front-end, backend, API and databased systems and services.
  • Ensuring the quality of your developed solutions by writing comprehensive automated tests.
  • Interpreting software requirements and architecting these into best practice developed solutions.
  • Defining code development processes within the development team.
  • Creating and maintaining software documentation.
  • Being aware of emerging new technologies.
  • Driving the full adoption of Agile methodology.
  • Modelling and maintaining the standard of the code within the team (code review, audit, structure, linting, testing quality), and providing feedback to colleagues as required.
  • Mentoring Developer colleagues on coding and technical best practice.
  • Ensuring development stability and identifying weaknesses within production ready solutions.
  • Consider, relevant to your role, the needs and objectives of all our customers, including vulnerable customers, to ensure that they receive good outcomes.
Person specification

Knowledge, experience and qualifications

  • Significant proven experience working in web development, ideally in a commercial and/or SaaS environment.
  • Solid understanding and experience in multiple programming languages including Java Script.
  • Experience optimising databases at scale.
  • Experience ensuring technical directions to support solutions are communicated and understood by others.
  • An understanding of how solutions and approaches can impact a wider business.
  • An understanding of DevOps processes and infrastructure.
  • A solid understanding of secure coding and development best practices.
  • Experience working with relational database systems.
  • Experience working with code management solutions.
  • Experience driving Agile operational strategy forward.

Behaviours

  • Diagnosing and identifying problems, and creatively solving them.
  • Providing verbal and written communication that is clear and concise to colleagues, senior management as well as other stakeholders.
  • Flexible and adaptable – capable of changing direction where required, showing flexibility to meet new demands and quickly leaning and mastering new and existing technologies.
  • Self-managing own workload and continually meeting agreed deadlines and delivery targets.
  • Multi-tasking – managing several concurrent projects and prioritising demands.
  • Being approachable and friendly, and contributing to a positive and active working environment.
  • Being prepared to be challenged as well as take the initiative.
  • Demonstrating self-driven learning (although training will be provided where needed)

Scope

This is a full-time Monday to Friday role working an average 37.5 hours per week.

Hybrid home/office working supported. There is a requirement to attend the office in Cumbria approximately twice a month or as frequently is required to meet the role requirements (expenses will be provided depending on your location).

Salary from £45,000 depending on experience, 25 days holiday plus public holidays, plus performance rated bonus, enhanced pension, and generous private medical, family, sickness and insurance benefits, and share schemes.

Over to You

If you have a genuine enthusiasm and an ability to quickly adapt to new technologies, you may be just what we’re looking for!

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What’s in it for you?

Your Money

Taking care of your financial wellbeing, and making your money go further.

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Performance bonus

Annual bonus based on individual performance.

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Yearly pay increases

We review your salary annually, to make sure we’re paying you fairly.

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Pension scheme

Up to 10% employer pension contribution.

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Share scheme

Access to our Legal & General share schemes.

Your Health

Taking care of your physical and mental wellbeing.

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Work life balance

Hybrid home or office working to help strike the perfect balance for you, while supporting your expenses to visit the office.

Health and Dental Insurance

Access to private medical plans for you and your family.

Employee Assistance Programme

Free, day-to-day wellbeing and counselling service.

Virtual GP

Fast and direct access to a Virtual GP and Mental Health service.

Tailored office environment

Life at Team Idol.

Social events

Exceptional events delivered by our social committee team.

Breakout rooms

Spacious meeting rooms and breakout areas.

Drinks and snacks

Complimentary hot and soft drinks, free fruit and a lunch allowance while at the office.

Free parking and charging

Access to electric charging points and no need to worry about parking charges!

Your life

Protecting you and your family.

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Death in service insurance

Insurance to protect you and your family at 8 times your salary.

Holidays

Generous holiday allowance and the ability to buy and sell holidays according to your needs.

Work+Family Space

Access to advice, guidance, resources to balance work and caring responsibilities.

Income protection

Support if you are unable to work in the long-term due to illness or injury.

The Idol office

Where we are


Based in Eden Business Park, our modern office space reflects our culture and how we want to work. Step outside and you’re instantly looking out onto the Thacka Beck Nature Reserve.

We love where we live and we’re proud to remain a homegrown Cumbrian technology business. This pride extends to embracing our role in the community to champion, inspire and develop digital skills.

What to expect


We create a rewarding working environment for our teams to develop, collaborate and enjoy. Expect high energy, creative flair, attention to detail and an embraced adoption of new technologies.

Working in agile development squads, our teams freely exchange ideas and expert knowledge - sharing this both with each other and our clients. This approach encourages for continuous improvement, ensuring the projects we deliver are as truly considered and innovative as possible.

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Find your balance


Adopting a healthy work life balance is an essential part of our culture. We offer flexible working hours, remote or blended home/office working, as well as funded social events.

Our modern, custom-built office is the perfect working environment for our teams, with spacious social working areas, free hot/cold drinks and fresh fruit. Facilities include an on-site gym, showers and table tennis.

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Challenge yourself

Continuous professional development is more to us than ticking a box. It underpins our approach and belief in the value of personal and professional growth.

Training is accessible to everyone in all roles and across all levels, enabling you to develop and deliver your best work with us.

Working with you, we’ll identify and build a tailored development plan. Training opportunities include short courses and bootcamps, through to apprenticeships and industry-recognised qualifications.

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You’re in good company


It’s important, dare we say essential, to enjoy what we do and have fun at work. Our staff-led social events team organises exceptional social events, including Christmas parties, axe-throwing, cheese and wine evenings, bake off events and even trips to the Crystal Maze!

Our annual summer party brings everyone together in the heart of the Lake District for an evening of live music, free food and drink.