Front End Developer (Reactjs)

About us

At Arbor, we’re on a mission to transform the way schools work for the better.

Our products are transforming the way schools use data to bring about positive change by empowering schools and teachers by reducing the amount of time spent on administrative tasks, and increasing time where it matters, with the students!

Role Overview

Innovation is embedded in Arbor's culture and we’re continuously looking at ways to innovate and expand our industry leading MIS (Management Information System) product with new features and functionality.  We have multiple exciting projects in progress, including ongoing development of our Group MIS business intelligence and data visualisation tool, expanding our React Native mobile application, creation of dynamic seating plan functionality, and ongoing improvements to our front-end library.

A day in the life of an front end developer at Arbor:

  • Day to day you’ll be getting hands on with a mix of SCSS, React, raw JavaScript, as well as libraries and frameworks like D3, NodeJS and and from time to time backend technologies like PHP, Python or Bash.
  • You’ll work closely with the product manager and UX designer to come up with the best solution to user stories
  • Brainstorming technical solutions with other developers and then Implement those solutions, mostly in JavaScript with React
  • Developing your unit tests with Jest and other testing libraries
  • Contribute to the team’s shared documentation
  • Pair programming with other members of your team and developers from other teams whenever it’s helpful!

Role Progression 

Within 1 month, you’ll be getting to know your team and the Arbor story.  Once your onboarding is complete you can expect to be contributing to the main frontend library for the MIS, converting legacy ExtJS components to React and own a story for release it into production

Within 3 months, you’ll be starting to take on more responsibilities and working more autonomously.  You will be working towards creating a green-field React SPA for the Group MIS product, helping shape our continually-evolving coding standards and be an active participant in guild meetings

Within 6 months, you will have made strides with the Group MIS having contributed enhancements to our D3 charting library.  Next up will be helping to maintain our React Native mobile app and now searching for potential improvements in areas you’ve touched.

By this time be pairing up with backend developers on a backend change and teaching them some frontend skills.

About You

You have a love for web development and UX with an appetite for learning and personal development. 

Bonus points if you have:

  • Working knowledge of core JavaScript, ES6+, both OOP and functional programming.  Its a real plus if you’ve learnt or are learning other programming languages
  • Commercial experience with React, or a similar framework like Vue.js
  • Feel comfortable writing unit tests, and it would be great if you’ve used both test-first and white-box approaches.
  • Experience working in an agile environment and using tools such as Docker, Git and Github.

What we offer

Aside from the chance to work alongside a team of hard-working, passionate people in a role where you’ll see the impact of your work everyday. 

  • We believe in supporting your professional growth and provide team managers with a training budget to spend on courses for you and your team
  • We promote positive well being and as part of this you’ll have access to our Employee Assistance Program as well as being able to speak to trained mental health first aiders 
  • Frequent internal lunch and learns, opportunities to learn from colleagues, and dedicated time off to attend conferences or training 
  • We are all currently WFH due to covid and will continue to provide flexible work arrangements post covid
  • We offer additional discretionary holidays, including half day Fridays during the school summer holidays

Arbor Education is an equal opportunities organisation

Our goal is for Arbor to be a workplace which represents, celebrates and supports people from all backgrounds, and which gives them the tools they need to thrive - whatever their ambitions may be.

We want to make sure we build the best products for our schools, and we passionately believe that starts with building a workforce as diverse as the communities we serve. We’re actively working on this, and we’re always open to feedback. Let us know your thoughts! 

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Perks and Benefits

You'll have the chance to work alongside a team of hard-working, passionate people in a role where you’ll see the impact of your work everyday. We also offer:

  • Professional development budget 🎓

    At Arbor we're passionate about learning, and to support this we have a dedicated training budget for all teams.

  • Mental health and wellness 🧠

    Dedicated Mental Health First Aiders and Wellbeing Champions with ongoing support and learning around mental health.

  • Volunteering day 🤝

    We're all about making an impact! So everyone who joins us gets 1 day a year to volunteer for a charity or cause of their choice.

  • Regular team socials 🥳

    We have regular team socials where we spend dedicated time together. This year we've had BBQs, been to theatre shows, gone white water rafting, and more!

  • Half-day summer Fridays 😎

    Plus, we shut the office for a day at Easter and over Christmas so you get some extra time off then too!

  • Employee Assistance Programme 🧘‍♀️

    Choice of comprehensive 24/7 support services with UK and Ireland's most trusted health and wellbeing network.

  • Flexible working 🤸‍♀️

    Depending on your role we can also offer you flexible working - just mention it in your interview and we'll let you know what your options are

  • Dog-friendly offices 🐕

    Our offices are dog friendly, so if you'd like to bring your canine companion in for the day, that's no problem!

  • GRC Accredited ✔︎

    The Good Recruitment Charter defines good recruitment practice through key principles that we aspire to.

Workplace and Culture

We’re a diverse and experienced team of ex-teachers, edtech engineers and education specialists passionate about making a difference to the sector.  
Ultimately, we’re here to help make our schools and trusts stress a little less, and focus on what matters most - improving the lives of teachers and outcomes of students everywhere!

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