Javascript Engineer

Javascript Engineer

About the role

Our Engineering team are passionate and dedicated to offering high quality development to our product and helping save teachers time! 

We are looking for a professional and experienced Javascript engineer to join our Engineering team and help us develop Arbor’s front-end library and React Native mobile application. The remit and focus of the role is to develop our frontend products and libraries to ensure Arbor is the leading MIS in terms of UX, Data Visualisation, and performance. This requires working on the frontend strategy, as well as working day to day with Product Managers to deliver new features, resolve issues, and contribute to sharing knowledge with colleagues. It’s a broad and exciting role, so we’re looking for someone up for a challenge - if you’re a team player looking for a fast-paced and exciting new role, this could be just for you. 

In your first 6 months you will…

  • Be responsible for the ongoing development or Arbors’s front-end library and React Native mobile application.
  • Directly contribute to the ongoing migration to React from ExtJs, as well as developing new features and libraries, including a D3 charting library, and comprehensive component library. 
  • Maintain an existing React Native mobile application to resolve issues and develop new functionality.
  • Work with the CTO to devise the ongoing strategy for frontend projects, ensuring we adopt the correct technology that will enable us to deliver better features to our customers

Core responsibilities

  • Work closely with the Product Manager and Engineering Lead to help solutionise feature requests
  • Create appropriate documentation for new feature developments, including diagrams where appropriate
  • Resolve any bugs or issues with client side or mobile app bugs
  • Write appropriate tests around new features and ensure appropriate test coverage 
  • Produce well written code using standard design patterns and methods
  • Participate in code reviews and pair programming with colleagues
  • Participate in tech-talks and team based learning to ensure knowledge is spread
  • Perform code analysis, requirements analysis, identification of code metrics, system risk analysis and software reliability analysis
  • Performance tuning, and general improvements

About you 

We’re looking for someone with expert knowledge of JavaScript with a strong understanding of JavaScript fundamentals such as prototype inheritance, composition, CommonJS/AMD module systems using RequireJS. Beyond that, we’d love to see:

  • Experience of modern Javascript frameworks such as React, Angular, Vue etc
  • Understanding of frontend deployment packagers such as Webpack
  • CSS compiler knowledge (E.g., Sass, LESS)
  • A positive and proactive attitude to problem solving 
  • A team player, willing to muck in and help others when needed, driven personality who asks questions and actively participates in discussions
  • Good written and spoken English so you can present your ideas - our HQ is based in London

Bonus skills

  • Past experience with enterprise solutions
  • Familiarity with Scrum methodology or other agile development processes
  • Experience with relational and NoSql database technologies
  • Experience with Docker and containerisation
  • Familiarity with software best practices such as Refactoring, Clean Code, Domain-Driven Design, Test-Driven Development, etc.

What we offer

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:

  • We believe in supporting you to grow professionally and giving you the freedom to choose how. If you tell us where you want to go, we have a dedicated training budget to help you get there!
  • One of our core values is to make an impact, so we give everyone 1 day off each year to volunteer with a charity of your choice.
  • We promote positive well being and as part of this you’ll have access to a choice of comprehensive 24/7 well being support services as well as internal Mental Health Champions.
  • We support autonomy and flexibility, and depending on your role can offer flexible working.
  • Spending quality time together is really important, so to encourage this, our social committees organise regular team nights out (we’ve had pizza making, escape rooms, and even white water rafting!)
  • We offer 30 days holiday (plus Bank Holidays), part of which is made up of half day Fridays during the school summer holidays, a day off during Easter and a day off over Christmas.
  • Our office is based in the heart of Leeds. It’s lively and vibrant, and you’ll have breakfast supplied every day along with other healthy snacks you can choose from.

Refer a friend: Know someone else who would be good for this role? You can refer a friend, family member or colleague, if they are offered a role with Arbor, we will say thank you with a voucher valued up to £200! Simply email: 

 Arbor Education is an equal opportunities organisation

 We support and promote diversity and equality, and actively encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation, gender assignment, age, pregnancy, maternity and paternity status, disability status, marital and civil partnership status, or any other reason prohibited by law in provision of employment opportunities and benefits.

 If you need any adjustments to be made to support you through the recruitment process, let us know at

 Please note: We are unable to provide visa sponsorship at this time.

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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 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 the 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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