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Web Product Developer (KEEP Associate)

University of Hertfordshire - Hertfordshire Business School

Location: Hatfield
Salary: £25,000 to £32,000 per annum depending on experience, qualifications and skills
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 28th September 2021
Closes: 17th October 2021
Job Ref: 036055

FTE:                            1.0fte (working 37.5 hours per week)

Duration of Contract: Fixed term contract for 12 months

Salary:                        KEEP Adhoc £25,000 - £32,000 per annum depending on experience, qualifications and skills

Location:                    de Havilland campus, University of Hertfordshire Hatfield, and at Indigo Tree Digital Ltd, Tring, HP23 5BB (remote working within the UK will be considered)

Indigo Tree is a website design and development agency with expertise in digital solutions, content creation and SEO for businesses, schools, and agencies across the UK. We provide a strategic and well-rounded offering – from business and brand strategy to experience-led design and technology.

Research with clients informs us they find their websites hard to manage, maintain, and understand over time - primarily due to content editors struggling with complicated tools, unintuitive systems, and siloed third-party integrations and reports. This is exacerbated as users have different standards of digital literacy and understanding of accessibility.

The aim of this role is to support Indigo Tree in creating an innovative digital product, with a focus on accessibility, digital inclusion, and usability, that allow us to address these challenges in a repeatable, scalable and efficient way.

The successful applicant will support the Indigo Tree engineering team in creating an innovative digital product that integrates with and extends WordPress, with a focus on accessibility, digital inclusion, and usability. This role would suit a web developer who is interested in expanding their skills and employability by moving into a product and client-focused role. You will lead the research on user requirements and be expected to effectively and continuously engage with several stakeholders to identify user requirements and use their technical expertise to build the product.

Responsibilities and duties

  • Leading on and conducting User Requirement research through workshops and ongoing stakeholder engagement.
  • Translating User Requirement research outputs into feature developments within the proposed platform
  • Programming duties include designing and implementing features, refactoring code and carrying out bug fixes.
  • Write technical and training documentation for external clients and internal users.

You will have experience in web development, and display academic and/or industry experience in web development. User requirements analysis experience is desirable. Additionally:

  • Have experience with writing themes or plugins for WordPress, or familiarity with PHP frameworks
  • Have ability to write your own JavaScript
  • Have a good understanding of modern web development technologies and best practises, including:
    • HTML5
    • CSS
    • Versioning technologies such as Git
  • Have strong written and verbal communication skills to interpret and clearly articulate technical and complex information for diverse audiences and stakeholders.
  • Be proactive in planning work and finding solutions to unexpected challenges.
  • Be proficient in general business software tools such as Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
  • Be proficient in English and be able to build rapport quickly with colleagues

You will be required to regularly visit Tring, Hertfordshire to attend Indigo Tree’s offices.

Qualifications & Experiences required

You will hold a BSc/BEng or equivalent qualification in Computer Science, Information Systems, Software Engineering (or a related subject), with previous professional and/or personal experience of open source software and/or content management systems.

Contact Details/Informal Queries

Mike Drummond (m.drummond2@herts.ac.uk)  

For Technical Enquiries

Prof. Jyoti Choudrie (j.choudrie@herts.ac.uk) or Paul Wong-Gibbs (paul.wong-gibbs@indigotree.co.uk)

Closing date:             17 October 2021

Interview date:          To be confirmed

Apply online at https://www.herts.ac.uk/staff/careers-at-herts

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