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Front End Senior Tech Specialist

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Work type: Permanent Full Time
Location: England - Newcastle, Scotland - Glasgow City Centre, UK
Categories: IT - Digital Solutions

Job Title:  Front End Senior Tech Specialist
Business Unit: CIO, Digital Solutions  
Salary: Starting from £39,689 - £51,000 per annum DOE
Location: UK, Flexible
Contract Type: Permanent  

In our quest to make all things Digital Awesome, we never stop looking at how every bit of Digital banking works. We sweat the small stuff, because we know it makes a big difference for our customers and our colleagues. But at the heart of this are our people – who we couldn’t do without. Our bold and brilliant colleagues who bring their A game and their Agile game, every single day. The question is – are you ready to bring yours? Disrupt the status quo. It’s a simple statement that tells you everything about Virgin Money. It’s about thinking what Digital could be, instead of what it is now. Thinking this way gives us so many opportunities to make our customers happier. So, what’s our Digital Solutions Vision? Simply put, we will become a fully digitised bank, by developing a best in class digital delivery capability for our colleagues and our customers.

Our Front End Chapter is responsible for the creation and maintenance of a wide range of Web applications & services, both customer facing experiences and internal staff tooling. These cover the full range of customer types within the bank, including retail customers & business clients. Our Web systems are designed to be accessed via a number of platforms: Desktop, Mobile & Tablet.

As a Front End Senior Tech Specialist you’ll: 

  • Assess & estimate new work requests.
  • Build and enhance features within projects, adding unit & automation tests for high code coverage.
  • Create & control contributions to semantically versioned common code libraries.
  • Deploy applications using continuous integration & deployment systems.
  • Educate & inform and coach more junior members of the team during pull requests.
  • Fix bugs & identify root causes, to eliminate reoccurrence and minimise tech debt across systems.
  • Generate & implement new ideas for development approaches & architectural approaches.
  • Help improve, optimise & modernise our tech stack, leveraging your previous experience to avoid potential pitfalls & promote positive patterns! 

To be brilliant you’ll need to bring... 

  • A significant and successful proven track record in a Senior Developer role with SME experience programming large scale applications using Javascript or Typescript.
  • SME development experience of single page Web applications using React or similar frameworks (e.g. Angular, Vue).
  • Detailed understanding & practical experience implementing UI state management patterns e.g (Redux, Zustand).
  • Implementation experience of declarative routing patterns (e.g with React Router).
  • Extensive library dependency management using NPM or similar.
  • Expert knowledge of modern UI styling approaches using CSS, Sass & CSS-in-JSS solutions.
  • Demonstrable experience of developing unit & integration tests using Javascript test frameworks, e.g. Jest, Enzyme, Jasmine.
  • In depth experience of communicating with Microservice REST APIs, and a deep understanding of Networking/HTTP protocols.
  • Experience using version control tooling & repositories within larger scale operations, e.g. git, GitHub, Bitbucket
  • Understanding of agile work tracking/ticketing software such as Jira, Azure Boards.
  • Extensive experience educating & enforcing best practice software development principles, e.g. DRY, KISS, SOLID.
  • Identifying & mitigating against potential security vulnerabilities, within front end software development.
  • Experience working within strictly Object Oriented and Functional Programming paradigms and an understanding of the merits/distinctions of each.

It’s a bonus if you have the knowledge and experience below, but it’s not essential   

  • Automation testing solutions using Cypress.
  • Server caching state management solutions, e.g using SWR.
  • Monorepo & Micro FrontEnd solutions, e.g Lerna, Single Spa, 
  • Implementing accessible interfaces complying with WCAG 2.1 (or newer).
  • Defensive mitigations against OWASP top ten security risks.
  • Knowledge or experience of developing with the Microsoft Dynamics platform.

We really need you to have the skills and experience listed in the “ to be brilliant you’ll need to bring” section above, but the final section is just our wish list, so please don’t let that put you off applying, we’d love to hear from you! 

RED HOT Rewards

  • A generous holiday package and the option to buy more!
  • Private Medical Insurance - with the option to extend to family members.
  • Pension!  A market leading pension – we’ll top up your contributions too.
  • Flexible benefits – customise your rewards to work for you!

Inclusion at Virgin Money

Inclusion is at the heart of everything we do here at Virgin Money. It’s good for you, it’s good for us and it’s amazing for our customers. We know that great minds don’t think alike, so we rely on your diverse thoughts, feelings, beliefs and backgrounds to be the best we can possibly be. Got any questions about this or need some support with your application? We’d love to hear from you so get in touch with our friendly team at or

Point to note…

At the minute, depending on which team you are joining, lots of us are working from home. This is something that may change over time, and if so, we will come together in one of our hub locations, giving you the chance to meet your new colleagues in person. We will of course, make sure you have the IT equipment to access our systems and to interact digitally with your new team and colleagues, but we thought it best to let you know this in advance, so you can make sure you are set up to work safely and productively. If you have any questions on this let us know!

Now the legal bit…

If we offer you a job and you accept, there are some checks we need to complete before you can start with us. This will include a credit and criminal record check, as well as providing 3 years' worth of satisfactory references.

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