Front End Developer

React jobs at Farewill


Full TimeReact
Posted 4 years ago

We’re looking for an experienced Frontend developer to join one of our small, multi-disciplinary product teams tackling a profound human challenge – redefining the way the world deals with death.

Within 24 months of launching Farewill we’ve grown to lead our industry, becoming the biggest (and favourite) will-writer in the UK – building a tight-knit, multidisciplinary team of 18 along the way.

We’re proudly backed and supported by some of the best investors and entrepreneurs in Europe, from the founders of Transferwise and Zoopla, to Kindred Capital, JamJar, and SAATCHiNVEST.

As part of the development team at Farewill, you’ll be instrumental in bringing the team’s ideas and vision to fruition – giving us a leading edge in terms of product and user experience. Along with the other developers Helena, Emily and Tom (CTO), you’ll be responsible for developing new features and products, keeping our site up, fixing bugs and ensuring our codebase easy to develop. You’ll also collaborate across the wider team to develop internal tooling and help with their projects.

Our site is currently comprised of a small number of Node.js services covering: universally rendering our React UI, our API business logic and PDF rendering. We also have a number of other small, custom internal services (e.g. Slack bot, Trello API integrations, an ETL pipeline and customer support tools) that help the rest of the team do their jobs effectively.

About you
You have a sound understanding of HTML, CSS, JavaScript and modern frontend tooling, and are able to use these to create functional, useable and delightful interfaces. You care about the code you write, aiming to make it robust, readable and maintainable. Experience with component-based libraries such as React or Vue.js is a major plus.
You’ve worked in multi-disciplinary product teams and alongside other developers and designers; ideally this would be in the form of another digital product at scale. You’re open to sharing knowledge and improving our standards and team processes, be it through pairing/group programming, code review or other methods.

In the next 12 months you’ll:

  • Build new features and products as part of cross-functional teams, ensuring that our standards and uptime are high and that we can scale to meet demand.
  • Maintain existing features, keeping them in line with best practices and new technologies.
  • Gain an understanding of our business, our customers, and our domain, allowing you to use your judgement to make independent decisions.
  • Work on internal tools to help the rest of the team.
  • Review code from the rest of the team through GitHub pull requests.
  • Have the opportunity to help out with at least one user testing session.
    Share your knowledge/experience/interests with the team – be it through pairing, a company passion talk or speaking externally.
  • Learn new skills and techniques that improve your own work as well the team’s.
  • Help shape the future of tech at Farewill, highlighting areas we can improve, sharing ideas and helping in hiring new team members.

Hopefully you’ll have some or all of the following:

  • Knowledge of frontend development: CSS (we use Stylus), HTML and browser APIs.
  • Clear oral and written communication skills
  • Empathy both towards team members and our users
  • Knowledge of testing (both automated and manual)
  • Keen to share skills (e.g. pairing/group programming)
  • Experience with version control (ideally Git & Github)

Bonus points for:

  • Experience using modern frontend tooling (e.g. Webpack)
  • Prior exposure to effective dev practices and tooling
  • Experience working on large scale front-end projects and how they can be organised to allow developers to contribute confidently and effectively
  • Web accessibility experience
  • Experience with databases (we use MongoDB, Postgres and Redis)
  • Web performance knowledge

If this sounds like what you’d love to be doing, we can’t wait to hear from you. If you’re not sure that you exactly fit the above criteria, please get in touch anyway. Personality and attitude is just as important as experience!


  • Be part of a growing startup redefining the death industry
  • Work alongside other friendly, passionate and talented people
  • Competitive salary and share options
  • Santander cycles membership
  • Lovely, spacious, bright office in Haggerston
  • Regular off-site days and team lunches
  • Work from home on Wednesdays, flexible start and end to your day
  • 25 days holiday
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