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Belfast, Northern Ireland


Frontend Engineer

  • We believe in the power of ingenuity to build a positive human future in a technology-driven world.

    As strategies, technologies and innovation collide, we create opportunity from complexity.

    Our diverse teams of experts combine innovative thinking and breakthrough use of technologies to progress further, faster. Our clients adapt and transform, and together we achieve enduring results.

    An innovation and transformation consultancy, we are over 3,200 specialists in consumer, defence and security, energy and utilities, financial services, government, health and life sciences, manufacturing, and transport. Our people are strategists, innovators, designers, consultants, digital experts, scientists, engineers and technologists. We operate globally from offices across the UK, US, Europe, and the Nordics.

    Bringing Ingenuity to Life.

    Job Description

    As a Frontend Engineer, you'll be working as part of agile teams who are responsible for delivering functioning solutions to our clients. With the support of experience professionals within the team you'll have responsibility for owning and delivering on specific tasks, and you'll be trusted and empowered to move things forward on your own steam. You'll gain exposure to the full stack, using continuous delivery processes and a broad range of technologies to deliver high-quality, maintainable and customer focused experiences across a range of devices.

    • Develop high-quality websites and applications using HTML, CSS and JavaScript, including supporting backend development using Node and related frameworks.
    • Collaborate closely with designers to develop prototypes, styleguides and re-usable UI components.
    • Collaborate closely with QA to marry unit tests with rigorous end-to-end testing to ensure applications function as expected.
    • Assist the team with writing specifications and acceptance criteria, estimating stories, sprint planning and documentation.
    • It’s important you feel comfortable having team discussions with the client on the project and contributing your thoughts and ideas into the team.
    • You may also be expected coach more junior engineers in the team, working with them to build their expertise.

    Personal Qualities

    • You are pragmatic and already understand that writing code is only part of what a software engineer does.
    • You can clearly communicate with both clients and peers, describing technical issues and solutions in both written and meeting/workshop contexts.
    • You are a confident problem solver and troubleshooter.
    • You are confident and generous in sharing your specialist knowledge, ideas and solutions.
    • You know when code is "good enough" to ship.
    • You are constantly learning and able to make others better by consciously teaching and unconsciously inspiring.


    To be successful in this role, you will need to have:

    • 3+ years experience with one leading JavaScript SPA framework (React preferred) and associated tooling (Gulp /Webpack, Redux, Jest etc).
    • Good understanding of JavaScript including the DOM, events and progressive enhancement without using a framework. 3+ years experience working with designers to translate ideas into responsive code (CSS, Sass/PostCSS etc).
    • Good understanding of semantic HTML, WCAG accessibility guidelines, common issues across web and mobile devices, and how to fix them.
    • Some experience developing cloud-native applications (AWS, Azure, or GCP).
    • Some experience of test automation (ideally applying TDD or BDD) and using CI/CD practices such as git, branching, automated tests and deployment pipelines.
    • Experience working in an Agile team using Scrum or Kanban processes.

    In addition to the above, we would be thrilled if you also had:

    • Experience using Node.js and associated frameworks (e.g. Express, Next.js, Gatsby) to develop websites and APIs.
    • A demonstrable eye for good user interface design, typography and user experience.
    • Some experience of content management systems, coupled or headless (e.g. Craft, Contentful, AEM).
    • An understanding of SEO and frontend performance optimisation.
    • Experience developing with serverless, microservice-based, containerised or Jamstack/MACH architectures.

    Additional Information

    Benefits at PA:

    • Private medical insurance
    • Travel allowance
    • 25 days annual leave with the opportunity to buy 5 additional days
    • Company pension scheme
    • Annual performance-based bonus
    • Life and Income protection insurance
    • Tax efficient benefits (cycle to work, give as you earn)
    • Additional optional benefits (Dental, critical illness, spouse/partner life assurance)

    PA is committed to building an inclusive and supportive culture where diversity thrives, and all of our people can excel. We believe that greater diversity stimulates innovation, enabling us to fulfil our purpose of ‘Bringing Ingenuity to Life’, supporting the growth of our people, and delivering more enduring results for our clients.

    We only recruit, promote and reward our people based on their contribution, without regard to gender, race, disability, religion, nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age or marital status.

    We welcome international applications, but we are unable to offer sponsorship for work permits, so you will need to have the full right to live and work in the UK. Unfortunately, your application will be automatically rejected if you do not have these rights.

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