Lead Developer

Technical · Remote. Travel to client sites, normally London, will be required when travelling resumes, Greater London
Department Technical
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Manager/Supervisor
Compensation From £60,000 plus benefits

We encourage and welcome applications from all ethnicities, ages, stories and backgrounds.


We're looking for a Lead Developer to join our technical team! We are based in Canterbury and London, plus offer remote working. We're also interested in hearing from senior developers looking to take the next jump in their career and move into a leadership and mentoring position. You may have had some experience before and are looking for a supportive environment to guide your journey along this path.

Our teams find themselves working with a diverse range of clients, such as ITV, the Palaces of the British Royal Household, the country's top museums including Imperial War Museums and Royal Museums Greenwich, Government institutions like the National Crime Agency and Food Standards Agency, not-for-profits, including the Tony Blair Institute and London Zoo, cultural and event centres such as the Southbank Centre and the British Film Institute, higher education establishments such as the University of Derby and Middlesex University. We've even done work for the technology giants such as AWS, when they need our very particular set of skills.

You'll also get to work with a wide variety of the latest technologies. Our diverse client portfolio means we need to apply many different technologies in different situations. Recent projects have included developing isomorphic React applications, producing strongly typed functional code, deployment pipelines to Google Firebase and AWS Lambda, building Dockerised infrastructure, and contributing to open source projects.

If you can inspire a delivery team, have a passion for technical excellence, and have the communication and collaboration skills to work effectively with our clients, then this will be a great role for you.

Here’s what to expect:

- Developing innovative, high-quality technical solutions

- Building relationships with clients and helping them to achieve their goals

- Using your insight to plan and drive project delivery in iterative time boxes (sprints)

- Giving code and experience back to open source communities

- Research new technologies and ways of delivering projects

- Presenting and rationalizing your work internally and to our clients.

- Maintaining high-quality technical standards for all the agency’s output.

- Guiding the team in your area of technical specialism

Who we're looking for

- High competency in at least one of our core technology platforms:

PHP: Drupal, Laravel, Symfony

JavaScript: React

Python: Django

- 7+ years of commercial experience as a software engineer (must include agency experience)

- An ability to translate complex client requirements into a deliverable plan

- Having the interpersonal skills necessary to motivate an Agile cross-disciplinary project team for success

- A dedication to coding excellence and continuous personal development

- An ability to execute projects across multiple domains (e.g. JavaScript application that needs PHP backend).

Added Bonuses

- Worked with a good range of third party APIs

- Familiarity with automated deployment systems and test frameworks

- Experience of planning and monitoring software delivery using Jira

- Contributions to, or stewardship of, an open-source project

- Presented at tech meet-ups or conferences

Salary and benefits

Deeson operates a transparent approach to pay and reward. We do this because we believe that pay-setting and pay progression should be fair, open, and based on the impact team members have in our business.

You can read more about this and see the current salary scales for all roles at Deeson in our team handbook.

You can see how initial salaries are set for new team members joining Deeson here.

We have a "no negotiation" policy on salaries to ensure that starting salaries are set fairly and not on a candidate's ability or desire to negotiate.

Other benefits of working at Deeson include:

Deeson is part of The Panoply - a group of companies that work collaboratively with clients to solve complex business problems. Our sister agencies include Manifesto, Foundry4 and FutureGov.

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  • Location
    Remote. Travel to client sites, normally London, will be required when travelling resumes, Greater London
  • Department
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation
    From £60,000 plus benefits