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We’re looking for a Full Stack Javascript 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 over 25 lovely people 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 both in terms of user experience and our operational tooling. 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.


You have solid commercial experience with JavaScript and its ecosystem, and are able to use this to creatively solve problems. You care about the code you write, aiming to make it robust, readable and maintainable. You have written JavaScript for both the server (Node.js) and the client - experience with component-based libraries such as React is a major plus.

You’ve worked in multi-disciplinary product teams and alongside other developers; 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 services as part of cross-functional teams, ensuring that our standards and uptime are high and that we can scale to meet demand.
You’ll maintain existing features, keeping them in line with best practices and new technologies.
You’ll gain an understanding of our business, our customers, and our domain, allowing you to use your judgement to make independent decisions.
You’ll work on internal tools to help the rest of the team.
You’ll review code from the rest of the team through GitHub pull requests.
You’ll have the opportunity to help out with at least one user testing session.
You’ll share your knowledge/experience/interests with the team - be it through pairing, a company passion talk or external speaking opportunity.
You’ll learn new skills and techniques that improve your own work as well the team’s.
You’ll 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
Experience writing effective, modern (ES6/ES7) JavaScript (client and server side)
Experience working with databases (we use MongoDB, Postgres and Redis)
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:

Prior exposure to effective dev practices and tooling
Finesse and focus on frontend work - crafting delightful user interfaces
Experience developing and deploying backend services and APIs
Web accessibility experience

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, get in touch anyway. Personality and attitude is just as important as experience!

Competitive salary and share options
Santander cycles membership
Regular off-site days and team lunches
Work from home on Wednesdays, flexible start and end to your day
28 days holiday + bank holidays


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