Senior Front End Engineer – Design Systems and Tooling in London


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Job Description

Skyscanner is a fast paced tech company that just happens to be in the travel business. Today we’re the world’s travel search engine. Tomorrow, we’ll be everyone’s personal travel assistant. To get from here to there, we need to constantly and continuously offer our customers the best possible user experience. Which is where you come in.

We’re looking for a world-class Front End engineers to join our Design Systems and Tooling team, which we call Backpack. Backpack is Skyscanner’s design system, comprising a library of components, guidelines and best practise patterns, as well as tools for creating Skyscanner products. It essentially binds our design and engineering teams and helps them get their jobs done as easily as possible.

We can offer you

Ownership – the freedom and space to be trusted to do what you do best and to make decisions that matter

Impact - Huge potential to make a positive contribution across our business, people, partners and millions of users

Our Tech Stack - A chance to work with a wide range of modern technologies, and evolve our use of them.

Open Source - An opportunity to open source the great tools you’ll build.

Master, Teach, Learn - The opportunity to work with, learn from and share knowledge with ultra-smart colleagues in a culture of collaboration and technical excellence

Work – Life Balance – Flexible Working (including Home Country Working), no clocking in

An Excellent Career move – complexity, challenge and real opportunity for personal growth

What you need to apply

  • Professional Experience in a highly scaled consumer facing web economy business
  • Proficiency in modern front-end technologies e.g. React, ES6, Sass, Webpack, npm
  • Experience translating visual designs and wireframes into code.
  • Proven success collaborating with Design teams to facilitate their success
  • Understanding of good Design practices and capability to suggest design improvements
  • A pragmatic approach, balancing effort versus value in order to deliver cross-browser and multi-device features
  • A detail-orientated approach and a desire to strive for perfection
  • Knowledge of accessibility and assistive technology such as screen readers, keyboard navigation etc.

Experience of the following is a bonus…

  • Native apps, specifically building components which span multiple platforms.
  • Building multi-lingual, hyper-localised user-interfaces including support for right-to-left languages.
  • Scaling front-end engineering through design systems and tooling

For more details on Engineering at Skyscanner you can check out our Engineering Blog – CodeVoyagers and follow Skyscanner Engineering on Twitter @CodeVoyagers


About Skyscanner

  • Travel

  • Edinburgh

  • 500-1000 employees

  • 2001

Skyscanner is a global search engine that enables people to find comparisons for flights, hotels and car hire. The service is free to users and directs you to the airline, hotel, car hire provider or travel agency to complete the booking process. It has over 50 million users a month.

  • - ‘Skyscanner University’ offers a range of courses for tech and business topics.
  • - At Skyscanner there’s no clocking in and there’s no bell at the end of the day, they prefer to give you the freedom and autonomy to do your job, add value and own your work.
  • - Better than average annual leave in all office locations.
  • - There’s enhanced maternity and paternity leave and a flexible working policy to encourage and enable a healthy work-life balance.

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