Hello, we’re looking for an experienced web developer to join us in Bristol, UK. We’re a small company but we build software that makes a difference worldwide. Delib’s products are used to connect citizens with government; our flagship product, Citizen Space, is used by over 100 government organisations around the world. Have a look at our Citizen Space Aggregator to see thousands of issues on which our customers are currently consulting the public.
We need to get product development, support and operations stuff done. Delib’s engineering group currently consists of five developers and one test engineer. All developers do a bit of everything:
- For backend development we work with Python frameworks including Pyramid, Zope and Plone. You don’t need to have used these, but you must have substantial industry experience working with web frameworks.
- We have lots of devops things to do, including deployment automation for servers around the world. We use Ansible for this, along with a bunch of our own scripts. Again, you don’t need to have used Ansible, but it would be best if you’re not (too) scared of SSHing into linux servers, grepping logs and tweaking apache configs.
- All our application code, automation scripts and configuration are version controlled using git, as is most of our test data. We all need to be able to modify, build and run each other’s code, so these days we’re pretty hot on documenting things too.
- All developers take rotating fortnightly shifts as Developer on Support, which means we help our customers and account managers with technical issues via our online ticketing system, help sales people with quoting and tendering, and are generally available to answer questions without being excessively grumpy. This is actually really important – it means that developers get to see how the stuff we’ve built really affects our customers’ lives, and customers love getting a reply directly from the person who can fix their problem.
- Unfortunately being on Support does also mean being on call. But calls/texts outside office hours are infrequent and if you do get called you get paid for it. Oh and don’t panic – you don’t get calls directly from customers.
Typically we work well with people who’ve got a Computer Science degree and have been coding since at least their early teens. YMMV. We prefer people who can communicate with humans as well as computers.
Working at Delib
Developers at Delib get a lot of autonomy and responsibility. You will be directly involved in the design of our software products, so decisions you make will affect the day-to-day work of thousands of admin users, and ultimately the ways that citizens around the world can interact with government.
Delib is a well-established company. This isn’t a VC-funded aqui-hire operation – we’re looking for people to join us for the long haul. Here’s what Delib people think about working here.
We also have nice things like freshly-ground coffee, Aeron chairs (or sofas to work on if that’s more your style), and bacon sandwiches (or non-hog alternatives) on Fridays. You’ll also get a decent Macbook Pro, or an equivalent Linux laptop if you prefer.
Hours and Salary
This could be a full-time or a part-time role. Currently most of Delib’s developers are part-time, with the option for scale-up days each month. We find that this arrangement suits our work/life/childcare/hangover requirements perfectly.
We’re offering £40-50k pro-rata depending on experience.
Sound interesting? Send us a covering letter and your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We don’t place too much faith in CVs, the covering letter is really what we look at. If we like the look of yours we’ll get you in for a standard hiring interview.
We follow the HMG Baseline Personnel Security Standard and you will therefore need to satisfy basic eligibility criteria/certain conditions of employment (e.g. nationality rules/right to work); and provide appropriate documentation to verify ID, nationality, employment and/or academic history, criminal record (unspent convictions only).
No applications will be accepted via recruitment companies.
Andy (Director) and Jess (Developer)