Head of Web Development

Job Overview.

Job Title:

Head of Web Development

Location:

Liverpool

Schedule:

Full-time

Team:

Digital

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We’re looking for a super-proactive, technically strong, ambitious, and inspiring Head of Web Development to join our growing integrated agency.

Hello!

This is Paul, Agent’s CEO.

Firstly, thank you so much for taking the time to have a look at this opportunity to work with us at Agent.

Like any big decisions in life, it’s important to have all the information at hand to help make sure the job choice you make is the right one. I’ve put together some essential ‘must-knows’ about us. It goes without saying that I could go on all day here – I promise I won’t. However, if you have any questions, please do give us a call, email, DM or drop by and have a word with one of the team about anything you’d like to know.

We established Agent back in 2006 – it feels like yesterday and what a ride it’s been. We turned 18 years old this year and the future has never looked brighter for us.

We’re a full-service brand and communications agency. In a nutshell, this means that we deliver a full integrated offering for our clients – from start to finish. Our clients are based all over the UK, across a whole range of different sectors and industries; clean growth, tech for good, connectivity etc. We’re in business for good and they are too. We help them share the great stuff they’re doing, while encouraging and supporting them to grow their businesses and make even bigger impact.

Last count, there are more than 42 of us in our growing team; strategists, designers, animators, programmers, UX designers, digital marketers, canines – the lot. We reckon there’ll be about 50 of us by the end of 2024. We’re a close-knit, passionate bunch that love working together and supporting each other; bringing our individual skills and talents together to create brilliant work that works is what we do best.

We’re a growing business and we’re doing it sensibly, responsibly, and sustainably. Last year we started on our B Corp journey – it’s high time we evidenced our long-standing commitment to the brilliant people around us, the places we live and work, and of course, our planet.

Talking about our incredible people... We want amazing people to join us who want to play an active role in what our growth journey looks and feels like (and have a whole load of fun along the way). We want our team to grow with us so that we all do well together. This role, head of web development, is an important one in helping us achieve our wider growth ambitions.

We’re proudly based in the North West and our teams work across our studios in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle and Manchester’s Oxford Road.

Our values are really important to us. We want to work with team members who really care about doing a great job and making a difference to other people’s lives, the places we call home and, of course, our planet. Our work and the way we work can really make a difference. If this isn’t you, probably best turning back now.

We want to use our business for good and make positive change, which is why we launched our brilliant Agent Academy in 2014, to help train and connect the generation of talent into the creative and digital sectors. We’ve helped hundreds of young people get their foot in the door and we’ve got big aspirations to do even more this year.

Equity, diversity, and inclusion are at the core of everything that we do. We’re not perfect but we know that if we keep listening, learning, and investing we’ll only get better and make more of a difference. We want our agency to continue to be a place where everyone is welcomed, celebrated, and rewarded regardless of race, identity, the postcode we live in, our accents or anything else for that matter; a safe workplace where everyone does well.

We’ve got big growth plans for the future of Agent; they really are exciting. To achieve our dreams, we must have the right people with us to make them happen. If you’re up for it, so are we.

That’s it from me for now. The all-important job information follows next. We know that a job description never truly tells the full story of what’s involved in a role. So, if you’re interested you can certainly speak (in confidence and with no duty to then apply) to one if the team who you’ll be likely working with. They can give you the full lowdown on the role and the inside track on Agent – easy, eh?

If you do apply, all the very best of luck. Thanks so much for looking at this opportunity!

Paul

CEO of Agent

Are you inspirational, motivated, and experienced? We are looking for a Head of Web Development who can manage and lead our digital team, ensuring our websites are delivered to the highest possible standard, within budget and on time.

With a passion for all things web, including designing, programming, testing, and integrating websites, your goal will be to always exceed our clients’ expectations. You will have a clear understanding of how to take tech and digital language and break it down into something that is easily digestible for clients and partners, regardless of their existing knowledge base.

From taking and shaping briefs, managing team builds, to overseeing all quality control of our web projects, you will have an excellent, well-rounded understanding of the digital and tech world. You will be our first port of call and be able to bring a client vision to life.

With a national client portfolio that spans a wide variety of sectors, you will be working on a range of website design and build projects. We are looking for someone with a keen eye for detail, the ability to multitask, lead authentically and enthusiastically as be part of a people–focussed, value-led company.

The role will involve:

Leading and managing - overseeing the production of design, development, and wider quality assurance for all our team’s websites. You will lead on the supervision, planning, and development of all digital projects ensuring all websites deliver on brief, are accessible, and drive the impact our clients come to us for. You will be our growing team’s go-to person for inspiration, motivation, and performance support.

Web design and development – you will be passionate about coding and web-development. The primary roles of this opportunity will include:

  • Casting the team for web projects
  • Leading website builds, on our preferred CMS, WordPress
  • Developing and maintaining high quality code
  • Integrating with third party services through API’s
  • Ensuring sites lead on accessibility and security
  • Working closely with our creative and marketing teams to realise our client’s vision
  • Ensuring that all websites and systems we create are aligned to the client’s brand guidelines and have been rigorously quality assured throughout the project

Collaborating – you will work closely with not just the digital team, but the wider Agent team to ensure all our websites are delivered on time, on brand and on budget. You will work across all departments within Agent ensuring effective and efficient lines of communication are delivered.

Client engagement – working closely with client partners and the project team, you will support with providing costs and budgets, client engagement and communication, helping to shape website briefs and tech specs, presenting ideas, results and guiding our clients through the digital process.

Resource management – you will work closely with our digital project manager to identify and assign the correct resource within the team, based on capacity and skillset, and brief them as and when projects come in.

Idea generation – as standard, our work needs to continue to stand out from the crowd - it will be part of your job to ensure this happens every time. Bringing new ideas to the table on how we design, create, build, and test our web work.

Research – you will know all the latest trends across the industry so we can ensure we are delivering our websites and systems using the latest technology and innovation. Our work is renowned for being fresh, dynamic, accessible, and impactful and we want to continue this trajectory.

Demonstrating impact – you will feed into the development of regular, accurate and insightful reports for clients including weekly status updates and monthly evaluations. These reports will be delivered in a clear, engaging, and fun way that is easily digestible for our clients.

Representing Agent – you will be asked to attend networking events to strengthen our brand and make new connections for us. You will work with the digital team as well as the wider Agent team to support the delivery of Agent’s key objective of ‘making good work’.

You will need to have:

  • At least 6 years’ experience as a web developer
  • At least 2 years’ experience of managing an integrated web team
  • A strong knowledge of HTML, CSS, Sass, and JavaScript/AJAX
  • A strong knowledge of PHP and MySQL
  • A strong understanding of with headless WordPress setups using Next.js / React.js and similar frameworks
  • Familiarity with CI/CD methodologies and tools
  • Experience using Git version control (Gitlab preferred)
  • Ability to debug and solve complex technical problems
  • Good understanding of web standards, accessibility, and best practices
  • The ability to inform design and ability to translate designs into interactive and mobile-first websites
  • Ability to plan and produce well documented, semantic, and clean code
  • Ability to work as part of our strong team, enhancing our culture
  • Ability to project manage, prioritise, and deliver against deadlines
  • A strong attention to detail and the ability to manage numerous projects simultaneously

It will be beneficial if you have:

  • Some Dev Ops experience (Plesk VPS and AWS)
  • Knowledge of User Experience design processes
  • Experience with Front End frameworks
  • Experience with Front End libraries (Bootstrap, jQuery, Modernizr, etc.)
  • Strong knowledge of website security techniques
  • Knowledge of SEO best practices
  • Examples of work (portfolio, code repos, etc.)
  • Interest in the latest design and technology trends
  • Knowledge and skill in using design software (Adobe Creative Suite preferred)

Other important things to have for this role:

  • A strong set of personal values – we’re proud to be people-first and our values are extremely important to us. Yours should be to you, too
  • Insight, understanding and appreciation of digital and tech industries
  • Strong attention to detail
  • People skills – you love to listen, lead, and inspire those working with you
  • A commitment to ongoing development. You love to constantly learn, develop, and improve your skills
  • Passion, commitment, and dedication to your craft
  • A cool, calm, and considered working style. You work well under pressure and to tight deadlines. You relish the energy that comes with being a busy professional

What’s in for you:

We are a people-led business and it's important to us that we look after and support our growing team. We do this by offering benefits including:

  • Four day working week (with no salary reduction) – we are proud to be a pioneer in this space
  • Weekly learning and development time
  • High-spec equipment (Mac or PC)
  • Professional development and training opportunities
  • Mental health and wellbeing support
  • Team social events (we love our food and drink)