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Creative Developer (12 month fixed term contract)

You will be working for Penguin Random House UK as Creative Developer (12 month fixed term contract)

Your Challenge

A unique opportunity has come up for a full-stack developer to join a new in-house start-up structure at innovative publishers Penguin Press, part of Penguin Random House, for a period of 12 months. You will be joining the small but creative team behind award-winning projects such as littleblackclassics.com and pelicanbooks.com, collaborating closely with a marketer and a designer to bring to life digital campaigns and products that will get our readers engaged.

Together, you will be working on some of our biggest publishing authors and brands, including Penguin Classics and Pelican Books, supporting and driving the Penguin Press digital agenda. You will develop and share great ideas to connect people with our books, combining an understanding of human-centred design with a playful exploration of technology.

With responsibility for developing new products from initial idea and prototype to polished design and execution, you’ll have a huge say in what’s being developed and how. There will be the freedom to push the boundaries and experiment, creating products that people love to use. We’ll put you at the heart of the creative process, answering strategic questions with a focus on emerging technologies.

We’re looking for someone who is full of ideas, loves to collaborate and is a passionate technologist.

Your Profile

About you:

– You have the ability to draw on a wide set of skills that include JavaScript and CoffeeScript
– You have knowledge of back-end and front-end frameworks, being comfortable with HTML5, CSS, NoSQL and SQL databases
– You have experience building and managing projects from the ground up
– You need an eye for design, with excellent UX and UI skills
– You are both a strategist and an entrepreneur with a good appreciation of usability and interaction design
– You have experience in optimising work for all devices, especially mobile
– You can prioritise your time efficiently and manage multiple projects at once
– You are passionate about new ideas, technology trends and developments, knowing the ins and outs of the start-up scene and digital industry
– You have an understanding of social media and digital marketing
– You are a confident communicator, who feels comfortable pitching ideas and persuading people
– You have an interest in books and the publishing industry

Technical know-how is vital for this role, but so is being highly curious, progressive and open-minded, with a proven track-record of delivering digital products.

Submit application to:

Please apply with a CV, a link to your GitHub account and examples of your previous work, highlighting your contribution to prhcareersuk@penguinrandomhouse.co.uk. Closing date is 11pm on 26th May.

The Job


Job type: Contract

Remote working possible: no

Level of experience required:

Salary/package: Competitive


This job is located in London, United Kingdom

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