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Front-end Developer - 12 month FTC

Salary: Competitive
Location: Belfast
Department: Development

We Are

Zesty are recruiting for a Front-end Developer to join our talented team on a 12 month fixed term contract to cover maternity.

The Team

Zesty, a company full of talented, dedicated and creative people. We are an ambitious and ever-growing organisation with a passion for technology, the Internet and customer service. Zesty is an award-winning digital strategy, design and development agency with over 22 years' experience gained across 2000+ digital projects.

Your role

As a Front-end Developer, you'll be responsible for creating visually appealing, responsive, and accessible user interfaces that set the standard for usability and performance. This role leans heavily into design and UI/UX, requiring a keen eye for detail.

The role is very much "Front of Front-end", so creating the parts of websites and applications that users interact with directly. 

You will focus on building the user interface (UI) to make it visually appealing, intuitive to use, and accessible to everyone. This involves writing code using languages like HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to bring designs to life. 

Day to day you will:

  • Analyse customer requirements (including direct contact meetings) and assist with project budgeting and scheduling
  • Liaise with teams/individuals (e.g., designers, account manager, 3rd party providers) to develop and refine high-level design concepts
  • Develop website front-end presentation layer (i.e., HTML/CSS/JavaScript)
  • Maintain and evaluate changes to existing websites (both in-house and 3rd party developments)
  • Adhere to in-house standards on development practices e.g., source control, coding style guides, processes, as well as formal standards such as WCAG accessibility and W3C best practices for HTML/CSS
  • Perform other duties as directed

What we’re looking for from you:

You will be a seasoned Front-end Developer who is organised, a team player with demonstrable knowledge of web-based development and accessibility guidelines and practices.

  • HTML 
    • Comprehensive understanding of HTML semantics, accessibility best practices, and cross-browser compatibility.
  • CSS/SCSS 
    • Excellent CSS skills, including preprocessors like SCSS/Sass and responsive design principles.
  • JavaScript 
    • Comprehensive understanding of core JavaScript concepts such as DOM manipulation, event handling, and ES6+ features.
  • Web Accessibility
    • Understanding of WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines) 
    • Experience in implementing accessibility features such as proper semantic HTML, ARIA roles and attributes, and keyboard navigation.
    • Familiarity with accessibility testing tools like Axe, Lighthouse, or WAVE.
    • Knowledge of the importance of web usability, accessibility & standards
  • UI/UX Principles
    • Understanding of user interface and user experience principles, ability to translate wireframes and designs into responsive and user-friendly interfaces.
  • Cross-browser and Cross-device Compatibility
    • Knowledge of techniques to ensure consistent rendering across different browsers and devices.
  • Animation and Interaction
    • Proficient in CSS animations, transitions for creating interactive UI elements.
  • Web Performance
    • Proficient in performance techniques such as lazy loading, images optimisation, and resource minification.
  • Experience with GIT / Version control systems
  • Excellent communication and team-working skills
  • Excellent time management skills with ability to prioritise workload
  • Ability to work well on your own and within a team environment
  • Demonstrable experience of web-based development using HTML, JavaScript, CSS and associated tools and frameworks
  • Able to resolve issues effectively in a timely fashion
  • Able to utilise rapid development techniques in an agile environment


If you think you have what it takes but don’t tick every requirement on the list, please do apply. We recognise that considering someone’s potential as well as their experience is a great way to hire. We want to hear from people who have a passion to learn and develop.

To be considered for this role please apply here: https://www.newscareers.co.uk/vacancies/3367/frontend-developer--12-month-ftc.html 

We want to ensure that everyone we meet has the opportunity to perform to their best when applying for a role.

Please let us know, at any stage, whether you require any reasonable adjustments during the recruitment process, and we will do our best to accommodate.

Additional Information

Some of our benefits include:

  • Maternity leave up to 18 weeks full basic salary & paternity leave up to 2 weeks
  • Wide range of training available, plus full LinkedIn Learning access
  • Private medical insurance including coverage for pre-existing conditions
  • Discounted gym memberships, free ClassPass at Home, weekly virtual yoga classes
  • ‘Bikes for Work’ and ‘Electric Car’ scheme
  • Up to 60% discount on Harper Collins books
  • Access to exclusive events and competitions with exciting brands such as talkSPORT, Virgin Radio UK & The Times. Weekly virtual panel chats with top journalists and celebrities
  • Access to wellbeing benefits such as EAP, physio/massage and counselling
  • A generous pension scheme with employer contributions of up to 5%
  • 25 days holiday, increasing to 30 days after 5 years service, plus bank holidays and up to 4 volunteering days per year

We want to ensure that everyone we meet has the opportunity to perform to their best when applying for a role. Please let us know, at any stage, whether you require any reasonable adjustments during the recruitment process, and we will do our best to accommodate.