FRONT-END DESIGNER / DEVELOPER

CENTRAL LONDON

Newsquest Digital, one of the UK’s largest media groups, are currently looking for a Front-End Developer/Designer to maintain, design and develop a range of areas across our 160+ local newspaper websites from our Central London office. The ideal candidate will have 1-3 years experience designing and coding web pages and have excellent and proven XHTML, CSS and Javascript/jQuery skills.

Responsibilities
Maintain and improve upon client-side code of existing sites as well as design and develop new pages
Collaborate with all stakeholders to produce responsive and elegant cross-browser interfaces with XHTML, CSS and jQuery
Create and translate design comps into standards-based, SEO-friendly XHTML and CSS code
Produce final UI assets including iconography, illustration and layout imagery
Track down, fix bugs and liaise closely with the testing team
Work with the back-end development team to integrate code in a proprietary CMS
Be proactive in identifying areas which require attention and take appropriate action
Manage multiple projects and deliver them on time, to spec and with an appropriate level of communication
Stay current with evolving standards and technologies, learning new skills as needed

Technical Requirements:
Mastery of hand-coded XHTML and CSS, adhering to W3C standards
A thorough understanding of usability, accessibility, cross browser compatibilities, table-free layouts and semantic markup
Ability to produce unobtrusive JavaScript (using jQuery) and deliver progressive enhancement
An eye for UI design and proficiency using Photoshop and/or Fireworks
Ability to work independently and plan effectively
Previous experience in a commercial or publishing environment

Desirable skills

Exposure to HTML5 and CSS3
Understanding of version control systems (SVN) and TortoiseSVN
CMS integration experience
You will be willing to compromise and work on legacy code which requires attention as well as understand the constraints attached to running a large CMS.
A passion for user experience and a desire to stay up to date with current trends and learn new skills are essential as you will be working with the Head of Design through mind-mapping, card sorting, attention mapping and wireframing sessions with the rest of the team in an Agile environment in order to produce designs which focus on user interactions rather than just æsthetics.

Strictly NO recruitment agencies.

To apply for this position please send your CV and covering letter stating salary requirements to:
Stephanie Alcantara, Head of Design
by email: stephanie.alcantara@newsquestdigital.co.uk
Closing date for application: 30 April 2011

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