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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 28/05/2021.

Senior Front-End Developer

Job Reference: 907-041

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
£38,890 - £44,503 pa (plus £5000 R&R)

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is the independent organisation responsible for providing national guidance and advice on promoting high quality health, public health and social care.

Our role is to improve outcomes for people using the NHS and other public health and social care services. We do this by:

  • Producing evidence-based guidance and advice for health, public health and social care practitioners.
  • Developing quality standards and performance metrics for those providing and commissioning health, public health and social care services;
  • Providing a range of information services for commissioners, practitioners and managers across the spectrum of health and social care.

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Role title: Senior Front-End Developer

Location: Manchester

We’re looking for a Senior Front-End Developer to join us in the Digital, Information and Technology directorate at NICE. This department is responsible for developing new and maintaining existing digital services for both the public and internal users.

We value quality over quantity – nothing is released without being code-reviewed and tested. We’re looking for people who care about what they do and believe it’s worth taking the time to do it right. Our services are used by health care professionals around the globe in potentially life-or-death scenarios, and the standard of what we aim to produce pays respect to this.

As a Front-End Developer at NICE, you’ll

  • Create new services from the ground up with a collaborative approach to technology and architecture.
  • Modernize and retool the front-end of existing services.
  • Maintain, document, and otherwise contribute towards our open-source design system.(See link in addtional attachments)
  • Work in a multidisciplinary team with UX Designers, Business Analysts, Information Architects, Testers, Back-End Developers and Delivery Managers.
  • Promote front-end best practice throughout the department.

What we need from you

  • A dedication to doing the right thing for our end users.
  • For usability, accessibility, and inclusive design principles to be a foundation for each and every keystroke.
  • A curious and analytical approach with an interest in keeping up to date with what’s going on in front end, even if you don’t have time to try it.
  • The ability to work in a positive and collaborative manner, especially with User Experience colleagues. Solutions to problems you encounter will not always be provided in code.
  • An appreciation and patience for the strategic goals of the department and wider organisation. Not all our work is greenfield; we have some legacy but extremely important services to maintain and modernise.
  • Attention to detail in your work, valuing readability and maintainability.
  • The confidence to stand up for the approach you propose, and the humility to concede if it’s not the best way forward.
  • A community-first mentality. Made a discovery? Your first instinct should be to tell everybody in the department it may benefit.

What we’ll offer in return

  • This post benefits from an additional £5,000 pa Recruitment & Retention allowance
  • The time and head-space necessary to produce high-quality work.
  • Support from a community of developers who know that no-one knows everything.
  • A dedication to developing your skills with protected learning and development time.
  • Genuine work-life balance from an employer that understands your home responsibilities sit above your work responsibilities.

If you have any questions at all about the role, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. If you are unsure whether to apply as you don’t feel that you meet the essential criteria or have an unusual background, please also get in touch. For an informal discussion please contact Warren Keith, Lead Front-End Developer at


Closing date: 28/5/21
Interview date: Week starting 14/6/21

Interview Assessment

Assessment will be via a panel interview and a technical assessment for skills relevant to the role. Technical assessment will focus on the following competencies:

Writing clean and maintainable HTML, CSS and Javascript

Communicating to technical and non-technical colleagues

We have modern offices in Manchester city centre and Stratford, London. However, we are all working from home at the moment due to Covid-19 restrictions. Please take into consideration that you may be required to commute to one of our offices when we are all allowed to do so again. Please get in touch if you wish to discuss our flexible working options.

Important - Due to NICE’s use of anonymised recruitment practices we ask all candidates not to include any personal details within their CV. Please ensure you provide sufficient information in the profile section to allow our team to make an informed judgement about your suitability for this role at this stage.

NICE is committed to the equality, diversity and inclusion of all our candidates and staff, and we are committed to creating a workforce which represents the communities we serve. We welcome applications from everyone, and in particular we encourage applications from candidates with disabilities, and candidates from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds who are currently under-represented in our workforce.

Please contact if you wish to discuss any additional needs or reasonable adjustments which may support your success at interview.


The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence offers a dynamic and friendly working environment where teamwork is highly valued.

We offer a range of benefits including:

  • NHS pension scheme and childcare voucher scheme
  • We provide a thorough induction programme
  • Personal development is supported through extensive training and development opportunities
  • We promote flexible working to help staff achieve a healthy work life balance
  • We value equality and diversity and welcomes applicants from all sections of the community
  • We will interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria in line with the NHS Guaranteed Interview Scheme

Please make sure that you read the job description and person specification as your application will be shortlisted against these criteria.

Please provide full contact details for all referees within your application form including email addresses. Referees provided must include your current line manager and cover the last two employers.

We reserve the right to close any vacancies from further submissions when we have received sufficient applications from which to make a shortlist. Please ensure you apply without delay if you wish to be considered for this role.

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