Developer – Start Up Consultancy

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Sumner & Scott are looking for a Developer to join a marketing technology and consultancy company in Birmingham. They help major brands to find, encourage and recognise customers who love what they do. They use their proprietary technology to deliver personalised digital campaigns with with minimum recourse to their own development teams.

They are a startup with fourteen employees, with offices in Birmingham and London.

What’s the role?

As a Junior Developer you will work as part of the growing, Birmingham-based Development team to create innovative and elegant solutions for their core platform. These are the tools they currently use and with which you would work:

And tools we have used before:


Who are they looking for?

They are looking for a Junior Developer with strong, well-rounded skills. You will have a passion for software development and be able to demonstrate experience of developing web applications/technologies. Any experience or interest in mobile development is a welcome bonus.

You will be a crucial part of our development team. Your primary role will be coding the JavaScript-based plugins by which their campaigns are delivered. You will be involved in projects from concept to completion. You will work closely with members of the consulting team and with other members of the development team. You will communicate directly with client developers throughout the design and implementation of their marketing campaigns.


They are interested in your characteristics and not just your skills and experience. These are the key characteristics we apply to everything they do. You will also demonstrate:

thoughtfulness at start;
communication, helpfulness and openness during;
quality and precision throughout;
organisation and structure throughout; and
learning and sharing knowledge at the end.

For this specific role, we are looking for someone who:

is able to communicate clearly in writing and in speaking;
has an organised and systematic approach, complemented by creative flair;
pays close attention to detail;
believes in excellent customer service; and
wants to be part of a fast-growing startup with big ambitions.
Required skills:


You will have experience with:

Writing apps/functionality in vanilla JavaScript
Up-to-date Javascript: ES6/ES2016/
delivering cross browser compatible HTML, JavaScript and CSS (ideally back to IE9)
SQL (ideally PostgreSQL)
Git and knowledge of popular workflows
contributing to/maintaining Open Source projects (issue creation/management, pull requests)

You will demonstrate:

a pragmatic approach to each solution, experience in evaluating possible language/stack and making informed technology decisions;
experience working in a team;
experience working independently; and
experience working with client developers.

We will look favorably on candidates with some of the following:

experience with:
automated testing (TDD, BDD)
Golang, or if not, one of Java, C, C++, or Ruby
designing and developing RESTful APIs
CSS preprocessors (Less, Sass, Stylus)
cloud service providers (AWS, Heroku, Rackspace, Digital Ocean etc.)
native mobile development
a mathematical/analytical background; and
involvement in meetups/conferences.

A degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, IT or a related field is a plus but attitude and experience come first. A demonstrable portfolio will hold more weight than any academic accreditation.


Your initial salary will be between £24k and £28k, plus performance-based stock options.

Employee benefits include:

discounted gym memberships;
a bike to work scheme;
childcare vouchers;
a rent deposit loan scheme;
a season ticket loan scheme;
as much coffee (or organic chamomile tea) as you can drink;
a technology hardware purchase scheme; and
a company pension scheme.

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