Previous experience of working in the Retail sector would be advantageous but not essential.
Proven experience as a senior or principal front-end engineer, with a strong focus on web development and ecommerce platforms.
A software engineering background with hands-on experience of developing and releasing software from inception to rollout.
Solid understanding of responsive web design principles and experience building mobile-first, cross-browser compatible web applications.
Understanding software testing and quality assurance processes. Looking for candidates with experience in defining test strategies, ensuring thorough testing of developed solutions, and maintaining quality standards within the software development lifecycle.
You’ll have great interpersonal skills and an ability to build strong relationships at all levels and be able to influence the direction of the web platform.
Job Title: Principal Front-End Engineer
Job Type: Full Time
Are you an experienced Principal Front-End Engineer looking for that next step in your career? We are changing things up and forming a brand new Digital Technology team here at Wickes. We’re looking for people who can drive our digital transformation forwards. Top talent with ideas, ambition and vision. People who can make an impact will thrive here. Help us put tech solutions at the heart of our business. This might just be the opportunity you’ve been waiting for.
As part of our Digital Technology team and reporting into our Head of Engineering – Digital Commerce, we have created a new role. You will play a key role in leading and shaping the front-end development of our ecommerce UI Estate, including the Main Wickes Website. You will be responsible for creating innovative user interfaces, optimising performance, and driving the technical strategy to ensure an exceptional user experience.
The role will be critical to the success of Wickes business as we embark on a 5 year transformation journey. Transforming the digital technology and infrastructure to support multiple channels is central to the success of Wickes.
You will collaborate closely with cross-functional teams, including design, product management, and back-end engineering, to deliver high-quality solutions that meet our business objectives.
With solid, effective communication, you will be able to build strong relationships with various stakeholders within the business, including business users, project managers, executives, and cross functional departments.
Leading the front-end development of our ecommerce DIY website, you will ensure the delivery of high-quality, scalable, and performant code.
Collaborate with designers to translate UI/UX wireframes and mockups into responsive and interactive web interfaces.
In conjunction with the Architecture team, design and develop reusable, modular, and maintainable front-end components and libraries.
Does this sound like you?
What’s in it for you?
Our strong family values and ‘cornerstones’ lie at the heart of the success of our journey. If matching your ambition to our culture is an exciting prospect, there’s never been a better time to join us.
We’re a team. And teams work best together when they know and respect one another. Listen and learn from one another. So we offer a hybrid working model. Giving you the support you need to do well at work, and the flexibility to make life work for you.
We’ll also equip you with a benefits package that includes:
Competitive package including an annual bonus and car allowance
25 Days holiday plus bank holidays
Contributory Pension and Life Assurance
Flexible Hybrid working (2-3 days in Watford)
Discount platform including savings and cash back at numerous retailers, savings on gym membership, cycle to work scheme
Our widely recognised wellbeing strategy is something we’re proud of at Wickes. As part of this, we offer a range of health and wellbeing benefits and support, including an Employee Assistance Programme, financial education & loans, and access to parental, menopause, and fertility support.
We are a multi-channel retailer operating in the home improvement market. With 40 years in industry, we now generate revenue in excess of £1.3Bn across 230 stores delivered by 8,000+ colleagues.
We care for our people – and we look out for one another. Everyone has a voice. We’re ambitious, but we’re inclusive, supportive and down-to-earth with it. Anyone can build on their talent and expect our support to get on.
Please contact us here if you require any adjustments within the application process. If you require any reasonable adjustments at the interview stage you will have an opportunity to inform us when we invite you to interview. Please note, this link is only for reasonable adjustments required – general enquiries, or direct CV applications cannot be accepted via this form.