Purpose of the post

We are looking to recruit an experienced Senior Front End Software Developer to work on a pioneering project for Researcher Passporting and verification in partnership with many organisations across the UK.

The successful candidate will be expected to work within the Gateway agile software development team, providing development leadership and hands on implementation of key functionality and new concepts, primarily focused on the front-end aspects of the product. SPeeDI-AS (Safe People Digital Identity Attribute Service) is a new standard being developed with data providers, to significantly reduce the time to access data after request, by providing all relevant researcher information at the start and allowing a truly informed decision to be made.

Working alongside our partners, we’ll be developing a common model standard that outlines the foundational criteria of proving researchers are ‘Safe People’, and developing a system that allows researchers to create a Passport for themselves or their organisation that builds an immutable history of their work and experience. Combined with existing authentication methods, institutes would issue encrypted claims to grant access, ensuring the entire process is seamless.

Main responsibilities

  • Leadership of frontend software development for a single scrum team
  • Implementation of features across frontend aspects of the Researcher Passports system
  • Working with Solution Architect and Technical Programme Director on new technology concepts
  • Working to an agile methodology, with fortnightly sprint deliveries and leading on sizing of user stories
  • Documentation of code and solutions
  • Debugging and reporting defects
  • Team work expectations
    • Working with the Technical Programme Director and Senior Technical Programme Manager as part of the leadership team
    • Collaboration with senior HDR UK members, technology teams and external technical partners, standards bodies

Experience, Skills, Knowledge


  • 5+ years software development experience in a senior role
  • 2+ years experience working with NextJS/React using TypeScript
  • 2+ years experience in any e2e testing framework
  • 2+ years experience working with Git
  • Experience consuming API’s
  • Working in an Agile / SCRUM team environment
  • Proficient understanding of web markup, including HTML5, CSS3
  • Basic understanding of server-side CSS pre-processing platforms, such as LESS and SASS
  • UI/UX design
  • Proficient in English


  • MySQL knowledge
  • Experience using Cypress and/or Jest test frameworks
  • Experience building components in Storybook
  • Experience using Confluence, JIRA, Trello and similar Agile project management tools
  • An understanding of research delivery within the public sector, academia and/or industry
  • Cloud computing platform skills (preferably GCP)
  • Good understanding of SEO principles and ensuring applications adhere to them

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive sufficient applications for the role. Therefore, if you are interested, please submit your application as early as possible.

We politely request no contact from recruitment agencies or media sales. We do not accept speculative CVs from recruitment agencies nor accept the fees associated with them.

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