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Lead Developer

About us

Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford, which furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide.

Technology is a central function headed up by the Chief Information Officer, providing technology services globally across the Press.

About the role

We are looking for an experienced JavaScript developer.  You will be part of the Global IT team which plays a vital role in delivering robust, innovative and user-focused solutions in response to business requirements.

This role sits within a new team working on the development of a global CMS capability which is of strategic importance to OUP and will be used by people and platforms around the world.

You will be joining OUP at an exciting time as we adopt agile and align the business with the Scaled Agile Framework. This role provides an opportunity to help shape a new team and our agile development capability as a whole.

You will help us deliver high quality and innovative solutions by:

  • Being involved in the full software development lifecycle - from brainstorming to development to dev-ops.
  • Creating a great user experience by writing well-designed and efficient code.
  • Delivering high quality and robust solutions by performing functional and non-functional unit and component testing.
  • Understanding business requirements to assess operational feasibility and determine acceptance criteria.
  • Writing and maintaining great documentation.

Building on your existing skills you will be encouraged to further develop specialist knowledge in relevant programming languages, tools and techniques and to demonstrate how these can be applied to further drive innovation and improvement.

As a smart, humble and engaging person you will help your colleagues and Oxford University Press to grow by sharing your expertise and providing technical advice and guidance to others.

About you

The successful candidate will demonstrate:

  • Experience of leading a team of developers.
  • Exceptional skills in both server side and client side JavaScript / NodeJS applications.
  • Extensive experience of other JavaScript frameworks such as (Angular, REACT, EXPRESS, jquery etc) and  unit test using testing frameworks such as (Mocha, Chai, Jasmine etc.).
  • Extensive experience of HTML5 and CSS3 and broader web technologies including Ajax, HTTP, Proxy Caching, Cross browser functionality.
  • Extensive Experience of creating and consuming web-services ( REST/SOAP).
  • Exposure to other broader web technologies including Ajax, HTTP, Proxy Caching, Cross browser functionality.
  • Experience with various source control systems particularly SVN and GIT.
  • Previous experience working in an Agile environment, implementing projects in scrum, Kanban etc.
  • Knowledge of common design patterns and strong OOP knowledge.
  • Ability to identify functional and non-functional requirements.


  • Scrum Master experience.
  • CMS (Content Management systems).
  • Transactional ecommerce systems, working in both B2B and B2C environments.
  • Working with global teams.
  • Architecting and hosting of applications within a cloud based environment (preferably AWS).
  • Docker application containerisation.
  • Continuous integration tools such as Jenkins.
  • Alternative languages (ideally Java, J2EE, JSP).
  • Experienced with the use of Linux command line.


Please contact if you have any queries relating to this position.

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OUP UK - Oxford
Great Clarendon Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire, UK
  • Division:
    Global Technology
  • Department:
    Platforms SDC
  • Closing Date:
    28 February 2018
  • Salary:
    Salary dependent on skills and experience
  • Location:
    OUP UK - Oxford
  • Full Time / Part Time:
    Full Time
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