Web Developer - Mid Weight or Senior

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Monday 3 October, 2016

Build, improve and maintain dynamic CMS driven websites, mobile sites and apps, web content, and web-based application interfaces for some of Australia's leading brands as well as DDSN's own software products. Mid weight to senior applicants expected.


About DDSN

We are a leading full service digital agency. In our eighteenth year of business, DDSN is one of the firms by which others are measured. We are AIMIA award winners, Eureka award winners, Omni award winners, Cannes Cyber Lions nominees, Telstra/AFR award finalists - a best of breed team.

We selectively work with some of the most exciting clients you can find on any list - an eclectic mix of large brands, government and non profit agencies, and small to medium enterprises. We have a strongly process driven approach to digital solutions design and development. Our team of outstanding individuals collaborates in a creative, friendly, fun, fast paced, and highly engaging work environment. We deliver beautiful, high tech, cleverly designed digital solutions in interesting ways.

Position Overview

We are looking for someone to help us deliver the best websites, mobile apps and digital resources in the country.

  • A wide range of projects, both technical and creative
  • Join a small, dynamic team of outstanding, passionate, creative individuals
  • Funky inner city location

This role involves building, improvement and maintenance of dynamic websites, mobile apps, web content, and web-based applications for some of Australia's leading brands as well as DDSN's own software products. You will work within a well established, creative, and highly experienced team on a number of concurrent projects.

A large part of your work will involve working with DDSN's advanced content management system - cm3 Acora CMS ( http://www.cm3cms.com/), as well as customising and building templates and modules for the CMS. We also work with other enterprise CMS platforms including Elcom CMS and EPiServer as well as open source and cloud hosted systems (sometimes).

Ideally we're looking for an all rounder, a web developer who's just as comfortable writing gorgeously responsive HTML and CSS code, as programming a new CMS module or web facing software platform. But web developers come in different flavours and our team is growing, so we're open minded.

If your focus is the front end...

You will build template layouts and interface screens according to designs and style guides presented by a graphic designer, extending mockup designs into fully operational, responsive, extensible, re-usable, robust CMS friendly templates. (If you have design experience yourself, you may be involved in the design process, but design experience is not a requirement.) The ability to turn graphical mockups into an advanced working websites and apps on your own is required. Experience developing website interfaces using pure CSS is a necessity.

You'll be an expert in how a website works within a web browser. You'll know about content blocking and code minification and pre-processor tools. You'll have or quickly acquire advanced knowledge in things like SASS/LESS, accessibility, SEO, responsive design, and EDM development. You'll use words like "mix-ins" and "sprites" every day and you'll know how to make a HTML5 tag work in an older browser. You'll know how to use jQuery and create plugins for it, and you'll know how/when not to use it too.

If you're more of a back end developer...

You'll have a lot to do with the programming and developmet of user interfaces. You'll build advanced CMS modules and robust user interface code, which always focusses on semantic, responsive HTML and CSS output that works everywhere. You'll work with front end developers and designers to make sure our UIs are always beautiful, and you'll do the heavy lifting when it comes to making the interfaces work.

You'll integrate our CMS platforms with third party systems through APIs and custom software development procedures. You'll create new and improve existing CMS modules, develop and improve bespoke web applications, and construct mobile apps. You'll have a solid understanding of OO code and database design, information architecture and good programming practises.

In both cases...

You will deploy websites and apps onto IIS production servers using MS SQL Server and Postgres databases, version control systems, and DDSN's own CMS deployment tools. You will deploy mobile apps through the various app stores.

You will support external clients in using content management systems, and assist with the preparation and publishing of both simple and more advanced website content. You will participate directly in DDSN's client support program as well as working on distinct design and development projects.

Over time you will become an active part of DDSN's CMS product development team, assisting with the configuration and construction of new modules and website/application/CMS features, extension of CMS technologies (especially front end), and platform support.

You might also participate in the planning and design of projects, assisting the website producer to create system prototypes, wireframes, interface mockups, and documentation.

You will have the opportunity to work in different areas and to move in different directions over time at DDSN depending on your skills and interests. Opportunities exist in all areas of web development - design, technical, project management, user experience, product development.

We're looking for someone with creative flair and the sort of unstoppable enthusiasm it takes to do the best work every time. Someone with a pedantic eye for detail and a dedicated customer focus. We need a "finisher" - someone who takes pride not just in doing a job well at every level, but takes the next step and delivers more than the customer needs.

We're high tech. You'll learn from us, and hopefully we'll learn from you. We're creative. We're passionate. Our work is diverse. We love what we do, and we're good at it. We get along well with our clients and each other. You'll never be bored, not even for a second!

DDSN works on a PC platform in the design and production environment. You will work primarily on ASP.Net projects.

Required

  • Extensive experience with websites and mobile apps you've built and maintained
  • Experience with ASP.Net 4.0 (using C#) or similar technologies
  • Advanced HTML/CSS authoring skills and responsive design techniques
  • Javascript proficiency (not just jQuery deployment, you'll need to write your own code)
  • Experience deploying websites using CMS products
  • Adobe Photoshop / Image Ready proficiency
  • Knowledge of cross platform standards compliance
  • Understanding of W3C accessibility standards
  • Understanding of usability in web interfaces
  • Documentation
  • Testing
  • Solid communication and time management skills
  • Initiative (problem solving and research)
  • Motivation to do the best work, every time

Advantageous

As additions to the required skills, any of the following skills will be well regarded:

  • Advanced experience with known CMS products - especially EPiServer, Sitecore, Elcom CMS
  • Advanced ASP.Net development skills
  • Advanced user interface development and/or design
  • Graphic design skills
  • Search engine optimisation and marketing skills
  • Database skills (SQL Server, Access, PostgreSQL, MySQL)
  • Web server maintenance experience
  • Flash & ActionScript
  • Formal information architecture experience
  • Content development or writing skills

Salary Range

$70,000 - $95,000 plus superannuation, depending on skills and experience.

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