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Lead Frontend Developer

Little Journey

Little Journey

Software Engineering
England, UK
Posted on Thursday, June 1, 2023

This role works closely with product and testing to deliver effective Front End technology for our mobile application and platform. Our app helps children get back to playtime quicker after hospital visits.

This role is invaluable in accomplishing Little Journey’s vision of supporting all children to better health through personalised care.

The role

Our software engineers develop engaging applications that make children’s, parents and clinicians lives better. Our products therefore need to be fun, safe and enable personalised care. You will work on a variety of projects, for both mobile as platform applications. There is many new development to be done. Our clients and partners range from hospitals to large pharmaceutical companies and leading enterprises like LEGO.

You will write product (mostly front end) or system code; Lead in product, design and QA meetings to ensure smooth processes; Collaborate with and mentor other developers and review each other's work; You will lead on how we can improve our code based on user feedback, and lead complex and business critical projects.

To help more children, we need to implement our technology into as many hospitals as possible, support most healthcare procedures and reach our mission of supporting 1 million children in the process. In order to do this, our users need to love our app from the first moment they use it.

Your work ethic is defined by extreme ownership. You take responsibility for your results and work collaboratively with our team to inspire each other and learn to always remain at the forefront of innovation

Measuring success

Ongoing metric: You consistently define what the best front end architecture should look like, and will deliver this in the most efficient way possible

6 months: You have been a key contributor to high quality code for some of our business-critical projects (key clients), delivered on budget and time

12 months: you have established a reputation for delivering excellent results and can push yourself to take on the most complex projects in the company. You have also become a trusted voice in the business and can effectively mentor juniors, challenge SMT and have a track record for implementing best practices.

Skills needed


  • Excellent command of frontend tech: React; TypeScript; JavaScript - you are used to setting best industry standards and are up to date with the very latest innovations
  • You can effortlessly balance technical quality with pragmatic delivery, excellent at representing the technical team and agenda in delivery management, whilst collaborating effectively with Design & Product
  • Ability to share best practices with more junior team members and coach effectively

Behaviours and values needed

  • Extreme ownership – you love taking responsibility, share successes with the team and learn from mistakes
  • Continuous learning – growth mindset and comfortable asking for feedback / help
  • Addresses the most difficult problems head on with urgency
  • Good at managing expectations / workload – you deliver what you promise

Our Tech stack

React; Typescript; C#; .NET 5 (and above); Docker; MongoDB; Elasticsearch; Terraform; GitLab; Jira; Miro; Notion – we evolve over time and you will influence our stack


  • 25 days annual leave pro-rata (plus public holidays)
  • £500 annual training budget
  • £200 home working budget
  • Flexible working within core hours
  • Workplace pension
  • Friendly and collaborative team who value and respect each other

Additional info

This role is either based in Leeds (office based or hybrid) or home based, with quarterly in person team meetings.

About Little Journey

Little Journey was founded in 2018 by Dr Chris Evans and Sophie Copley. As an anaesthetic doctor and father himself, Chris witnessed first-hand the distress experienced by children and families coming to hospital for surgery. Partnering with Sophie, an expert in human-centred product design, they created a prototype version of the Little Journey app to support children undergoing elective surgery.

Since then, the business has accelerated quickly, having been adopted in more than 100 healthcare organisations worldwide. We also partner with leading organisations such as LEGO and top tier pharmaceutical companies. They provide us global access to paediatric services and clinical research, helping us reach more children. We received investment from internationally leading VC funds and are using this to scale further into other markets. Our technology is already available in 16 languages and counting!

Our teams are grouped into Product, Technology, Delivery, Operations, Commercial and Science departments, and we are hiring talent across all these functions to help us achieve our mission.

Diversity & Inclusion

We encourage people from all walks of life to apply and strive to eliminate unconscious bias in our recruitment process. We do not discriminate on ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran or parental status or disability. We encourage candidates from underrepresented groups to apply. If you need adjustments made to our application process, to help accommodate any disabilities, please do let us know on maarty@littlejourney.health