Lead Developer

at Novlr in London

(₤45 per hour)

Millions of people are writing their novel right now, and Novlr is the leading web-based platform built specifically for them. Come and help us build the platform for novel writing online. Help us make it the perfect space to write, to manage your writing and to learn to write better. Novlr gives writers the tools they want – and we want to create an ecosystem for that helps more people publish than ever before.

We need a Lead Developer to join our team to take over the maintenance and evolving build of Novlr, which is a webapp, and to continue the build of the accompanying mobile app (approaching technical beta).

We’re a startup based in London, UK, with a global userbase, and our aim is to build powerful technology that is simple and intuitive to the user. We’re the premium tool out there, the market leader and ready to take it to the next level. Read more about our ethos and Novlr’s features on the website.

Job Description
Our Lead Developer will be responsible for the maintenance and development of a single-page typescript web app using angular; a mobile version of the application written using react native; and a rest api app server written using node.js.

You would be the sole developer initially, picking up a sturdy, well documented codebase. We’d be looking to grow the development team in 2020 and beyond with your support.

We are looking for someone excited by the idea of growing and improving a piece of software that is evangelised by it’s flourishing community. You have to want to make it better. You will work directly with the CEO to plan and spec features and will work with the Writer Support, Clare, to work on and rectify bugs.

You will have a lot of autonomy and input into the product roadmap if you want it.

We would like you to be able to work some fixed hours (Eg. Monday and Wednesday afternoons GMT) and then some roaming hours on your own schedule – this is to allow for collaboration with the team on changes and bug fixes but also maintenance work as and when it is needed.

For summer 2019, we need between 40 and 80 hours of development but expect that this will rise significantly from October ‘19 – ideally you would be in a position to pick up more work or move to a fixed contract later in the year.

(Other relevant technologies not mentioned – prosemirror for the editor (based on react) and database technologies are: primarily MongoDB, postgres for long-term storage)

Experience required:


  • 3 yrs + Typescript
  • Angular
  • Some React and React Native

Strongly preferred:

  • Docker experience useful
  • Devops experience – running a backend app (ideally node.js) server.

Personal skills:

  • Fluent English Language
  • Excellent eye for translating frontend design, UI and UX
  • Experience working in a collaborative environment
  • Excellent communicator
  • Excellent problem-solver

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Published at 05 Jun 2019
Expires on 01 Jul 2019

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