Lead/ Head of Frontend Development


Hybrid from our offices in London, Manchester or Chester. UK remote considered.

We're looking for an established Lead / Head of Frontend Development with a minimum 5 years development experience. This role will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of our UK frontend development, ensuring high quality code, driving innovation and delivering exceptional user experiences for our customers.

Work with Canvas

Who we are

Canvas Reply is an 130+ person, and fast-growing, digital experience agency, development house, and consultancy with offices in London (HQ), Chester, Manchester and Poland.

We are part of the 15,000 strong Reply group, working with leading enterprise clients designing, building, and delivering best-in-class websites and applications for an impressive roster of household-name clients.

Must have


  • Proven experience leading successful teams and delivering high quality software products.

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills with the ability to resolve complex issues and optimise performance.

  • Experience working in and Agile environment, with a focus on iterative development and continuous improvement.

  • Excellent communication with the ability to collaborate effectively with global and cross functional teams.

  • *Bachelors degree in a relevant field and Consultancy experience is beneficial.

Technical Requirements

  • Knowledge of JavaScript (ES6)/ Typescript, React.JS and MobX (Redux). Experience with Cordova/React Native will be a plus.

  • HTML, CSS/SASS/LESS, styled-components.

  • NPM, Webpack (Gulp/Grunt).

  • Experienced in SPA development.

core duties


  • Lead and grow the UK frontend development team, providing guidance, feedback and support.

  • Collaborate with product, design and technical teams to translate business requirement into technical specifications.

  • Define and implement best practices, coding standards and development processes to ensure scalability and performance of our frontend codebase.

  • Stay current with the latest technologies, advocating for adoption of new tools and techniques that enhance productivity and improve user experience. usability 

  • Manage projects from conception to delivery, effectively communicating updates on status, risks and opportunities with both internal and external stakeholders.

  • Keep hands on code: react web development, bug-fixing, integration with API and CMS, writing unit-tests.

  • Conduct code reviews and quality assurance testing to identify and address issues early in the development lifecycle.


Our benefits

  • Flexible working: 8-10am to 4-6pm
  • Hybrid working: wfh 3-4 days a week
  • Commission on identified sales/opportunities
  • iPhone + Laptop of choice (Windows or Mac)
  • Training and knowledge sharing sessions across the wide range of Reply specialisms
  • Frequent social events and activities

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