Your role as a Design Engineer is essential in helping us articulate design intent for our clients through:

  • Modular design & development: You understand and utilise a modular, systematic design & development process and are able to create production-ready HTML/CSS/JS components, patterns and pages that have been browser-tested and debugged, with emphasis on accessibility, performance and progressive enhancement.
  • Rapid prototyping: You can create responsive, component-based prototypes using HTML/CSS/JS to bring design intentions to life, ready to be shared with stakeholders and/or validated with users. You're comfortable building state-driven prototypes with modern development techniques.
  • Tooling: You’re familiar and comfortable with using development and build tools for auditing performance and improving workflows.

You’ll have proven experience within the industry to help support and nurture our development practice at Clearleft. Alongside your core skills and depending on your expertise and seniority, it would also be advantageous to demonstrate the following abilities:

  • Design systems: You have experience with using design systems, integrating existing patterns or components into a workflow.
  • Documentation: You’re able to think and create with a patterns and systems mindset, and keen to share that thinking with others via documentation, usage and discussion.
  • Frameworks: You can demonstrate an eagerness to learn the right framework for a particular project – a particular framework isn't as important as the concepts underpinning all frameworks. If you believe that server-side rendering is a must-have rather than a nice-to-have, we're definitely on the same page.
  • Outreach: You're an active participant of the broader digital development community.

What you value

We’re looking for self-driven, adaptable and bold individuals who thrive on the freedom and trust to do the work they love in the way they like. If you strive to do some of the most fulfilling work of your career, in a culture free from bureaucratic constraints, Clearleft may be the ideal place for you.

You’re flexible

You’re happy to jump in feet-first, trialling new ideas and approaches with a growth mindset. In order to tackle exciting front-end challenges with the latest advances in web development, putting user experience over developer experience. You don’t use technology for its own sake and are open to using new methods, frameworks and tools that benefit users and clients, recognising that each project and context is unique.

You get under the skin of problems

You insist on a deeper understanding of the problem before rushing into solutions, even if that sometimes means starting out with ‘just enough’. You focus on the needs of the people using the products and services you’re developing or prototyping, but are also able to understand the complexity involved in balancing them with the client’s organisational goals or technical constraints.

You’re articulate

You understand that success can often rest on the quality of communication. You prefer discussion over emails and documents. You pride yourself on expressing your ideas clearly and with a strong sense of purpose that encourages trust from your colleagues and clients, whether that’s a jargon-free conversation with designers around a whiteboard, an innovative prototype or selecting the right framework for a project.

You’re collaborative

You do your best work collaborating within cross–functional teams and know that shared understanding is the critical factor in achieving a successful outcome. You instinctively share your ideas with colleagues and peers, and love to see them adapt and evolve as a result of constructive criticism.

You value outputs, but not as much as outcomes

You understand and respect the differences between the various research, design or development methodologies (such as Lean or Agile), while not following any practice unthinkingly. You have an array of techniques to draw upon, but focus on the outcomes of your work, rather than fetishise how it’s delivered.

What we value

We hire for culture add, not culture fit. We encourage everyone to bring their own unique character to the team, feeling free to express themselves in a safe and supportive environment. Hiring people from diverse backgrounds enriches the team's values and the work we do, helping make us greater than the sum of our parts.

If the above resonates with you, we should get together for a chat.


  • Competitive salary £35k – £55k (depending on experience)
  • Flexible, family-friendly working hours
  • Up to 30 days annual leave (pro rata)
  • £1,200 annual training and wellbeing budget
  • Employer contributed pension (up to 5%)
  • Paid sabbaticals (after 5 years)
  • Cycle-to-work scheme
  • Work from home, remotely or in our studio
  • A creative office environment just off Brighton seafront
  • Weekly studio day and regular socials that bring us all together (from picnics to countryside walks and days out further afield)
  • Discretionary income tax-free annual staff bonus; one of the perks of being an employee-owned company

Does this sound like you?

If so, please send an email and your résumé, CV or portfolio to, telling us why you’re right for this role.

Application deadline: 31 October 2021

We look forward to hearing from you.

please note
  • Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK.
  • We work a flexible hybrid of remote and/or together in our Brighton studio.
  • You may be required to attend in person for some workshops or events, so expect some face-to-face contact and travel now and then.
  • We welcome remote applicants from anywhere, assuming you're able and happy to work on a UK timezone and travel to gather with the rest of the team in Brighton once a month or so.
  • We aim to get in touch with candidates within two weeks of contacting us.
  • Our selection process starts with a 1-to-1 informal chat prior to an interview with some of the team.
  • Clearleft is an equal opportunities employer committed to ensuring that no applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of gender, age, disability, religion, belief, sexual orientation, marital status, or race.