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.
  • Collaboration & communication: You’re familiar with working together in cross-functional teams with designers and other disciplines, and you’re able to articulate your processes jargon-free to clients and stakeholders.
  • Tooling: You’re familiar and comfortable with using development and build tools for auditing performance and improving workflows.

Depending on your prior experience and seniority, it would also be advantageous for candidates to be able to demonstrate the following skills:

  • 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: A particular framework isn't as important as the concepts underpinning all the frameworks. You can demonstrate an eagerness to learn the right framework for a particular project. If you believe that server-side rendering is a must-have rather than a nice-to-have, we're definitely on the same page.

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 able to adapt and flex to the situation at hand, 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 technology's sake and are open to using new methods, frameworks and tools that benefit users and clients.

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 adaptive

You’re happy to jump in feet-first, trialling new ideas and approaches with a growth mindset. If you don’t get things right the first time, you’re resilient, and progressive about learning and adapting for the next time around. You can manage your own time and are flexible; you recognise that each project is different and unique in its own right. You're able to work effectively with various roles in a fast-paced design studio that includes design, events, research, operations, strategy and other developers.

You’re a visual thinker

You understand the benefits of making complex ideas simple through diagrams, concept maps, sketches or other visual thinking techniques. You enjoy working through ideas with clients and colleagues, but you’re also hands-on enough to help bring those ideas into reality.

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 conversation 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 know that outcomes are what matter

You know the best way to tackle complex problems is by remaining adaptable. 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 – £40k
  • Flexible, family-friendly working hours
  • 30 days annual leave
  • £1,200 annual training and wellbeing budget
  • Paid sabbaticals (after 5 years)
  • Work from home, remotely or in the studio
  • A creative studio environment just off Brighton seafront
  • Regular socials that bring us all together (from picnics to countryside walks and days out further afield)
  • Cycle-to-work scheme
  • Employer contributed pension up to 5%
  • 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 a short email and your résumé or CV to, telling us why you’re right for this role.

Application deadline: 21 August 2021

We look forward to hearing from you.

  • This is a full time permanent role.
  • Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK.
  • We're currently all working remotely due to the COVID pandemic, but intend to reopen our studio in Brighton ASAP.
  • We welcome applications from anyone as long as you're open and able to travel to gather with the rest of the team in Brighton on a monthly basis (travel restrictions permitting).
  • We aim to get in touch with candidates within two weeks of contacting us.
  • Our selection process typically consists of an informal chat prior to an interview with colleagues, currently all conducted online.
  • 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.