Development Lead (Front-End)

  • Full-time
  • Job Type: Technology

Company Description

OpenBet is sport. The world's top sports betting brands choose OpenBet as their partner for world class content, leading tech and tailored services. We have their back. So they’re ready with exciting, memorable and safe sports betting experiences, to entertain millions of players worldwide.

OpenBet’s mission is to power growth and player engagement for operators through a global betting ecosystem that delivers at scale, at speed, at every great sports event. Our 1000 talented colleagues are the market's top team. We achieve billions of bets in a season; 60,000+ per second (more transactions than Amazon on Prime Day); 100% uptime (zero Superbowl crashes!) and we're built on 25 years of imaginative technology that is iterated daily.  

OpenBet has established a premium client base of more than 75 operators worldwide and has 34 licences across the fastest growing regulated sports betting markets in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. The team is growing at scale driven by accelerated demand for our products and significant investment. We offer the speed, dynamism and growth opportunities of a start-up, underpinned by the stability and strength of a global employer.  

Working at OpenBet every day is an opportunity for you to create exciting betting entertainment for millions of sports fans across the globe. 

Want to be part of our evolving future growth?

Job Description

The Technical Lead role will be a key one for the OpenBet product development teams. A Technical Lead will be working alongside other Technical Leads, Development Managers, Programme and Project Managers, Software Architects, and Senior Software Engineers in order to shape and implement the technology and people vision of the team that will drive forward OpenBet's Sportsbook platform initiatives.

The OpenBet product teams are more aggressively adopting newer technologies, architectural principles and approaches to deployment and monitoring. The Technical Lead will be critical to ensure these are utilised appropriately and with rigour, whilst delivering the stability and performance that the OpenBet platforms have become synonymous with over time. The Technical Lead will be expected to actively contribute to the overall technical strategy for new projects.
A “can do” attitude and out-of-the-box thinking will be prerequisites! 

Key Accountabilities

  • Ensure high morale and standards on the team (accountability, ownership, and trust);
  • Effectively communicate across a global organization on initiatives, projects, and roadmaps.
  • Technical analysis of the potential improvements, tasks, and initiatives.
  • Development of new features and functionality for OpenBet products and services.
  • Ensuring that UI features and functionality adhere to agreed corporate and product
  • UX standards and design guidelines.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead and mentor engineers of varying levels for career development and progression.
  • Build and maintain a long-term vision and a technical roadmap.
  • Lead proof of concept efforts;
  • Active contribution to overall UI strategy for products and deliverables, including input into decisions about UI test frameworks.
  • Provision of structured feedback to “back-end” platform developers, to ensure APIs and SDKs are fit for purpose.
  • Proactively identify and address areas of material improvement, notably around UI performance and code complexity;
  • Ensure that you have a clear understanding of the overall front-end architecture and design components, in the context of meeting product requirements.
  • Learn to act as an authority on UI best practices, both in terms of technology and design, but also UX and SEO requirements.


What would make you the Front-End Team Lead we are looking for:

  • Experience working in and leading a team of engineers within an Agile development environment;
  • Having a solid foundation of software design principles;
  • Ability to input into high-level estimates of software deliverables for planning purposes;
  • Strong and demonstrable experience understanding of web markup, including HTML5, CSS3, server-side CSS pre-processing platforms, such as LESS and SASS and client-side scripting;
  • A strong understanding of asynchronous request handling, partial page updates, and AJAX;
  • Good understanding of at least one advanced JavaScript framework, preferably ReactJS/Redux and Backbone JS (with Marionette);
  • Good understanding of general UX principles for web applications, including responsive and adaptive design principles;
  • A good understanding of SEO principles
  • General understanding of the use of Vagrant, Ansible, Jenkins, and Git (BitBucket).

It would also be great to see these skills/experiences as well:

  • Some knowledge of Relational Databases, SQL and ORM technologies;
  • Familiarity with Python & Django;
  • Good experience with Node.js;
  • Some experience with TDD and / or BDD;
  • Experience working in a global team with coworkers from a different culture is desirable.
  • Domain knowledge is not required, but having worked on a Sportsbook or eCommerce projects would be preferable

Additional Information

What can OpenBet give you:

  • Competitive benefits, an open and supportive environment as well as a modern and exciting workplace
  • The opportunity to interact with global teams, and where appropriate switch teams and projects as you and our business continue to develop and grow
  • Tangible and genuine career development - at OpenBet, where you can take your career where you want it to go!
  • Exposure to real world and business critical projects & the chance to develop some of the world’s leading e-commerce sportsbooks whilst working with various clients and seeing lots of code!

And if that’s not enough, you will get to enjoy flexible working, whilst we provide you with the guidance and development skills you need to progress quickly and enhance your career.


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