Plum Guide Jobs 2022 in London, England, United Kingdom – Lead Frontend

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Plum Guide is building a marketplace of the world’s best holiday homes to remove the unbearability and unreliability of decision making when choosing your travel accommodation.

Ever tried booking a home? It’s hours of anxiety zooming in and out of photographs to inspect the home. Meticulously going over the details to see if they cover basic things like wi-fi and then spending ages trying to read between the lines of every review. Finally.. cross checking the price with 3 other platforms and wondering if there’s going to be extra charges on the checkout.

We want to reduce the hours of anxiety that it takes to find a suitable home into a few clicks to find the perfect home. Every single time you use the Plum Guide, you are confident that there couldn’t be a better option.

We do this by taking a data led approach to define the best homes using ML to grade them. Then every property gets independently tested and reviewed by our hospitality critics as they collect 500 data points about the home: from wifi speeds to shower pressure. We’re big on data.


We have an ambitious and passionate culture. We have fun and care about each other as well as drive to build something big. As we grow, so will you in terms of technical skills, responsibility and scale.

We believe in a product mindset to focus and deliver impact as well as a devops mindset to continuously deploy. We empower engineers to own the entire lifecycle from infrastructure as code, build pipelines, write and test code, all the way to deployment and measure impact.


As a lead engineer you will initially be joining one of our cross-functional teams, you will partner closely with product and design and help guide and mentor engineers to continuously deliver high quality, scalable experiences. You will be primarily hands-on and have a pivotal role in ensuring the growth of the product and the technical ecosystem around you, such as our design system.

We split our tech into 4 main domains and here is a flavour on what you could be working on:

Guest experience:

  • Engaging discovery and search for our homes across the world
  • Building an exceptional landing and discovery experience through high volume personalised landing pages and experiences
  • Obsessing about conversion, performance and SEO to drive organic growth
  • Personalised, smart and data-driven search
  • Frictionless checkout experiences

Host experience:

  • Host and Home acquisition through campaigns and seamless sign-ups
  • Complex but frictionless and painless onboarding experiences
  • Tooling to power home testing with criteria up to 500 data points
  • Beautiful and user friendly dashboards and editorial tools for property and booking management
  • Internal Listing creation and merchandising tools
  • Power tools for property and booking management

Platform scale:

  • Building and maintaining, high availability, high performant mission critical services like Pricing, Booking, and Availability Services and APIs
  • Evolving, scaling and maintaining our core system through monitoring, alerting, testing

Productivity Tools:

  • Internal tooling for power users of critical business functions from marketing, finance and marketplace
  • Tooling for automation and analytics
  • Supporting and connecting high volume data pipelines between teams and services
  • A suite of tools used to power and automate our business activities
  • Includes event tracking and data warehousing


As a leader we expect you to be passionate about engineering and problem solving at scale, who can balance experience with pragmatism and speed. To be passionate about delivery and quality and taking others along with you, by mentoring, guiding and championing best practices.

Your primary focus will be to:

  • Own the delivery and technical execution of the initiatives you lead – identify potential risks early and mitigate them
  • Own the stability, resilience and scalability needs of the initiatives you lead
  • Partner closely with Product Managers to prioritise both product and engineering initiatives
  • Collaborate with other Engineering Leads to deliver cross organisation engineering initiatives
  • Communicate effectively with both technical and non-technical stakeholders
  • Participate in mentoring, growing and hiring future engineers

Additionally you will be expected to:

  • Participate closely in all parts of the full development cycle: technical design, implementation, QA, review, and release
  • Work closely with Designers and Engineers to scope and build complex and world class user experiences and grow and foster our design system
  • Work actively on drive the improvement and health of our frontend architecture, tooling and infrastructure
  • Effectively employ good design patterns, testing and automation practices to ensure fast and safe iteration cycles. Use your knowledge to coach your teammates and level up the whole engineering organisation


As we grow, so does our stack and processes – we are always learning. Having a healthy mix of experience in our stack would be highly desirable.

  • Strong understanding of the web stack and frontend ecosystem
  • Extensive experience with Javascript (ES6+) and TypeScript
  • Extensive experience with React (or Vue) and ecosystem
  • Experience building high fidelity layouts with CSS (SCSS, CSS-in-JS) and HTML5 using modern responsive design techniques
  • Strong experience with state management libraries and data fetching techniques
  • Feel comfortable with modern frontend tooling like Babel, Webpack, etc.
  • Know and work closely with Node and NPM (or Yarn)
  • Experience with testing frameworks like Jest, Cypress, and Cucumber.js
  • Experience using or working with design systems and reusable component frameworks and design centric tools (Figma, Storybook, Invision)
  • Experience in A/B testing and analytics frameworks, such as Optimizely/Segment/GTM
  • Experience using stability and performance monitoring tools like Bugnag/Sentry/Rollbar



  • Competitive salary and equity
  • Budget to choose your own hardware
  • 10% off Plum homestays for Family & Friends

Health & Wellness

  • Rest up to 25 days of the year
  • Birthday off (because who wants to work their birthday!?)
  • Ability to buy and sell up to 5 days holiday
  • Hybrid remote working (Work from home 3 days a week)
  • Work from anywhere in the world 4 weeks per year
  • Health Cash Plan & Life assurance policy
  • Enhanced Maternity and Paternity leave
  • Cycle to work scheme

Learning and growth

  • Budget for books and learning platforms
  • Speaker and learning sessions (from CEOs, CTOs and leads of high growth startups)
  • Work with state-of-the-art platforms and tools


  • Regular physical and remote team socials and games
  • “Friday@4” company updates with snacks and drinks
  • Team lunches & get-togethers


If this excites you, we would love to hear from you. Send us your CV and tell us why you would like to work with us. And, if you feel you are too senior or too junior for this role, but got super excited when reading, please get in touch. We’re looking to fill this position immediately, so the sooner the better. Good luck!

Plum Guide is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

Company: Plum Guide

Vacancy Type: Full-time · Director

Job Location:  London, England, United Kingdom

Application Deadline: N/A

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