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About Escentual:

Escentual provides its worldwide customers luxurious beauty products in the fast-moving world of e-retail. We’re seriously passionate about creating an enhanced customer experience, with incredible service, innovation with integrity at the heart of everything we do.

Although the Company grows year on year it still has that family feel for all its employees. We often have an 'all hands-on deck' approach to project development, where everyone’s opinions are valued as we are all purchasers of beauty products! Due to this we all work collaboratively, there’s a great team spirit and we actively seek out your ideas on innovation! You will be part of a very passionate team with the autonomy and influence to really see how your role personally impacts the business.

We look for talented, creative and highly motivated individuals to join our hardworking team in Cardiff. In return for your hard work and commitment, we offer excellent career progression, staff discounts and the opportunity of being part of an exceptional team!

Available jobs:

Head of Technology


Please email join.us@escentual.com with your CV and covering letter to apply.

Working closely with the senior management team, this is a unique opportunity for an experienced developer ideally with a background in e-commerce to define the technical roadmap for the company. This position is technically challenging and requires someone to evaluate current platforms and lead the company through a period of considerable technical growth. As a leader, the core responsibilities will also include coaching, training & managing a varied team of developers, BA’s and IT professionals.

Previous applicants need not reapply.

Salary Range: Circa £55,000 dependent on experience

Location: Cardiff, Wales

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Who you will work for and with

  • You will report to Rakesh Aggarwal, CEO and the Senior Management Team
  • You will be responsible for a team of Developers and the IT team

What you’ll do

  • You will be growing and leading a team of developers who will be working on a variety of platforms as well as day to day responsibility for the IT Team.
  • Providing technical authority and leadership across the company.
  • Analysing current technologies and creating a vision for the future.
  • Defining and implementing the technical road maps for all business systems.
  • Managing the team throughout the development cycle.
  • Coaching, training and developing the team.
  • Learn new technologies and continuously stay ahead in existing technologies.
  • The candidate will need to have experience in change management, making recommendations to the CEO and seamlessly managing integration & replatforming from end-to-end.

What you’ll need: Skills & Behaviours

  • Proven experience of commercial development with the full LAMP technical stack.
  • Experience of working with API’s: REST/SOAP Services.
  • Previous leadership experience within a commercial development team.
  • Understanding of OOP principles.
  • Working knowledge and understanding of PHP5, JavaScript, HTML, SQL and CSS (SASS, ITCSS, BEM).
  • Experience with any of the following frameworks: Zend, CakePHP, Symfony, or Laravel.
  • Strong track record of project delivery - experience of managing an Agile team/environment is advantageous.
  • Ecommerce experience (Magento) is desirable.
  • Exposure to backend development and integration would be a distinct advantage.
  • An understanding of IT support, networking and servers.
  • Proven experience of managing UAT, defining and managing test plans.

Please email join.us@escentual.com with your CV and covering letter to apply.

Full Stack Developer


Please email join.us@escentual.com with your CV and covering letter to apply.

We are looking for a skilled Full Stack Developer, who is able to become a key member of a growing and multi-skilled team and be part of Escentual’s exciting future. You must have a thorough knowledge of the typical PHP stack, and be eager to learn and develop your skills in this area. Reporting to the Head of Development, you will work together to introduce brand new features, and provide critical maintenance to a stack that relies heavily upon engagement and efficiency. You’ll have the opportunity to learn new tech and be encouraged to innovate to ensure our technical stack can scale and remain efficient.

Previous applicants need not reapply.

Salary Range: circa £30,000 - £35,000 dependent on experience

Location: Cardiff, Wales

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Who you will work for and with

  • You will report to the Head of Development
  • You will be part of the Development Team

What you’ll do

  • Deliver development solutions using best practices and provide input on continually improving those practices
  • Build features across our multi-faceted technical stack, featuring both in-house and customer-facing systems.
  • Maintain our systems and provide technical support to ensure optimum stability, security and efficiency.
  • Be an active part of a quickly growing team, through code reviews and supporting other team members in their endeavours.
  • Be willing to think outside the box to provide solutions to common problems found across our codebase.
  • Work within an Agile development process.
  • Learn new technologies and continuously stay ahead in existing technologies
  • Able to work collaboratively in delivering technical excellence

What you’ll need: Skills & Behaviours

  • Excellent knowledge of PHP5, JavaScript, HTML, SQL and Object Oriented Programming.
  • Experience with any of the following frameworks: Zend, CakePHP, Symfony, or Laravel.
  • Practical knowledge of design patterns.
  • Experience using version control in a collaborative coding environment.
  • Self-motivated, eager to learn and develop their skills.
  • Working knowledge of a wide variety of PHP systems.
  • Able to take a sparse specification and build it out
  • Able to take ownership of parts of the system and take the lead on development
  • Have the ability to adapt, provide ideas and present creative solutions to problems
  • Experience of working in a team, coaching and advising team members
  • facilitating communication between parties collaborating across multiple projects.
  • Experience working with Magento is not a firm requirement but will be an advantage to your application.
  • Relish the opportunity to learn, maintain and develop our existing system.

Please email join.us@escentual.com with your CV and covering letter to apply.

Front End Developer


Please email join.us@escentual.com with your CV and covering letter to apply.

We are looking for a capable front-end web developer, ideally with previous e-commerce experience, although this isn’t a deal breaker! The ability to work collaboratively with our design and content teams as well as a willingness to learn is a must. In return you will have the opportunity to work on lots of exciting projects in this dynamic fast-moving environment. Working with our design and development teams to implement new features, designs, content for our Magento e-commerce website and a WordPress blog.

Previous applicants need not reapply.

Salary Range: up to £25,000 depending on experience

Location: Cardiff, Wales

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Who you will work for and with

  • You will report to the Head of Development.
  • You will be part of the Development Team.

What you’ll do

  • Development of our Magento website and WordPress blog.
  • Working with the designer to advise and help form the work (build and create designs).
  • Implementation of new features, designs and content.
  • Improvements to help optimise conversion rates.
  • Implementation of promotional content and email campaigns.

 

What you’ll need: Skills & Behaviours

  • Commercial experience in front end web development, ideally with previous experience with Magento.
  • Skillset to include:

o   Proficient in object-oriented PHP.

o   JavaScript (jQuery, Prototype, vanilla).

o   HTML & CSS (SASS, ITCSS, BEM).

o   Experience of working with photoshop.

  • Previous experience of building sites and user interface experience.
  • Ability to work to a coding standard and produce maintainable code
  • High attention to detail is key.
  • Passionate about creating to a high standard.
  • Logical thinker, problem solver.
  • Previous e-commerce experience would be a distinct advantage.
  • A self-starter.
  • Previous experience of collaborating and working with multidisciplinary teams on projects.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Please email join.us@escentual.com with your CV and covering letter to apply.

Photographer/Videographer


Please email join.us@escentual.com with your CV and covering letter to apply.

Hours of work: Minimum of 2 days a week.

Salary Range: £22,500 dependent on experience

Location: Cardiff, Wales


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What you’ll do:

  • Shooting and directing portrait, creative and lifestyle images, videos and livestreams for Escentual.com. All images to be shot in accordance with a shoot guide that you will develop with the head of creative, demonstrating excellent technical understanding, attention to detail and consistent quality.
  • To work within an agreed reshoot percentage (3%). Working collaboratively on shoots with Creative, Product and Content teams and demonstrating an excellent understanding of creating image shoot guidelines and studio processes.
  • Regularly reviewing all images and videos to ensure they are of the highest standard, identifying and actioning reshoots where necessary.
  • Contributing to and leading imagery reviews, demonstrating competitor awareness and being proactive in presenting opportunities for improvement.
  • Successful delivery of projects set by the Senior Management Team to enhance visual aspects of Escentual.com.
  • Develop and maintain excellent working relationships with team members and other departments.
  • Ensure the studio space (including all photographic equipment and props) is maintained.
  • To understand the end-to-end process for each visual element. Editing and selecting shot sequence through your chosen software and workflow and ensuring the best selection of images are processed in a timely manner throughout the day.
  • Ensure all daily shoot targets are met to the highest standard and conduct re-shoots where necessary.
  • Perform quality control on all images to ensure that they are consistent in colour and styling before putting into folders.
  • Develop and maintain digital photo assets and structure to be archived or accessible easily, and develop file size specification guidelines.
  • Meeting personal targets and daily/weekly deadlines.
  • Manage process of product images on shoot day, in an organised manner.
  • Prepare shoot set up and check daily that all equipment is functioning, testing appropriate lighting, on product type and flagging any issues.
  • Supporting events with any ad-hoc projects when required.

 

What you’ll need: Skills & Behaviours

  • Excellent photographic/technical understanding.
  • Proven experience photographing still life/beauty products of similar quantities is essential.
  • Experience of shooting model imagery.
  • Experience of working with various types of lighting, both continuous and flash.
  • Confident in meeting daily targets and handling a high volume of products.
  • Experience working within a fast-paced studio environment to exacting deadlines.
  • Ability to art direct and also take direction, working well alone and in a team.
  • A perfectionist with exceptional attention to detail.
  • Good interpersonal skills and a team player.
  • The ability to work in a fast-paced studio environment and be adaptable and responsive to rapid change.
  • Strong organisational and time management skills with the ability to multitask and work under pressure.
  • Proactive, with a willingness to go the extra mile.
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