Senior developer

Do you love modern web technologies? Are you a team player who likes solving difficult problems together? Do you want to join an exciting tech companies and play a key role in developing an ambitious product with a global impact?

Flourish is empowering the world to visualize and tell stories with data. It enables anyone to create beautiful graphics, presentations and interactive stories without coding. Since our launch in 2018, more than 500,000 registered users have produced more than 5 million graphics, which have racked up more than ten billion views.

Our customers include leading newsrooms (such as BBC and FT), major corporates (such as Goldman Sachs and Moody’s), NGOs (Amnesty, Rockefeller) plus universities all over the world.

Following our recent acquisition, Flourish is a proud member of the Canva family.

We’re looking for a senior developer to join our team, reporting to the head of software development.

(Some of) the Flourish team on a glamping retreat

The role

You’ll be a senior developer in one of our small technical teams, overseeing the creation of significant new features on the Flourish platform. You will:

  • Develop new features for Flourish, using modern web technologies
  • Maintain standards for web performance, security and accessibility
  • Build automated tests and improve the observability of the codebase
  • Pair-program and review code
  • Help improve the way we work and the tools we use

This is a thoroughly hands-on development role: most of your time will be spent working with code. But you will also mentor and manage other developers and work closely with the product team.

This role is mostly focused on the Flourish platform rather than the visualization templates, which are developed separately.

About you

You are an experienced developer who enjoys working collaboratively and loves to learn new things. You care deeply about the quality of your work and are thoughtful about how to improve both what you’re doing and how the team works together. You’re happy to adopt existing conventions of the code base.

Importantly, you’re excited by Flourish and the opportunity to make it better. You’re a friendly colleague and you work well in a close-knit team.

Must-have skills

  • A deep understanding of the web platform
  • At least five years experience as a full-stack developer
  • Strong JavaScript and Node.js skills
  • Competence with command-line Linux and shell scripting
  • Good SQL skills
  • Be comfortable using Git for version control, and understand why clear history matters
  • Familiarity with working practices such as test-driven development, continuous integration and continuous delivery
  • Experience of agile methodologies
  • Awareness of security best practices for web applications

Nice-to-have skills

  • AWS (S3, EC2, IAM, etc)
  • PostgreSQL
  • Java
  • React
  • TypeScript

Person attributes

  • An enthusiasm for learning and teaching
  • A systematic approach to solving problems
  • A love of the web and an interest in performance
  • The ability to give feedback kindly and receive feedback

About us

  • Our tech stack: Some of the technologies we use include Node.js, Express; Postgres, Redis; Handlebars, Sass; AWS; Cypress; GitHub, CircleCI, Sentry. We don’t expect you to have worked with all of these, but any you have are a plus.

  • Our company: Flourish is a small team combining decades of collective experience in development, data, design, visualization and journalism/publishing. Read more about the team.

  • Our culture: We’re a friendly and supportive group that values kindness, honesty and fun. We’re open and try new things with enthusiasm. And we’re high-momentum, focused on delivering magical products that our users love. We socialise as a team at least once a month.

  • Our interview process: We make our hiring process fast and straightforward. Typically there is brief initial call followed by an online technical test. If we ask you to take this test and you are not selected, we will give you a £50 Amazon voucher to say thank you for your time. Next there is an interview stage designed to be rigorous but friendly and collaborative. We’ll ask you to do some pair-programming with us, to get a sense for how you communicate, but we don’t do stressful whiteboard coding.

  • Our location: We are largely a UK-based team, with a few exceptions. Our office in Shoreditch is a fun and exciting place to work. We also embrace fully remote staff, though ideally we like the whole team to gather once a month for meetings and social events.


  • Competitive salary
  • Staff equity plan
  • ‘20% time’ for developers on Fridays - you can choose what to work on, as long as it’s relevant to the company’s mission
  • Flexible hours, and respect for work/life balance (not “startup hours”)
  • 30 days’ annual holiday, plus volunteering time
  • Regular team activities and socials
  • Benefits including budget/time for development and wellbeing
  • Remote working is welcome (the majority of our development team is remote), except for monthly meetings
  • Lots of potential for career progression

To apply

Send a CV, and a covering letter explaining why you’re interested in this role and how you meet the description above, to Please use the subject line “Senior Developer”. Got questions about the job? Feel free to email us for a chat.

We’re committed to equality and diversity in the tech industry, so we’ll be especially happy to see applications from under-represented backgrounds.

Sorry, but we won’t be able to sponsor visas for this role: please do not apply if you do not already have the right to work in the UK. We are not accepting applications from recruitment agencies for this role.

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