Freelance Developer

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Contract type: Freelance/self-employed (outside IR35).

Contract length: 4 months, with the possibility of a contract extension.

Days required: Maximum number of days is 44 (averaging 2 to 3 days per week, with flexibility to move working days around as necessary with advance agreement).

Compensation: 350 to 450 GBP per day depending on experience.

Location: Remote and fully virtual. We are happy to work with freelancers outside of our timezone (GMT), but we ask that they are regularly able to talk during our core working hours, for example, a 1 hour meeting at 9.30 am GMT, or a meeting at 4.30pm GMT.

Contract manager: Georgina Garland, Digital Senior Manager at Bite Back


Bite Back is a youth activist movement fighting for a fairer food system where healthy food is available, accessible and affordable for every child. In the UK, nearly a third of children aged 2-15 face a higher risk of food-related ill health in their futures. The good news is, it's preventable. And we're biting back.

Our digital team is small (but mighty!). We have no internal development capacity and want to take our current website to the next level in terms of excellent user experience, engaging and creative user journeys and beautiful design. Due to the reactive nature of our work, we also need development support that is agile, and able to prioritise and reprioritise development work that is in line with the organisation's needs.


Developers bidding for this contract must be able to demonstrate the following:

  • A full-stack developer with experience across front-end UX/UI and back-end app development.
  • Ability to develop and manage well-functioning databases and applications, with experience building integrations across different digital marketing software.
  • Able to troubleshoot, debug and upgrade software to ensure it is free of errors, resolving issues and improving application performance as required.
  • An eye and focus on delivering great end-user experiences.
  • Able to deliver digital developments that work across desktop and mobile, offering solutions to different formats.
  • Has expertise in front-end UX/UI principles and can develop the front end of our website with appealing visual design.
  • Excellent communication skills to explain complicated solutions to all levels within a not-for-profit organisation.
  • Established processes in working with clients to update requirements and project tracking tools at appropriate points to keep key stakeholders up to date.
  • Able to test projects and respond to any problems or bugs revealed.
  • Demonstration they understand the aims of the Bite Back website and how it supports our wider charitable aims.

Technical skills needed:

  • Front end — HTML, CSS, JavaScript
  • Back end — Python, Django, AWS, GitHub
  • Data migration


Developers bidding for this contract must be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Experience working with Wagtail CMS.
  • Experience working with websites integrated with email marketing platforms, ideally the Dot Digital marketing platform.
  • A portfolio that evidences successful development support for a range of clients in the non-profit sector. Prior experience with several clients and projects of this nature is essential.
  • Experience in recommending and implementing security and data protection settings as required.
  • Proven experience working with brand guidelines and applying them across various desktop and mobile components.


We request that candidates register their interest with us (as noted below) by Friday 2nd August. This expression of interest should be no longer than 2 pages of A4 outlining how you meet the Skills and Experience of the job, including examples of previous work.

Following the initial screening process we will:

  1. Speak to potential candidates via a 30 - 45 minute virtual video call during w/c 12th August. This will be a conversation where stakeholders at Bite Back look to learn more about the candidate’s previous work, and how they would approach working with us on some of our higher-priority development projects. This is also a chance for the candidate to learn more about Bite Back’s development needs and our ways of working.
  2. We may request to speak directly to 2 previous clients for our preferred candidate, the projects worked on with these clients should represent similar development projects to ours.
  3. We aim to select the candidate by 23rd August.
  4. We aim to finalise our contract with the selected candidate by 28th August.


If you have the required skills and experience listed above and are interested in working with Bite Back, please email with more information about yourself, the written expression of interest and relevant links to portfolios or previous work.

We kindly ask you to complete our Equal Opportunities Form to make sure we can continue to be as fair and inclusive as possible. Your answers will be anonymous and will solely be used for internal purposes as we strive to be better in our representation of diversity. Applications will be handled in line with our Recruitment Privacy Policy.