September 7, 2022

Graduate Developer

South Shields (in office)

  • Full-time


J Barbour & Sons have an exciting opportunity for a Graduate Developer to join our expanding IT team. The role will be an integral part of the IT team partnering closely with other roles across IT, Business Transformation and the Business teams. It will be a delivery and service orientated role with a responsibility to build and deliver both BAU support alongside project work and solutions across the in house web applications and development stack. The role will be primary owner of the in house apps, supported closely within the development team and by the line management of the team in delivering excellent BAU support, incremental product developments and wider project software and web development needs.

Deliverables will be across a broad range of stakeholders and variety in development and delivery will be wide and great for learning and building development and delivery skills.

We’re looking for an energetic, passionate and proactive individual with the core coding and web software development skills from which to build and learn within our supportive team and working environment.


  • Primary responsibility to deliver excellent BAU support to the in house web apps and their users across Barbour group Maintenance and management of the in house apps ensuring developments never compromise up-time and delivery of a great user experience

  • Focus on weaknesses in existing product and plan and develop medium term technology structures and user experience and functionality improvements in line with business needs

  • Work to deliver web app and software solutions that provide a meaningful and consistent solutions in line with the strategy of the IT team and the requirements of the business

  • You will advocate for your users and champion user-centred design to deliver intuitive, innovative and delightful user experiences

  • You will work with stakeholders and contribute to product roadmaps, helping to create appropriate business cases to drive product enhancement

  • You will be responsible for QA and testing of all developments in your domain as appropriate

  • Clearly communicate product plans, lead user training, benefits and changes, as appropriate, to a spectrum of audiences

  • You will be heavily involved in the management of the Change Request and Problems list in your domain

  • Lead your own personal area of agile delivery with high quality documentation, accurate work estimates, sprint engagement, testing and user workshops

  • Support the systems team where required in solution analysis and design across the systems estate

  • Undertake any other reasonable activity, as may be required by senior management


Desirable requirements:

  • Degree level qualification in software web development or Computer Science

  • Experience of working in the fashion industry or a manufacturing industry

  • Experience of the theory or practical elements of agile development and delivery methodologies


  • Demonstrable, strong development experience and desire to learn ideally utilising Laravel

  • Demonstrable ability to take defined business requirements and turn them into detailed and accurate technical specifications

  • Ability to identify and analyse problems reported in the web app and manage resolution through prioritisation and scheduling to completion

  • Some experience and or desire to learn front-end and back-end development capability including PHP, HTML5, CSS, Javascript

  • Ability to deliver great user experience through creative code

  • Experience and or desire to learn building and integrating with in-house and or 3rd party APIs Working collaboratively with colleagues and third parties including best practice source control and documentation

  • Designing, building and applying business-protecting test plans and implementation plans

  • Advocate and delivery of clean, readable, self-documenting code

  • Experience of working in an Agile environment preferable but not essential

  • Right first-time attitude and high level of accuracy

  • Able to work under pressure to deadlines

  • Prioritising and organising own workload – working autonomously

  • Proactive approach to continuous improvement and problem solving

  • Ability to adapt communication approach to audience regardless of level in the organisation


  • Competitive salary
  • Discretionary Company bonus scheme
  • Staff discount
  • Staff shop
  • Healthcare cash plan
  • 25 days holiday as standard increasing with length of service plus bank holidays
  • Free onsite parking
  • Subsidised canteen
  • Access to training and development activities to support your career development

About Barbour

The Barbour story began in 1894 in South Shields in the North East of England. Founder John Barbour began supplying oilskins and other garments to protect the growing community of sailors, fishermen and dockers. These first weatherproof items quickly established Barbour’s reputation for innovation and quality.

Today, Barbour remains a fifth generation family business. Under the leadership of Chairman Dame Margaret Barbour, Barbour has grown into a lifestyle brand offering a wardrobe of stylish functional clothing and footwear for men, women and children inspired by the unique values of the British countryside. The iconic wax jackets continue to be made by hand in Barbour's factory in South Shields. Barbour International, the collection for men and women inspired by Barbour’s motorcycle heritage established in 1936, is now a separate stand alone brand with its own identity.

The proud holder of three Royal warrants, Barbour is sold in over 40 countries worldwide, including Europe, the US and Japan. Each year approximately 25,000 wax jackets are sent back to Barbour to be repaired, rewaxed or altered. This unique service means a Barbour wax jacket can last a long long time.