Future-Fit Foundation is seeking a full-stack web developer to lead the creation of the organisation’s digital products and tools. You must be experienced in back and front-end development, and you should be able and willing to work closely with the Future-Fit team (ideally on a full-time basis in our London office).
The long-term ambition for the project is the operationalisation of over 600+ pages of science-based guidance and industry- and company-specific information into a dynamic, web-based tool suite that supports the transformation of global businesses, by equipping any company to prioritise, quantify and manage its environmental and social impacts alongside its financial profits.
Development of this tool suite will be undertaken in a series of phases. The first phase (to be ready for early adopters in May 2020) will provide a Q&A-driven interface which will enable any business to identify its most likely positive and negative impacts. The second phase (to be ready for early adopters in July 2020) will add the ability to input basic performance data for each impact area, use that data to calculate a set of high-level numerical indicators, and present the results via a graphical dashboard.
You will be responsible for all software development and will collaborate with the broader team to evolve the tool suite architecture, UX design, and delivery roadmap. Although our initial budget is for one year, as our organisation grows there may be an opportunity for you to build and lead a small team well beyond that.
The preferred back-end platform is Django, with Vue.js or similar for the front-end, though other (open source) platforms will be considered if you have particular expertise and a deep preference for them.
The first year’s budget for this position is £60,000 – £80,000.
1. About Future-Fit Foundation
Future-Fit Foundation is a UK-based non-profit (and registered charity) whose mission is to help transform the way our global economy works – in pursuit of an environmentally restorative, socially just and economically inclusive future – by changing how companies measure, improve, and ultimately report on their environmental and social performance. Future-Fit works with some of the world’s most progressive companies and investors to understand the challenges they are facing when mitigating their environmental and social impacts, and the information gaps that need to be closed to enable them to take meaningful and transformative action.
See our video Crash Course to understand more about the work of Future-Fit.
2. Background and Vision
Future-Fit’s response to the environmental and social challenges faced by society today is the Future-Fit Business Benchmark. The Benchmark is grounded in a set of 23 Break-Even Goals (things that companies must do to not cause harm), and 24 Positive Pursuits (things that companies can do to positively contribute to society). Each of these is supported by in-depth guidance and metrics, to help businesses set the right long-term ambitions, make better day-to-day decisions, and effectively engage stakeholders on the journey.
Future-Fit is proposing the creation of a web-based tool suite, built as a set of connected modules, which will equip users to:
- Input company-specific information: Including via guided questions and data uploads (i.e. spreadsheets or via APIs).
- Prioritise areas of the Benchmark that are most relevant to their business: Involving the interrogation of data that users enter, as well as Future-Fit’s growing database of industry- and company-specific information.
- Measure progress against the Benchmark: A series of Action Guides (which can be downloaded here) provide detailed guidance on how to quantify progress against each of the Benchmark’s 23 Break-Even Goals. The toolkit will support users to operationalise this guidance, collate relevant data from across the business, and calculate their progress.
- Communicate progress to relevant stakeholders: Including sharing of data and information between team members, senior leadership, and external stakeholders such as investors. Key stakeholders will be able to compare between companies and understand where companies sit relative to their industry peers.
- Visualise information in ways that support business decision-making: Attractive, clean, and professional visuals will guide users to understand the areas where action should be prioritised. Users will also be able to download data in a variety of formats including spreadsheets and PDF reports.
3. Target Audiences
The initial target audience for the tool suite is companies (from small social enterprises to global corporations) who wish to understand and minimize their negative impacts while maximizing their positive contributions to society, specifically:
- Individuals seeking to drive change within the business;
- Individuals seeking to communicate progress externally.
A secondary audience (for later modules) is financial institutions (principally investors and banks) who wish to understand the impacts of companies in their portfolios, and to prioritise how they engage with such companies.
The tool suite will be rolled out in a series of phases over the next 12-24 months. To support a number of in-person international workshops being run this year, we are aiming to have the first module ready for use in May 2020.
This first module is an “impact diagnostic tool” which will guide the user through a dynamic series of questions, to identify their company’s most likely positive and negative impacts. The results will be presented in a visually appealing way, with suggestions regarding which actions the user should prioritize. All of the content (questions, answers, suggestions, etc.) either already exists, or is in the process of being finalized by the Future-Fit team.
It should be possible for the user to save, return to and modify their responses at any point, and then view the updated results.
Given the short timeline, the first module only needs to assume a single user per company. But as the system evolves, we must incorporate the kinds of enterprise-level functionality that any business user would expect from a management tool, such as:
- Support for multiple users per company, and different roles with variable permissions for viewing, adding, editing and deleting data.
- Automated and manual data backup.
- The ability to import data, either manually (e.g. from CSV files) or automatically from other business systems (e.g. via REST APIs).
This list is not exhaustive: you will help the Future-Fit team to develop the exact requirements in collaboration with early adopters.
The preferred back-end platform is Django, with Vue.js or similar for the front-end, though other (open source) platforms will be considered if the right candidate has particular expertise and a deep preference for them.
In your response to this Terms of Reference, please articulate your experience with these technologies, or the technologies that you feel would be better suited (and why).
Should be in-line with the design used in our website. This branding and design should be used across the tool suite, specifics of which will be made available.
7. Proposal Requirements
This is a full-time contract and will be based primarily in central London, with the ability for flexible working. Interested candidates must have the right to live and work in the UK.
In responding to this Terms of Reference, please include:
- References from three past clients.
- Proof of similarly scoped and developed projects.
- Evidence of your ability to deliver on time.
- A maximum of three pages on the approach you would employ to deliver the required project outcomes.
Applications should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date for applications: 10th March 2020.
The contract length is 12 months.