Vacancy Details

Full Stack Developer at Local Spoon - UCL Talent Bank
Location: London
Position: IT
Salary: £10 - £12 per hour dependant on experience
Date Posted: 28 July 2017
Vacancy Type: UCL Talent Bank
Job Description:
Company: Local Spoon Ltd.
Job title: Full Stack Developer
Job type: Graduate Internship with the potential to turn into a longer-term role
Location: London
Salary: £10 - £12 per hour depending on experience
Start date: ASAP
Duration: 2-3 months - this could be extended to a 6-12 month internship
Deadline: Open until the right candidate is found.

The Company

Local Spoon, the winner of the Lloyds Banking People’s Choice Award 2016, today soft-launches a platform which has been designed to connect independent restaurants with local customers through last-minute dining opportunities.

Set to release a gamified rewards scheme for their users and an analytics platforms for restaurants later this year, Local Spoon is a win-win for both customers and restaurants. The App only promotes offers at tables that would otherwise remain empty - thus representing an opportunity for the business to reduce waste and reach a wider market. Consumers save money, the restaurant owners gain more capital to cover their costs and more opportunities to build brand loyalty.

The application currently signals last-minute deals in Fitzrovia, Piccadilly Circus and Soho, available a few hours a day only. Empowered by PayPal, Local Spoon allows customers to quickly redeem any offer available in their proximity directly on the Local Spoon App.

Stefano Potorti, founder and managing director of The Localist, partner of Local Spoon and UCL business advisor says: “As an experienced restaurant consultant, I’ve seen a plethora of restaurants in London struggling for years to draw diners in and fill in the empty seats. Local Spoon is a very smart application! They provide customers with last minute savings in restaurants by allowing real time dynamic pricing, based on supply and demand. For restaurants it’s a new way to drive more guests based on the demand to fill their empty tables and in the same time to have a full control.”

Diana Florescu, the Co-Founder says: “During my Masters year at UCL I really got the opportunity to devote my time and UCL resources to explore this business idea. Without the UCL Bright Ideas Award, I would probably have never met Stefano, who is a valuable assets to our team. When you’re just starting out, the curiosity shouldn’t be a weakness! When we didn’t understand something or wanted to learn more, it was only natural to ask for help and UCL supported us along the way”

The founders believe there is much more to do in the hospitality sector! They are on a mission to support small businesses stay abreast with the changes in the digital world. Local Spoon aspires to help them join the Networked High Street and to use predictive analytics and dynamic pricing to pull customers in stores.

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The Role

Key responsibilities:

•You will help us translate our long-term product vision into a comprehensive product roadmap
•Along with sharing our vision and our passion, you will be responsible for making sure our technology strategy serves our business strategy and all technical aspects of the company;
•Have the ability to think and act strategically and proactively; that you are able to grow with us and the company and can learn or delegate anything you may not be able to do;

Please note that this role may develop into something bigger in the future and we may offer you the opportunity to hold a permanent position within our startup after this internship. This role is ideal for recent graduates or final year students looking to gain valuable experience during their studies.

Your profile

- Experience with: JavaScript – familiarity with Node.js and MongoDB Apps is desirable;
- Experience with CRM/analytics platforms and 3-rd parties API integrations;
- Experience with mobile development and responsive design;
- Good understanding of design and UI/UX principles;
- Proven track record of shipping functional and delightful products;
- A highly analytical mind with creative problem-solving skills;
- Strong team player and willingness to work closely with the leadership team;
- Fluency in English
- 1-2 years of experience in a fast-paced and rapidly changing environment (desirable but not necessary);

Recruitment Process

Apply with your CV, cover letter, and other relevant documents i.e. product portfolio or examples of apps/ websites you created. Please state in your application your earliest possible starting date.

Successful candidates will be required to take an aptitude tests i.e. developing a short mobile app feature or optimising the UX/UI.

Applicants from all degree backgrounds are welcome, but the employer is particularly interested in hearing from those with backgrounds in:
  • UCL Computer Science
  • UCL Electronic & Electrical Engineering
  • UCL School of Management
  • UCL Science, Technology, Engineering & Public Policy
  • UCL Science & Technology Studies
  • UCL Mathematics
  • UCL Statistical Science


Note: By applying for this vacancy below, you confirm that you are a current UCL student, recent UCL graduate or member of UCL research staff only. You must submit a cover letter tailored specifically to this role as part of the application.

Due to the high amount of interest that we receive for each of our roles, we will unfortunately be unable to respond to each application individually. Only successful applicants will be contacted directly by the recruiter offering this vacancy.

If you are a current undergraduate / postgraduate or recent graduate, we advise that you book an appointment to have your application checked with one of our Application Advisors at UCL Careers.

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