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Careers with us

We’re a small but mighty experienced team, dedicated to creating a culture of curiosity, independence, simplicity and collaboration.

Chalkboard is on a mission to support small businesses, independents and professionals.

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We have big goals

We see a world where millions of small and local businesses are thriving, using our simple and powerful mobile app to operate and grow.

We’re growing

Our company today will look entirely different in 6 months. We’re looking for people who are excited by change and building something completely new.

We have a plan

While still a true startup, the people behind Chalkboard have the years of experience to accomplish our goals, and a thoughtful plan to guide us there.

What you can expect working with us

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Simplicity above all

‘Simple’ is easier said than done. We’re always challenging ourselves to step back and simplify.

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Freedom with accountability

We trust our team. We’re flexible, independent, and know our teammates will always deliver.

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The user is always central

Feedback is our gold dust. We keep our customers close and feedback loops central to what we build.

Are you interested in products that change communities?

Small businesses, independents and professionals are what turn ‘parts of town’ into real neighbourhoods. This reminder inspires the product work we’re doing every day as a team.

Small and local businesses feel left behind by technology.

It’s about time they had the same powerful tools as enterprises to succeed.

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Let’s have a chat

We want teammates who are as excited about Chalkboard as we are about them. We start our hiring process with a short intro call to share more about us and make sure it’s a genuine fit for both sides.

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25 days off (plus public holidays), competitive salary, laptop or allowance

Creative workspace in Ancoats, flexible work hours, remote friendly

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Mobile Developer

We’re looking for an experienced mobile developer to join our team in Manchester. Here’s all you need to know:

🖥️ STACK: Swift and Kotlin for our mobile apps. GraphQL between our apps and the backend. Backend is Node.js, TypeScript, and PostgresQL. We host with Heroku.

🤬 SDK’S YOU’LL SWEAR AT: RevenueCat (for subscriptions), Heap (for analytics) and Firebase (for user notifications).

📱 PRODUCT: iOS and Android native mobile apps that give small/indie business people a second phone number just for business. It helps them to separate personal and business, auto reply to missed calls, and also has extra tools to help them grow their business. Google “Chalkboard app” for more info.

👨‍💻 THE JOB: Mobile developer working on our native iOS and Android apps, all experience levels welcome from mid-level right through to lead/senior. Proficient in either Swift, Kotlin, or both.

🏡 REMOTE?: Partly - at least 1 day a week in Ancoats (Manchester), the rest of the week remote.

🐝 LOCATION: Google “beehive lofts” to feast your eyes on our lovely workplace in Ancoats, Manchester. Great coffee, lovely teas, dog-friendly, more sofas than DFS, plants (and then some). Fun fact: It used to be Sankey’s Soap.

💷 FOR YOU: Great salary (£35k-£55k depending on your experience level), share options, 25 days off + bank holidays, flexible hours, MacBook Pro or BYOD allowance, plus £400 to spend as you wish on your home workstation.

🍕 TEAM: Small but mighty experienced, there’s 10 of us, but growing. In the product/engineering team: Engineering manager (Rhodri), product manager (Madelin), product designer (Oli), and of course other developers (Swift, Kotlin, JavaScript devs).

🚀 FUTURE GOALS: We see a world with thousands of teams around the world using Chalkboard to communicate with customers and each other. On the move, in retail locations, out in the real world.

👋 FOUNDER: John Jackson, who has already built and sold 2 tech businesses. We are funded directly by investments by John so we’re in full financial control.

👌 TECH PRINCIPLES: We have a mature test suite and endeavour to maintain it as part of our development process. All code changes are peer reviewed. We think the best features are a result of tight collaboration between product and engineering. We use the best tools for the job, but they need to be proven.

🚧 DEV PROCESS: Each feature moves through product design, architecture, development, testing, and release, in a Kanban-style workflow that we manage in a tool called Shortcut.

🖤 PRODUCT PRINCIPLES: Focus on user experience, convention over configuration, accessible to everyone, low touch high volume, no jargon, champion local business.

MUST HAVES: We are looking for mid-level upwards. So you should have 3+ years commercial experience, and have experience working with Swift and/or Kotlin, MVVM/MVVM-C, dependency injection, and writing tests.

🙋 HOW WE HIRE: With respect for your time, and transparency. First some simple technical questions, then an intro call, next a short own-time challenge that takes no more than a few hours, and finally an interview (sometimes 2).

🥇 TO SUM UP: Join a financially secure start up, with a grand plan, a small but experienced team, quality tech, sound technical principles, and a well-written codebase. Help millions of small and local businesses to operate, grow, and thrive.

If this sounds like the perfect opportunity for you, we can't wait to hear from you!


Apply for this role →

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Our stack is Swift and Kotlin for our mobile apps. GraphQL between our apps and the backend.

JavaScript Developer

We’re looking for an experienced JavaScript developer to join our team in Manchester. Here’s all you need to know:

🖥️ STACK: Swift and Kotlin for our mobile apps. GraphQL between our apps and the backend. Backend is Node.js, TypeScript, and PostgresQL. We host with Heroku.

🤬 API’S YOU’LL SWEAR AT: Facebook and Google (for our reviews feature), Twilio (for telephony), Postmark for sending email that doesn’t end up in SPAM.

📱 PRODUCT: iOS and Android native mobile apps that give small/indie business people a second phone number just for business. It helps them to separate personal and business, auto reply to missed calls, and also has extra tools to help them grow their business. Google “Chalkboard app” for more info.

👨‍💻 THE JOB: Backend developer building out our GraphQL API, all experience levels welcome from mid-level right through to lead/senior.

🏡 REMOTE?: Partly - at least 1 day a week in Ancoats (Manchester), the rest of the week remote.

🐝 LOCATION: Google “beehive lofts” to feast your eyes on our lovely workplace in Ancoats, Manchester. Great coffee, lovely teas, dog-friendly, more sofas than DFS, plants (and then some). Fun fact: It used to be Sankey’s Soap.

💷 FOR YOU: Great salary (£35k-£55k depending on your experience level), share options, 25 days off + bank holidays, flexible hours, MacBook Pro or BYOD allowance, plus £400 to spend as you wish on your home workstation.

🍕 TEAM: Small but mighty experienced, there’s 10 of us, but growing. In the product/engineering team: Engineering manager (Rhodri), product manager (Madelin), product designer (Oli), and of course other developers (Swift, Kotlin, JavaScript devs).

🚀 FUTURE GOALS: We see a world with thousands of teams around the world using Chalkboard to communicate with customers and each other. On the move, in retail locations, out in the real world.

👋 FOUNDER: John Jackson, who has already built and sold 2 tech businesses. We are funded directly by investments by John so we’re in full financial control.

👌 TECH PRINCIPLES: We have a mature test suite and endeavour to maintain it as part of our development process. All code changes are peer reviewed. We think the best features are a result of tight collaboration between product and engineering. We use the best tools for the job, but they need to be proven.

🚧 DEV PROCESS: Each feature moves through product design, architecture, development, testing, and release, in a Kanban-style workflow that we manage in a tool called Shortcut.

🖤 PRODUCT PRINCIPLES: Focus on user experience, convention over configuration, accessible to everyone, low touch high volume, no jargon, champion local business.

MUST HAVES: We are looking for mid-level upwards. So you should have 3+ years commercial experience, and have experience working with Node, TypeScript, relational databases, developing API’s, and writing tests.

🙋 HOW WE HIRE: With respect for your time, and transparency. First some simple technical questions, then an intro call, next a short own-time challenge that takes no more than a few hours, and finally an interview (sometimes 2).

🥇 TO SUM UP: Join a financially secure start up, with a grand plan, a small but experienced team, quality tech, sound technical principles, and a well-written codebase. Help millions of small and local businesses to operate, grow, and thrive.

If this sounds like the perfect opportunity for you, we can't wait to hear from you!


Apply for this role →

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Our backend stack is Node.js, TypeScript, and PostgresQL. We host with Heroku.