Shiny Developer
Data Science function hiring in: Bulgaria | Portugal | Malta | United Kingdom
Engagement Option(s): Full Time
Work Preference Option(s): Hybrid

This is a perfect opportunity for ambitious individuals to join some of the best Shiny developers in the industry, with the backing of a Data Science practice, curious minds and supporting peers, on a mission to create value for businesses.

About us 

Ascent is a design-led software, data and cloud business that specialises in advanced analytics and AI.  We are an engineering business. We design, build and manage cloud-native products, solutions, platforms & experiences on Azure.

Our pan-European community of engineers, architects, data scientists and digital consultants helps customers take on challenges and opportunities, so they can do something new, or do existing things better.

From global insurance, pharma, healthcare and retail to smart home devices, space exploration and cricket - we get to work with some of the sharpest minds in the brightest businesses.

The Company 

Ascent as a data and software house provide end to end solutions delivered in the Cloud to help our customers through digital transformation and change. Data Science is a key strategic lever in delivering innovative and change for our customers. And with our learning and development in our DNA, we ensure up-to-date technical solutions and consistently high quality in delivery.

About the role

Shiny Developers are part of the Data Science practice that inherits our high standards and consistency. We apply best in breed enterprise grade practices to ensure the performance and supportability of our applications, while keeping obsessed with user experience and best practices in data communication. We apply Shiny application for appropriate use cases at the right data maturity level, and make sure organisations get the most out of Shiny.

As a Shiny Developer, you will have the opportunity to:
  • Join our Shiny Community to share knowledge and grow together
  • Work as part of a multi-skilled delivery team on customer engagements
  • Quickly learn and apply skills to real business challenges
  • Contribute to a collective knowledge pool and gain appreciation
  • Work on a variety of businesses and problems, with data of all shapes and sizes
  • Be supported by the wider teams and a collective knowledge pool in delivery
  • Keep up to date on the latest technologies, techniques and best practices
  • Work with the latest Azure offerings and get certified
  • Attend and present in high profile conferences
  • Contribute to open-source projects


Primary Duties

  • Implement scalable and enterprise grade Shiny solutions and support end-to-end pipelines
  • Develop high quality R packages as needed either as Shiny apps or to facilitate the apps
  • Challenge solution design and methodology with innovative ideas
  • Apply software development discipline and methodology in project delivery
  • Communicate progress and challenges proactively with team and project leads
  • Present work to technical and non-technical audiences
  • Document apps, processes, logic, user guides as part of the solution delivery, and to share knowledge and upskill others
  • Promote Ascent publicly via blogging, conferencing and professional social media
  • Share knowledge internally
  • Keep up to date with relevant technologies and current trends
  • Travel for work as required


A successful candidate will demonstrate these traits:

  • Curious and inquisitive
  • Thoughtful
  • Consultative and business-minded
  • Detail orientated
  • Pragmatic approach to problem-solving
  • Sense of responsibility and ownership
  • Critical and constructive thinking
  • Logical and methodical reasoning
  • Communicate with clarity and purpose
And must have these skills:
  • Highly fluent in R and Shiny, proficiency in Python is desirable
  • Highly confident in modular approach to development
  • Shiny app structure frameworks such as golem
  • Various front end frameworks R packages, Fluent UI is a plus
  • R package development
  • Advanced Shiny topics, including profiling, testing, performance tuning and deployment patterns
  • Daily use of git
  • CI/CD for testing and app deployment
  • Data visualisation techniques
  • Fluent in SQL for analysis; DBA experience is desirable
And nice to have these skills:
  • HTML / CSS
  • JavaScript (React.js or other frameworks)
  • Information Theory
  • Clinical trial data and use cases are desirable
  • Cloud platforms, Azure is desirable
  • Docker and other software development experience
  • Data architecture knowledge
  • API design and deployment
  • Big data (e.g. Spark)
  • NoSQL DB


  • 3+ years of a dedicated Shiny developer role
  • Right to work in the UK and/or EU
  • Azure Data Science Associate - Certificate is desirable

Working at Ascent

At Ascent we promote a healthy work-life balance by offering flexibility in where you work.  We also promote well-being and provide access to Well Being Coaches. 

Your development and learning will be taken seriously, and we’ll support your professional development with training and certification, with regular feedback and review. It is a fun, supportive and modern workplace where we really live by our company values of Empathy, Energy and Audacity! Ascent also offers a variety of benefits in each of our countries.

Ascent is an equal opportunities employer. We take intentional steps to ensure inclusion and belonging are something real here, not just something we talk about. No person will be treated less favourably because of their gender, pregnancy, and maternity status, marital or civil partnership status, sexual orientation, race, nationality, ethnic origin, age, religion or belief, or disability status. If you require any reasonable accommodation, please let us know when you apply.



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Our customers.

Ascent works with over 150 businesses in the UK, Europe and North America. From global insurance, healthcare and retail to smart home devices, space exploration and cricket - we get to work with some of the sharpest minds in the brightest businesses.

Taking CX to the next level with AI for 200,000 members.



Empowering the actuarial community to solve problems with R.



Reducing time-to-market for automotive innovation. 



Evolving a global infrastructure team into a proven Centre of Excellence for cloud.



Improving health and well-being through data transformation.



Enabling data science teams to drive class-leading consumer engagement.​



Bringing the technical vision to life for progressive professional services.



Orchestrating jobs and parts distribution across 6000+ UK sites.



Optimising performance & support with 360° insight into the elite Women’s game.


Promoting collaborative experimentation in sustainable food production.


Creating compelling omnichannel experiences from bar to browser.


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Democratising data to engage new communities & protect the UK seabed.



Delivering the horizontal scale to expand into new medical research fields.



Improving experience and making life simpler for home automation customers.



Unlocking the power of data and analytics to accelerate growth.



Bringing on-demand to the UK’s favourite TV listing and review platform.



Reducing cost, accelerating innovation and attracting new talent in healthcare.


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Why join Ascent?

We’re fast becoming a leading European digital transformation business.

Joining Ascent means you’ll be involved in delivering exciting technology projects for leading global brands. You’ll be part of a growing team of super-talented people who are actively choosing to join us on our journey rather than working in big corporates.

Your voice matters at Ascent. We are always keen to hear your opinions and those ideas that come to you at 3am (some of them are definitely as good as they seemed at the time). You’ll develop your talent through our internal Academy, providing a wide range of personal development, up-skilling and cross-skilling opportunities.

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