Shaun Donnelly


I’m a front-end developer turned engineering manager ready for new challenges. I advocate for simple, boring solutions that provide value to end users quickly and often, with best-in-class accessibility and usage of platform standards.

I’m looking for partially-remote roles in London (between 1-3 days in the office, the rest working from home) as either a front-end developer or engineering manager.


✈️  Skyscanner

Engineering Manager
Previously Senior Software Engineer and Software Engineer 2
April 2017 – Present

I’m the team lead for Backpack, Skyscanner’s design system. Around half of my time is spent hands-on coding in React and the other half on people management, planning OKRs and generally enabling the team.

In 2019 Skyscanner had a substantial rebrand. It was a year-long project that affected dozens of teams across the company. My team and I were heavily involved in all aspects – from updating the design language, devising a means to roll out the new brand seamlessly across all Skyscanner’s products with a single button press, through to the infrastructure work across Skyscanner’s apps and web stack to put it into practice. The rebrand was a success, completing without a single problem, which is practically unheard of for a time-sensitive project of this scope.

Read my post on Skyscanner’s engineering blog for more »

On the people management side, I care deeply about the wellbeing and careers of my team. I’ve mentored most of them through Skyscanner’s promotion process, even helping one of them grow from an intern into a senior engineer.

I’ve driven a number of initiatives outside of my usual scope, like rewriting and maintaining Skyscanner’s JavaScript recruitment test, simplifying the engineering promotion process, as well as championing and running most aspects of Skyscanner’s talent directory.

📱 Indie iOS Developer

April 2020 - Present

In my spare time I’m a fan of running, cycling and bouldering, which is why I built Personal Best, a workout tracking app for iPhone built with SwiftUI.

It’s had over 20,000 downloads and holds a 4.8/5 rating on the App Store. It’s been featured in iMore, TechCrunch and 9to5Mac, amongst other places.

Read more about Personal Best’s development »

Alongside developing Personal Best, I also blog about app development at

📈  Ensighten

Front-end Developer
August 2013 – March 2017

I worked on a range of projects across Ensighten’s product line. My most notable work was developing Ensighten’s design system, which honed their disparate, confusing UIs into a single coherent experience that felt like one family of products.

🖥️  ICUK

Software Engineer
July 2011 – August 2013

This was my first job after university, where I was able to try my hand at many different technologies across ICUK’s entire stack, before deciding to specialise on front-end for my subsequent roles.


🎓  University of Manchester

2007 – 2011

BSc (Hons) Computer Science with Business and Management (2:1)