WordPress/PHP developers

As a growing business, we’re currently looking for (at least one) experienced and passionate WordPress Developer to join our growing team.

You can expect to work on many new green-field projects, as well as being asked to maintain and add new features to existing customers’ sites.

You’ll be responsible for both back-end and front-end development, creating WordPress themes and plugins and helping to guide other developers working on other projects.  You’ll know a good user experience when you see one and will instinctively think about the best ways in which our customer administrators will be able to maintain their content over time.

As well as WordPress sites we have several clients wanting bespoke PHP builds with custom functionality and we’ll need you to help build these.  We have several sites built in Laravel, so it would be a significant advantage if you were familiar with this already.

We’re expecting you to have had at least three of years’ development experience in a WordPress and PHP environment – more would be better if you’re working on our larger projects (which we’d like you to).

Qualifications are good, but experience counts too, so don’t be put off if you don’t have a degree but know PHP, MySQL and WordPress inside out!  We’d like you to show us some examples of your work too (but completely understand that once you turn a website over to a client it doesn’t remain in the state in which you delivered it to them!)

We want you to take a lead role in establishing best practices and defining the development direction in which we move.  We’ll want our team of developers to look to you for guidance and to help solve problems too.

Our flexible working and family-friendly policies mean there are opportunities to define your own hours and, to a certain extent, choose where (and when) you work.

Want to work part-time?  That’s ok.  Want to work school-friendly hours?  No problem.  If you’ve got the skills we need and the determination to make it work, then we’ll be flexible around you, although we do expect to see you in the office at least part of the time.

Oh – and we’ve free tea and coffee too, but then you’d kinda expect that.

WordPress/PHP Developer duties and responsibilities

  • Adding new features and functionality to existing websites.
  • Meeting with clients (alongside our Digital Project Manager) to help scope new projects.
  • Establishing and guiding the build of regular green-field sites (we have lots of these) – sometimes on your own, sometimes taking the lead with other associate developers.
  • Liaising with our graphic designers to formulate effective, responsive designs and turning them into working themes.
  • Helping to define architectures, database structures and control flow on larger, bespoke builds.
  • Building/editing plugins to cater for bespoke features required on client websites.
  • Defining best working practices, including advising on (and implementing) source control measures.
  • Testing and quality control.

WordPress Developer requirements and qualifications

  • Good understanding of front-end technologies, including HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery.
  • Experience building user interfaces for websites and/or web applications.
  • Experience designing and developing responsive websites.
  • Ability to convert comprehensive visual designs and wireframes into working HTML pages.
  • Ability to create bespoke and tailored themes.
  • Experience of writing custom plugins or modifying existing ones.
  • Understanding of PHP back-end development, particularly Laravel.
  • Understanding of database technologies such as MySQL.
  • Comfortable working with debugging tools like Firebug, Chrome inspector, etc.
  • Knowledge of how to interact with RESTful APIs and formats (JSON, XML).
  • Understanding of code-versioning and source control tools such as GIT.
  • Any graphic design skills (or at the very least an eye for presentation & layout) would be a bonus.