We’re looking for a flexible PHP developer with a passion for maintainable, secure, well-structured code and good user experience to join our friendly team. You’ll implement HTML/CSS templates developed by colleagues into flexible WordPress themes and custom plugins for our clients, and work on extending and improving existing clients’ sites and our own PHP platforms for online learning and simulation.
You have professional experience in developer role, and bring a common sense attitude to your development: you’re naturally on the side of the user, thinking ahead to future support needs and changes, and able to prioritise.
Our people are what makes Helpful special. Communication is crucial to the smooth running of the company, and we value communication skills above all – being able to share constructive feedback with colleagues over chat or email, or clearly explain your thinking to a client on a call or in a meeting.
As open source software is the cornerstone of our business, we encourage all of our employees to contribute to open source projects, and we support some of the key tools we depend on. If you’ve worked on or supported open source software, we’ll be interested to hear about it.
This is a hands-on coding role, with a wide variety of work, nice clients and relaxed colleagues. It’s a good learning opportunity, but we’ll expect you to have real examples of work you’ve completed to show us as part of the recruitment process.
Day to day, you’ll work with colleagues on new website builds as well as supporting our wide range of clients’ sites. You might be building a plugin to fetch data from an API, plugging new page templates into a theme, or translating a set of HTML templates into a custom theme following the WordPress coding standards and optimising for performance.
You’ll work with designers, front-end devs and project managers to understand a client’s brief, build prototypes and take part in user research sessions. You’ll have a key role in projects within our small team, with real responsibility for delivering good quality code and justifying your recommendations to clients, so we build the right things and build them right.
We build creative, interesting, useful things with WordPress – from helping scientists study Antarctica to engaging young people with career opportunities or showcasing wedding venues to potential customers. Friendly, open communication is at the heart of our culture internally and with clients, and you’ll be a key participant in catch-up calls to review a Trello board, on Slack chats to scope a new feature, and in meetings or screencasts to demonstrate prototypes or examples you’ve created. We have mature client relationships, a relaxed working culture, and a team-oriented approach to managing projects including lean methods, user-centred design and version control.
No agencies or freelancers please.
If you have what we’re looking for, we’ll invite you to a phone interview initially. If we both agree it’s worth taking it further at that point, we’ll pay you to complete a small piece of work in your own time, and ask you to take us through it at a face to face interview, where we’ll also talk about your work and experience.