Senior PHP Developer

AVADO Learning Limited
London (Greater)
From £50,000 to £60,000 per annum
30 Nov 2017
08 Dec 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
Code the world’s best online learning platform

ROLE: Senior PHP Developer

BASED: Hammersmith (moving to White City in Dec 2017)


AVADO is an award-winning education (EdTech) business, backed by the UK’s leading venture builder, Blenheim Chalcot.

At AVADO, we create inspiring learning that has a lasting impact by blending technology, user experience and over one million hours of learning and course design. We have exclusive partnerships with Google and the CIPD, building high quality digital learning programmes with over 30,000 active students.

Currently based in Hammersmith, AVADO are moving to brand new offices in the prestigious Imperial College Innovation and Translation Hub in White City in December 2017 (


We're looking for an enthusiastic and experienced PHP Developer to join the development team which builds our core learning platform. This team develops desktop and mobile websites using PHP, HTML5, CSS3 and Javascript.

You will join a small team of developers as part of a larger Technology team. You will be working with other developers, product owners and learning technologists to extend and enhance our Moodle-based platform to support hundreds of thousands of online learners.

You should love writing high-quality code in an environment that embraces the DevOps mindset, shipping features and enhancements regularly to our learners. You will be working across the stack, coding in PHP and Javascript, whilst ensuring that your tests pass every time. Above all, your team’s work will help hundreds of thousands of online learners to develop their professional and digital skills each year.

What you’ll do:

- Focus on reliability, scalability and the development of cloud computing infrastructure

- Managing large server farms which are located on multiple global sites.

- Measure the capability of our infrastructure and applications to manage failures from failovers to full site outages

- Automate the deployment and release process making sure continuous integration and continuous deployment is practiced

- Dealing with design issues, performance analysis, troubleshooting, capacity planning, networking and assessing application behaviour

- Build our learning platform (based on Moodle) which powers all AVADO courses

- Deliver high quality code, working in an environment that embraces DevOps methods

- Collaborate with other developers, product owners and learning technologists

- Pitch in where needed as a valued member of an autonomous, cross-functional team

Who you are:

- You can work with Cloud providers such as AWS / Azure

- LinuxOps and Linux engineering knowledge

- Experience in CI/CD/DevOps tools like Puppet, Chef, Salt, Ansible, Terraform, Docker

- You know how to create high quality, scalable and secure PHP/JavaScript/HTML/CSS applications

- You are experienced with modern coding, testing, debugging and automation techniques

- You care about front and back end web technologies, from the UI to the database

- You can tell us about the projects and teams that you’ve worked with, and the problems that you’ve solved together

- Familiarity with some or all of: PHP5, PHP7, Behat/Gherkin, PHPUnit; HTML5, CSS3, Bootstrap 3, Git/Bitbucket/JIRA, Symfony, Linux, Nginx, Apache

- Familiarity with CI/CD/DevOps tools like Puppet, Chef, Salt, Ansible, Terraform

What you’ll get:

- To work in the best PHP development team in London

- Strong executive support for your team

- The opportunity to use the latest development tools and methods

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