Senior Back End Developer

16 Feb 2017
16 Mar 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Unique opportunity has arisen for a senior back-end developer to help develop one of the world’s most renowned literary brands.

A well-known fortnightly print magazine of culture and ideas, is beginning a period of intensive development for its digital content and presence, and is building a talented, in-house, full-stack team to support this.

Day-to-day you will be responsible for working with the current inhouse design team to create and improve new and existing products, platforms and transactions.

Main responsibilities:

  • Building/improving/maintaining our current and future web, mobile, and email products.
  • Sharing knowledge of tools and techniques with the wider team, both developers and non-developers
  • Taking part in 2nd-line support of applications and platforms, including occasional support outside of office hours
  • Being involved in the wider web development community, identifying good practices we can adopt.

Specialist Skills & Requirements


  • Detailed understanding and experience of building server-side web applications using PHP and MySQL
  • Working knowledge of unix-like operating systems such as Linux and/or Mac OS X
  • Knowledge of web standards and browser compatibility issues
  • Working knowledge of front-end web development using HTML, CSS and JavaScript
  • Understanding of progressive enhancement, graceful degradation and responsive web design
  • An ability to communicate technical concepts to a non-technical audience


  • System administration and configuration management skills
  • Knowledge of the use of version control systems such as subversion or git
  • Ability to quickly research and learn new programming tools and techniques
  • Experience working on technical projects within a multifunctional team in an agile environment


  • 28 days paid holiday per year, 3 of which between Christmas and New Years
  • A fun and social environment with lunches and drinks
  • Free coffee, fruit and Friday cake
  • 20% discount
  • 10 am start time
  • No dress code
  • Supportive environment, with opportunities to attend training and conferences
  • Dedicated workspace in the new digital office, located in central London (WC1)