WordPress and PHP Developer

24/11/2021

We're currently looking for a WordPress and PHP developer to help us explore, craft and improve intuitive and inspiring websites for public sector clients. You will be confident in your code and will have a great eye for accessibility.

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Type: Full Time, Permanent
Location: Leeds (remote or hybrid working available)
Salary: £25,000-£44,000 (depending on experience)
Closing date: 10th December 2021

About the role

The ideal candidate must have at least 2 years of industry experience, ideally more. They should have a passion for delivering accessible, optimised digital experiences. They must be comfortable working within a team and regularly presenting ideas and delivering technical briefings to both colleagues and clients.  We would also encourage applications from PHP developers who’s experience may not necessarily involve WordPress.

About us

Mixd is a highly respected user experience digital agency specialising in information design. Over the last 17 years, we have designed and built websites that are robust, usable, secure and meet user needs, using modern, open-source technologies for the NHS, Police, local Councils and many other public sectors. We are a multi-disciplined team of 13 designers, developers and UX experts and have established ourselves as one of the NHS’ leading digital partners working on a daily basis with NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups and NHS Trusts (including acute, mental health, community and ambulance trusts). We are also one of the leading providers of enterprise-ready WordPress solutions and bring open source solutions to the public sector. Ultimately, we’re a great place to work – you’ll love the environment, the people and the way the company looks after its staff.

Agile

Mixd has an agile approach to projects. Our team includes specialists in Discovery, UX, editorial, content migration and design that work closely with our clients to understand their goals and needs and use that to plan and roadmap our sprints so that our development team can focus on writing code.

Accessibility

Mixd have been advocates of accessibility for many years and as a minimum deliver websites that are fully compliant with the WCAG2.1 AA specification. We also believe in Accessible UX, working towards websites that provide an enjoyable experience regardless of the technology used to visit the site.

NHS Covid support

Over the last year, we are extremely proud to have supported the NHS in delivering critical solutions for the effective communication of information related to COVID-19. We developed a drop-in WordPress module for Coronavirus related news and updates for many of our NHS partners. We also developed and released a free coronavirus information microsite that could be deployed very quickly for public sector clients that we are extremely proud of.

Componentised frontend development

Mixd has developed a PHP based Server Side Rendered (SSR) component loading system that allows us to completely separate logic from presentation and also enables a development workflow comparable to javascript implementations such as React and Vue. We keep all our components organised using Fractal to create living design-systems for our projects.

Responsibilities

  • Writing clean organised code.
  • Creating complex functional and object oriented code.
  • Strong knowledge of WCAG 2.1 with practical accessibility testing experience. 
  • Creating components to work seamlessly across multiple web browsers and devices.
  • Communicating with clients via email, telephone and video calls.
  • Working effectively with team-mates.
  • Ongoing support and maintenance of existing projects including taking a lead on the implementation, rigorous testing and deployment of new features.
  • Writing developer focussed documentation. 
  • Writing client focussed documentation.
  • Working to manageable deadlines.
  • Self-driven work ethic. You need to be a self-starter who loves taking initiative and seeing things through to completion.
  • You must have excellent communication skills (verbal and written) with the ability to listen and to articulate complex ideas clearly, vividly and concisely. You’ll demonstrate strong attention to detail and be confident in presenting at meetings and on sprint calls – both in person and via video calls. 

About you

Some of the skills and experience we’re looking for:

  • PHP (functional and object oriented)
  • WordPress theme and plugin development
  • Accessible development
  • CSS / Sass
  • Javascript
  • Version control with Git
  • Componentised development
  • Experience with accessible development
  • Excellent communication skills

Nice to have skills:

  • Agile development experience
  • Composer
  • Laravel
  • End-to-end testing
  • BEM syntax
  • PSR/12 PHP coding standards
  • Familiarity with API’s

Location

You can be based anywhere within the UK and we offer flexible working which includes a hybrid working approach which offers you an informal, flexible way of blending home and office working from our studio in the centre of Leeds (right above Leeds station). Please note that this role may require you to attend client offices and our studio for meetings and workshops as and when required. 

Benefits

You can expect all the usual agency benefits and perks but more importantly, you will be joining an enthusiastic and friendly team of creatives and developers, with a passion for excellence. 

  • Competitive salary £25,000-£44,000 per year, depending on experience.
  • Employer-contributed pension.
  • Flexible, family-friendly working hours.
  • Work remotely or in our studio.
  • A friendly, creative studio environment right above Leeds train station.
  • Regular studio days and socials that bring us all together.
  • 25 days annual leave + bank holidays *
  • £1,000 training / conference budget each year.
  • Coaching programme for professional and personal development.
  • Discretionary annual bonus – an uncapped bonus linked to the success of the agency.
  • Cycle-to-work scheme.
  • Fitness activities allowance.

* Additional holidays are awarded every year after you’ve completed 2 years of service up to a maximum of 30 days per annum in your 6th year of service.

How to apply

Our public sector work means that appointments will be made subject to a background check and you must be eligible to work in the UK at the time of applying. 

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Application deadline: Friday 10th December 2021.

Remote interviews will take place from the week commencing 13th December 2021. Applicants who are shortlisted for an interview will be contacted by email.

Strictly no recruiters thanks. We only consider applicants applying directly.

We endeavour to get in touch with candidates within two weeks of you contacting us to let you know if we’d like to chat more. Our selection process typically begins with a casual video call prior to a more formal interview process, currently all conducted online. 

We are committed to promoting equal opportunities in employment. All job applicants will receive equal treatment regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.