Back-End Developer

Salary: £22,000 to £30,000 depending on experience

Closing Date: 31st October 2019


Back-End Developers at Illustrate Digital are well respected members of the team who bring solutions together in WordPress, adding a great deal of value to the agency and to our clients. We’re looking for an experienced Back-End Developer to join us at our Cardiff Bay studio, someone who is keen to work on innovative solutions for websites, software and integrations.

You’ll be joining one of the go-to agencies in the UK with a reputation for excellence in delivery of WordPress websites and solutions. We’re pushing the limits of the platform further each day and we’re looking for an experienced developer to help us to implement and innovate.

Our mission is to create software and websites that create value for our clients and deliver a great journey for all users. Our solutions are created with fresh thinking, individual ownership and a focus on people. Thinking differently to the rest of the digital market has developed our reputation for excellence, something special that we’re inviting you to be a part of, helping us to prove WordPress to be a capable and competitive CMS platform for enterprise brands.

Illustrate Digital is a fast-paced and challenging agency environment with as much emphasis on current client growth as new projects, so you should be ready to dive in and problem-solve, help to shape and improve processes and best practices and have the best interests of the agency and our clients at heart.

Your Day-To-Day at Illustrate Digital:

  • Consulting with UX designers, front-end developers and project managers to plan and develop solutions
  • Working with clients to understand their technical needs and explain our recommended solutions in as much depth or simplicity as the client can understand
  • Developing website back-ends in WordPress to create an excellent content and website management experience for users
  • Implementing new solutions on existing WordPress websites
  • Managing existing solutions to ensure future-proofing and security of WordPress websites
  • Maintaining technical standards, learning new technologies and working with team members to share knowledge and encourage collaborative improvement
  • Attending development team meetings to forge paths into future tech opportunities and new tech standards
  • Performing peer-review of code on work performed by your team members to ensure the work outputted is of a high standard

Essential Skills & Experience:

  • At least 2 years developing WordPress websites, ideally larger-scale sites
  • A good understanding of the WordPress platform and how modifications can be achieved in the most effective way
  • Strong PHP experience
  • Thorough understanding of HTML, MySQL, database management and performing integrations both manually and via API
  • Preferred experience in using the WordPress REST API and ideas for how our agency can use this to benefit our clients in new and inventive ways
  • Good communication skills and the ability to work and collaborate as part of a team
  • A problem solver who is comfortable finding a solution to development challenges on a regular basis
  • To work with the existing team to continuously improve development processes and best practices
  • Experience with scoping and costing of projects
  • Ability to self-manage your time and workload, working with project managers and stakeholders to provide data and feedback of your work and ensure that projects are delivered on-time and on-budget
  • Familiar with development standards and security standards for WordPress
  • A passion for WordPress!

Desirable Skills & Experience:

  • Some experience and skill in front-end, though not absolutely essential
  • Experience working with version controlling
  • Experience with WooCommerce, WordPress Multisite and BuddPress
  • Proficient with JavaScript and React.JS
  • Understanding of DNS configurations, CDNs and SSL
  • Ability to coach and mentor junior developers

We Expect You To:

  • Be well organised
  • Prioritise projects according to needs
  • Communicate clearly and professionally internally and externally
  • Work under pressure and handle multiple moving targets
  • Develop with security standards in mind at all times

Career Growth:

  • Illustrate Digital are one of the fastest growing agencies in Wales and one of a small number of specialist agencies in the UK for WordPress – we’ve grown year-on-year for the last five years and plan to continue this, providing new opportunities for any team member to progress as we grow
  • The current development team is a handful of individuals with specialist skills and, as we grow, these specialisms will grow as departments that require higher levels of skill and leadership – you’re still getting in early, at a time when it really matters
  • As a business we’re conscious of not repeating the same work again and again, all team members are expected to improve and innovate, providing new avenues for growth
  • All team members are given regular opportunities for learning, training and growth – we attend WordCamp conferences and other industry events on a yearly basis, providing a great platform for your knowledge and experience to build over time

Perks & Fun Stuff

  • Brilliant location in Cardiff Bay
  • Flexible working policy
  • Day off for your birthday
  • Free tea and Nespresso coffee
  • Lunch Club on Fridays (team lunch out in The Bay)
  • Periodic days out for fun and team building and food
  • Cycle Scheme available
  • Working from home policy to request days of working at home
  • Company pension included

Opportunities for Growth

We’re a growing digital agency, which means there will plenty of opportunities opening up for future growth. If you think you’ve got what it takes to grow beyond this advertised job role or can help us develop the agency in another way then please apply for this job, we’d love to chat to you.

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