Lead PHP Developer

Lead PHP Developer

London, UK
Salary: £Competitive

The Role

Jellyfish is looking for a Lead PHP Developer to work within our UK office. If you enjoy coding, sharing ideas and love being part of a collaborative team within a growing international agency, then this is the role for you.

Jellyfish is a diverse digital marketing agency which means you’ll work on anything from simple content managed websites to advanced mobile apps and lead generation projects.

Day to day you’ll be working with our dedicated Project Management team and internal studio at our head office here in Reigate. You’ll be responsible for building and maintaining different applications and sites for our external clients and several Jellyfish-owned products and services. We add to these all the time so there’ll always be new challenges to work with.

Like the sound of us? And are you someone who can bring fresh ideas, fizzing energy and a hands-on can-do attitude to where we work (and how we work?)

If so, we should be talking.

Before we do, take a look at the key skills we’re looking for. If it still sounds like the role is made for you, then get in touch today.


  • Maintain a good standard of coding and adhere to the same conventions as the rest of the team
  • Leave code better than you found it (and fully commented)
  • Test your code, be it client or server-side
  • Be willing to take ownership of projects and to present your proposed solutions to the wider team to non-technical staff
  • Jellyfish developers tend to work in a DevOps capacity and you will be expected to reach a degree of competency in maintaining your own development server and migrating work in progress to UAT/testing servers
  • Ability to perform effectively to tight deadlines, work well both independently and as part of a team
  • A proactive attitude to problem solving and an understanding of the role of development in a creative environment
  • Be willing to work in a research capacity – to find and test and critically review open-source frameworks and technologies
  • Open, honest and direct, is comfortable in giving and receiving constructive feedback
  • Mentor junior developers and ensure they become good team members with good communication and that they follow code standards
  • Effectively conduct meetings and code reviews and mentor developers
  • Conduct staff reviews and daily scrums
  • Ensure staff are tracking their time correctly and following employee guidelines

Experience Required

Skill Requirements

  • Substantial experience of PHP
  • Knowledge of PSR standards

Experience with back end frameworks and/or content management systems such as:

  • Laravel / Lumen
  • CodeIgniter
  • WordPress
  • Drupal
  • Joomla
  • Magento

  • Prior management experience

Ability to scope a project based on a technical brief and work with the DevOps team to provide a detailed project plan including:

  • Data Flow Diagrams for process flow
  • Database Schemas
  • Recommended software / architecture
  • Suggested tools / software
  • Scalable environment architecture suggestions
  • Load balancing / caching suggestions

  • Prior experience in mentoring small teams and providing technical documentation
  • Experience with JavaScript (APIs / jQuery / AngularJS) a bonus
  • Robust experience with Linux command line, configuration, installation, maintenance and monitoring.
  • Experience with Git / GitHub

Robust experience with Databases or Key-Value stores (MySQL / Maria DB / MongoDB) including command line usage

  • Strong experience in database normalisation
  • Strong experience with Key value stores
  • Experience with queue software

Good experience of parsing data formats such as XML/JSON and using 3rd party API’s

  • Experience with Curl / similar
  • Experience of programmatic generation of documents / data
  • Experience creating importers / validators / exporters
  • Good communication skills for client interaction
  • A working understanding of Apache / Nginx configuration and virtual hosts
  • Experience with Jenkins or other Continuous Integration tools
  • Experience with Puppet or other server automation tools
  • Knowledge of additional programming languages

Key Attributes

  • Strong verbal and communication skills
  • Good time management skills
  • Self-motivated with a sense of ownership
  • Flexible, versatile and copes well under pressure
  • A team player with high energy
  • Educated to degree level in Computer Science or equivalent
  • A good understanding of the change request process
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