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Senior PHP Developer (full stack)

We’re looking for an experienced Senior Developer to join our team in the heart of Oxford. We’re an award winning, full service digital agency, which means you will get to work on a diverse and challenging portfolio whilst supporting teammates and driving innovation.

You will have at least 6 years of commercial experience; you will have touched on at least one open source platform; you’ve mentored others (or are ready to), and; you’ve probably contributed to an open source project or done some level of public speaking at some sort of tech event. You don’t stop at the web, either; you’ve participated in mobile app development and possibly some level of devops work.

This role will see you join a multidisciplinary team and take the lead on key aspects of project delivery. You will get the opportunity to test your leadership skills and help your colleagues’ personal development. You’ll also have the chance to research and drive innovative approaches for clients and internal projects alike. Finally, you will be comfortable interacting with clients during requirement gathering sessions and demos of the work completed.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • PHP application development
  • Analysing project requirements, scoping them, and creating delivery plans supported by other developers and the PM team
  • Driving innovation and development
  • Taking the lead on key areas of projects
  • Presenting your work to clients and teammates
  • Championing high quality technical standards
  • Mentoring other teammates


You will have:

  • At least several years demonstrable experience in commercial software development, specifically PHP
  • Experience in at least one of: Laravel, Drupal, Python, React, Ionic, Cordova
  • Experience in front end frameworks, preferably Vue.js
  • Experience of delivering projects across multiple technologies
  • Great communication skills; written and face to face
  • Experience turning requirements into a delivery plan with other developers
  • Experience with Agile and multi-disciplinary teams
  • Pride in code quality and test driven development
  • A passion for mentoring / coaching and personal development


Bonus points if (these are Nice to Haves):

  • Python / Django experience
  • C# experience
  • Comfortable with day-to-day sysadmin tasks on Linux via command line
  • You’ve integrated a good number of APIs
  • Worked with Jenkins or other continuous integration and automated deployment systems
  • Relevant professional qualifications such as Agile Certification or Certified Developer in any technologies
  • Open source project contributions or maintenance
  • Public speaking at tech talks or other relevant events

Salary and Benefits

This role has a competitive starting salary based on experience. Global Initiative believes in paying fair salaries and is an equal opportunities employer.

We have a wide range of benefits listed here.

But if you’re interested, the top 3 things our staff love about working here are:

  • The variety of projects and technologies we get to use and try
  • A strong ethos around healthy work / life balance
  • A collaborative, supportive environment of team-building

No agencies, please.

Things about us to make you even happier:

  • Very competitive salaries
  • Flexitime
  • 5 days paid sick leave
  • 4% matched company pension scheme
  • Cash health plan
  • A huge variety of projects and technologies to keep you interested every day
  • A strong culture of work / life balance. We’re strongly encouraged to go home at 17:30
  • Opportunities to gain experience in new fields
  • A collaborative, supportive environment of team-building
  • A company that contributes to worthy causes and projects
  • An airy, spacious office right in the very heart of Oxford city
  • Takeaway Tuesdays
  • Games Nights
  • Hack days


We're a lovely bunch of people that care about each other's improvement so you will find yourself exploring new technologies and ideas in no time.


Wait, you don't think you're right for the role but have a burning passion for all things digital? Then you should be in touch and tell us what we're missing out on!