Magnetic North is an award winning, independent digital design company based in Manchester. We’ve been doing digital since 2000. People hire us to think: strategy; ideas; problem solving. And make: prototyping; piloting; delivery of finished products

We need a Lead developer who can write beautiful PHP to a high standard, in a timely and scalable way that improves the code-base of our solutions, in ways that add meaningful value to our clients.

• Lead by example
• Write clean, well designed, robust code
• Build efficient, testable, and reusable PHP modules
• Troubleshoot, test and maintain the core product software and databases to ensure strong optimisation and functionality
• Contribute in all phases of the creative and development lifecycle
• Evangelise industry best practices
• Develop and deploy new technologies to facilitate world class digital solutions

Essential skills and experience
• Work on creating highly scalable cloud based web applications using open source technologies (e.g. Java, Node.js, PHP)
• A desire for technical excellence to deliver best in class web applications
• A desire to work on a variety of creatively challenging and technically robust projects
• A passion for learning and applying new skills
• Strong problem solving skills to be applied to Architecture and Development
• A desire to work within a mixed team of creative, technical and production staff
• Ability to lead and mentor a team
• To take ownership of projects from inception to delivery
• To champion cross functional requirements; Accessibility, Availability, Backup, Maintainability, Reliability, Reusability etc.
• To balance technical innovation in line with the brief and client requirements
• Ability to see the long term technical vision while diving in to the details when required
• Ability to set a long term vision while diving in to the details when required
Desirable skills and experience
• Experience developing responsive web and mobile applications and / or touchscreen development
• A working knowledge of testing tools and frameworks including TDD and BDD
• A keen interest in a wide range of development techniques (e.g. Microservices, Object Orientated Programming, Functional Programming)
• Strong opinions on what make’s good quality software
• Experience with server setup and infrastructure automation

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