Junior to Mid-weight PHP Developer LOCALPERMANENT

Job Description

Square Owl is a leading digital consultancy based in Manchester, founded in 2014. We’re a small close knit team, supported by a network of specialists. Our focus is on our values of integrity, curiosity, quality and continuous learning. We work on a plethora of digital projects for over 20 clients and growing, in wildly differing sectors from multinational Blue Chips to SMEs, so no two days are the same.

We truly believe in a healthy work/life balance. Our flexible hours allow you to start at a time that suits you, and you’re more likely to be told to go home than to stay late!

Lockdown was an opportunity to re-evaluate, we’ve come out stronger and we’re going for it! We’re recruiting a junior to mid-weight PHP developer so this is a great opportunity to become part of our growing team.

Development work has been outsourced up to now. You’ll be our first in-house developer and this means you’ll have the chance to build a team under you as time progresses, and lead the direction of our development team.

We like to think of ourselves as one big happy family and we hire based on attitude and enthusiasm, not your previous client base. As Square Owl grows, we ensure that all of our employees are rewarded accordingly for their contributions to the company.

What we’re looking for

We want to work with like-minded people who set high standards for themselves and the work that they produce. You should be able to commute to central Manchester (Once Covid is over), extra points if you can quote ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ and like Idles!

Our main stack is:

  • HTML
  • Twig
  • Tailwind
  • SCSS
  • MySQL
  • JavaScript inc. Vue.js
  • LEMP stack

We are increasingly building more and more PWAs so any experience here is great, if not it’s something we’d be keen for you to develop. It would also be great if you had any experience with AWS.

You’ll be responsible for:

  • Building websites with CraftCMS
  • Delivering change requests to existing CraftCMS sites
  • Developing new functionality
  • Managing repos including merges and conflicts
  • Bringing innovative ideas to the table on projects
  • Estimating and managing your time
  • Light dev-ops including setting up servers, deployment, DNS updates
  • Communicating with clients
  • Testing and debugging errors across major browsers
  • Offering advice to account managers and non-technical staff

Don’t worry if you can’t tick all of these boxes! We’d like to hear from you if this sounds like the kind of tech you’re used to working with.

What we can give you

Other than the benefit of working with a great bunch of people, we also really value your wellbeing and want to ensure you have a lifestyle that helps you get the best of your work and your free time. We offer:

  • Great pay (reviewed regularly, at least twice a year)
  • Really good holidays - 25 days (plus bank holidays and your birthday day off - increasing every 5 years)
  • Profit related bonus scheme
  • A personal career development plan and regular one to ones
  • Top spec laptop, chosen with your consultation (we use macs, but your choice)
  • Laptop bag allowance
  • Flexible working hours and no dress code
  • Company lunches and social events
  • Private Health Insurance from AXA Health (top level including dental / optical)
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Office Xbox One/Nintendo Switch
  • A company wide carbon offset initiative
  • Attractive pension contributions
  • Central Manchester office
  • A bottomless coffee machine

How to Apply

Send all applications to [email protected].

Note: Applications without a cover letter will not be considered

Examples of your work would also be useful

No agencies please : -D

Reference ID: SO004

Contact Info

  • Company: Square Owl
  • Location: Manchester, UK
  • Email Address:
  Posted October 26, 2020