PHP / Laravel Developer

  • Location: Derby, United Kingdom (Remote)
  • Salary: Starting up to £35,000 plus benefits
  • Hours: Full Time
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Closing Date: December 19, 2020

Join our rapidly growing, ambitious development team

Codemakers is a digital consultancy providing bespoke web and mobile apps for business-to-business (B2B) clients across multiple industries. With household name brands among its clients, Codemakers offers a wide range of services including the ongoing development and maintenance of mid-scale eCommerce applications, mobile apps and APIs. The company has recently begun a transition towards providing Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) products, notably Shipmate – a delivery management platform for mid-size online merchants and local delivery companies.

We are looking for a PHP Developer to help support our existing development team and lead the development on key projects. The role would suit a competent experienced PHP developer wishing to take the next step in their career and become an influential member of a talented, ambitious team.

You will be responsible for:

  • Supporting our existing development team in developing and maintaining projects both internal and external for our clients
  • Acting as Development Lead on key projects, taking ownership for their successful delivery
  • Producing clean, well-documented code, applying industry recognised design patterns and testing frameworks where applicable
  • Managing your project contributions using team development tools and source code repositories
  • Influencing the continual improvement of working practices and application of technologies through maintaining track of industry developments

The role includes a wide range of opportunities to continue to refine your skills, learn new programming languages and frameworks and specialise in the fields that suit you best. Career growth opportunities include the role evolving to Team Leader, Project Manager, Development Leader or Consultant over time.

We are specifically looking for a PHP developer with experience using Laravel or similar MVC frameworks to develop and maintain mid-scale web portals and APIs. Most of our solutions are deployed to Amazon Web Services (AWS) infrastructure and there is the opportunity to support the devops aspects of the business as part of this role.

Am I suitable for the role?

We are seeking a competent, experienced PHP programmer with a positive attitude eager to make an impact on projects, learn new skills and who has excellent communication skills. Prior commercial experience with evidence of influencing project outcomes or project leadership experience is essential. Demonstrable experience working with MVC frameworks, notably Laravel and interfacing with other systems and databases essential. Experience in database and application performance optimisation favourable. 

Experience developing underlying application code for JavaScript-based frontends such as Vue.js or React favourable. Experience developing RESTful APIs and integrating other systems favourable. Prior experience working on SaaS products is desirable.

What’s the working environment like?

The Codemakers office is based at Friar Gate Studios, opposite ‘The Copper Building’ on the outskirts of the Cathedral Quarter. We have a modern working environment, a relaxed dress code and all the equipment you need to carry out your role, with endless free tea, coffee and soft drinks. There is an on-site café and you are only a few minutes’ walk from the centre of town for lunch and after-work activities.

In-line with current Government guidance the majority of our team are currently working remotely and we have decided to make remote working an option indefinitely into the future. We would therefore consider applicants outside of a regularly commutable distance to Derby working remotely for this role, but occasional in-person meetings will be required. Applicants therefore must reside in the United Kingdom.

What does my employment package include?

  • A starting salary of up to £35,000 depending on experience
  • Flexible working hours and remote working
  • Bupa medical insurance
  • Time to develop your skills and an annual training allowance
  • New MacBook Pro
  • 21 days holiday plus bank holidays
  • Team days out and opportunities for trips abroad for conferences in the future

Sounds great! How do I apply?

Please submit your CV along with a covering letter by email to Please quote vacancy reference CM-2010-2 with your application.

The Application Process

Your application will first be considered by our senior management team, who will invite you to a telephone interview if your application passes our initial criteria. Upon successful completion of your telephone interview, we will invite you to a face-to-face interview at our Derby City Centre offices.

Codemakers is an equal opportunities employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, disability, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age or any other illegal or unfair basis.

Important: Recruitment Agencies

We do not use recruitment agencies. If you are a recruitment agency or any other company offering recruitment services and call us, you imply your agreement to and are bound by the following terms: that Codemakers Limited will invoice you £250.00 + VAT for each call received, with payment due within 14 days.