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We’re an established and growing digital agency situated in the heart of Cardiff Bay looking to add a new WordPress developer to our brilliant team. Whilst we are well known for our design skills and producing engaging  commercial websites, we also spend a lot of our time building and maintaining  bespoke online systems for some of the worlds biggest automotive brands  including Hyundai and Triumph.We are proud to have a well respected team of developers with expertise on both  the PHP and .NET stacks and over 100 years of software experience combined! We would love to find the right person to join us as we line up a number of brand new big name clients.

What you will be doing

As a WordPress developer you will be working closely with a project manager to plan, craft and build CMS solutions for our clients. You will write clean, maintainable code and have a solid understanding of object oriented programming, MVC principles, version control workflows, and security implications.

The ideal candidate

Whilst support is always available to help you develop and grow – you will be  capable of finding robust and elegant solutions to novel problems without the  supervision of a senior developer. You will also be able to step into another developer’s code and debug any issues that may be present in an effective manner.

  • Experienced ​- you have real world experience of common development  challenges and design patterns
  • Problem solver​ – you choose the simplest solution to a problem first and  then build from there as required
  • Pragmatic​ – your coding decisions are based on real life experience and you find a good balance between abstraction, performance and maintainability
  • Systematic​ – unphased by complex problems that arise – rigorous in testing your own code for a number of different implications
  • Initiative​ – you are quick to learn new things and able to effectively find answers to any questions or problems that you come across

Required skillset

To perform this role well you will need the following essential skills:

  • Solid understanding of WordPress
  • Robust understanding of security implications (eg. SQLIA, XSS, CSRF)
  • Server side templating languages (eg. Twig/Blade)
  • Comfortable with both local and remote development in a LAMP environment

The following skills would be a big bonus:

  • Ability to follow coding standards (PSR-2 / PSR-12)
  • Knowledge of GIT version control workflows
  • Integration with payment gateways (eg. Sagepay/Braintree)
  • Unit testing and TDD

Our culture

As a member of the Spindogs team we would expect:

  • Team player​ – looking to make a positive difference to the office culture
  • Fast learner​ – you love a challenge and don’t need to be told the same thing twice
  • Strong work ethic​ – you go the extra mile to find new ways to constantly improve your output

Working in a role that you enjoy isn’t the only perk you’ll receive at Spindogs. Extra benefits you can expect include:

  • A welcoming onboarding process. We know how strange it can be to start a new job, especially remotely. With our onboarding process, you’ll get the chance to meet the whole team and experience what it’s really like to work at Spindogs, even if it is from behind a screen.  
  • A chance to work at one of the largest full service digital agencies in Wales. With over 60 team members (and growing!) you’ll join a team of creative and inspiring individuals, all considered to be experts in their fields.  
  • A place to voice your opinion and make a difference. If you have ideas about how we can improve the way we operate, then we’re all ears! We’re always up for hearing new ideas, especially if they’ll improve the experiences of our staff and clients.  
  • A thriving culture to get involved in. Thanks to our dedicated ‘Culture Club’, we have regular socials to look forward to including virtual events, so it is inclusive of all at Spindogs no matter where they are in the UK, from after-work drinks, departmental lunches to Drag Queen Bingo! 
  • A supportive environment for development and growth. Whether an internal training course or an external qualification, we always encourage professional development and will support your progression..  
  • A flexible work-life balance. Times have changed and so have we. Whilst we have a fantastic office to work from, we also appreciate  the freedom to work from home and flexible working options..  
  • A part in our profit share scheme. As a thank you for all your hard work, you’ll receive an annual bonus from our profit share scheme.
  • A private health insurance package with generous rewards. We are partnered with Vitality Health which provides fast access to high-quality healthcare. It even covers a range of treatments that aren’t included under the NHS.  

If you believe you are the perfect candidate please send us your CV including recent experience and (more importantly) a covering letter detailing why you feel you would be perfect for the role. Apply by filling out the contact form below.

If we feel that you’d work well together with us, we’ll invite you in for an informal chat as soon as possible.

  • 40 hours per week (Mon-Fri)
  • Salary to be agreed based on experience
  • All applications and queries should fill out the form below
  • Please no agencies – we would love to hear from the candidates themselves

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