Lead PHP Developer

Lead PHP Developer

Full Time

£35,000 - £45,000

Thanks for clicking through to this job advert. I’ll stop you there though. In the words of a famous food retailer ‘this isn’t just any job’... You will likely have clicked through for one of two reasons; You’re a PHP Developer looking for a job; or you’re curious about Xbite as the company to join to take your career to the next level in software development.

Opportunities like this are like hen’s teeth and we are looking for the best of the best of PHP Developers to join us. 


Day to Day Job

As an e-commerce business, IT development is the beating heart of everything we do and integral to the continued success and growth of Xbite.  

With too many new projects on the horizon to mention, your experience of both commercial and client requirements in project building will really be put to the test here with us. 

As well as developing software, you will be responsible for developing and inspiring a team of Developers, bringing innovation and a collaborative approach along with your wealth of experience, supporting the planning and assigning of work and project deliverables through understanding the team and their strengths. 

Not everyone here at Xbite is an ‘IT Don’ and working with some of the commercial or project teams will require not only an ‘out of the box’ approach to finding solutions, but an ability to define and present the technical solutions at an audience appropriate level. We want someone who can challenge the way we do things with fresh thinking but also support others across the business to become more technically minded. 

Desired Skills

We’re pretty sure if you’re still reading now, you’re keen to work for a company that doesn’t settle for the status quo, we’ve got to where we are today by putting people at the forefront of our company - We do have to make sure however, you have the following skills or experience to hit the ground running during this busy period of growth:

  • A high level of commercial experience working with PHP 7 and MySQL. We are preferably looking for someone with at least four years of experience within software engineering.

  • Experience working with the MVC design pattern and experience with MVC frameworks such as Symfony, Laravel and/or Zend.

  • Knowledge of Composer for internal and external dependencies.

  • Understanding and experience with Linux server administration.

  • Experience with source control, in particular, Git and pull requests.

  • Comfortable working with HTML, CSS, Javascript and jQuery.

  • Experience with using JIRA or other ticket management tools.

  • Knowledge and experience of RESTful APIs.


We really do put people at the forefront, and in addition to a truck load of job satisfaction and development we make sure you get:

  • Included in the bonus scheme available to all full-time employees, driven by your performance and discussed in your monthly one-to-one meeting with your line manager. 

  • A 20% staff discount available across the 40,000 products we sell, ranging from the newest video games, board games and collectables, to technology, clothing and home and garden products.

  • Modern facilities including free parking, free hot drinks (tea, coffee and hot chocolate), free fresh fruit and a cool chill out room kitted with the latest games and consoles and Netflix. We’re located right next to a Costa, KFC and McDonalds if that’s your cup of tea!

  • You can choose what software to develop with, but we provide all staff with a license for PHPStorm, which we prefer to develop with.

  • 22 days holiday (+ Bank Holidays) and an incremental holiday allowance,with an extra day at 3 years service, another at 4, and another at 5.


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