PHP IT Software Developer

PHP IT Software Developer

Full Time

£25,000 - £32,000

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You would think that a 16 year old business would be quite settled with mature IT systems but what has become apparent over the last few years is that rate of development in backend applications and the features available to front end users is developing at such a pace that we can’t keep up. In fact we are moving further away from the development curve.

Our IT department has always been valued in the business by servicing our commercial needs and with 3 bespoke platforms to manage and feature develop, we have tons of work we want to get through. But we have now reached a point where we need our IT department to proactively add commercial value as we recognise the possibilities and value this can deliver.


Day to Day Job

Soon we will embark on developing a new ecommerce platform from the ground up and we can explore the latest functionality and development techniques to build a modern and resilient system.

Xbite is very much an IT literate company, with a technical and logical approach at its heart. We are certainly relentless in the pursuit of optimisation and not afraid to start again or change direction if we go down the wrong path. Being an ecommerce business that has sold over 18 million items we are big enough to have economies of scale yet small enough to be dynamic in approach. We use this to our advantage when developing software and applications with 15 other like minded developers and a knowledgeable leadership team.   

 If you are interested in joining a growing team of developers, learning deep and complex methods of coding in PHP with a determination to innovate today to achieve more tomorrow, then you would be perfect for this role. All we ask is that you are aligned with our values with a good sprinkle of skills.

Desired Skills

  • A good level of commercial experience working with PHP 7 and MySQL.

  • Familiarity with the MVC design pattern and experience with MVC frameworks such as Symfony, Laravel and/or Zend is preferable.

  • 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.


  • On top of a competitive salary, we have a great 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. We also like to grow our talent from within, so your career development is important to us.

  • A 20% staff discount available across the 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.

  • Our working hours are Monday through Friday 9am to 5:30pm.

  • 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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