Lead Developer (PHP / Laravel)

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Are you an experienced Laravel Developer looking to join an agency which offers progression, technical autonomy, growth, and the opportunity to work in a genuine tech for good environment?


Digital Agency




Up to £60,000

GBP 60000

Date Added






Manchester / Remote

Manchester M1 2AQ Piccadilly

The Candidate Ltd

The Candidate are delighted to be recruiting for a Lead Developer (PHP / Laravel) to join an innovative digital agency in Manchester who are renowned for creating enterprise level solutions into the Non For Profit & Charity industries. Built on the concept of delivering the highest quality of technical platforms to businesses who need it the most, our client offer full strategic and technical solutions for local, national and international organisations. Working in a friendly, collaborative and fair environment, they are a passionate and sustainable business that wants to contribute more than they take.

As the Lead Developer, you will be the technical champion on all back end projects built in PHP / Laravel. Having extensive knowledge, specifically using Laravel, you will remain entirely hands on as you address the most difficult technical challenges and guide your own team of developers throughout their projects. You’ll be able to recruit into your team, build your own culture, and work in environment which is genuinely focused on using technology for good.

At the moment, the team have a brand new full kitted out office in Manchester City Centre (not far off Piccadilly). With that being said, the business is fully flexible in their ways of working and are open to speaking to candidates who would want to be as remote as possible (but head into the office at least once a month) to those who wish to be more office based. Their ethos is they can be as flexible as you need them to be and they love to look after their staff.


Key Responsibilities of the Lead Developer (PHP / Laravel):

  • Technical lead on Laravel projects, remaining entirely hands on to deliver a variety of exciting projects whilst help guide and mentor junior developers on their journey.
  • Although the focus will be on building greenfield systems, the Lead Developer will act as the point of contact for technical issues across legacy Laravel projects and support stakeholders to address any issues which may arise
  • Maintain a keen eye on front end & cloud technologies which may allow you to better implement your back end projects to ensure the whole team is a harmonious environment.
  • Lead by example, taking on the most technical challenges head on as you build innovative solutions to platforms which will benefit millions of users.


The Ideal Candidate:

  • Extensive hands on knowledge across PHP development, specifically using Laravel to build enterprise level solutions.
  • Natural leader with the ability to guide junior members of the team throughout their project requirements and supporting them on their goals to progress in their careers
  • Familiar and experienced across DevOps with a core focus on Jenkins Docker & any DevOps platforms.
  • Able to understand the commercial needs of projects, allowing for recruitment into your team and the management of stakeholder expectations from both internal and external relationships
  • Built or integrated some REST APIs whilst being able to query & maintain MYSQL/ PostgreSQL databased


What’s In It For You:

  • Salary up to £60,000 with a range of benefits including:
    • Flexitime
    • Healthcare scheme, including counselling, dental and opticians
    • Accident and accidental death insurance
    • New office, complete with full fit-out
    • Profit-related bonus
    • Buy / sell holiday scheme
    • Individual annual training budget, plus additional budget for group activities
    • Social budget - staff that play together, stay together!
    • Holiday loyalty scheme - earn up to 30 holidays per year
    • Cycle to work scheme
    • A generous pension scheme - 5% matched contributions
    • Employee purchase scheme, to help you buy headphones and bags

This could be the perfect role for you! Don’t hesitate, if you’ve got what it takes then apply online now!

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