We're an established and growing digital agency situated in the heart of Cardiff  Bay looking to add a new PHP 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.   

We think that PHP is a great technology for rapidly developing exciting new online systems - especially when using the Laravel framework and the elegant design patterns that it brings. As a result, we are ideally looking for someone who feels at home in the Laravel ecosystem, although if you know a thing or two about MVC  and ORM then we would love to hear from you!

What will you be doing

As a PHP developer, you will be working closely with a project manager to plan, craft and execute bespoke requirements from 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.

  • Bespoke development - you will be working for some international brands predominantly coding bespoke online systems as part of our development team. 
  • API integrations - we will look to you when projects require complex integrations with third-party web services 
  • Team player - you will join a tight-knit team of developers and will be expected to support colleagues and pitch in with CMS builds and client support tickets

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:   

  • Experience building solutions within an MVC framework (eg. Laravel) 
  • Solid grasp of OOP in order to write maintainable code 
  • MySQL knowledge and ability to write complex queries by hand 
  • 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) 
  • Knowledge of GIT version control workflows 
  • Caching and queuing using Redis
  • Exposure to working with OAuth and third party REST APIs 
  • Integration with payment gateways (eg. Sagepay/Braintree) 
  • Experience with an open source CMS 
  • 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   
  • In exchange, we will work hard to keep the atmosphere great and keep your package competitive. You can expect:   
  • Regular socials varying from the going to the pub to more energetic activities 
  • Profit share related bonus ensuring staff are rewarded financially for  continued success  
  • Pension related benefits 
  • A great office culture with Sonos throughout 

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.   

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 be sent to Amanda Williams via  awilliams@spindogs.com​
  • Please no agencies - we would love to hear from the candidates themselves