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Senior PHP Developer - Full time

On Mon, 14 December, 2015 - 17:47
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Do you have an inquisitive mind? Always seeking to find solutions to problems and trying out the latest technology?  Do you push the boundaries of coding to achieve creative responses to challenging projects?

About us

We are an innovative, forward-thinking technology business which specialises in Open Source technologies.  We work with everything from local business to international organisations and we are good at what we do.  We are established as a Right Livelihood business, based in Ipswich, Suffolk near to several thriving sanghas.

About the role

We’re looking to recruit developers who care about the people and the business they work for and most importantly care about writing good code.  Because no-one likes rubbish code, right?

Have you got what it takes to propel our business forward?  We’re looking for people who have proven experience within the field of PHP development (at least 3 years working in a commercial environment), with specific reference to Open Source Content Management Systems.  Our main areas of interest are Joomla and Mautic

We expect that you will have a strong track record with

  • PHP, MySQL and HTML/CSS, LESS or other pre-processors
  • Javascript

We expect you to have an understanding of

  • Gulp, Phing, Selenium and related technologies

We expect you to have

  • Experience of contributing to Open Source projects
  • Experience of working in a team
  • Experience of leading a team

Working with us

We have a pretty clear development process set up, so we need people who are willing to learn that process and help us improve it.  Exposure to Agile methodology would be great and an urge to automate as much as possible to allow you to get on with the stuff that really matters.   We use the Atlassian suite of tools, so experience with them would be very beneficial.

You will be expected to support junior members of the development team with their professional development.  We have an established apprenticeship programme which currently has an intake of 1-2 per year. Once you are settled into the role, we hope you will play a part in their training programme. We can provide support to help you develop your leadership and mentoring skills if required.

We take part in events regularly as a company, attending conferences and holding events locally, of which you will be invited to join in with.

As part of your personal improvement plan, you will be expected to regularly set yourself achievable goals and show us how you’re meeting them.  You will be responsible to our CTO and will have regular reviews to assess your goals and to identify how we can help you develop professionally and personally.

If you show us that you have an interest, passion and drive to succeed, we will give you the opportunities to get involved in some cool stuff, such as attending conferences around the world, developing new products we will be bringing to market and, if you’re up for the challenge, lead and grow your own team.  You won’t be bored, that’s for sure.

We actively support Open Source communities, and encourage our team to contribute in whatever way they are able. We will also support your involved with the Triratna Coding Kula if you wish to give back to the movement by helping support its technical infrastructure.

The fine print

You will be working Monday to Friday 9am-5pm.  We operate flexible working policies, so we can discuss options if you need flexibility.

If you choose to work remotely (no more than +/- 3 hours from UK timezone will be considered), we will require you attend the office in Ipswich a minimum of one week in four as part of our company policy for remote working.  You may need to attend occasional networking events and meetings with customers.

We believe in developing our own staff, and there are significant opportunities to progress for the right person.  Show us your potential and we’ll show you a world of opportunities.

We operate to an Ethos Statement which is in line with the precepts of Buddhism, effectively meaning that we work in an open, honest and transparent way.  We value kindness, friendship and compassion in our communication with each other and with our customers and suppliers.  We try to do no harm and work in a simple, fuss-free way.

Virya means ‘a driving force or positive energy to do good for the benefit of others’ and much of what we do focuses around giving back to society, through working with charities, supporting them financially and raising awareness of important issues through our technology skills

You’ll find most of the personal qualities we are looking for in the description above, but the most important thing for us is that you have the interest in learning, growing and challenging yourself.  If you’re looking for a boring 9-5 job, this isn’t for you!

Our salary scheme operates on a dana basis of ‘give what you can, take what you need’ - we are flexible on the annual salary.

To apply for this opportunity please visit and apply via Reed. If you would like an informal discussion please call Ruth Cheesley on 01473 852130.

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