PHP / WordPress developer

Fat Beehive is seeking an experienced, flexible and versatile PHP/WordPress Developer. You'll be a skilled all-rounder with a real desire for your work to make a social impact. This is a mid to senior-level position.

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You should be an all-round coder and be able to jump in with object-oriented PHP. You’ll have extensive WordPress projects under your belt and have done many RESTful API and/or CRM integrations. You’re comfortable using the command line and work together with the team to increase automation and optimise workflow.

Key duties & responsibilities

Technical planning, 10%

  • Be curious about and keep up to date with the progress of PHP and other web technologies.
  • Work with our Technical Lead to define and propose the best technical approach for each project.
  • Plan your tasks in a Kanban Agile style that meets the agreed budget and timings.

WordPress development, 80%

  • Collaborate with designers/frontend developers to deliver entire sites and web apps.
  • Code in PHP, MySQL, TWIG, Javascript, jQuery.
  • Write clean, efficient and readable code.
  • Be expert in WordPress development.
  • Be familiar with object oriented concepts used in PHP frameworks (such as Symfony, Zend, etc), database abstraction layers etc.
  • Understand how to write efficient MySQL queries without the support of frameworks or CMSs.
  • Have used version control software such as Mercurial or Git.
  • Have experience with Linux/Unix command line environment.
  • Have extensively integrated with third party APIs such as Salesforce or CiviCRM.
  • Be passionate about coding quality and meeting standards.
  • Be able to communicate technical aspects to non-technical people.
  • Be considerate of time and budget allocations (so we can pay the bills!)

Other, 10%

  • Accurately track time spent and ensure efficient production.
  • Represent Fat Beehive and network at industry events to further our profile and attract the best talent and business.



  • Create: Build websites and apps.
  • Scope: gather requirements, come up with creative technical solutions, write technical specifications.
  • Pitch: help our client partners develop proposals/costs.
  • Contribute: further our coding standards, technical strategy and R&D, contribute back to to the WordPress community, mentor others on the team.

It would be an advantage to also:

  • Have an understanding of Linux / AWS server management.

What we offer

£38K salary

Other benefits include:

  • Profit Share (shared equally) and quarterly performance bonus
  • 27 days annual leave, 2 volunteer days per year and an extra day of leave for each year worked.
  • Matched pension contribution
  • Dental Plan, Income Protection and Death in Service benefit
  • Season ticket loan and cycle to work scheme
  • Dedicated training budget
  • Flexible and fair working culture
  • Bi-weekly chair massage, (from a qualified masseuse) to prevent RSI.
  • Free Friday drinks – and team lunch every month

95% of our clients are charity and not-for-profit organisations. We actively seek to work with this type of client and this means you’ll get to work with some very nice people indeed.

About Fat Beehive

Fat Beehive is dedicated to providing a friendly, relaxed, safe, fulfilling and fair work environment. We want to create a workspace where people want to come to work and that engages them to give their best. Attracting, recruiting, developing and inspiring the very best people – people who are happy and engaged in their work do a better job – which ultimately makes it easier for us to delight our clients.

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Profit share and quarterly performance bonus

27+ days annual leave

Fortnightly chair massage

2 volunteer days per year

Buy 5 extra holiday days each year

Family friendly and flexible employment

Matched pension contribution

Free Wednesday team drinks

Dental plan

Training budget

Death in service cover

Income protection

Transparent financial reporting

Fair work culture

Staff lunch once a month