R&D Developer (API Team)

Key info:

Department: Platform

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne

Closing Date: 25/10/2019
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We’re evolving our platform into an API-centric solution and we need a passionate PHP developer to be part of the journey. Working in Lumen / Laravel, you’ll help us to build the architecture of our new RESTful API, and ultimately help shape the future of our company. In addition, you’ll contribute to many other exciting projects on our platform roadmap.

We're advocates of efficient code, functional design and frictionless user experience, with a firm belief that companies must 'innovate or die'. The perfect candidate must share our values and be a team-player, as we tackle all projects together and frequently collaborate with stakeholders.

As well as a competitive salary, flexible working and unlimited holidays, this role gives you the opportunity to build your knowledge and skills, discover and work with new tech, and be part of an agile team that has decades of experience in product development, design and management.

If you’re a midweight or senior developer looking for a new role that’s challenging and rewarding, we'd love to tell you more about our plans and find out how you can help us realise them.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Working on the VS REST API project, with Lumen & Laravel
  • Building API endpoints that expose and process platform data and both mirror and improve on existing process flows
  • Writing OpenAPI specifications to act as internal and external documentation
  • Writing various tests to support your code contributions
  • Planning and implementing VS3 platform changes to better support an API-centric approach
  • Collaborating with R&D team members (and other departments where applicable) to proactively enrich the API tooling and integration
  • Adhering to our established development processes, procedures and standards
  • Completing assigned tasks on time and on spec
  • Contributing to technical discussions, decisions and R&D strategies
  • Carrying out regular, relevant research in new tech and approaches, and sharing findings/insights across the team
  • Shadowing Team Lead and providing cover in their absence if needed
  • Achieving KPIs assigned to role

What you need to have:

  • Experience in developing with modern PHP frameworks such as Laravel, Lumen, Zend, Code Ignitor, etc.
  • Commercial experience in developing scalable RESTful APIs
  • Experience with - or aptitude/willingness to learn - technologies such as OAuth, Redis, VueJS, Kubernetes and Sphinx
  • Prior experience using Git/Github
  • Higher level education in a relevant field, or equivalent professional experience, with 3 years relevant commercial experience
  • Knowledge/use of eCommerce-related APIs and services
  • Experience in DevOps related areas such as CI/CD, container-based hosting, Docker and/or Kubernetes

What we've got to offer:

We offer a competitive salary, a great working environment, and outstanding benefits including:

  • Competitive basic salary
  • Unlimited holiday
  • Fully flexible working
  • Free breakfast, fruit & protein shakes
  • Discounts across our brands
  • Regular team social events
  • Training & development

So if you think you’ve got what it takes to join one of the UK’s leading eCommerce providers, we’d love to hear from you.

A little formality… by applying you implicitly consent to us processing your personal data for review for this vacancy only.

How to apply:

Fill out the form and add your current CV and a cover letter. We think the cover letter is so important, so use it to give us your best elevator pitch! Share your expertise and experience and tell us why you’re the perfect fit for our team!

We regret that, due to high competition for roles at Visualsoft, we are only able to contact successful candidates. If you don’t hear from a member of our team within 28 working days of submission, you have not been successful on this occasion.


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