Senior PHP Developer

Job ID: 30

Category: Digital Solutions

Location: Bristol Office/ Hybrid

Job type: Full Time



About the job

The Workforce Development Trust (WD Trust)

The Workforce Development Trust group is the parent company to Skills for Health, Skills for Justice, SFJ Awards and People 1st International.

We are a charity governed through a board of trustees and deliver products and services that improve the workforce across a wide range of sectors through our subsidiary brands.

Job Summary:

The role will be working as a Senior PHP developer in the LMS (Learning Management Systems) development team of digital solutions.

The developer will:

  • Write code and build solutions to the standards laid down by the technical lead.
  • Advise the product owner of the best methods for solving functional requirements.
  • Provide PHP expertise and technical innovation to the team.
  • Work on projects to aid development or review code.

In fulfilling the duties of the post, the post holder will work within broad WDT policies and procedures.

Bristol Office with hybrid working available.

£52,467 per annum.

Key Responsibilities:

Day to day working as part of the development team:

  • Report to and work within the development team to build, strengthen and deliver quality products for our digital solution customers.
  • Build and maintain custom plugin modules for Moodle and Totara LMS platforms.
  • Contribute to the development of the Trust’s other web solutions including WordPress sites.
  • Provide 4th line technical support for the Trust’s software solutions.
  • Help to deliver our unified product strategy across all our solutions.
  • Engage with product owners for input to roadmaps and strategies.
  • Help improve our development processes and procedures.

Person Specification:

  • Degree or industry equivalent development qualifications- Desirable
  • Knowledge of Agile development processes- Desirable
  • Knowledge of software architecture principles.
  • Knowledge of version control systems including GIT.
  • Knowledge of software development in PHP.
  • Experience of reporting to managers on progress- Desirable
  • Considerable experience of working in a development team.
  • Extensive commercial experience of software development in PHP.
  • Experience of designing and building new solutions.
  • Ability to interact and communicate professionally with colleagues and clients at all levels to build and maintain positive working relations.
  • Ability to deal with competing timescales across different workstreams (dealing with multiple projects concurrently.)
  • Ability to travel occasionally within the UK with some overnight stays- Desirable


  • Generous annual leave entitlement up to a maximum of 28 days, plus public holidays and a potential Christmas closure.
  • Flexible working 2 days per week working from home with a dress for your day approach.
  • In touch monthly session with the CEO.
  • Employee referral recruitment scheme.
  • We provide enhanced leave, bereavement, carers, maternity, paternity and sickness leave.
  • Health and wellbeing benefits, access to our mental health first aiders, a confidential assistance programme, free eye tests and payment for an annual flu jab.
  • Pension scheme up to a maximum contribution of 6%, matched by the company, along with death in service coverage at three times annual salary.
  • Flexible employee benefits, portal including a cycle to work scheme.
  • Frequent organisational development days and departmental training budgets.
  • Payroll giving, this is a tax-free way to donate to any charity, good cause or place of worship.

The Workforce Development Trust is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes everyone.

We strongly encourage people of all gender, religion, ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientation, and individuals with disabilities to apply.

If you need any reasonable adjustments at any point, please let us know. In your application, please feel free to advise on your preferred pronouns, for example she/her, he/him, they/them etc.

Closing date 27th May.

Please include your CV when applying.

Please note only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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