Senior or ambitious Mid-weight PHP Developer

Company Description

Grindstone is a full-service creative agency with a long track record of in-house web development over 20 years. Digital is an integral part of our identity, and our UX designers, developers and producers work side-by-side with our branding team to develop high quality, custom online solutions.

We develop a wide range of integrated communications and custom web applications. Our human-centric focus means we create unique digital experiences with purpose. We’ve grown up with the internet itself and have a huge body of creative and digital work to our name. We have a multi-skilled team and flexible approach, often punching above our weight when competing with much larger agencies. We are known for our creative approach to solving business problems.

About the role

Are you a dedicated and passionate PHP developer who loves a challenge? We’d love to hear from you!

Grindstone is looking for a highly motivated mid-level or senior PHP developer to join the team in Geelong to develop innovative solutions for a diverse range of client projects. Working as part of a close-knit development team, you will be required to work collaboratively on the development side of these projects from concept to completion, alongside a team of UX designers, a digital producer and the development team.

We are enjoying a hybrid working model with the team coming together in our North Geelong studio to collaborate, combined with multiple WFH days to punch out great work without too many distractions. As part of the role, you will have the opportunity to contribute to creative and custom projects offering new and innovative solutions to our clients. Help us shape the future of our dev team and carve your own niche in a dynamic team of innovators.

Skillset / Requirements

  • 4+ years working with PHP and relative PHP frameworks
  • Ability to write raw PHP and JavaScript code, unassisted
  • Strong experience working with WordPress and other CMS platforms
  • Deep understanding of SQL and WordPress hooks
  • Exposure to Bootstrap and custom theme development
  • Experience with other frontend javascript frameworks is a bonus
  • Understanding of agile and waterfall methodologies
  • Coding collaboratively using GIT processes, pushing/pulling sites, deploying branches
  • Knowledge of server management including Linux server stacks. Configuring virtual app environments a bonus
  • Ability to lead projects and work autonomously – with a collaborative mindset
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Strategic thinker who loves to create solutions for clients’ problems
  • Self-starter who can work independently to achieve high standard outcomes efficiently
  • Expertise in implementation of WCAG accessibility guidelines a bonus but not mandatory

Perks & Benefits

  • Hybrid working environment
  • Amazing opportunity for an aspiring leader who also wants to be on the tools, with loads of career development potential
  • Supportive team – a cohesive tribe, we’ve transformed into a strong remote working culture. We have a flexible approach to the unique needs of individual team members
  • We’re a creative agency, with diverse clients and projects and we’re hungry for the next challenge
  • Endless espresso!

The Grindstone Difference

Our multi-disciplinary team covers highly skilled and qualified designers, developers, strategists and project management professionals and offers the full digital spectrum from UX, IA and content strategy, to accessible web development and project management. We are differentiated from many of our competitors because our team of expert UI/UX designers, content developers, technical developers and technical support team all collaborate under one roof. Grindstone provides a comprehensive web design, development and management service to support the ongoing needs of our clients. This includes hosting, maintenance and support.

Partnership Focus

At Grindstone, we genuinely collaborate with both our partners and each other. Our partners often refer to us an extension of their own communications and digital teams. We know how to make collaboration work to achieve optimal outcomes for our partners, with the right processes, tools and attitude.

Multi-Disciplinary, Integrated & Multi-Awesome

Our team has been creating integrated brand and digital experiences for more than twenty years. The calibre of our client base and the brands and products we’ve developed for them reflects the maturity of our integrated service model.

Please send your CV and cover letter addressing the skillset and requirements to