Full Stack Developer

Lichfield – £35,000 to £45,000 per year

Existent is a dynamo for enthusiasm and creativity, dedicated to the creation of innovative brands and services, providing expertise to consumers and the media. Guided by values of integrity, fairness and the desire to innovate, we do business the human way in order to achieve the remarkable.

Increasingly successful in our chosen sectors, we’re anticipating continued and accelerated growth and so we’re expanding our teams across the board.



About the role

Our increasing success and anticipated future growth is providing us with an opportunity to define and build our next-generation web publishing and analytics platform. In support of this, we’re looking for a number of full stack developers to expand our team and bring the benefit of their technical knowledge and commercial development experience. 

Adopting technologies such as Heroku and other cloud based technology stacks means you’ll be spending more time on development and less on maintaining infrastructure.

You will review your peers’ work in an engaging, collaborative environment, and will respond positively to the critique of others. You will strive to produce clean and efficient code, whilst retaining a pragmatic viewpoint when faced with legacy issues and tight deadlines.

This role represents an excellent opportunity to grow with and contribute to an increasingly important team within an exciting young company. If you’re looking to apply your years of experience where you can really make a lasting contribution, this could be the role.  


About you

You’re a highly experienced and knowledgeable full stack developer with significant experience working within a commercial environment.  

You’re looking for a role in a setting where you can make a significant and lasting contribution, free from the limitations of larger organisations. Accordingly, you’ll have the flexibility and adaptability essential to thrive within in a fast changing and responsive environment.

You are also a natural problem solver, with a passion for creating clean, elegant solutions to complex technical issues whilst appreciating business motivations and user intent – both internal and external.

You have the strength of character to work around legacy issues whilst striving to correct these where timescales allow.

You maintain a close interest in and follow developments in programming paradigms and technology.


Duties and responsibilities

The level of responsibility will be dependant on your experience. However it is likely to include ...

  • Contributing towards defining and designing our next generation, component based web publishing platform

  • Contributing to the Rails codebase of our next generation web publishing platform

  • Assisting in the build of our bespoke ELK stack based analytics platform to ensure all parts of our business have access to the intelligence they require

  • Translating the vision of the design team into a reality and coding that reality in a responsive fashion

  • Contributing to the upkeep of our legacy PHP platform, until such time as our new platform is ready for us to migrate to

  • Review and testing of code


Skills and experience

You will need at least three years development experience in a commercial environment. We are interested in a wide range of technologies, and experience in at least some of them is essential. If you haven’t got them all, but feel you would be a good fit, we’d like to hear from you.

  • Ruby On Rails

  • PHP

  • HTML5, CSS3, SASS and JavaScript including jQuery

  • AJAX, XML and JSON

  • Postgres, MySQL, Redis

  • Responsive Web Design, Bootstrap

  • Ubuntu, Heroku, Google Compute Engine and Elastic Beanstalk



You’ll likely be degree or post-graduate educated, and/or with a minimum of five years equivalent top-flight experience demonstrating a solid, proven track record. Any interesting history is an advantage – we love a colourful character and a good story.



Starting with 25 days annual leave per year, we’ll give you an extra day every year, up to 30 days. On top of this, we’ll give you your birthday off, and the three days between Christmas and New Year. We also offer private medical cover, a company pension scheme, and free fruit in the office.

We have a friendly, creative and collaborative working environment, and are located in the centre of Lichfield – a small, historic and well-connected cathedral city. We’re just half an hour by train from Central Birmingham, and under an hour and a half from London Euston.

Please send your CV along with a covering letter to vacancies@existent.co.uk



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