PHP Developer

  • University of Southampton Students Union
  • University of Southampton Students' Union (SUSU), University Road, Southampton, UK
  • Jan 10, 2023
Full time Information Technology Java PHP SQL Developer IT

Job Description

We are recruiting for a PHP Developer to join our expanding digital team and are looking for someone who is enthusiastic, hard-working, keen to develop and ready for a new challenge. Working as our in-house specialist for our back-end platform, you will be taking our system to new levels with an ambitious improvement and innovation plan, that will provide the perfect opportunity for you to demonstrate your skills and expertise.

To be successful in this role, you should have a minimum of two years of experience using web development technologies, including PHP, MySQL, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, and Git. Experience with PHP outside of its use within frameworks is also a plus, as is experience working within a large application codebase. In addition to strong technical skills, we are looking for someone who is organised, has strong problem-solving and analytical skills, and is able to work well with others. A willingness to learn and stay calm under pressure are also important qualities for this role.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Build and maintain our organisations back-end platform.
  • Write clean code that is clear and understandable by others
  • Contribute to the planning of digital projects
  • Lead on all phases of the development lifecycle
  • Work with key stakeholders to understand the needs of both the organisation and our users
  • Provide technical resource to tie together all of our digital systems

Essential skills and knowledge:

  • At least 2 years’ experience in creating and maintaining PHP based systems
  • Understanding of MVC approach to programming
  • Experience of working with MySQL
  • Demonstrable knowledge of web technologies including HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery & Bootstrap
  • Experience of using frontend frameworks like vue.js
  • Experience of programming within WordPress, including WP plugins

Beneficial skills and knowledge:

  • Linux Usage and Administration
  • MySQL, SQL and Administration

What SUSU can offer:

  • 35 hour work week
  • 36 days holiday (inclusive of University closure days) plus bank holidays
  • Hybrid working
  • A fun and dynamic team

To find out more, visit our website here

To Apply:

If this sounds like an exciting opportunity and you have the skills detailed in our job description, then we would love you to get in touch by sending your CV and a covering letter by clicking on 'Apply Now'.

Applications will be reviewed throughout the advert posting and you may be contacted for interview prior to the closing date. 


Please note feedback will not be provided if you are not shortlisted for interview.   

SUSU is an equal opportunities employer that values a diverse workforce and we want to reflect the student body that we represent. We value diversity, promote equality and challenge discrimination and will ensure that our recruitment activities are mindful of equality and diversity matters.  


Grade 4, currently £30,250 to £32,405

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