Looking forward to 2016? We’ve got some modest growth planned – and that means we’re on the hiring trail.
We initially need one, and then maybe a second, WordPress Engineer to join our friendly support & development team. We’re a “Remote-First” organisation, much in the style of Automattic or Basecamp (aka 37 Signals) and our WordPress team is spread across the UK, Europe and further afield.
We operate entirely in the cloud, using Zendesk, Slack, Basecamp 3, Gmail, Toggl and Skype to glue both team and clients together. We pay the very best rates in the market, as we demand the best WordPressers for a very select client base.
We purposely limit our client base (less than 30) and very tightly manage growth to ensure we continue to provide the highest-rated WordPress support and development service in the UK (independently audited).
We operate a “no-expense spared, no-quibble” policy with freelancer, settling invoices in under 14 days (usually 7) and providing whatever tools and services they need. We understand our strength comes from our people and we treat them exceptionally well – and expect the same respect in return.
We’d hope for:
- 5 years plus coding experience. Front and back-end using current best practices and standards.
- 3 years plus using WordPress in a commercial environment.
- Familiar with Linux-based environments, staging servers and Amazon AWS
- Good analytical and problem-solving skills
- Ability to work in a collaborative support environment, remotely
- Keen to learn, enthusiasm to get stuck in. Client-centric.
- English as your first language and good written client communications
- Familiar with agile development methodologies
- A strong remote work ethic
- Able to commit to circa 40hrs per month
- Be just a little different
Not everyone suits every environment, so a cultural and values fit is important. As a result you can expect an odd couple of initial interviews and a trial contract to get you kicked off.
We currently pay £50 per hour, rising to £65 per hour in 2016 – depending on experience, fit and skills.
(That’s $75 to $100 per hour in US Dollar-speak). You’ll work across both development and support, typically covering:
- Small support / tasks. Easily knocked off in under an hour, self-started and on-demand responding directly to clients via our Zendesk support platform. The is the most frequent workload, driven typically by the marketing needs of clients, and driven via our Peerless WordPress Support Service.
- Micro-projects. Typically lasting just a few days and delivered in a single (1 week) sprint. This may include discovery phases, testing, server ports and theme work. Lots of stuff we do falls into this category.
- Medium-sized build projects. Working as part of a team our typical client might have a couple of web-sites/services, 1,000 or so pages, some bespoke functionality and be marketing-led. A little less common, and planned well in advance.
- Enterprise grade development that might cover tens or hundreds of sites with custom PHP coding, functions and digital services all wrapped in high-availability, scaleable, server hosting. We don’t have too many of these, but they can get intense at times.
You’ll need to manage your own time, be responsible for you work, fix your own blunders without complaining and general behave as you would expect from a world-class freelancer.
Outside of the U.K.?
For lots of reasons (linguistic, communication, cultural, opportunity, network, reach and timezone) our current team are all UK nationals, mainly based in the UK. But it doesn’t need to stay that way. Great command of English (written and oral) is required, as is an understanding of Brit culture and the ability to communicate with (predominantly) UK clients and teamies.
But you can be based pretty much anywhere, as long as you’re happy to deal with the odd timezone squeeze and be happy to meet up with the team in the UK (London) or Western Europe from time to time.
Contact Martin Dower if you’re interested. Direct applications only and NO AGENCIES, under any circumstances.