Senior PHP Engineer

Bournemouth, England, United Kingdom · Production · SENPD03


We build user-centred digital products and services that make a difference to people every day.

At Base you will be part of a team of makers and doers. We build products, and services that people need. We’re agile, but not dogmatic about it. Our process evolves to suit our needs.

We value and support CPD, we want our team to be the best they can be, and actively seek client partners with a like-minded desire to push boundaries, providing you with an opportunity to build your experience and skills.

We practice a sustainable pace, recognising that we each have lives and families outside of work. Late nights and > 40 hour weeks are rare by design.

This is a genuine opportunity to work alongside talented people to innovate and build digital products (e.g. that make a difference to people every day. Working in an increasingly connected life, the role looks a little something like this:

1st class engineer

You will be used to working as part of an un-silo’d production team, where designers work alongside developers, in agile sprints. Your main skill set is writing PHP but you may have experience with other languages that has influenced how you code. You’ll be familiar with the PHP ecosystem and common frameworks/components (eg Symfony). You’ll be comfortable with design patterns, unit testing, APIs and databases.

Data hungry

You’ll have a keen interest in datasets, with good skills in filtering the signals from the noise. You’ll have an eye to the future and know that tracking something now will make for way more interesting times later. You’ll be comfortable integrating 3rd party systems through APIs you’ve helped architect.

Open by default

You’ll have a keen interest in the way openness in technology (and in particular open data) can change things. And you’ll have ideas that mash one set with another, whether you’ve realised them yet or not. Our developers come up with projects for our clients, rarely the other way round.

Solver of riddles

You won't know the answer to every question that comes your way, but you’ll be someone who knows how to hunt it down. This job isn’t forensic science, but being able to piece the jigsaw back together and crack the nut is your daily bread. Inquisitive by nature you, like us, want to understand what makes things tick to make them better.

Getting things done

You’ll understand technical debt and be acutely aware that most pieces of code aren’t perfect, but you’ll be good at balancing the need to do something beautifully and the need to do it fast, including both where you can. You’ll regularly use Git, bash scripting, or similar, because of what they bring to the table.

Commercially aware

You will be able to develop a genuine understanding of our client businesses, allowing you to identify opportunities for and with them. The best developers understand the end goal, not just their role in a project. You’ll be able to think commercially about the client business, as well as deliver work that doesn’t fall over as its user base scales. You’ll be expected to apply innovation to solve challenges, remembering that the best solutions are often beautiful in their simplicity.

Keen eye, tuned ear

An eye for detail and a high standard of output is important to the success of the role. We’ve developed a code standard that gives us a bar to reach for. You’ll play a part in developing and guiding it as we grow. You’ll know that most project budgets don’t allow interface designers to cover every inch of an application, so you’re good at communicating with them and finding ways to smartly join the dots with a minimum of fuss.


You’ll be hot on security too. The one thing that no one sees, until it goes to the wall. Then everyone knows about it. You’ll know how to react when an overseas friend tries to gain access to one of your servers through your years of experience.


Creating applications that are quick is fundamental to the role. An understanding of devices, connections and optimisation is key to delivering the quality we’re after. But then you already know that.

Get in touch

If all this sounds like you then get in touch, sending us some links to your work too. Tell us why you want to work here and what youʼll bring to the team. Weʼd love to hear from you.

Please, no recruiters.


Candidates may be required complete a short code challenge in order to assess skill levels prior to being asked to interview.


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