Job description

Helastel is looking for experienced PHP software engineers to join our friendly Bristol team.

Does this sound like the kind of place you want to work in?

Helastel is based on the Triangle in Bristol and makes bespoke software, websites and applications for clients in the UK and overseas. We’re a small company with big reach. We manage projects of great complexity for a company of our size. We’re commercially aware as well as super-techy - we communicate well and really understand our customers, and their customers’ customers. We’re informal and easy to talk to and we have great work-life balance.

Does this sound like you?

  • You love writing code
  • You can talk passionately about an area of web or mobile technology that excites you
  • You’re knowledgeable about usability, accessibility, information architecture and standards
  • You like anticipating requirements and problem-solving so your solutions really work
  • You want to contribute - with your ideas on projects from scoping to testing, with your fellow developers, with the wider team
  • You’re comfortable working on legacy code and system integration
  • You have proven HTML, CSS and Javascript skills in creating functional interfaces based on design specification documents
  • You can prove you’ve used PHP with existing frameworks, and in developing new frameworks
  • You have a working knowledge of Linux
  • You’ve done or have knowledge of wireframing

This is what our software engineers sound like:

“It’s really good working here. It’s partly because it’s a nice office in a great place with good people, partly because the work we do is cool and we’re mentored by experienced and seriously good brains, and partly the ethos of getting to know the client and why the software we’re working on makes a difference. But it’s mostly because we’re really into the work we do. You have to be able to make things happen to like working here - you have to really think and talk things out, find new ways of making things lovely, solve problems and produce work that you like doing and are proud of. No-one will spoon-feed you. That’s what keeps most of us here so long.

We write business-critical software, lots of it. Speed at coding isn’t the only important thing - fast is good but we’re also creative and collaborative. We’re often at tech events and hack days - one of our team made it to the final of the PayPal hack competition in San Francisco this year. We sport a good team for the PHP pub quiz and have hosted LAN parties in the office. We have to keep up with new stuff - you never know what’s going to turn up in the next project!”

Sounding good so far?

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We already have a PSL and choose not to work with lots of agencies. If we decide to review or expand our list, we’ll approach new people after doing our research. Please don’t send us speculative CVs. Thank you.

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