Software Developer

Date PostedSalaryLocation
18th April 2017£25K – £35K DOEKent - HQ
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GForces is one of Europe’s largest specialist automotive digital agencies. We’re also a leading supplier of internet software and services. We work directly with vehicle manufacturers, over half of the UK’s top 200 automotive retailers, independent dealers, European operations and the Middle East’s largest vehicle distributors. GForces are a global agency with the reach, knowhow and experience to enhance automotive brands and businesses so they perform at their best online.

Our digital-orientated focus helps our clients nurture more dynamic, productive relationships with their customers. At the same time, our utilisation of the most productive offline channels further expands what we can offer and deliver. We develop data-driven marketing strategies that meet the challenges of delivering to today’s connected and informed consumers and that exceed expectations.  If you think you can help us achieve that and more, then we look forward to hearing from you!

We are looking for an experienced Developer to join our UK Development team and contribute to our industry leading platforms. You will work closely with other Developers, Software Testers and Product Managers to drive our platform forward exploring new technologies and approaches to existing challenges.

You will join our team of experienced web developers in a fast-paced production environment. Your main task will be the rapid development of commercial software to our NetDirector product range. Your work must be of a very high quality and follow company programming standards (of which you will have significant input).

Candidates must be ambitious and have a long standing and proven commercial experience as a PHP Web Developer. In return they will gain support from a large team of developers in taking their ideas and development ambitions to another level.

Technologies used within our development team:

A variety of diverse web applications are created and run on our AWS infrastructure. Databases include RDBMS and NoSQL. Application code is predominantly written in PHP, we leverage the power of industry leading frameworks and Libraries. These include Yii, Yii2 and Zend. User interface enhancements are achieved through hand coded JavaScript and Open Source Libraries like JQuery, Bootstrap and AngularJs. There are also library plugins to enhance these further. Version control essential for all code and is being stored in Subversion or Git format depending on the project.


  • Key point of contact for the Software for which you are responsible
  • Contribute to ongoing process improvement
  • Create appropriate technical documentation and configuration management records
  • Ensure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of all IT business information
  • Assume proactive involvement in personal and technical development
  • Assist senior members of the team
  • Peer Review work of other team members to ensure functionality is as expected

Technical Skills

  • Current working experience of Object Oriented PHP (>=5.4)
  • Version control (GIT /SVN)
  • Good Knowledge of PHP framework principles (experience of Yii2 would be advantageous)
  • Awareness of Continuous Integration / Unit Testing / BDD / TDD
  • Experience in the creation of Technical Documentation
  • Experience with MySQL, Postgres or NoSQL
  • Familiar with API principles (SOAP, REST, HATEOAS)
  • Experience with Atlassian JIRA and Confluence products (advantageous)
  • Knowledge or experience of Angular2 (advantageous)

Technologies we’re using

  • PHP (5.6/7.0)
  • js
  • MySQL (5.6/5.7), PostgreSQL (Amazon Redshift), Elasticsearch, Amazon Cloudsearch
  • JQuery, Angular, Angular 2
  • PHPUnit, Codeception, Jasmine
  • Docker, GIT, SVN, Jira
  • AWS – EC2, RDS, S3, CloudFormation, API Gateway, Kinesis, Data Pipeline, Redshift


  • 25 days holiday + 1 day per year up to 5 days after 5 years’ consecutive service
  • Birthday off
  • GForces Group Pension Plan
  • Discounted Health Care scheme
  • Preferential car buying rates
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Enhanced paternity and maternity package
  • Free fruit before 9:00am
  • Flexible working hours
  • Quarterly appraisals and development planning
  • Regular socials and company events
  • 10% discount card for legal services
  • Free onsite parking
  • Smart Casual dress code