We're Hiring! Senior PHP Developer with WordPress Experience

4422 N Ravenswood Ave #50
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Join a creative, collaborative, and nimble team to help architect and build innovative digital products.

Sandstorm Design is seeking a Senior PHP / Front-end Developer with skills in WordPress to join our team!

The Senior PHP Developer is a dynamic individual responsible for the architectural direction and technical oversight of client projects. The Senior PHP Developer will implement and maintain front-end and back-end development on client websites, web services, and mobile applications utilizing PHP, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, SCSS, WordPress CMS, and other relevant programming languages. The successful candidate has a passion for building user-friendly experiences and creating elegant and dynamic UIs for the web. Other responsibilities include other application architecture; server configuration; developing, maintaining, and following coding standards and best practices; working with the creative and sales teams to design and estimate upcoming projects and proposals; staying informed of new web development trends and technologies in order to bring ideas and suggestions to current and future projects. Other duties as requested. 

You’ll work in a fun, energetic environment that builds careers and makes news. Founded in 1998 by a successful female entrepreneur, Sandstorm has earned nationwide recognition for being an industry leader and sustaining a track record of satisfied clients.

If this sounds like the right fit, ;apply online or email your cover letter and resume to jobs@sandstormdesign.com. If it’s not quite right for you, please share this opportunity with someone in your network.

Skills & Requirements

Required experience:

  • Strong background in PHP development - Minimum of 5 years of experience
  • Strong background in WordPress development including the creation of themes and/or plug-ins 
  • Strong understanding of HTML and CSS - Minimum of 5 years of experience
  • Strong understanding of Javascript - Minimum of 5 years of experience
  • Strong understanding of web standards, cross-browser and cross-platform development techniques
  • Strong understanding of developing responsive design projects
  • Strong understanding of SQL, MySQL, or other databases
  • Experience with Composer (dependency manager for PHP)
  • Familiarity with SASS/SCSS, LESS, or other CSS Preprocessor frameworks
  • Familiarity with popular UI frameworks and patterns (Bootstrap, Foundation, Material UI, etc)
  • Familiarity with creative design tools like InVision, Sketch, or Photoshop
  • Experience with using Git in a collaborative dev team environment, including an understanding of Git workflows
  • Experience with Bash or other shell scripting languages
  • Concurrent versioning systems like GitHub or BitBucket
  • Familiarity with AJAX, XML, and JSON
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as a member of a team
  • Commitment to excellence, usability, and coding standards
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills with an attention to detail
  • Familiar with Agile software development best practice
  • Ability to understand business requirements and translate them to technical requirements

Nice to have experience:

  • Experience with WebPack, Gulp, Grunt, or similar tools
  • Experience with Docker, Vagrant, or other local container tools
  • Experience with Twig, Handlebars, or other Front-end templating framework
  • Experience with JavaScript frameworks such as EmberJS, AngularJS, BackboneJS, React, Vue, etc.
  • Experience with other open-source CMS tools or frameworks like Drupal, Symfony, Laravel, Sitecore, Kentico, Django, etc
  • Facebook and other social media integration
  • Apache and/or Microsoft IIS experience
  • Understanding of server configurations (LAMP, LEMP, etc.)
  • Familiarity with jQuery
  • Monitoring software like New Relic or Nagios
  • Experience with MS SQL Server database, including writing SQL and T-SQL
  • Experience with deploying and managing services on Microsoft Azure, Rackspace, AWS, Google App Engine or other cloud hosting platforms
  • Experience with mobile app development tools like PhoneGap or Apache Cordova
  • Familiarity with security and performance testing techniques
  • Web Serving Software/Architecture (Nginx, PHP-FPM, Varnish)
  • Experience writing/consuming REST APIs
  • Enterprise systems experience is a plus (CRM/ERP/etc)
  • Systems integration experience is a plus


Why join Sandstorm?

Our team is constantly evolving and growing both as employees and as professionals in our industry. Our culture is grounded in our three core values:

  1. Be Curious – Continuous, collaborative improvement is fundamental.
  2. Warrior Spirit – We are a team and in it together. Persevere!
  3. Create Joy – Showcased by our monthly “You Rocks!” and annual events like Halloween costume contests & guacamole contests, plus other random Super Secret Sandstorm events!

Design the life you want, and build a career with us! We have amazing benefits too: 100% remote and/or hybrid work options, 4% match in your 401K, $50/month contribution into your HSA, great hours for work/life balance, paid volunteer days, paid floating holidays, and your birthday is a day off here!

Application Details
Please submit a link to your LinkedIn profile and/or a PDF of your resume. 

US citizens or green cardholders only.

No recruiters, please.

We are an equal opportunity employer committed to workforce diversity.

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