Senior WordPress Developer

We’re looking for a Senior WordPress Developer who is passionate about building brilliant WordPress websites and human focused experiences on the web.

You’ll be an experienced developer who loves the buzz of agency life and enjoys collaborating on a wide range of projects with a team as passionate as you are about websites that put people and planet first. This is an opportunity to join our open-minded and creatively-curious team, working together to deliver exciting, innovative, accessible, and sustainable websites.

About Wholegrain Digital

Established in 2007, we are a specialist WordPress agency and pioneers in the digital sustainability space, working with positive and purpose led organisations. We are proud to be a Certified B Corp since 2017 and our mission is to create the best websites in the world, use our business as a force for good, and use design and web technology to help accelerate the shift to a sustainable future.

  • We declare a climate emergency.
  • We are a living wage employer.
  • We are leaders in greening the web.
  • We are human and inclusive.
  • We use our business as a force for good.

Although Wholegrain is based in London, our team of 25 are spread outside of the capital. Collectively, we work to create an inclusive and supportive environment which actively encourages personal growth and innovation as well as leaving space for the team to challenge and be challenged, regardless of their background, identity or job title.

About the role

Day to day and skills

The majority of the time you’ll be working to deliver, maintain, and improve world-leading sustainable WordPress websites for the mission aligned organisations we work with. Primarily you will be in and around the code. An important facet to this role will be evaluating websites against standards and confidently communicating findings alongside potential problems and solutions.

Scope definition
This may be technically scoping and building a full site in an end-to-end project, doing similar for new or improved features of an existing site, or investing time building on internal projects.

Extensive WordPress expertise
You have a passion for PHP, experience with the Gutenberg editor, and a clear understanding of most things HTML and CSS. And at least a sprinkling of Vanilla JS expertise.

Complimentary development experience
You’re confident with version control, build tools, third-party integrations, and managing sites via hosting platforms. Other experience here could be scoping technical requirements, clearly estimating time for delivering work, and supporting a wider team with development-related considerations.

A positive perfectionist mindset
You want sites to be great in all aspects, whether that’s performance, accessibility, sustainability, or IA, UX and design, but you’re confident in balancing this with a realistic approach to delivering projects successfully, and you have a thirst for understanding the technical aspects of ensuring standards are met.

Empathetic working approach
You can balance your technical expertise with an appreciation for multiple perspectives and objectives, and you can clearly communicate complicated concepts to a variety of audiences. You enjoy helping others succeed and exploring solutions with them.

A keenness for evaluating and communicating how websites meet set standards
You enjoy evaluating how a website fares in areas like accessibility and sustainability. You are confident in both communicating this and supporting others in exploring related problems and solutions.

Our team is encouraged to bring their complete selves to work and this means being part of a culture of acceptance.

Who you will work with

Generally you’ll be working closely with our Tech Leads and the other developers within our team, as well as the wider agency and the organisations we partner with, bringing technical expertise to a wide range of conversations.

The organisations you’d be working with sit firmly within the purpose driven space and we have a robust ethical screening process to ensure this remains in place. This could be in any sector from charity through to commercial but they all share our values and want to improve the lives of people and lessen the impact we are having on the planet. It’s really important that people align to who they work with.

Wellness and benefits

  • You will be entitled to 22 days holiday + 8 bank holidays as a full time member of the team
  • A shut down period over the end of the year
  • Your birthday off
  • The opportunity to flex your working hours around your life and commitments by using our Flexible Working Policy
  • In-person team time twice a month at Somerset House, with travel expenses covered.
  • An employee led benefits package that allows you to select a benefits package that works best for you
  • Opportunities for learning and development by attending conferences and training courses
  • Equipment to support your work
  • Discounts on events and exhibitions at Somerset House

Good to know…

Team: Development, reporting to Technical Team Lead
Full time 40 hours per week (Mon – Fri, 9-5) but flexible considered
Salary: £38-£45k
Start date: As soon as possible

  • 30 days annual leave (including bank holidays)
  • 5 days end of year shut down
  • Your birthday

Location: Remote with access to Somerset House shared office space

Recruitment process

Stage 01 – Application
Send us a cover letter, briefly explaining why you would like to work with us at Wholegrain and why you would be a good fit for the role along with your CV. Please also provide links to 3 websites:

  • The one you built most recently
  • One you really enjoyed working on
  • A wildcard (whatever you want and why you’ve chosen it)

Stage 02 – Culture check
An initial chat with one of our Technical Leads where you can ask any questions about the role or us – up to 30 minutes.

Stage 03 – Interview
This will be with one of our Technical Leads and a member of the Senior Leadership Team – up to 45 mins.

Stage 04 – Technical Test
A task to complete at home – time to complete defined at this stage.

How to apply

Simply click below and fill in your details!

We get a lot of good CVs but what we are really looking for is the person behind them to shine through in your cover letter.

Please note, although we appreciate every candidate’s unique background and knowledge, for this role we are looking for talents who have experience in agency life and so we will only be in contact with successful applicants who meet the criteria.

Recruitment agencies – please don’t contact us.