We are looking for an enthusiastic PHP Developer to join Dept in our Manchester office to help us produce industry leading solutions. You’ll be working collaboratively as part of a close knit, fully integrated team to build and maintain world-class websites.

The role will give you fantastic exposure to a number of different areas - this could be the building of a new customer website from scratch, developing cutting edge integrations or refactoring legacy code into something better. The work is varied and very fast paced and as an integrated agency there will always be someone available to offer support, bounce ideas off or collaborate with.

Our current client portfolio boasts a variety of different technologies, there’s always something new. We like to use the latest tools to support development, primarily in Laravel powered by PHP 7. Our technology stack also includes the Elasticsearch, Logstash, Kibana stack. We use services like Redis for caching and are moving towards Swagger for our API documentation. You’ll be part of a team that builds the brains of the platform writing a REST API with tests. Using the documentation you’ve provided the JavaScript team will plug in your APIs.

Dept is one of Manchester's fastest growing digital agencies, working with prestigious companies such as Sony, Ascot and Triumph Motorcycles (to name a few!), and we're always looking for passionate, ambitious and motivated people who want to join us on our journey! Does the idea of working with a wide variety of clients to realise their potential appeal to you? If you want to be a part of exciting projects, meet and work with great people and ultimately make a difference, then you are who we are looking for!


  • Have experience in PHP development with an MVC PHP framework such as Laravel, Symfony, Zend, etc.;
  • Have written API documentation or used tools such as Postman and Paw to capture how APIs should be used;
  • Have experience using version control software such as Git, Mercurial, Bitbucket and SVN;
  • Demonstrate an ability to estimate accurately and give a detailed breakdown on how you’ll solve an issue;
  • Knowledge of object oriented PHP programming;
  • Understanding of MVC design patterns;
  • Familiarity with SQL/NoSQL databases and their declarative query languages;
  • Are familiar with common development methodologies such as Waterfall or Agile.


  • Possibilities to do what you do best and to develop your skills even further;
  • An excellent salary based on experience;
  • Great fringe benefits, think laptop, travel expenses covered and all that stuff;
  • Yearly bonus scheme, pension scheme and free private healthcare;
  • Flexible working – choose your hours around our 4 core hours, and work from home once per week;
  • 25 days paid holiday including a holiday sales and purchase scheme;
  • Free refreshments – refreshments provided in the office all week, as well as beer fridge at 4pm on a Friday;
  • Lunch together – once a month, we buy lunch for everyone in the office to celebrate everyone's hard work;
  • Annual social budget;
  • Site launch lunches – a great way to celebrate a go-live with the team who made it happen and Dept pick up the tab;
  • Yearly trip to the Dept Weekender in the Netherlands – a chance to meet other people within Dept, see great talks from industry leaders and a great weekend of fun!


We are Dept, an international digital agency, from our offices across Europe and the US, over a thousand of the most talented and experienced people in our industry. One agency uniting creativity, technology and data to reinvent & accelerate your digital reality by creating experiences that people want and businesses need. We work hard, but we also play hard. Curious about who we are? Watch the video here.

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