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Lead Full Stack Developer (tech for good)

You will be working for upReach as Lead Full Stack Developer (tech for good)

We are looking for a talented PHP developer to join a fast-moving charity making a difference to the professional prospects for hundreds of young people from lower socio-economic backgrounds across the UK.

You will be designing and developing web applications to support the organisation, the students that we work with, as well as our partners. We have built a host of internal technology, and have some exciting projects coming up. You will be responsible for the technology strategy of upReach, our range of web apps and the entire development cycle for them, including gathering and prioritising user requirements, development (front and back), testing, deployment and maintenance.

You will predominately be the sole developer so we are looking someone who loves responsibility. You may also work with interns and any pro bono development support. You will be a senior member of the team and ideally you will also be keen to get involved with other aspects of the charity such as organisational strategy.

We are happy to consider either full time applicants or one or two part time positions instead.

Please apply by sending your CV and a cover letter (no more than 500 words) to david@upreach.org.uk. Also, feel free to get in contact if you have any questions or want further information. Applicants will be invited to interview as soon as possible so early applications encouraged.

Who We Are Looking For


  • 1+ year experience working on web applications

  • Great OOP skills, ideally PHP without relying on a web framework

  • Experience using automated testing such as PHPUnit

  • SQL

  • HTML, CSS, JavaScript & jQuery

  • Git

  • An understanding of design & UX

  • Able to understand business problems and design solutions to solve them

  • Great teamwork and communication skills


  • UNIX System administration

  • Symfony components

  • Foundation

  • Experience working with legacy code

  • OAuth

  • Interest in social mobility and/or using tech for good

The Company

Why work for us:

  • Join a great young team of people passionate about making a difference

  • Competitive salary £25-40K based on experience

  • 25 days of annual leave (27 days after 3 years), plus your birthday off

  • Most of the team work from home one day a week

  • Personal development budget to buy books/training

  • Time off to attend tech events/meetups/conferences

  • Company pension scheme after 6 months service

  • Work in a nice light office surrounded by other nonprofits as part of the CAN3 charity accelerator scheme

About us:

As a small charity, we support students to achieve fantastic outcomes by our unique programme of small group support, soft skills workshops, mentoring, professional experience and application support. We do this through partnerships with top universities and employers. Technology underpins how we work and helps us to deliver at scale.

The Job


Job type: Permanent full time

Remote working possible: no

Level of experience required: 1+ year of experience

Salary/package: £25-40,000


This job is located in London, United Kingdom

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