About BaseKit

BaseKit is a software development company founded in 2008, with most of our 25 staff based at our HQ in central Bristol. The BaseKit platform is a responsive website builder used by over 100 telcos and web hosting providers worldwide and powers over 9 million websites. The responsive site editor allows website creation from mobile, tablet and desktop devices, enabling anyone to publish a beautiful website.

Our Culture

As a team, we strive to be collaborative, open to new ideas and supportive of each other. We believe that a good team means work is a place of learning and personal growth without being a chore.

We want everyone to share our values of inclusiveness, openness and working great together. We also recognise that written company values mean nothing if they aren’t backed up by our day to day behaviour.

BaseKit provides many perks in and out of work to all staff: health care, yoga, working from home days, lunch and learn days and company days out to name just some of them – not to mention a great work-life balance. The tech team also goes out for monthly meals/breakfast
funded by the business, in more recent times we have moved to a weekly tech social meeting where we play simple interactive games together online.

Our Development Team

We recognise the importance of our developers and like to provide them with the right tools to do their job. Our developers use a mixture of MacBook Pros and high-end Linux laptops.

The development community is important to us too, in pre-Covid19 days we used to host meetups in our office, and we encourage the team to contribute to open source projects.

We really love it when we can see the GitHub profile of people applying for roles in our team. If you have a public GitHub profile, we’d be ecstatic if you sent it over. Don’t worry, we’ve got lots of unfinished side projects and test code on our profiles, we don’t expect to see a profile full of perfect code.

We understand the need to keep your skills up to date and the natural curiosity of software developers, in the spirit of this we have a 90/10 policy designed to give you some space to build something interesting, try a new technology or just fix a bug that’s been annoying you.

Technical Knowledge/Skills

As an experienced web application developer, you will be used to writing high quality software primarily using PHP but also be competent with JavaScript. Being an experienced software engineer and problem solver are more important to us than knowing specific frameworks or libraries.

You’ll be used to some professional software engineering concepts such as OOP, code composition and design patterns. We prefer composition over inheritance and use dependency injection a lot. Whilst we do maintain an amount of legacy code, we are continually moving forward and refactoring, so any new code is always using the latest ECMAScript features and PHP 7.

We expect you’ll have knowledge and familiarity with some commonly used JavaScript and PHP frameworks and whilst we use a number of well known frameworks across the codebase much of our code is framework agnostic.

Testing is very important to us and day to day we will always complement our code with unit tests where appropriate, we ensure all business logic is tested but aren’t bothered about things like achieving 100% code coverage. We also use Puppeteer, Behat and Selenium to
functionally test our product. These tests form part of our continuous integration platform and automatically test our code deployments as part of our continuous deployment process.

Our development process and stack relies heavily on continuous integration so it would be advantageous for you to have worked in a team using CI, familiarities with build tools such as Docker, Jenkins, webpack and Node would be a bonus. Our local development environments are provisioned automatically using docker, node and ansible and you’ll be using our continuous deployment slack bot to push your changes to our live environments.

In a post-COVID world we’ll be changing the way we work. We will be asking our technical employees to be in the office 2 days each week, the other 3 days will be home based. So, if you don’t live in Bristol but could travel to Bristol for those 2 days, we’d love to hear from you.

Salary for the role is up to £40,000.

To apply for this job please visit www.basekit.com.

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