Software Development Lead – Senior PHP Developer / Architect

Location: Pittsburgh, PA

Job Type: Full Time / Permanent

This is an e-commerce company, located in Pittsburgh, PA, focused on next-generation gifting business models. Our organization is committed to a positive work environment and we prioritize our culture to continue to facilitate our high performance as a cohesive culturally enlightened team. We use OfficeVibe, Bonusly, and other leading tech tools to ensure our initiatives are effective.

We’re looking for a strong technical lead to:

  • Holistically own the direction and management of technical implementation across all facets
  • Steer the technical plan to move into the Platform space.
  • Contribute heavily to the coding for the conversion to the platform model.


  • Direct a team of front-end and back-end developers to deliver Business needs
  • Contribute to the application through coding and testing, primarily on the back-end services layer.
  • Take technical over-site of:
    • back-end and front-end application code
    • infrastructure
    • partner integrations (networks, Financial Institutions, fulfillment providers)
    • platform services
    • automated testing o deployment
  • Interface directly with stakeholders on:
    • prioritization based on business needs.
    • implementation strategy
    • road map planning

We use these tools:

  • Frameworks, etc: Bootstrap (lots), Foundation (some), Materialize (a little bit, and it’s going away), SASS.
  • Browser-side JavaScript Frameworks and patterns: React, Redux, Sagas, Axios, Flux Standard Actions, jQuery (we won’t lie)
  • Server side: PHP, Symfony, Twig
  • Native App: Experimenting with React Native
  • Infrastructure: AWS (EC2 but moving to ECS), RDS.
  • Pipelines: BitBucket, CodeDeploy

Our process needs work, and we want you to help us:

  • Find efficiencies, be it load times, build pipelines, or design/dev hand-off processes.
  • Identify the right tools and frameworks to use across the front ends of multiple business units.
  • Implement HTML/CSS in modern browsers.
  • Produce an excellent user experience.
  • Understand and implement SEO best practices and use tools like Google Analytics for analysis.
  • Achieve necessary and desired site performance and optimization. Manage assets on CDNs and understand how to get the most out of a site. You have a toolbox of services to help you evaluate a site’s performance.
  • Provide guidance and drive consistency in front-end tooling choices. It’s a complicated ecosystem, and we need someone that understands it.

Experience required for this position:

  • 5 years in web-based software developer, Symfony a plus
  • 4 years managing a team of developers.
  • 4 years as an application architect or similar position Application Stack .
  • you’ll be working next to all of these technologies:
    • PHP, Symfony
    • MySQL, Redis, Rabbit
    • Twig, React, React Native
    • AWS ECS, EC2, RDS
    • Algolia Search Service
    • Bitbucket Pipelines
    • CloudFlare

What Separates You from Others?

  • Direct work on a public facing API
  • Experience deploying an application in a SaaS model.
  • Fan of automated testing and CI
  • Experience with a DevOps mindset, specifically containerization, application monitoring, performance evaluation

Compensation includes a competitive base salary. We are committed to providing our employees with a benefits package designed to give them the flexibility they need to ensure a healthy life/work balance. We offer employees great benefits and perks, including, but not limited to:

  • Medical, Prescription, Vision and Dental
  • Generous Paid Time-Off policy
  • Incentive Compensation Plan (our employees have earned over $16m through this program since 2006)
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Miscellaneous Perks:
    • Employee recognition program
    • Charitable Donation to a Charity of YOUR Choice yearly
    • Refer Friends, and if we hire them you get awarded.
    • Family Picnic, Holiday Party, and other employee outings
    • On-site dry-cleaning pick-up service
    • Flextime Scheduling
    • Telecommuting Policy
    • Top 75% pay range versus other local employers.