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Senior System Developer (Web Systems)

Vacancy Details

Salary: Grade 7 £33,797 - £38,017 per annum
Job Type: Support
Closing Date: 02/02/2020
Date Posted: 01/02/2020
Reference: S1708


This is a fixed-term position, for 1 year.


At the University of Gloucestershire, we are committed to delivering a positive experience for students and staff; we treat everyone as a person, not a number.


We are looking to recruit a Senior Systems Developer to join the Application Development and Support Team at Hardwick Campus. The successful applicant will help build capacity with the team to support existing products, and will lead the development of an exciting new workflow product which underpins the development of our academic portfolio. The role will suit candidates with solid experience in PHP development, who are passionate to make a difference and would like to work as part of talented and customer-focused team.


We are looking for a full-stack developer, with strong organisational and communication skills, and a proven ability to deliver to client requirements. You’ll be working closely with other developers from different disciplines (including those from adjoining systems), as well as the Quality and Reporting Teams.


The successful candidate will:

-          Work as a hands-on developer to develop the system, programming in PHP.

-          Take business requirements and create a full technical solution for delivery.

-          Help develop timelines, and deliver against them within a project lifecycle.

-          Develop solutions in line with the University’s technical strategy.

-          Support existing systems.

-          Work as part of a collaborative and innovative team


Required Development Experience:


-          Full Web Stack development

o   Server operating system experience (Ubuntu preferred)

o   Relational Database / SQL experience (MySQL preferred)

o   Web Server experience (Apache preferred)

-          Data Modelling (creating normalised schemas to support application features)

-          Source Control (Git / GitLab preferred)

-          PHP MVC frameworks (e.g. Symfony or Laravel)

-          RESTful API use and development (to support data interoperability)

-          HTML 5, CSS, JavaScript

-          Developing software that meets Accessibility (e.g. WCAG) and  in-house Branding Guidelines

-          Full lifecycle of design, develop, test (Unit and UAT) and support

-          Understand the importance of developing iteratively

-          Recent experience in a similar role


Experience of working with in a Higher Education environment is an advantage, but not essential.


We are passionate about what we do and want you to be, too. In return we offer an excellent package of benefits. Here are some of the highlights:


-          We offer competitive salaries and career average pension schemes.

-          Staff at grade 7 to 11 are entitled to 37 days annual leave a year; and all staff are entitled to eight days statutory holiday and an additional three days leave.

-          The university is committed to supporting flexible working arrangements (subject to business need) in order to recognise personal circumstances.

-          We invest significantly in staff development across all schools and departments and provide centrally funded collective leadership and management development. 

-          University staff are offered discounts by companies wishing to offer their products and services.

-          Staff are able to access our library facilities.

To discuss this vacancy further, please email:

If you have a genuine passion for developing technologies to enhance our academic systems, we’d love to hear from you – please submit your application.


Closing Date: Sunday 2nd February 2020

Interview Date: Wednesday 12th February 2020 (am) or Thursday 13th February 2020 (pm)

The University understands the benefits of recruiting a diverse range of people and welcome applications from under-represented sections of the community. 

Please download and save the Application for Employment Form to your computer. You will need to complete this form as part of the online application process. Your application will not be considered without this form. 




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