This vacancy is now closed

Full Stack Developer (PHP) - Glasgow/Dunbartonshire

Ref: 193 Date Posted: Thursday 01 Aug 2019
LinkedIn ShareShare

Engage Recruitment is delighted to be working with “the most exciting young creative agency in Scotland, if not the UK”. Bright Signals


In the short time they've been around Bright Signals have won clients like Bowmore, Jura, STV, Channel 4 and most recently the world’s biggest arts festival - The Edinburgh Fringe (that's 6 in a row now)! They have also picked up Scotland’s most coveted digital marketing award 3 times in the past 4 years!

They are disruptive, innovative and growing, fast.


What's on offer?

Everyone at Bright Signals gets half a day every week to spend on personal ideas and projects, but further time is available to learn new skills as and when they’re required for a specific project. Not sure how to interface a brainwave-sensing EEG headset with Google Chrome? It’s ok, neither did they a few months ago.

They offer an attractive benefits package, a common sense and flexible(ish) approach to working hours and home-working and a great location (in the heart of Glasgow’s Finnieston). But most of all, a brilliant team of colleagues who’ll have your back, make you laugh daily, and help you produce work that you are immensely proud of.


So, who would fit the bill?

Most likely, you’ll come from a PHP web design and development background. Up-to-date skills and solid commercial experience in HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP and MySQL is essential for this role. In addition, we expect the successful candidate will have some experience of version control systems, React, Apache configuration and the Linux command line.

A curious mind and willingness to learn new skills is vital – although you may not have these skills right now, you’ll probably need to learn some Python, React Native and HTML5 game development on the job. You’ll also need to work with some physical computing platforms like Arduino and Raspberry Pi and gain a rudimentary understanding of basic circuits and IO.


So, who are Bright Signals and what do they do?

The talented production team consists of around ten folk – an interesting mix of designers, animators, developers and electronics engineers. Within this team, your time will be split between two distinct types of work: building web sites and special projects.

On the web side of things, which equates to around 70%, you’ll be working on some of the UK’s leading consumer brands. The sites are typically bespoke builds using Wordpress, Craft, Drupal or Symfony in the back end.

On the special projects side Bright Signals have incredible variety – everything from developing VR apps to building physical arcade machines. They use a wide variety of technologies including React Native, Python, OpenCV and Arduino.

A few recent examples of things they've built:

Passport to Jura

Jura Whisky wanted a way to tell their story in airports around the world. They wanted a mobile experience but they didn't want the barrier of forcing users to download an app. So they pushed web technology to the limits, producing an interactive experience that seamlessly combines video and Web 3D. Best viewed on mobile, but works on desktop too, have a look:

Heverlee Sjoelen

Bright Signals do quite a lot of physical machine builds, which combine web technologies like HTML and PHP with electronics. They wouldn't expect candidates to develop the electronics (though they'd be welcome to learn if they wanted to) but would want them to develop the web components of these machines. 

Scrum and Have a Try

Another machine they built, this time to support Tennent's and Caledonia Best's sponsorship of Scottish Rugby:

Edinburgh Fringe

Bright Signals have been appointed as the lead creative agency for the Edinburgh Fringe for the next three years. They're doing everything from designing the cover of the Fringe programme to building games and interactive machines for them. 

European Supermarket e-commerce

Currently in the process of building a full e-commerce solution for a European supermarket chain. This will include a lot of bespoke functionality including home delivery, click-and-collect ordering and full multi-lingual support.


This is an outstanding opportunity to join a world class team, to grow and to shape your working life in a way that just isn’t possible in most corporate cultures.

Sound ideal? APPLY NOW by clicking the button below. We will endeavour to respond to all applications.