WordPress Engineer

Job description

About Hex

At Hex we’re striving to improve the world through partnerships with responsible organisations. We do this by creating platforms that drive conscious, ethical and powerful change. We look to innovate both in what we produce and how we produce it.

Hex is a digital agency with a diverse group of incredibly talented people from all over the world. Our award-winning team is currently 20 strong, and composed of 11 different nationalities. We believe safe spaces where everyone can be their authentic selves are the key to a strong team - we welcome and embrace all identities, cultures, and backgrounds.

We work with startups, businesses, educational institutions and worldwide organisations to deliver impactful messaging, facilitate action and change the world.


About the Opportunity

Hex partners with organisations and brands to help define and build their brand, product and marketing functions. We collaborate closely with our clients to design, develop, build and launch high-touch applications that change the world.

This role is for a key individual contributor to develop and maintain these websites and applications for our clients, as well as Hex internal and external projects. These applications are built primarily with PHP and JavaScript. If you love working on both server and client side code that is scalable and performant, then this is the role for you.


Job requirements

As a WordPress Engineer at Hex

You will:

  • Build robust, semantic and accessible front ends to applications

  • Work closely with designers to create accessible, reusable components and blocks, and consistent design patterns

  • Build plugins and extensions to the WordPress admin experience.

  • Be an advocate for improvements to the product’s quality, security and performance

  • Identify technical debt and blockers that slow down the team’s ability to deliver code to production, and partner with our engineering managers to advocate for its improvement

  • Represent the team and be a significant influence in the overall vision and long term goals for Hex’s WordPress offering and internal toolset.

  • Ship large features and improvements with minimal guidance or support from other team members


Jamie, our Head of Engineering, will be directly responsible for you at Hex. He’ll make sure you have everything you need to be successful in the role, including a comprehensive self development plan and mentoring. Giuseppe, our WordPress Lead, will also provide guidance and mentoring to help you develop your own skills.

Outside of Engineering, you’ll be working closely and collaboratively with colleagues of all levels and experts in all functions, including UX & UI design, creative strategy, project management, client services, and marketing and growth.


Technologies you'll be exposed to

  • WordPress, Roots Ecosystem (Sage, Bedrock)
  • WooCommerce
  • Vanilla JS, jQuery, Vue
  • PostCSS with BEM, and Tailwind for design tokens and utility classes
  • Webpack, Babel, and friends
  • PHPUnit, Cypress, Jest
  • GitHub and git
  • Figma


What You'll Bring

  • Intermediate skills in PHP, JavaScript, WordPress, HTML and CSS
  • Experience creating reusable components, blocks and sections
  • Strong proficiency in verbal and written English
  • A deep appreciation for semantic HTML and accessibility that you’ll keep at the forefront of your mind while developing UIs
  • A history of thriving in environments where experimentation and failure are expected and celebrated
  • Some high-level exposure to giving & receiving feedback with regard for both emotional and technical concerns
  • A passion for digging into new tools, frameworks, and platforms
  • A high level of comfort with a Git-centric workflow, including continuous deployment and solid tooling
  • The ability to lead by example, seek to understand through active listening and questioning, actively address problems you identify and assume responsibility for your work


Within 1 month, you'll:

  • Learn about Hex and how we work

  • Have one-on-one's and pairing sessions with the people you'll be working closely with and get to know your Hex peers

  • Dive into the world of the clients that you’ll be working with

  • Commit your first changes and features, and deploy them to production


Within 3 months, you'll:

  • Establish strong async communication rhythms with your peers and leaders, practicing transparency and visibility in your progress against areas of focus

  • Gain a more robust understanding of the needs of your clients and products

  • Understand and contribute to our internal utilities, toolset and products

  • Solicit feedback from your peers, including other engineers and teammates in your product team, and support your teammates through thoughtful feedback


Within 6 months, you'll:

  • Elevate the work of the team and become a subject matter expert in your products

  • Make significant impact for our team by being a key contributor to an engineering led initiative to improve our codebase or processes to enable us to scale better as an organisation

  • Fortify relationships with cross functional team members as well as broaden your connections across the organisation

  • Participate in the interview process for other engineer candidates


About Our Team

Of everything we've ever built at Hex, we are most proud of our team.

We believe that empowered and engaged team members do their best work. We’ll be giving you the tools you need to succeed and looking to you for suggestions to improve not just in your role, but every aspect of building a company. We want to make sure we find inventive ways to collaborate, debate, and learn from each other.

To learn a bit more about our team and who we are, make sure to visit our team page.

Joining our ambitious and passionate team is only one of many great perks at Hex. We provide a tailored development and training plan and a yearly training budget of £1,000 to foster your ongoing learning through books, courses and conferences. We'll provide a MacBook Pro or your choice of equivalent laptop. We also offer 25 days holiday standard, plus 1 extra for each anniversary you have with us.

Applying

Even if you don’t meet all of the qualifications above, please apply anyway! This description is a guide on what we think would be the perfect candidate, but is not a list of requirements. Everyone is unique and will bring skills and experience we haven’t thought of.

When applying, please include a CV or short listing of your skills and experience. A LinkedIn profile would also be fine. If you would like to, a cover letter explaining why you’d enjoy working in this role and at Hex would be great, though it’s not required and won’t impact your application. Once we receive your application we’ll get back to you with next steps.


Not the right role for you? Get in touch and tell us about yourself. We're always on the lookout for brilliant minds in all roles and experience levels.

We’re devoted to building a team of people with diverse backgrounds and lifestyles. We believe our success is driven by the unique perspectives, ideas and contributions that come from a varied team. We are all responsible for bringing on people from all walks of life. Driving equality empowers our team, enables us to innovate, and helps us maintain a more inclusive environment. We don’t discriminate against employees or applicants based on gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, age, race, military/veteran status, citizenship, pregnancy status, or any other differences. If we can do anything to provide a better interview, i.e. accommodate a disability, then please let us know.


Salary

£40-50k depending on experience.