Lead WordPress Developer

Toronto, Ontario, Canada Full-time

(local applicants only - Toronto)

Crowdlinker is an end-to-end digital product studio based in Toronto with a relentless focus on our customers. We connect people through technology by being the strongest link between companies, their ideas, and their clients. We do so by excelling at digital strategy, creative design, full-stack development of websites & web/mobile apps, and digital marketing (SEO, SEM, PPC, Marketing Automation). Our clients include large startups like Freshbooks, PostBeyond, League, and TopHat, as well as enterprises like Unilever, Nestlé and DHX Media. We create cutting-edge applications using the latest technologies and design them with an exceptional user experience. 

 

As a lead WordPress developer, you will oversee the implementation and build of all WordPress marketing websites we create.  You will bring a fundamental understanding of WordPress to your work and will refine and improve our approach to building custom solutions for high profile marketing websites. You will collaborate with product managers and designers to ensure that the goals are being met and that the delivery is of the highest standard. Every team member at Crowdlinker is equally responsible for the success of the project as a whole and so you will bring a strong level of organization, communication and accountability to the work that you do.

 

This position will serve as an excellent opportunity for candidates interested in the opportunity to work with and learn from full-stack developers and gain exposure to other areas of development. We advocate internal promotion and eagerly seek individuals who have goals of improving their skill sets.  

 

We are growing quickly, which means there are always new and exciting challenges at Crowdlinker. This is the exact opposite of a slow, boring enterprise job. We are looking for someone who is comfortable taking risks and solving burning problems. We embrace change, see challenges as opportunities and focus on solutions. We hope you can join us to push the boundaries of what’s possible. 

 

Please only apply if you meet the requirements! You will need to be able to hit the ground running, so make sure you understand the preferences we are looking for.

 

Requirements

Must Haves:

  • 3+ years of professional web development experience
  • A sophisticated understanding of HTML semantics and ARIA roles, and knowing their correct application
  • Proficient in writing maintainable CSS / SCSS with a strong understanding of Flexbox & experience working with responsive web design CSS frameworks, such as Bootstrap / Zurb Foundation
  • Deep knowledge of Vanilla JavaScript, ES6, jQuery and other popular libraries
  • Familiar with tools such as WebPack and Gulp
  • In-depth knowledge of WordPress custom theme development, template hierarchies, hooks and filters
  • Solid experience in PHP as a programming language
  • Good understanding of a relational database like MySQL/MariaDB
  • Strong understanding of project management tools in the Atlassian Suite (Jira, Bitbucket, Confluence etc.)
  • Solid understanding of agile development practices including sprints, epics, user stories and development tasks.
  • Experience with version control, ideally Git
  • Excellent troubleshooting and debugging skills
  • Experience leading and mentoring other developers on projects in an agile development environment
  • Impeccable written and verbal communication skills as you will be working closely with designers, product managers and quite rarely clients
  • Entrepreneurial spirit, striving to achieve project goals because you care, not just because you get paid to do so

Nice to Haves:

  • An impressive portfolio / github handle to demonstrate
  • Experience with Blade templating language is a big plus
  • Knowledge of open-source WordPress boilerplates and differences between them
  • Experience working with any front-end libraries like React or backend frameworks like Laravel and ecosystem around it
  • Familiar working with tools like Zeplin and Sketch
  • Experience working with WordPress as Headless CMS
  • Familiarity with cloud providers, such as Kinsta, WP Engine, AWS, Google Cloud Platform and Digital Ocean
  • Experience with Docker

 

Responsibilities

  • Convert designs into pixel perfect responsive web pages
  • Lead the development and environment setup for projects while also actively engaged in programming
  • Identify technical challenges in your team as they arise and help solve them
  • Participate in technical design and sprint planning discussions
  • Lead, mentor and coach team members to level them up in their craft
  • Work closely with our designers on implementing designs into code
  • Measure and optimize overall web page performances
  • Work closely with our product managers to ensure projects are delivered in a timely fashion
  • Provide timely and accurate estimates for project deliverables
  • Hands-on troubleshooting, debugging and fixing of issues during development and post-release for customer support
  • Write and maintain detailed technical documentation

 

What’s in it for you?

  • Gain experience working with a team of experienced developers.
  • Learn and implement the latest and greatest in new frameworks and technologies. (Receive up to $10k to take relevant courses.)
  • Learn faster by working on a variety of client projects throughout the year.
  • A ground-level opportunity to join a growing company early and accelerate your career.
  • Code with us the sensible way, using continuous integration, automated testing and deployment, proper testing/staging servers, Git repos with proper branching and all other DevOps practices that make developers’ lives easier overall.
  • A strong culture of excellence, mutual mentorship, and transparency.
  • The chance to work in fully operational, cross-functional product teams, giving you the opportunity to enhance your understanding of design, digital marketing and product management. 

 

Perks

  • Competitive compensation.
  • The potential for stock in the company.
  • 5 weeks of paid vacation.
  • Comprehensive medical and dental plan, which includes $800 per practitioner (e.g. massage therapy, physiotherapy, orthotics, acupuncture, etc...)
  • Downtown office close to trendy King West at 119 Spadina Ave.
  • Flexible hours with an option to work from home once a week.
  • Optional company GoodLife gym membership.
  • Optional computer hardware.
  • Optional company mobile hardware and phone plan.

 

Duration of the role

This is a full-time, permanent role, not a contractor position.

 

How to apply

In your application, please include:

  • A link to your GitHub profile if you have one.
  • A link to your LinkedIn profile if you have one.
  • A link to your portfolio of work if you have one.
  • A summary of how you would be able to make a difference in our team.

You may include a traditional resume and cover letter as well, although it is not required.