Senior Developer

Employer: Medway Council
Salary: Range 5 (£31,385 - £37,053) per annum
Location: Medway Council, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TR
Contract: Permanent
Working Pattern: Full Time
Hours: 37 hours per week.
DBS Check: No
Closing Date: 04/05/2019 at 00:55 AM
Reference: R625VR

Our council plan sets out our ambition to ‘find the best digital innovation and use it to meet resident’s needs. As a Senior Developer at Medway Council, you will play a fundamental role in achieving this ambition.

Through, we’re redeveloping existing processes in line with Gov UK standards to make our website and online services easy for residents and visitors to use.

We need an exceptional developer who understands the web, technology and people.

You’ll work with content, technical, service design and user research colleagues to continuously improve our user focussed, accessible online presence.

We are looking for a Senior Developer who will be responsible for managing back-end development of our core systems. Your primary focus will be working with our chosen content management system, forms and workflow system (JADU). You will work with colleagues to integrate web services to expose key functionality to our users. You will also be responsible for converting wireframes into HTML / CSS mock-ups for user testing and developing these on our production systems. Therefore, an advanced understanding of front-end technologies, code and asset optimisation is necessary as well.



  • A relevant computer related qualification to degree level
  • A good standard of general education



  • Strong knowledge of PHP 7+ including framework architecture (Symphony, Laravel)
  • Proficient understanding of code versioning tools (including methodologies such as GitFlow)
  • Advanced understanding of front-end technologies, such as JavaScript (including React, jQuery and ES6), HTML5, and CSS3 (including SCSS, CSS3 pseudo-elements)
  • Strong knowledge of the common PHP or web server exploits and their solutions on a LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL & PHP) stack.
  • User authentication and authorisation between multiple systems, servers, and environments (including oAuth and JSON web tokens

Our organisation:

Medway is a unitary authority in the South East of England, made up of the towns of Strood, Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham and Rainham and more rural areas, including the Hoo Peninsula.

Situated in Kent in the South-East of England, the area has plenty of green spaces, excellent facilities and easy access to the national motorway and rail networks, facilitating superb transport links to London.

We provide all local Government services for a quarter of a million people, looking after education, environment, social care, housing, planning, business and much more - everything from frontline services such as rubbish collection and events like the Dickens Festival to work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure services in Medway run smoothly and cost effectively.

Working at Medway Council means that you get to be part of this journey working alongside talented, professional colleagues to drive forward change to transform the lives of our residents and the communities they live in.

In return we offer you:

  • Generous annual leave entitlement
  • Generous local government pension scheme package
  • Access to wider training and development qualifications
  • Flexible working scheme
  • Travel plan discounts
  • Access to CAREFIRST advice & counselling service
  • Employee discount scheme for national and local retailers
  • Assisted car purchase scheme

If you would like to have an informal discussion with the recruiting manager please call Catherine Iles on 01634 332763.

Important Information-

Applicants must be able to demonstrate all essential requirements as listed in the job profile

Equal Opportunities Commitment Statement

Medway Council is committed to creating an inclusive work environment with a diverse workforce. All appropriately qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or age

For further information please refer to the Medway information pack available as a download or to view online

Please be advised that if you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted. All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email.

Please visit for information on how Medway Council put good practices in place to ensure employees and job applicants who declare mental health issues receive the right level of support.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy at any time prior to the closing date.


How to apply

Please be advised that we only accept online applications submitted through JobsGoPublic ATS

If you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted.

All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email, if you require documentation/correspondence in different format such as braille or large print, please contact the Resourcing Team on 01634 332878.

Further information on this vacancy