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Full Stack Developer York - Full time £38000 to £44000

Meet your interview panel:

James carter c9431fa53e974a4970cf3a29b4729052262414656cffd17ad2ef75993dc9b8db
James Carter
Patrick cherry 80bd4b1e98511a42656ab423d30148dc8792ec09a56eb5c46dfb16297a67f276
Patrick Cherry
Pamela hinds 65218f934cc6e91b705d07e5164ff4eebd50925aa9cd2a9b9347a3ec5655001f
Pamela Hinds

We're looking for an enthusiastic Full Stack Developer to join our expanding team of multi-skilled front-end and back-end developers. We’re interested in someone who can take apart a web application, get to know it intimately and then develop, fix, test, and deliver it.

Closes 01/06/18.

You should be comfortable in picking apart modern web application frameworks, APIs and SQL, as well as doing occasional spots of browser-side debugging.

The main languages we use are Ruby and Go, but if you’ve completed work in C++, Java, Python or similar languages you’ll get on just fine! We use Rails for many of our web-facing APIs and internal applications. You’ll need proven development track record, and a strong desire to get projects delivered.

Your work here would depend on your skills and experiences, however it might include:

  • Developing new features on our Bytemark Cloud platform
  • Diagnosing and fixing issues on our Cloud platform for the Platform and Customer Service Teams
  • Maintaining our existing Rails application to current standards
  • Breaking up legacy codebase into individual front-ends and micro services

We've developed our own cloud hosting platform, founded on our history of building hosting products with innovative technologies. We’re not afraid of challenges, and have learned how to turn inventive engineering decisions into high-value production systems. We love putting these new ideas into production for our customers. Our uptime and long-term reputation is a critical consideration in all of our work across the business.

We adhere to Agile software development practices and organise our work according to the Scrum framework. We use Git for version control and Gitlab to keep track of issues and for continuous integration. Developers self-organise their work within self-contained sprint cycles. In short, we have an evolving methodology and a wealth of experience – this means we can quickly and efficiently deliver new features for our customers.

What kind of company is Bytemark?

Bytemark is a 32-person strong hosting company founded in 2002, with around 3000 customers. Our head office is located in the beautiful, historic city of York. Our mission is to provide solid, reliable hosting with a strong focus on the UK market. We've a deep appreciation for the free software movement and as we've grown, made sure that our recruitment and management are focused on providing equal opportunities for all staff through providing a flexible 37.5-hour average work week and family-friendly employment policies.

Whilst we have a mix of staff in traditionally "technical" and "non-technical" roles, everyone in the company is encouraged to excel in their field, regardless of their position or workflow.

Your duties would include:

  • Writing straightforward, reliable code with reasonable test coverage
  • Reviewing code of other members of the team, both senior and junior
  • Participate in building specifications as part of sprint planning within the Scrum framework
  • Triage and investigate issues reported on our code bases
  • Communicate the work of the Engineering team both internally to the company and the wider world

Career progression

Your line manager will work closely with you and the HR Director to establish your learning needs and ensure that you have the training and resources you need.

We would like you to have a commitment to your own professional development and actively seek learning opportunities. Bytemark will pay for 5 days of conference or training (including expenses) each year to pique your interest and pick up new skills.

Skills we're seeking

Essential Skills

  • Programming Ruby or a similar dynamic language (Python, Perl, etc.)
  • Familiarity with front-end languages (e.g. HTML, JavaScript and CSS)
  • Working with a database-backed full-stack web framework: Rails or similar
  • Ability to diagnose application performance bottlenecks, e.g. code inefficiencies, slow database queries
  • Ability to work with staff and customers to reach satisfactory conclusions for issues reported on our software
  • Approachable, friendly, and tactful

Desirable Skills

  • Some experience of Go or traditional systems languages - Java, C, C++ would also be relevant
  • Knowledge of continuous integration and automated deployment
  • Knowledge and experience using GNU/Linux
  • Any experience of Puppet, Ansible or other configuration management


This position will be centered around either our York or Manchester offices. Working remotely may be possible if you have the right experience. Our company has been split between York, Manchester and several fully remote workers for years, so we have various ways of making that work.

Our whole team comes to our York HQ three times a year for a meal, catch-up and talks. Each developer department meets up on a monthly basis for sprint planning meetings in one of the offices.

Employment benefits

  • Standard holiday allowance: 25 days holiday + UK bank holidays
  • Extra holiday allowance: 1 day per full year of employment up to 32 days
  • Allowance for home broadband service
  • Bytemark administered group personal Pension Scheme (current company contribution 3%)
  • Annual health cash plan & private health care
  • Enhanced Maternity - 16 weeks pay + 8 weeks 50% pay
  • Enhanced Paternity - 2 weeks pay + 2 weeks 50% pay
  • Childcare voucher scheme
  • 5 days per year allowance for training purposes
  • Company-provided bicycle for employees within cycling distance

Our policies and benefits enable every staff member to balance both family and work commitments, without sacrificing individual ambition or professional development.

Before you apply

Please understand these points before applying:

  • You must already be eligible to work in the UK
  • We will request and review references from successful candidates
  • We would ask successful candidates to complete a Basic Disclosure Scotland check (which will be reimbursed)

What are you waiting for?!

There's no "cultural fit" requirement. If you're product focused, up for a challenge and can work well within a team, we'd love to have you on-board!

This position is now closed.