Senior Engineer

This is a great role for problem solvers with a great attitude and a genuine interest in modern development techniques. You’ll work closely with the rest of the engineering team to build enterprise projects and mentor some of our junior engineers too.


£40,000 – £50,000

depending on experience


Middlesbrough, UK


Closing Date

Friday 31st March 2023



Thanks to our continued growth, we’re looking for a Senior Engineer to join our team and play a crucial part in the success of our global digital projects. You’ll be working alongside experienced Engineers to build Gutenberg blocks with React, create powerful plugins, write PHP to extend the WordPress admin, and style solutions with HTML and CSS (don’t worry if you haven’t mastered all of that stack – we can provide training to the right candidate).

We believe that strong teams deliver winning results, so we’re looking for senior engineers that will fit right in – the ideal person will be a problem solver with a great attitude and a genuine interest in modern development techniques, and you must have the drive to keep learning and improving. In return, we offer a competitive salary, plenty of peer learning, technical training and hybrid working, as well as an incredible working space and a supportive, creative culture. You’ll also get the opportunity to deliver unique digital projects for some of the global brands we work with including Gumtree, Amnesty International, and The Times.

In return for your knowledge and dedication, we offer all of our team an extensive benefits package, which includes hybrid working, generous leave packages, upskilling opportunities and various wellbeing support initiatives, to name just a few. We also make sure that from day one, new team members enjoy the same level of benefits and job security as everyone else with no probation periods for new starters.

What you’ll do

  • Drive strategy and lead on technical vision for large projects.
  • Mentor engineers and provide code reviews.
  • Work closely with our Project Managers to estimate work for projects and break down goals into clearly defined, executable tasks.
  • Provide direction for the engineering team across multiple projects and functional areas.
  • Build and contribute to WordPress plugins using PHP.
  • Develop and extend Gutenberg blocks using React framework.
  • Work as part of a team to maintain client websites, solve bugs and address smaller client issues.
  • Leverage WordPress APIs.
  • Use initiative to improve efficiencies across client projects.
  • Communicate directly with our clients, primarily via Slack and Google Hangouts.
  • Propose solutions and to our client’s requirements.
  • Work with our QA team to assist in testing new features.
  • Assist with code reviews and approving pull requests.
  • Identify, document and promote best practice WordPress development, built to WordPress VIP standards.

Qualifications and experience

Our Engineering Team has the perfect skills mix and we work together as a team to achieve our goals, leaning on each other for support and guidance. The digital industry moves fast, and we don’t expect candidates to know it all, so we focus more on ability, attitude, and experience, but if you have any of the following skills and attributes you’ll have a great foundation to continue learning:

  • Commercial experience using WordPress / HTML / CSS / JS (minimum three years).
  • Strong experience with React or similar frameworks.
  • Experience using PHP.
  • Experience in package managers and virtual machines for browser testing.
  • Understanding of Webpack for build tooling.
  • Experience with Git and GitHub for code reviews and deployments.
  • Good understanding of Travis/Circle CI for the release builds.
  • A modern approach to development.
  • Great communication skills and the confidence to liaise with colleagues and clients.
  • Drive to expand your knowledge and skill set.

Who we are

Big Bite transforms online publishing for global newsrooms and content creators through the delivery of scalable digital solutions and products, exclusively built on WordPress. We specialise in working with multi-faceted enterprise organisations that have lots of contributors, lots of content, and lots of challenges.

We’re trusted by some of the world’s biggest brands and publishers to modernise, standardise and revolutionise editorial workflows, saving valuable time and resources and empowering organisations to self-build and self-publish the most engaging content for their global readerships. Since setting up in 2011, we’ve designed and developed high-traffic sites, custom themes and digital products on behalf of many enterprise organisations including The Times, The Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, Amnesty International, and Octopus Group, to name a few.

Although we operate globally, our roots are firmly in Middlesbrough where our team of experienced professionals collaborate to deliver consultancy, UX, development and ongoing support and maintenance. Every aspect of a client’s project is managed and built in-house, allowing our team to offer the kind of agile solutions, efficient troubleshooting and intimate client relationships that enterprise brands need to succeed.

How to apply

If you’re interested in joining our team, we’d love to hear from you. Complete the form along with an outline of what interests you about the role.

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