Full-Stack PHP Developer with Big Ideas

Are you ready to test your full set of skills to the max? Join a true start-up where everything you think, say and develop is going to count. We’re looking for employee number 4 in a recently funded start-up, with a software product that makes a real difference. Ready for the challenge?

ThriveMap is an online platform that measures how people like to work, so that every new hire makes themselves, the team and the company better.

Created by a team with a track record of success, ThriveMap recently won investment from an innovation-led global corporate plus additional funding from a leading venture capital firm.

You’ve seen countless start-ups in TV and movies, now it’s your chance to experience the real thing. Based out of Croydon aka The Cronx (see later for why that makes you cool), and surrounded with polished concrete floors, hammocks, ping pong tables and more, you’ll be working in the minute-by-minute world of a tech startup innovating with every line of code, and seeing new features pushed live in hours not weeks. This is to coding what hand-gliding is to flying with EasyJet.

If you’re still interested, and haven’t run screaming to your nearest change request form (we don’t have those), then you’ll want to know what about the tech. We’re PHP 7 on Laravel 5.2 / MySQL, hosted on Laravel Forge / Digital Ocean, with a Bootstrap / JQuery-only frontend. Everything that should be a piece of cake, is a piece of cake. That let’s you concentrate on what matters. You’ll be working with the whole team and in partnership with the CTO to invent, design, architect, develop, and adapt new features based on winning new clients and keeping existing ones. Nothing is off the table, and everyone’s ideas count . If the idea is great and we think we can sell it, then we’ll build it. If you have a better way of doing things… we’ll do it.

Now the health warning: Startup life isn’t for everyone. If you need to know for definite that you have the security of a job for the next five years, then don’t join a startup. We’re explorers and adventurers and that comes with some risk. If you’re OK with that, in fact if you thrive on that, then there’s a pay-off: You’ll be the first one in and we’ll be looking to grow your skills and responsibilities as we grow, building a development team with you at the top. That means your salary grows too. You’ll also be “that engineer from the startup that went big” at your next tech meetup.


We’re looking for a great coder and communicator. Specific technology is important, but not as important as your understanding of core programming concepts, ability to write quality code, and how you communicate your ideas. That said, we’re working to a deadline, so we need some things in place already so that you can hit the ground running:

Essential skills

  • PHP 5
  • Javascript
  • JQuery
  • SQL / MySQL
  • MVC framework

Ideal skills

  • PHP 7
  • Laravel
  • Vagrant
  • Twitter Bootstrap
  • Front-end framework

Essential experience

  • 1 year developing in a production environment
  • Work within a version controlled environment
  • Involvement with the specification process
  • Involvement with the deployment process
  • Experience in finding and fixing existing code

Ideal experience

  • 3 years developing in a production environment
  • Ownership of specification process
  • Ownership of deployment process
  • 1+ years working with SaaS product
  • Previous experience with online payments
  • Previous experience with data security

Why you need to come to see Croydon / The Cronx


A year ago, if someone had asked us to work in Croydon, we’d have said “no thanks, we’re too cool”. We’ve been based in Old Street, Tobacco Dock and Bermondsey. One of us even grew an ironic beard (naming no names). It’s tempting to think that Shoreditch and East London are the place to be. Then we looked at Croydon and realised we’d been wrong. Imagine street food without the inflated prices, a huge Boxpark just 60 seconds from the station, genuine multi-cultural life on every street, and real smiles and genuine laughs with people around you who aren’t trying to convince you they’re a big deal. Get onto Google Maps and work out your commute. We travel from Brighton, Tooting and Wimbledon with commute times under an hour and home before 6:30 (when not having a wind-down drink at Boxpark of course). You’ll love life in the Cronx.

(We hate when people advertise jobs and don’t reply… It sucks. So we guarantee a reply to you on or before the 29th August. Don’t panic if you don’t hear from us before then… we’re just really busy!)