Lead Backend Developer (PHP/Laravel)

Job description

At Huel, our customers mean everything to us! We have grown a passionate community of Hueligans all over the world by delivering the very best world-class online experience.

Our engineering team is crucial to our success and we are now looking for a Lead Developer to join us, to help take our technology to the next level. As a Lead Developer at Huel, you will have the unique opportunity to not only lead a team of backend engineers while also remaining hands-on, delivering the highest quality code, but you will act as number two in our engineering team working closely with our Head of Development to drive key technical projects.

We are looking for someone who not only has the ability to lead a team, task planning and performing code reviews but an individual who is capable of putting coding standards in place, with a second to none understanding of web security considerations and best practices.

What you’ll be doing

  • Supporting our Head of Development to implement and maintain modern processes and standards
  • Managing a team of software engineers, task planning and performing code reviews
  • Delivering exceptional, best of breed user experiences through Huel’s website and apps
  • Hands-on, improving the internal and external back-end systems
  • Evolving our web platform to support the business as it grows and launches into new geographies
  • Working with our Ecommerce and Marketing teams to shape our web strategy as the business grows
  • Identify and resolving performance and scalability issues


  • The ability to drive technical projects and provide leadership in an innovative and task-paced environment
  • Significant experience putting coding standards in place and knowledge of web security and best practices
  • Highly proficient building scalable and reliable server-side web applications in modern PHP (5.6/7) on the Laravel framework (preferably 5.5+)
  • Experience working with SQL databases (preferably MySQL)
  • Confident building and using REST APIs
  • Experience using version control software (Git) in a team environment
  • Pride in shipping well tested, quality code
  • Knowledgeable and comfortable with Agile delivery and development methodologies
  • Results-driven - achieving revenue, customer value and engagement targets
  • Knowledge of continuous integration and delivery processes
  • Test-Driven Development approach


  • UNIX based system experience
  • Working knowledge of the Shopify Plus platform, APIs and app development
  • Experience building and using GraphQL APIs
  • Knowledge of payment gateway services (Braintree/Stripe)
  • Knowledge of basic server administration (Nginx)
  • Knowledge and experience using AWS (EC2, Route 53, S3, CloudWatch)
  • Background in computer science, mathematics and related disciplines


  • Competitive salary
  • Share options
  • Pension scheme
  • Optional private healthcare
  • Free Huel
  • Flexible working hours