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Head of backend

Head of backend

Location: Leeds City Centre (UK applicants only)
Salary: Competitive, based on experience and skill set
Experience: 5+ years development, 1+ years management
Hours: Full-time

We’re looking for a like-minded, talented and highly skilled individual to lead and manage our multi-disciplined team of talented back-end & software developers. You’ll be supporting them in continuing to build award-winning, industry-leading work.

You’ll be responsible for the quality and technical approach taken by team members, ensuring it is in-line with the company strategy – and that your team’s projects are delivered on time and on budget.

It’ll be important to maintain a professional culture within the team, where individuals take ownership, are fastidious and proud of delivering excellence and quality.

The ideal candidate should be able to review and write clean, reusable code, and be keen to expand their skill set within a company that has been enjoying rapid growth and grown a reputation for producing excellent and engaging work for the world’s biggest brands.

You will need at least 5 years of development experience, and a year of managing a team under your belt.

Key skills

  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Analytical
  • Coaching
  • Reporting
  • Understanding
  • Good listener
  • Good written skills

Strong knowledge of:

  • Laravel Framework
  • Database Design (ERD)
  • Test-Driven Development
  • API design
  • Version control systems such as Git
  • Package managers (composer, yarn, npm etc.)

Desirable skills:

  • Experience with React, React Native, Vue.js or similar JavaScript libraries
  • CSS/SASS knowledge
  • Experience with Tailwind CSS
  • Knowledge of containers and Kubernetes
  • Working with legacy systems

Key responsibilities

  • Monitoring quality & technical approach
  • Ensuring projects are delivered on time and on budget
  • Running biweekly 1:1s with your team and managing their progression
  • Running weekly Work in Progress (WIP) meetings and producing a report
  • Running regular Back-end catch ups with the team
  • Monitoring your team’s timesheets
  • Contributing towards a quarterly team roundup
  • Consulting and contributing towards wider business strategy

You will report directly to the Technical Directors and have six direct reports.

Interviews are followed by a trial day at the office (during the COVID-19 outbreak alternative arrangements will be made), where you will be required to showcase your technical capability, demonstrable experience and ability to integrate into our team.

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About Parallax

Parallax is a Leeds-based digital transformation agency with a client-base of local and national SMEs, international clients and blue-chip corporations.

We cover a lot of areas but our main focus is to design and build excellent websites and applications. Our other services include digital strategy, branding, content, internet marketing and social media.

We’re always open to new ideas and have a history of helping our clients achieve success in the online world and beyond.


  • Flexible working hours
  • Partial remote working
  • High spec 27” iMac or MacBook Pro with external display(s)
  • Matched pension – you pay into it, we match your contribution on top of your normal salary
  • Opportunity to grow and time to develop new skills
  • Great working conditions with a relaxed and fun atmosphere
  • Forward thinking company with a positive attitude
  • The chance to have a tangible effect on how the company progresses and grows
  • Given the responsibility to work independently
  • City centre office with good transport links & great local amenities
  • Company meals & events
  • Free office bar
  • Xbox One, WiiU
Apply on company website

The Old Brewery

+44 (0) 113 322 6477

Job Vitals

Type: Full Time

Reference Number: 92861

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