Hiring: Backend Developer / Platform Engineer

Elliot Coad Head of Development at Shortlist Media.

We’re working on brilliant things. Friendly, passionate, and inquisitive minds required.

Shortlist Media (Holborn, London) is a market leading independent publisher who initially made their name with ShortList and Stylist magazines. We are now entering an exciting phase of new digital only launches. This is a fantastic career opportunity to join us as at this stage, as we’ll be drawing on our newly formed inhouse creative development team to marry up industry-leading editorial, design and technology. We are firmly setting our sights on delivering truly original, creative and fun products.


  • Strong midweight back end developer with solid PHP experience, to be based on-site in our London office (EC1)
  • 3+ years professional agency or brand-side experience
  • You will be integral to the upcoming products that we are kicking off in the next few months. Lots of exciting tech ahead! 🔭
  • We are part of a team of 6 creative technologists. See our team’s work here where we’re starting to catalogue the latest generation of our launches:

About you

  • You’re a passionate web developer with the majority of your experience with server-side programming skills
  • PHP: Having worked with a range of modern frameworks such as Laravel 5 (preferable), Symfony 2 or similar
  • WordPress makes up part of our tech stack, so experience here is ideal. 
  • Ideally have some knowledge of NodeJS and JavaScript scripting. If not, you’ve been keen to learn! As this will make up more of our products over the next few months.
  • You take web performance very seriously and know how to tune your code until its buttery!
  • Experience of working on large-ish codebases, not just short-term microsite/campaigns
  • Linux server knowledge is bonus
  • Good knowledge of the front end, although you’ll probably not need to touch CSS much
  • Great Git workflow with branching, pull-requesting etc. 
  • You will love to collaborate and talk to through solutions
  • You will have great written and verbal communication skills
  • A solid, confident ability to make a splendid cup of tea if it’s your round
  • Lastly, we want you to be very passionate about what you do, and produce the best in class products. We’ve got some exciting products that we’ll want to put our name to.


Working in EC1 with great people you’ll play a key role in relaunching award winning media brands:

You’ll be eligible for;

  • Flexible working hours and occasional remote working
  • Budget to purchase your own hardware
  • Personal training budget to go on conferences all over the world. We went to Chicago (An Event Apart) last year!
  • Child-care vouchers
  • Cycle-to-work scheme.
  • Company pension scheme
  • Some beverages in the pub on a Friday on the company’s card

Our brands

You can read all about award winning magazines, websites, events, and email brands we run here but the part of the business you’d be joining works like this:

  • Like a Start Up with already successful brands we have a Digital Office just off foodie heaven of Leather Lane with a 50 strong team of full time developers, social media experts, video producers (with studio) plus marketing and promotions people.
  • Be it our own live events like Stylist Live for Fashion fans or this one for Burger fans or going to film premiers and bar openings there is never a dull moment here.
  • We do work hard though, launching 19 projects off our own publishing platform in the 2016 so far and plan to relaunch our main titles in 2017… so make a name for yourself by joining the team!

Contact us

Let us know who you are, what you’re looking for, and we’ll see what can be done: