Hiring: Senior 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.


  • Senior back end developer with a sprinkling of full-stack experience, to be based on-site in our London office (EC1)
  • 5+ years professional brand or agency-side experience
  • You’ll be the lead on our core platform that powers 10+ sites, and ~1M users per month, and looking to scale up over the year
  • The apps and services in development at the moment are at the cutting edge of technology. What you’ll be joining in on will be a great career move. 🔭

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 2/3 or similar
  • NodeJS and WordPress make up part of our tech stack, so experience here is ideal. 
  • You take web performance very seriously and know how to tune the application until its buttery while managing code complexity.
  • Experience of working on large-ish codebases, not just short-term microsite/campaigns
  • Ideally have mentored juniors and managed contractors
  • DevOps: AWS, Linux, caching strategies, networking knowledge is a bonus
  • 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
  • You have your finger on the pulse within the tech industry, are excited about shiny new things, but are prudent to not necessarily recode all the things.
  • 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 coming up that we’ll want to put our name to.


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: