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Sr. PHP Developer

SAGE Publishing
Washington, District of Columbia 20037
  • Job Type
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    Full Time

Millions of people around the world turn to SAGE's journals, books and electronic products to inform their studies with the latest research findings. With offices spanning six continents, SAGE aims to be the world's leading independent academic and professional publisher by disseminating the finest scholarship on a global scale. Join the team of talented and motivated professionals who are champions of engaged scholarship and creators of innovative and award-winning products.

SAGE has a current opening for a Sr. PHP Developer in our Washington, DC or London, England office.

This position serves as the senior PHP Developer responsible for the overall architecture and long-term strategy of SAGE’s Drupal platform. Responsibilities include building strong relationships with stakeholders to create a long-term strategic roadmap for Drupal applications; overseeing and setting priorities for internal and external developers; supporting and documenting integrations with back-end systems, such as CRM and financial systems; analyzing and defining technical requirements; providing back-end/module development for complex enhancements; assisting with development priorities and sprints; maintaining Drupal software and source code repository; and creating robust back-up, escalation and disaster recovery plans.


The job functions include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Creating and maintaining strong partnerships with business stakeholders
  • Recommending a long-term strategic roadmap for all PHP & Drupal applications
  • Defining architectural direction and ensuring technical solutions are aligned
  • Managing tasks and priorities for external developers by assigning tickets, setting priorities, reviewing requirements, facilitating technical discussions, and leading code reviews
  • Working with team members and business stakeholders to analyze requirements and define technical requirements when needed
  • Creating work/time estimates based on technical requirements
  • Developing new features and functionality
  • Assisting with sprint definitions and releases
  • Collaborating with QA team to ensure robust quality assurance testing
  • Working with platform hosting vendor on issues and support
  • Supporting and documenting integrations with backend systems
  • Applying Drupal software updates as needed
  • Ensuring code is of a high standard and secured in a source code repository
  • Creating robust back-up, escalation and disaster recovery plans
  • Ensuring applications meet current security best practices
  • Manage, deploy and oversee regular releases in an agile environment


Any combination equivalent to, but not limited to, the following:

  • Five to ten years programming experience with strong knowledge of PHP
  • Three to five years’ experience developing responsive websites using Drupal 7 CMS, HTML/HTML5, CSS/CSS3, and JavaScript/jQuery
  • Very good knowledge of developing application using Object Oriented PHP programming.
  • Strong knowledge of Drupal, including custom module development, theme development, key contributed modules and core API
  • Strong knowledge of design principles for a scalable application.
  • Experience managing external vendors and developers
  • Experience working in Agile development
  • Experience guiding the website’s architecture, ensuring high-performance and availability, and managing all technical aspects of the CMS
  • Thorough understanding of the Software Development workflow (e.g. Requirements, Design, Development, Testing)
  • Solid understanding of AJAX, HTML, Javascript, and CSS and components
  • Proficient in the maintenance and administration of Drupal modules and sites
  • Knowledge of ticket/release tracking systems, such as Jira
  • Familiarity with source control systems such as Git, etc.
  • Knowledge of build systems such as Jenkins, desirable
  • Must have experience and be proficient with Solr
  • Experience in integrating with API’s

Language, Reasoning, Analytical & Mathematical Skills:

Any combination equivalent to, but not limited to, the following:

  • Effective communications skills, both oral and written, skills are required. Must be effective at understanding and communicating with an array of stakeholders: project management, programmers and tech staff, business stakeholders, end-users, upper management, other internal SAGE staff, and external contractors, vendors, clients, and customers.
  • Excellent Leadership and Teamwork. Needs to work effectively with internal and external team members at various levels to achieve results through cooperative, goal-oriented approach.
  • Excellent problem solving skills. Must be able to examine a problem in the context of the business requirements and provide guidance by suggesting possible solutions and their impacts on the business.
  • Results Focus and Accountability. Ability to achieve results within project schedules and deadlines, setting challenging goals, prioritizing tasks, overcoming obstacles, problem-solving, accepting accountability, and providing leadership.
  • Multitasking. Must be ability to work in a fast-paced environment and juggle multiple tasks.

SAGE offers one of the most competitive benefits packages in the industry with PPO medical/dental/vision insurance provided at an extremely low cost to the employee; a profit sharing 401(k) plan; healthy lifestyle reimbursement, company-paid 5-year anniversary trips to Washington, D.C., London, Singapore or Delhi; employee tuition reimbursement; textbook reimbursement for employee or family members; an on-site professional development learning forum; and much more.

Qualified applicants should present their resume, cover letter and salary history for consideration to our website at http://www.sagepublications.com/careers for more information.





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