Backend Developer

Close of applications: 09:00 29th June 2021

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Salary based on SUSU's Pay Band E with a full-time equivalent salary of £27,511 to £35,845 subject to experience.

35 hours per week.

The Role

As part of our commitment to investing in digital we have created the new role of Backend Developer. We have a range of in-house systems running our website, clubs & societies management system, elections & democracy features and more. We have ambitions to continually develop our digital environment to complement our physical environment, improving the experience for our students, and enhancing systems and processes for our staff.

This role will lead on developing our current digital systems, creating new ones, and supporting our staff & students with understanding how technology can deliver their aims.

About You

You should be skilled in backend web development, specifically working with PHP, MySQL, and JavaScript/AJAX. Experience of frontend frameworks would be an advantage, as well as integrating with APIs. You will be confident of communicating technical terms to a non-technical audience, translating end user needs into project specifications, and programming the new systems needed to achieve these.

The Company

The University of Southampton Students’ Union (SUSU) exists to unlock the potential and enrich the life of every one of our 23,000 student members. We are a registered charity with a £7M turnover and provide a comprehensive platform of offers, support, representation, services and spaces for our members to enhance the overall University experience across a number of campuses. We are an Investors in People Silver accredited organisation who have approximately 85 core staff, and around 300 casual staff employed throughout the year.

What we will offer

The University of Southampton Students’ Union has a vision of creating a positive impact with every student during their time at the University. As a not for profit organisation the Students’ Union provides a comprehensive platform of opportunities, support, representation and places for our members to enhance their overall University experience.

Benefits of Working at SUSU

On top of developing you within your role, we recognise our people are our greatest assets and offer a number of benefits over and above your monthly pay.

  • Annual leave of 34 days, rising to 38 days’ per year, including a week at Christmas and Easter (including public holidays)
  • Generous contributory pension scheme (10% employer contribution and 6% employee)
  • Attractive contractual family leave options after 6-months service for new parents
  • Staff social activities
  • Staff discounts on entertainment (including 40% off cinema), eating out, retail and travel
  • Free access to LinkedIn Learning and Microsoft Office 365 applications on your device
  • Comprehensive induction and strong learning and development offer
  • An Employee Assistance Programme
  • A beautiful campus, with on-site commercial outlets

APPLY NOW. To apply, please visit and send us your CV and cover letter through the relevant role advert.

Closing Date and Time: 29th June 2021 at 9am

Interviews week commencing 15th July 2021. Please note feedback will not be provided if you are not shortlisted for interview.

SUSU is an equal opportunities employer which values a diverse workforce and we want to reflect the student body that we represent. We value diversity, promote equality and challenge discrimination and will ensure that our recruitment activities are mindful of equality and diversity matters.