HarperCollins Publishers

Senior Developer, Direct

Job Locations US-TN-Nashville | US-MI-Grand Rapids
Information Technology


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Preference is to fill this position in Grand Rapids, MI or Nashville, TN but we are also open to qualified candidates that are located outside of these areas.


HarperCollins Christian Publishing is committed to building a diverse and inclusive team and highly values diverse backgrounds and insights that fuel our innovation.


The Senior Developer helps manage public web properties, with an emphasis on regular site maintenance and security updates for existing properties, as well as new site development. The position includes both backend (PHP / MySQL) and frontend (HTML / CSS / Javascript) development. The Senior Developer will work on Bible Gateway, with over 150 million pageviews per month, as well as other custom properties and smaller PHP sites built in frameworks like WordPress and Laravel.


  • Troubleshoot, refactor, and perform routine maintenance on existing websites.
  • Follow secure development practices.
  • Work with inside and outside stakeholders to implement new websites.
  • Implement architecture and infrastructure that optimize for flexibility, re-use, scalability, performance, and availability.
  • Utilize design and UX best practices to optimize front-end usability.
  • Coordinate activities with systems staff to ensure capacity, package support, and other requirements are met.
  • Document changes, stage and release code for review and production.
  • Write and perform unit and other tests to insure quality of code.
  • Create innovative and creative solutions to complex challenges.
  • Maintain clean code repository.



  • Good knowledge of software engineering life cycle process, including design, development, build/release, testing, Git source control, ticketing (Jira), and QA.
  • Good knowledge of Internet Application architectures and protocols (TCP/IP, HTTP, etc.).
  • Good knowledge of WordPress.
  • Knowledge of Laravel, WordPress, and Drupal a plus.
  • Knowledge of AWS (EC2, S3, DynamoDB, Lambda) a plus.


Work Experience:

  • 5+ years’ experience in related field.
  • Experience with PHP 7 and especially WordPress.
  • Experience developing in LAMP environment (especially Red Hat and derivatives).



  • Degree in Computer Science or equivalent work experience.


Industry Knowledge:

  • Familiarity with current technologies, especially responsive design and progressive enhancement (HTML5, CSS, and Javascript).
  • Familiarity with high-performance and scalability best practices.
  • Knowledge of current and legacy desktop and mobile browsers and how to develop cross-platform solutions



  • Excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills including the ability to communicate complex, interactive design concepts clearly and persuasively to diverse audiences.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.


HarperCollins Christian Publishing is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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