Backend / Laravel Developer

Manchester, UK,Full Time. £35k-£45k DOE

You’ll be working alongside our rapidly expanding team of seasoned developers with varying skill sets. You’ll have the opportunity to showcase your own skill set and work side by side with our experienced dev leads on the new CGHero platform.

You’ll be responsible for the inception and integration of some core platform features as well as the maintenance of the existing, clean codebase. Ensuring the team's logic is concise, functional and scalable is also an important aspect of the role, so you shouldn’t be afraid to give and receive constructive criticism.

A lot of your time may be spent debugging your local development environment so you’ll be interacting with a local Linux VM daily. You’ll also be managing your own workload and delivery so you should be aware of and create realistic project timescales.

You should be passionate about development, IT and computers in general. You should also be knowledgeable of recent trends and emerging technologies that you think are applicable to CGHero. We’re always open to new ideas, so there will always be opportunities to pitch and integrate any ideas you might have.


  • Build complex tools and features for a rapidly expanding business.
  • Maintain the application codebase, keeping it clean and scalable.
  • Work closely with the frontend and design teams to ensure you create functional tools and features.
  • Research and develop new technologies and create exciting new tools.
  • Integrate existing packages with the codebase; create your own packages and build new tools.
  • Ensure the codebase remains clean, stable and optimized.
  • Manage your own workload.


  • At least 2 years industry experience in a development role, with either a related degree or a great portfolio of work.
  • Familiar with a wide variety of technologies, including - PHP, MySQL, Laravel, AWS, Symfony, Vue.js
  • Familiar with a form of version control system, such as Git or Mercurial(hg).
  • Familiar with package managers (Composer and NPM), and CI/CD processes.
  • Ability to work autonomously and manage your own workload.
  • Clear communication both to internal and external stakeholders.

Bonus points:

  • Have had experience using Vue.js or similar frontend tools, alongside the usual HTML and CSS.
  • Previous experience using local development environments, such as Vagrant or Docker.
  • Knowledge of the variety of AWS tools and packages.
  • A passion for 3D production, animation and computer graphics.

CGHero was founded in July, 2016 by lifelong friends and 3D industry professionals, Chris Lawrence and Jonathan Lloyd. Frustrated with existing freelance platforms, they set about creating a better alternative, one with a strong sense of community at it's core and a unique focus on the production of CGI.

Since our launch in July 2016, CGHero has received an amazing reception from artists and customers around the world. The CGHero community now includes hundreds of talented and passionate freelance CG artists. Together, we have helped companies of all sizes to source awe-inspiring CGI for everything from marketing and advertising products and services to assets used in the production of films and games.

Ensuring a diverse and inclusive workplace where we learn from each other is core to our values. We welcome people of different backgrounds, experiences, abilities and perspectives. We are an equal opportunity employer and a fun place to work. Come do the best work of your life here at CGHero.