We're Recruiting: Web Developer

Rare opportunity alert: we’re seeking a permanent, Full-Stack Web Developer, primarily working with WordPress and React.

As a growing business with a reputation for beautiful design and cutting-edge development, we’re looking to expand our awesome team by welcoming on board a new yet experienced web developer.

If you are just as passionate about crafting an efficient, high-performance back-end as you are with sculpting stand-out user interfaces – plus you get excited to push creative boundaries with every project, read on. 


About Studio Illicit

Studio Illicit broke the mould from the very start – beginning 15 years ago as a recording studio, formed by three members of a touring punk band. We’re now a small team of nine people working from our contemporary studio offices in the heart of Exeter’s indie quarter, McCoys Arcade. We’re far from the usual corporate web design agency though, and always remember our punk roots by bringing this energy and creativity to every project we take on.

We’re also a company that cares deeply about our social responsibilities, leading by example and setting new benchmarks in low-carbon web development.  We make sure to offset our carbon emissions to create an entirely green office while also supporting projects that improve lives and fight climate change. 

As an equal-opportunity employer, Studio Illicit is committed to growing an inclusive and diverse workplace where every individual is valued and respected. We believe that diversity in perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences enhances creativity, innovation, and ultimately, the success of our team.

We welcome applications from candidates of all races, ethnicities, genders, religions, and sexual orientations. Our goal is to create a work environment that promotes equal opportunities and ensures that everyone, regardless of their identity, feels supported and empowered to contribute their best work.

Check out our portfolio for some of the brilliant projects we’ve completed recently – from the award-winning Earth Agency to Exploding Bakery, World Extreme Medicine and Code Red.

We boast killer offices, a crew full of fun and energy, lots of great free coffee, regular beer and pizza socials on the company, as well as the chance to work on some awesome projects and grow with a business that is ever-evolving.


Position Details

This vacancy is suited to an experienced web developer with plenty of agile working experience and good knowledge of modern processes and tools. The candidate will be an all-rounder with strong initiative, a relaxed and positive attitude, and the ability to manage multiple projects effectively – but don’t worry, we have some brilliant designers and account managers to deal with the client liaison side.

Excellent working knowledge of PHP, HTML, JavaScript/TypeScript and CSS is essential, as is extensive experience with WordPress plugin and theme development. Familiarity with Shopify would be desirable.


Essential skills

-Fluency in PHP, HTML, JavaScript/TypeScript and CSS

-Excellent working knowledge of WordPress plugin and theme development

-Experience with React

-Experience with Git version control

-Understanding of the principles of responsive design

-Ability to manage projects independently and effectively prioritise tasks


Desirable skills

-Good working knowledge of Sass and TypeScript. 

Experience with Node and NPM

-Familiarity with web server administration, including DNS-

-Experience with MySQL/MariaDB

-Familiarity with Linux command line and server administration

-Familiarity with Shopify theme development


Soft skills

-Effective client management and liaison

-Ability to work quickly and accurately under pressure, with a calm approach to work

-Working well in teams, with a strong work ethic and excellent initiative

-Ability to solve problems creatively and research existing solutions

-Adaptability and willingness to learn new approaches, systems and tools


We’re able to be flexible with working hours and days but need a minimum of 4 days a week. Salary will be paid pro rata and is based on a 5-day or 40-hour week.  

Every member of our team works one day a week from home, and the rest in the office where you’ll find plenty of toys to provide a balance to your day.  Get stuck into a table tennis or Foosball match or kick back during your break with our Street Fighter arcade game.

We pay bonuses twice a year, once at Christmas and a performance-related bonus during yearly appraisals.  You’ll get an annual pay review as standard and 25 days holiday plus bank holidays.

Our employees will also receive a proactive health plan that provides financial contributions to a range of essential services, including dental, optical, GP appointments, mental and physical therapies and gym memberships.


If all this sounds good to you – and you think you’re a great candidate for us, get in touch.  We can’t wait to hear from you.