Technical lead – Drupal development

Job posted:
7 March 2022
Start date:
£50 - £62k

Nice to meet you. We’re Soapbox. We’re a creative studio for ideas that matter. We work with forward-thinking organisations to turn knowledge and evidence into social progress. From artificial intelligence to international development; early childhood to climate change, our clients’ work focuses on some of the most important issues of our time.

We’re looking for a highly accomplished back end web developer who wants to work on innovative projects that make a real difference. In this role, you’ll be responsible for part of our growing development team, implementing solutions to complex technical problems and ensuring our work always meets Drupal standards.

About you:

You have extensive knowledge and experience of Drupal, advanced PHP and MySQL.

Experience of the other tools we use is a bonus:
WordPress, Bolt CMS, CakePHP and microframeworks.
Git, Bash, GNU Make, various command line tools, and Apache/nginx servers, DDEV

You are happy reviewing others’ code as well as producing your own, but you’re not afraid to share thorny issues with colleagues in order to work out an optimal solution together.

You stay on top of new trends and innovations in web development and find ways to apply them to your own work.

You have the confidence and communication skills to engage directly with clients and to explain your proposed solutions to them.

You must have fluent written and spoken English.

It would also be nice if

You want to put your skills to work for good – helping socially progressive organisations to communicate online.

You have some experience leading a small team, and should be comfortable mentoring and providing training to less experienced colleagues.

You have some experience working for non-profit clients.

What you’ll be doing

Leading a team of two or three other in-house Drupal developers, developing new websites and other digital products.

Ensuring the work we do meets up-to-date best practices and our own high standards and that all relevant documentation is maintained.

Completing your own development work on major projects from inception to completion.

Keeping up to date with developments in the Drupal community and working out how to implement these

Working with colleagues to plan projects, balance workloads, and complete our projects on time.

About us:

We are a flexible and fair employer and our values run through everything we do, from the clients we work with to the way we treat our staff. This has helped us to build a close-knit, hard-working and ambitious team. Many of our colleagues have worked with us for a large part of their career, advancing professionally over their years with us. And our growing roster of clients include many of the world’s leading charities, NGOs and research organisations.
We are committed to equality of opportunity and know that including employees with a diverse range of perspectives and experiences will improve the quality and creativity of the services we provide. We particularly welcome applications from candidates who are members of groups that are currently under-represented at Soapbox, including LGBTQ+ people, people with disabilities, and people from minority ethnic and religious communities.

Our studios:
This role will be based in our Whitechapel studio. When we’re not working from home, that’s where you’ll find most of us. Here we have good views, snacks, barista-quality coffee and space to work, think and collaborate. We’re also happy to consider applicants who want to work from home on an ongoing basis.

As well as London, we have a studio in Bath and one across the pond in Washington DC. We’re planning to set-up in Berlin soon too. Although we sit in lots of different places, we work as one global team, collaborating across borders and time zones.

What we offer:

  • 25 days paid annual holiday, plus a three-day Christmas closure and public holidays. You’ll get your birthday off, too. 
  • Cycle-to-work scheme, tech loans and season ticket loans. 
  • Flexible working options – dependent on the role and the arrangements already in place for other team members.  
  • Generous parental leave and other family-friendly policies.
  • A calendar of regular social events.
  • Matched pension contributions.
  • Barista-quality coffee, snacks and fresh fruit.

How to apply:

Email your CV and a covering letter to


Successful candidates will be contacted for a screener phone interview before being invited to complete a simple development task and a second/final interview.



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