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Tester/Developer for 6 month contract

About Somar Design Studios

We’re a Wellington-based data experience agency, building trusted bridges between complex data and everyday life. Government agencies, NGOs, and businesses choose Somar to deliver real-time, high trust sites that link information to end users at scale.

We believe data and digital experiences should work for people, not the other way around. Hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders use Somar solutions daily to make their lives easier, and our clients include Greater Wellington Regional Council, Metlink, Wellington Regional Emergency Management Office (WREMO), Cancer Society of NZ, Mountain Safety Council, Ministry of Pacific Peoples, and the Department of Internal of Affairs.

Somar is the highest-ranked NZ digital agency in Deloitte’s 2017 Asia Pacific Tech 500, an approved vendor on the NZ Government Web Services Panel and the world’s first SilverStripe Professional Partner.

We are an equal opportunities employer.

About the new role

We’re seeking a well-rounded Tester/Developer to join our small (but growing!), hard-working and supportive team to deliver our award-winning web development service for an initial 6 month fixed term contract - offering 25-30 hours of work per week.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work with our existing clients via our support desk team as well as working on new bespoke projects, ensuring we are delivering the very best outcomes for them. It is the ultimate learning and development role that would see you gain excellent experience on high profile clients, working with our experienced development teams.

What's important to us?

You’ll have a great work ethic and a ‘can do-wanna do attitude', with the ability to roll your sleeves up and get things done. It goes without saying you're super smart but for us, your ability to confidently and comfortably communicate well with others is just as important.

You will likely have at least 2-5 years experience with PHP and MySQL based applications, PHP frameworks and Content Management Systems, (i.e. SilverStripe); great experience with HTML, CSS, Javascript - including frameworks like Vue.js and versioning software such as Git.

You’ll be accurate and driven but at the same time flexible and nimble. You show genuine care for the welfare of others, especially our clients and their customers whom we aim to wow and delight.

We’re looking for that special someone with a passion for new technology who would relish an opportunity to grow and develop in an engaging and challenging environment.

Key Areas of Expertise:

  • Experience with PHP and MySQL application development
  • Understanding of testing methodologies and practices
  • Ability to design and execute test scenarios based on Acceptance Criteria
  • Test automation experience
  • Ability to confidently liaise with developers to address/fix defects
  • Good critical thinking skills and analytical skills
  • Knowledge of versioning software (ie. Git)

We look after our people.

We support your career progression by having an individual development plan in place to help you be the best you can be.

We provide a relaxed environment and encourage healthy habits through communal food, shared activities and a range of benefits.

Join a team of like-minded individuals that love a laugh and take pride in their work.

Remuneration is commensurate with experience and expertise.

If this sounds like your next stepping stone, get in touch! Apply online or email jobs@somar.co.nz. Please note, applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa.

Whilst applications close Friday February 28, we won't wait until then to start the shortlisting and interview process.

If this sounds like you we look forward to hearing from you.