Junior Software Engineer

Location arrow Colchester UK · Software Engineering

Pound sign £25,000 - £35,000 per annum

An opportunity for a Junior Software Engineer to join an exciting industry-leading business. Working on new industry-disruptive projects with technologies such as PHP, React, and AWS.

Total Merchandise is one of the UK’s leading distributors of branded promotional merchandise. Total Merchandise operates in a highly competitive and fast-moving market. A trend setter, Total Merchandise has a track record of developing disruptive industry leading technologies to compete as a market leader.

Due to continued success and expansion, we are looking to recruit a Junior Software Engineer to join our existing software engineering team.

The Role

The successful candidate will be working closely with the existing software engineering team to develop new systems that are set to disrupt and revolutionise the industry. These systems include both internal and public facing web applications. This role is suited to a candidate that would enjoy working with an exciting variety of technologies and is open to new challenges.

Playing to the strengths of the candidate, the role would involve a mixture of software development in JavaScript (React) and PHP (Symfony). Key tasks include:

  • Working closely with the software development team to manage and plan projects
  • Working with UI/UX designers to plan and develop user journeys
  • Software development using React to build user-centric front-ends
  • Designing and building API endpoints and back-end controllers in Symfony
  • Constructing database schemas and writing database queries
  • Releasing units of work to production and monitoring releases

Key technologies/tech stack used:

  • PHP (Symfony)
  • JavaScript (React)
  • MySQL
  • Docker
  • AWS


The successful candidate should be familiar with both front and back-end website fundamentals, modern technologies, and tooling.

As a requirement, applicants require some experience in at least 1 front-end and 1 back-end ecosystem. This would be ideally React + PHP, however, candidates with knowledge of other languages or frameworks are also suitable for this role.

Person specification

The ideal candidate will be passionate about designing and building high quality web user experiences and applications. Joining a fast-moving team, we are looking for someone who is excited about the current web and software development ecosystem and who will be prepared to hit the ground running.

Joining a fast-moving team, you will need to be a team player that can also work well independently. Having pride in your work, strong communication skills, and having an analytical mindset are all vital for this role.

With a variety of exciting projects on the go at any given time, the ideal candidate will be able to prioritise effectively and, at times, work well under pressure.

What we can offer you

Dependent on experience and range of skills £25,000 - £35,000 per annum.

Total Merchandise is based in spacious offices on the Colchester Business Park. Easily accessible from the A12, the business park boasts a newsagents, coffee shop, restaurant, and free parking outside the office.

All candidates will be provided with a MacBook Pro, given thorough training on internal business processes, and welcomed strongly into the software development team.

A personal budget is available for online courses, training, and other resources for your learning and personal development.

Annual leave entitlement is 25 days per annum and working hours are from 8:00 to 16:30 Monday to Friday. This position does not include working from home entitlement.


To apply for this role please email your CV and a cover letter to opportunities@totalmerchandise.co.uk.

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