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Graduate Job Graduate Lead Developer

Vacancy Type: Graduate Job
Employer: ScotGrad – Graduate Placements for Growing Businesses
Reference: TALS01
Salary: £18,000- 24,000 p.a  

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Lead developer/DevOps Engineer wanted as first technical hire at Appointedd, an award winning early stage startup. A complete business management system for salons and spas, this SaaS product is set to disrupt an industry. This placement is initially 12 months but should convert to a full-time position.

Want to be the lead tech in an exciting new startup?

Appointedd is a cutting edge online business management tool for salons and spas and we are looking for our first technical hire!

Don’t let the ’pink’ nature of this market sway you, our software is at the forefront of its game and requires talented engineers to drive us forward in our goal to disrupt and enhance the salon and spa industry nationally then globally!

With business management software and an online portal for consumers to browse and book the salons who use our system, we’ve been described as JustEat meets Smarta.

Appointedd’s technology stack is a typical web app setup. The server code is built in PHP, using the Kohana 3 framework. We like MVC and it’d be great if you did too. HTML5 and jQuery on the client side, which is all powered by a MongoDb.

Everything is currently cloud hosted – you’ll be working with us to make sure the product is stable, but server maintenance is kept to a minimum, allowing you to get on creating a great product to delight our customers.

Our ideal candidate will have experience in these technologies, but not all of them are a necessity. Understanding automated testing and deployment methods will give you a big advantage. Ultimately, we are looking for someone who is dedicated to honing a great product, is quick to pick up new technologies, and can actually ship their work!

The position is based in Scotland’s startup incubator Entrepreneurial Spark, meaning you’ll be in a creative office full of passionate startups. You may be the sole in-house techie at Appointedd, but you’ll be in a collaborative environment with lots of likeminded people (don’t worry, if your headphones are in we won’t interrupt unless it’s an emergency!).

Your day will be a mix of development and ops time, prioritising change requests as they come in, working on the next feature, and making sure the service is running smoothly. At times the role will be customer facing as you help them through an issue that can’t be replicated back in the office. Or perhaps you’ll write a tech blog for us. You might work with external experts such as a UI designer or SEO specialist. We are happy for you to get involved with any aspects of company life you are interested in and, being our first technical hire, there’s unlimited scope for career development.

The placement will last for 12 months and we would envisage this turning into a full time position. We are currently based in Entrepreneurial Spark, Scotland's business accelerator, and will be moving to a city centre office in June (Greenside Place, EH1).



  • Some knowledge and/or experience of PHP and HTML5
  • Good knowledge of data structures
  • Experience of algorithms
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to lead the design of new features
  • Knowledge of transaction processing and relational database design
  • Experience delivering solid web-related products
  • The ability to learn quickly with enthusiasm.


  • Some knowledge and/or experience using the Kohana 3 framework
  • Some knowledge and/or experience with MongoDb.



Relevant undergraduate degree or above.


Company Benefits:

Competitive Salary of between £18k - £24k.

Inhouse training will also be given on project management and SEO.

Placement Benefits:

As part of the TalentScotland Graduate Placement Programme, the candidate will benefit from support from the TSGPP team and may have access to a residential Leadership and Business skills training course. You can find more information on our placement training pages.

Additional Info

Location: Edinburgh

Start date: May 2013

Duration: 12 months with a view to permanent hire

Location: Scotland

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