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Senior Django Developer job in Oxfordshire (512)

at Photocrowd (view profile)
Location Oxford
Date Posted 9th October 2017
Category Technical
Job Type Full-time



About the job

Django developers are primarily responsible for all the server side code, database management and operations.

  • Building complex features - Working with both new and existing features to add new functionality our users will love.
  • Performance optimisation - With over 1000 requests every minute, it is important to ensure that our website is as efficient as possible. We aim for a response time around 750ms for most requests, but we are always looking to improve.
  • Writing algorithms - Analysing the behaviour and success of our users to continue to highlight quailty work on the site, and identify content they might be interested in.
  • Fixing bugs - Sadly, code is not perfect. Track down and squash bugs to make sure the site keeps ticking, and write regression tests to ensure the issues cannot return.
  • Reviewing work - Every piece of code, whoever it is written by, gets reviewed by someone before it goes live. This improves the quality and can also be a great learning experience.
  • Discussing features - All members of the team are involved with discussions about the problems we are trying to solve, and how we are going to solve them.
  • Mentoring - Help other members of the team to learn and be productive.

About you

We are looking for individuals with experience working on data driven websites. You should always be thinking about edge cases and performance. You should enjoy working with open source code, but know when we need to roll our own.

The main responsibility of the role will be writing code for the backend of our website. We are a small team so are interested in candidates with a range of additional skills, such as front end engineering, ops, native app development, project management, data analysis, product strategy and documentation. We are excited to see what you can bring to the team.

Photocrowd values diversity in the team and is open to people from all backgrounds.

An interest in photography would be a bonus!

About Photocrowd

Photocrowd is a global community of over 90,000 talented photographers with members in over 100 countries. The site is a place to take part in photo challenges and major awards, as well as connecting with likeminded photographers and getting inspiration from the work of others. Our business model is based on user subscriptions and paid entry to contests and awards. We have 5 full-time staff in a Central Oxford office. We have a rapidly growing site and exciting ideas for the future.

Our stack

Here are some of the tools and frameworks we are using in production. We aren’t wedded to any particular technology and are always looking to use the best the community can offer. However, experience with these tools is valuable, but we are interested in what you like to use and why.

  • Python
  • Django
  • PostgreSQL
  • Heroku
  • Memcached
  • Redis
  • Celery
  • RabbitMQ

We have a lot of other tools in our stack. Experience with any of these is a bonus.

  • ReactJS
  • Relay
  • jQuery
  • Less
  • Flexbox
  • Git
  • Github
  • CircleCI
  • Sentry


  • Salary of £35-45k depending on experience
  • Computer provided if needed
  • Be part of a friendly and driven team that are creating a beautiful, useful product that’s aiming to make life better for photographers around the world
  • Learn by doing stuff you’ve never done, in collaboration with the rest of the team
  • Startup attitude: everyone helps shape what we work on, and the pace of development means you will get to see your ideas live quickly


If you’re excited by the prospect of joining the team, we’d love to hear from you. Drop us an email with some details about you and why you are interested in working with us. If you want to find out more about the role or the company first, email the Lead Developer Marc Tamlyn, who’ll be happy to answer your questions.

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