Are you a Full Stack WordPress Developer or Digital Designer looking for a better job?

Find out why working at Mantis Digital is abnormally good.

We have two core driving ambitions at Mantis Digital.

One is to be the best digital agency in New Zealand.

The other is to make it an abnormally good digital agency to work in.

We figure if you’re going to spend the lion’s share of your waking life at work we owe it to you to make it time well spent! We think and work really hard on how to make spending your time at Mantis Digital a truly enriching and fulfilling experience and you can read about how we realise that ambition below.

Thanks for your interest and we look forward to hearing from you!

Garth and Justin, co-founders

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We offer genuine work/life balance.

Lots of people talk about work/life balance but we put our money where our mouths are.

Flexible hours and remote working

We’re flexible about where and when you work and our philosophy is based on mutual respect – we respect you to get your work done and you do so in return – no micro management, no baby-sitting, just respect.

No craziness

We started our careers in crazy agencies that ran on stress and pressure and vowed to not repeat that cycle when we started our own. We put systems and proper planning in place to ensure that our work is well scheduled and everything is under control. This is an all-nighter free zone!

Interesting and varied work for great clients

We love our clients and they love us! We do really interesting and challenging work for a great range of clients from FMCG’s businesses to NGO’s and other such acronyms.

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The jobs are perky.

Industry beating pay

We only hire the very best talent and we’re proud to pay above industry rates accordingly.

Free coffee

The usual caffeine and coding clichés apply. We have an account with our favourite local cafe Red Rabbit so that you can get fired up as required.

Staff lunches

We have regular staff lunches where we go out and eat all the tasty things.

Knowledge is power

We have a well stocked library that employees are free to borrow from with books ranging from the latest in web design standards to marketing, psychology, the odd graphic novel and of course obligatory complete Calvin and Hobbes compendium.

Generous referral programme

No matter what your role is, if you bring a client into the business you will be rewarded generously.

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You'll be in (a) great company.

Great people

We think long and hard before bringing someone into the company as we prioritise building a team that not only works well together but also enjoy each other’s company. We’re proud to have brought an eclectic bunch of people together who get on really well, complement each other and build off each other’s strengths.

Inspiring workplace

The spaces you inhabit make a big difference to your enjoyment of life and your workspace is no exception. We enjoy working in the beautiful heritage Textile Centre building in Parnell – high ceilings, exposed brickwork, high quality finishings.

The best equipment

We spare no expense when it comes to the tools you use – we all work on top of the line Macs and we buy any software needed, no questions asked.

Coming up together

We’re happy to nurture our employees to follow the career path and work they’re interested in and support their professional development accordingly.

Focus and process

We ensure that everyone has a very clear job description with clear responsibilities and accountabilities. Everyone knows what they’re meant to do and we defend their ability to do it by being focussed and process driven as a company.

Check one-two

We’re very much a checklist oriented company as they reduce slip ups and the stress that follows them!

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Some of the brands you’ll work with.

Open positions.

Digital / web designer

The job

We’re looking for a talented and enthusiastic web designer to join our growing digital agency. This role is primarily focussed on web design and UI/UX but also has a minor front end development component – it’s important that you understand the implications of your designs and can even help build them as needed.

We are looking for someone who is:

  • An outgoing, positive, can-do person
  • Process driven
  • Able to perform under pressure
  • Keen to take the initiative
  • A confident communicator
  • Able to demonstrate compelling work

Daily activities:

  • Designing websites for our developers to build
  • Wireframing, UX and information architecture
  • Client meetings (for briefing, workshops and feedback)
  • Using WordPress for occasional design-in-browser work using page builders and light front end development
  • Assisting our design and development team with website creation and editing
  • Image editing
  • Scoping and quoting

Skills and experience required:

  • Solid digital design skills
  • Strong typographic ability
  • Design tools – Adobe Creative Suite, Sketch, Figma etc
  • UI and wireframing 
  • Front end development (minor component)
  • Solid understanding of responsive design and dev principles
  • Minimum of 3 years experience working in a digital agency
  • Fluent English – the ability to communicate well is crucial
  • Pedantic attention to detail and personal standards
  • Diligent time tracking and management

Application notes

  • Please apply with the following:
    • Cover letter
      • Less is more; let us know why you’re right for this role in less than 300 words please
    • CV
      • Max 3 pages
      • Contact details
      • Work history
      • Education
      • Examples – show us the 3 projects you’re most proud to have worked on
  • NB your application will not be considered if you do not have the right to work in New Zealand and your written and spoken English is not impeccable.

Full stack WordPress Developer

We are looking for a highly motivated front and backend WordPress developer to build and maintain our websites. Your role in our business will be to collaboratively realise our designers’ visions in code as well as generally assisting the team with the upkeep of our existing websites.

To be considered for this role, you need to have an excellent understanding of WordPress and a strong command of the core web programming languages, demonstrated over at least three years’ work experience.

Role requirements:

  • Proven competency with:
    • HTML
    • (S)CSS
    • JavaScript/jQuery
    • PHP
    • MySQL
    • WordPress
    • WooCommerce
    • cPanel/WHM
    • Git
    • Adobe Creative Suite (working with design files rather than designing them)
  • Solid understanding of responsive design and dev principles, including frameworks like Bootstrap etc
  • Understanding the technical implications of SEO and Accessibility
  • Experience with cross browser compatibility
  • Performance optimisation experience
  • Pedantic pixel perfect attention to detail
  • Interest in UI/UX
  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • Superb problem-solving skills and adaptability
  • Bonus skills:
    • Email deliverability and diagnosis
    • DNS
    • Analytics
    • Server management/administration

Our ideal candidate is:

  • able to think on their feet
  • able to communicate development challenges in a straightforward manner
  • able to rapidly offer solutions to issues encountered
  • able to perform under pressure

Your day-to-day activities will include:

  • Building site structure – generally via page builder but also via template or markup files
  • Front end development (visual styling) – must be able to deliver pixel perfect sites and deal with unpredictable content responsively
  • Conceiving creative solutions to general web development issues – both in PHP and JS/JQ
  • Optimisation of site performance – ensuring Google PageSpeed scores are high and sites respond effectively
  • Maintenance and updates of WordPress and our favoured suite of plugins, and debugging/ensuring quality after performing these updates
  • Critical thinking around our development practices – we’re always looking to improve
  • Working with our favoured suite of plugins – installing, configuring and extending them
  • Advising on DNS and email deliverability issues – designating DNS records to clients or setting them yourself
  • Performing core backend development – templating and WordPress Hook-and-filter related work for certain tasks
  • Using cPanel to set up sites
  • Scoping and quoting of full builds as well as as smaller compartmentalised projects/tasks
  • Research into new technologies to add requested functionality to our clients’ sites

Application notes

  • Please apply with the following:
    • Cover letter
      • Less is more; let us know why you’re right for this role in less than 300 words please
    • CV
      • Max 3 pages
      • Contact details
      • Work history
      • Education
      • Examples – show us the 3 projects you’re most proud to have worked on
  • NB your application will not be considered if you do not have the right to work in New Zealand and your written and spoken English is not impeccable.