Highlight Technologies

Sr. Drupal/PHP Developer

Job Locations US-VA-Ft. Belvoir

About Highlight

Know Way. Know How.

For over ten years, Highlight has provided Development and Modernization, Secure IT and Mission Solutions for our federal government customers. We know the technology; we understand the way our customers and their stakeholders work; and we know how to implement industry best practices for development and services, delivering end-to-end solutions that minimize risk and maximize results.


We’re an EOE that empowers our people—no matter their race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, veteran status, or other protected characteristic—to fearlessly drive change.


This position is for a Senior Drupal/PHP Developer with basic system administration, network and cloud engineering skills needed to design, code, test, deploy, operate, and maintain the EMCA portal in a cloud environment.  Using best practices to support the CIO, Army users, and customers, to deliver containerized, modern applications and functionality.


  • Contribute to platform success by developing applications as well as providing production support to drive the success of Army internal/external applications.
  • Support data services before they go live through activities: system design consulting, developing microservices and frameworks, capacity planning and launch reviews.
  • Automate key deployment, monitoring, testing, and verification processes.
  • Maintain services once they are live by measuring and monitoring availability, latency, performance, and overall system health.
  • Scale systems through mechanisms, including automation, and evolve systems by innovating solutions to improve reliability and velocity.
  • Work collaboratively with all other developers in supporting new features, services, releases, and become an authority in our services.
  • Continuously monitor/improve the quality of our data and analytics platforms.
  • Document system design and procedures.
  • Drive efficiencies in systems and processes: capacity planning, configuration management, performance tuning, monitoring, and root cause analysis.
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt and innovate on product features based on evolving customer requirements, market needs and technology landscape.


  • Active Secret Clearance or ability to obtain.
  • Security+ or obtain within required timeframe.
  • BS or MS in STEM/Computer Science or equivalent.
  • 12+ years of experience in Software development and Agile methodologies.
  • Current Technology/Framework Capabilities:
    • Languages:  PHP, JavaScript, HTML5, CSS3, TWIG,
    • Frameworks: Symfony, ChartJS, ReactJS, NodeJS,
    • Platforms: Drupal8+, RHEL/CentOS, Apache Webserver, Docker
    • Databases: MariaDB, MySQL
    • CI/CD Pipeline: Jenkins, SonarQube, Docker, git, GitLabs
    • Cloud:  AWS (RDS,S3, EC2, AWS CLI)
    • IDE: VisualStudio Code, PHPStorm, EclipseIDE
  • Experience in building full stack software services and releasing production quality enterprise software.
  • Prior experience working on large scale distributed systems.
  • Experience developing RESTful APIs.
  • Experienced knowledge of web development technologies (e.g. HTML5, CSS, JavaScript) and with one or more current JavaScript UI frameworks (e.g. React, Angular, ExtJS, NodeJS, vue.js).
  • Experience with application frameworks like Spring boot, Hibernate, .NET, Entity Framework.
  • Proficiency using C#, Java and/or Python.
  • Integration and development experience with Open-Source ECMS/CMS platforms and frameworks (e.g. WordPress, Drupal).
  • Solid experience with one or more database/data warehouse platforms (e.g. MySQL, SQL Server, Oracle, MongoDB)
  • Experience and confidence using the command line in Unix.
  • Effective communication with the ability to execute on defined milestones.
  • Experience working with cloud technologies like Azure and/or AWS.
  • Knowledge of web/cloud application design and architectural principles, reference architectures, and deployment.
  • Fluency in systems programming and/or automation and deployment using CI/CD pipelines.
  • Demonstrated creative, critical, and independent thinking capabilities and troubleshooting skills.
  • Strong ability to solve complex problems associated with running production environments at massive scale Azure or AWS Cloud and within multi-tenant environments.
  • Leverage exceptional communication, documentation, and presentation skills along with the ability to stay current with the latest application design and programming practices.




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