Onsite in Reston, VA or Remote from within the Mid-Atlantic Region

Guidance Residential, located in Reston, VA, is seeking a Full Time Senior PHP Developer to lead our cutting edge development projects in the mortgage financing and real estate industries. You will work with our Applications Architect, other developers, and our team of UI designers to build applications that support our move towards new digital solutions and services for our customers.

Our ideal candidate is self-motived. We are looking for strong problem-solvers who can apply their engineering skills to a wide range of the platforms and environments we support. Communication is very important as you will be working with other developers and designers to complete projects on time. Involvement in the open-source community is important as well.

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Minimum 3 years of solid back-end experience building web applications with PHP and Laravel (or some other MVC framework)
  • Minimum 1 year of experience as a lead development (i.e. architect, design, develop, deploy and operate applications)
  • Extensive knowledge of OOP, Design Patterns and SOLID Principles (and practical knowledge of when to ignore them)
  • Understanding of RESTful API design and best practices
  • Strong understanding of managing source code using GIT
  • Experience with automated testing (TDD, integration testing, etc.)
  • Comfortable working with relational and non-relational databases
  • Understanding of dependency management tools (composer, npm, etc.)

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Experience with distributed architectures, applications tuning/profiling, and continuous integration
  • Contribution to open source projects
  • Experience working with micro services
  • Vagrant/Docker experience
  • PHP 7 experience

Bonus Skills and Experience:

  • Understanding and administration of AWS architecture
  • Mortgage/Banking experience
  • Experience working in a high paced startup
  • Ability to write and understand complex SQL queries

Job Benefits:

  • As part of our relatively small team, you'll have a lot of freedom to directly improve our products while experimenting with and learning new technologies
  • Access to Laracasts, Laracon Online, streaming access to the annual Laracon US, and access to other self-learning resources
  • Work with new and exciting platforms and tools, including: Laravel 5.5, Lumen, Vue.js, Composer, ElasticSearch, Redis, OAuth 2, AWS Cloud Services, GIT, Queues, Continuous Integration Tools, etc.
  • Work for an experienced and proven leader in digital mortgage solutions
  • 12 Paid Holidays per year
  • Medical/Health Benefits and Student Loan Paydown
  • Paid Vacations and Sick Leave
  • Bonuses and Profit Sharing
  • Fun, exciting, and comfortable working environment

Contact Us:

We are looking for someone in the northern Virginia area, but are open to remote development if you are located in the Mid-Atlantic region and able to come in occasionally.

To apply for this position, please send the following items to


  • Resume
  • Cover Letter (please briefly describe some of the projects you've directly worked on)
  • GitHub link or portfolio
  • Availability
  • Expected salary