CakePHP Developer Job Description Template

A CakePHP developer is responsible for writing server-side web application logic using the CakePHP framework. They usually develop back-end components, connect the application with the other (often third-party) web services, and support the front-end developers by integrating their work with the application. CakePHP’s feature set has been growing since its creation in 2005, which requires a developer to have spent considerable time with the framework to know it thoroughly.


A CakePHP developer is responsible for writing server-side web application logic using the CakePHP framework. They usually develop back-end components, connect the application with the other (often third-party) web services, and support the front-end developers by integrating their work with the application. CakePHP’s feature set has been growing since its creation in 2005, which requires a developer to have spent considerable time with the framework to know it thoroughly.

Finding a good CakePHP developer often involves finding a good PHP developer who has a keen and natural interest in using CakePHP when asked to develop a PHP-based project. When you are looking for an advanced CakePHP developer, posting a plain PHP developer job advertisement, can often lead to situations where applicants have little to no experience with the framework itself - resulting in a penalty of time before the developer can actually start working on your project.

This article will provide you with a sample CakePHP developer job description that will help you write a perfect job advertisement, and assure that you easily find and hire the person that matches your specific criteria.

CakePHP Developer - Job Description and Ad Template

Copy this template, and modify it as your own:

Company Introduction

{{Write a short and catchy paragraph about your company. Make sure to provide information about the company’s culture, perks, and benefits. Mention office hours, remote working possibilities, and everything else you think of that makes your company interesting.}}

Job Description

We are looking for a CakePHP Developer responsible for managing back-end services and the interchange of data between the server and the user. Your primary focus will be the development of all server-side logic, definition and maintenance of the central database, and ensuring high performance and responsiveness to requests from the front-end. You will also be responsible for integrating the front-end elements built by your co-workers into the application; therefore, a basic understanding of front-end technologies is necessary as well.


  • Integration of user-facing elements developed by front-end developers
  • Building efficient, testable, and reusable CakePHP components
  • Solving complex performance problems and architectural challenges
  • Integration of data storage solutions {{may include databases, key-value stores, blob stores, etc.}}
  • {{Add other responsibilities here that are relevant}}

Skills and Qualifications

  • Strong grasp on PHP as a language and knowledge of its quirks
  • Knowledge of object oriented PHP programming
  • Strong knowledge of CakePHP and its extensive feature set
  • Understanding of basic CakePHP conventions and patterns
  • Knowledge of CakePHP’s object-relational mapping (ORM)
  • Familiarity with the “Fat Model, Skinny Controller” approach
  • Knowledge of CakePHP’s suite of helpers and their use in the presentation layer
  • Basic understanding of front-end technologies, such as JavaScript, HTML5, and CSS3
  • Understanding fundamental design principles behind a scalable application
  • Integration of multiple data sources and databases into one system
  • User authentication and authorization between multiple systems, servers, and environments
  • Creating database schemas that represent and support business processes
  • Familiarity with SQL/NoSQL databases and their declarative query languages
  • Understanding accessibility and security compliance {{depending on the specific project}}
  • Proficient understanding of code versioning tools, such as Git {{or other tools, depending on requirements}}
  • {{Make sure to mention frameworks, libraries, or any other technology related to your development stack}}
  • {{List education level or certification you require}}
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