Philip Bennett, Developer in Berlin, Germany
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Philip Bennett

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Leadership Developer

Berlin, Germany
Toptal Member Since
April 30, 2018

Phil is an experienced web developer with 17 years of experience in PHP and WordPress. Focusing on high-quality hyper-performance deliveries, Phil is a pragmatic technologist who chooses the right technology and applies it effectively to deliver projects on time and on budget. Phil has a balanced full-stack knowledge and is currently delivering WordPress based site for large multinational companies.


Bleech GmbH
CSS, Stylus, ECMAScript (ES6), JavaScript, PHP, WordPress
Carswell Gould
PyroCMS, Laravel, PHP, Drupal
PayPal API, Swipe, CSS, PHP, Magento




Preferred Environment

WebStorm, PhpStorm, IntelliJ IDEA, LAMP, Visual Studio Code (VS Code)

The most amazing...

...project turnaround I've ever managed was a full fashion event website from concept to launch in less than two weeks.

Work Experience

Technical Lead

2016 - PRESENT
Bleech GmbH
  • Led teams building WordPress sites for large enterprise companies, including Mercedes Benz, Zalando, and Smart.
  • Developed advanced web components using modern JavaScript methods.
  • Created WordPress APIs extending the core WordPress JSON-API.
  • Built a set of reusable website components in standardized styles to allow for reuse and hyper-performant delivery.
  • Managed DevOps on the project, deployment, server setup, and infrastructure planning.
Technologies: CSS, Stylus, ECMAScript (ES6), JavaScript, PHP, WordPress

Web Team Lead

2013 - 2016
Carswell Gould
  • Led a successful web team delivering medium to large Drupal projects for enterprise and government clients.
  • Developed bespoke Drupal integrations into legacy and bespoke APIs/systems.
  • Managed Agile delivery projects, setting up and planning sprints.
  • Managed the sales process for £100,000+ projects, pitching and winning the work.
  • Managed and maintained support contracts and SLAs with clients.
  • Built WordPress campaign sites.
Technologies: PyroCMS, Laravel, PHP, Drupal


2012 - 2015
  • Managed, built, and ran a successful eCommerce business selling photography equipment.
  • Managed performance of digital marketing campaigns.
  • Managed the server, system, operations, and infrastructure.
  • Sourced, purchased, and imported products for sale.
  • Set up advanced billing APIs.
Technologies: PayPal API, Swipe, CSS, PHP, Magento

Freelance PHP Web Developer

2008 - 2013
Bennett Enable
  • Worked with billing APIs setting up complex billing systems.
  • Built custom web applications using PHP MVC frameworks, focusing on building MVC for startup tech companies.
  • Supported numerous marketing agencies with client WordPress builds including full builds as well as maintenance and support for the current build.
  • Built and managed Magneto web stores.
  • Developed a WordPress plugin for an event management system.
Technologies: WordPress, Magento, Yii, Symfony, PHP

Information Artchitect

2004 - 2008
BT (British Telecom)
  • Designed data warehouse projects for large call volume database.
  • Trained and built neural networks to find unusual data patterns for reasons of national security.
  • Managed and controlled schema documents and change requests for large and complex databases.
Technologies: Erwin, Microsoft SQL Server, SQL, Oracle

Freelance Web Developer/Designer

2000 - 2004
Philip Bennett
  • Built websites for SMEs and local businesses.
  • Built advertising tracking systems using Perl/CGI.
  • Designed a website for small businesses.
Technologies: PHP-Nuke, Cafelog b2, PHP, CSS, HTML


A WordPress component marketplace that allows the user to buy and sell WordPress Editor block components.

Neonwood/Tannhaus Apartments
Cresco Capital wanted two sites for their branded apartment buildings. One, Tannhaus, focused on professionals. The second, Neonwood, was aimed at students. The two sites have similar structures, so components were restyled and reused to reduce the overall cost.

Platform: WordPress
Technologies: Salesforce Forms, Benchmark Email, Flynt

Mercedes Benz Parts Wholesale

A WordPress multilingual/multisite built for Mercedes, currently live in four countries, (France, Sweden, Italy, Russia) and launching in four more in 2018.

An advanced marketplace web application built pushing the limits of WordPress functionality to provide an MVP for an eBay-like platform for standing wood sales.

A Drupal website built for the largest independent builders merchantin the UK.

Tektura Wall Coverings
A custom Symfony eCommerce website includes complicated billing integrations and custom built cart and checkout process.

Software is Easy, People are Hard
A personal technical leadership blog.


CSS, HTML5, CSS3, PHP, JavaScript, ECMAScript (ES6), SQL, HTML, CoffeeScript


Ruby on Rails (RoR), Ionic 3, Ionic, Bootstrap, Bootstrap 3, ZURB Foundation, PhoneGap, Symfony, Laravel, Angular, Laravel Spark, Yii, PHPUnit


jQuery, WordPress REST API, PayPal API


Composer, Gulp, Behat, NPM, Webpack, IntelliJ IDEA, PhpStorm, WebStorm, PyroCMS, Erwin, Stylus, Swipe, Grunt


Agile Software Development, Agile, Component-based Development, Test-driven Development (TDD), Responsive Layout


WordPress, Drupal, Magento, LAMP, Oracle, PHP-Nuke, Visual Studio Code (VS Code)

Industry Expertise

Project Management


WordPress Plugins, Leadership, WordPress Themes, Web Components, Sales, Cafelog b2


PostgreSQL, MySQL, MariaDB, Microsoft SQL Server, Amazon S3 (AWS S3)

1999 - 2004

Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Information Technology

University of Wales - Swansea

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