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Web Developer or Web Developer Lead

Scope Statement

The Web Developer Lead manages and implements websites and online applications, develops, tests, produces and maintains website and online application code and content, in support of the company’s strategic initiatives and business operations. The incumbent is guided by defined procedural constraints, and works under the moderate supervision of the Director, Web Centre of Excellence in support of all business units.


Impact Statement

  • Leads research and development efforts for websites and applications from Proof of Concept (POC) and architecture to production and delivery in support of the organization’s strategic objectives
  • Researches and implements operational and performance metrics and services in support of business sales, marketing and growth strategies
  • Detects, troubleshoots and tracks content and functionality to ensure compliance with web governance, accessibility, privacy and legal


Responsibilities include

  • Manage all levels of website and application code from development to staging to production
  • Research and identify new and emerging technologies that are aligned with and in support of strategic objectives and initiatives
  • Promote improvements for software development practices, processes and standards with consideration of quality, innovation and productivity
  • Manage back-end administration of third party website services and hosting
  • Support and maintain social media technologies, SEO and online marketing and e-commerce platforms
  • Liaise with key stakeholders to support business objectives and projects by providing value and input at all stages of project lifecycle
  • Liaise with IT Operations to develop and maintain performance and operational monitoring for online assets


Knowledge / Experience / Certification

  • 5+ years work experience in a web environment with relevant code and development experience
  • In-depth knowledge of PHP, Drupal, Drupal Commerce, (LAMP), and/or Java and related libraries
  • Advanced knowledge of JavaScript, AJAX, HTML5, CSS required
  • Knowledge of, version control (Git and SVN), CI, and automated testing an asset
  • Experience with development methodologies (e.g., Scrum) and project management
  • Knowledge of Google Analytics, Google Search Appliance and monitoring tools an asset
  • Knowledge of other relevant and/or emerging programming languages/frameworks (Node.js, Symfony, Ruby) an asset
  • Experience with cloud infrastructures, SaaS, API development and architecture an asset


Education / Professional Courses

  • Completion of a University degree or equivalent experience


Key Skills

  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple task and work streams concurrently
  • Demonstrated ability to pivot and adjust work items to match shifting business priorities
  • Demonstrated capability to manage all forms of stakeholder, client and vendor communication in a professional and timely manner
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member
  • Ability to think logically, analyze and solve problems
  • Well-developed communication, negotiation, persuasion and presentation skills


Key Competencies

  • Collaboration
  • Customer-Centricity
  • Driving for Results
  • Initiative
  • Innovation
  • Integrity
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Judgment and decision-making
  • Leadership


Working Conditions

  • Office environment
  • Prolonged periods of concentration and attention to detail
  • Prolonged periods of sitting while using a computer and/or telephone
  • May be required to work overtime
  • Travel may be required



  • Management and employees on a local and national basis
  • Third party vendors and service providers




In business for more than 90 years, with our head office in Kingston, Ontario, Empire Life continues to grow with offices across the country. Our success is based on a commitment to being approachable and responsive to the needs of our clients and distribution partners, on consistently solid investment performance and on faith in our employees as future leaders.

For regular full-time positions, Empire Life offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package including a bonus plan and opportunities for career development.

If you are looking for an exciting opportunity and to build a career in an innovative and dynamic organization, submit your resume by clicking on Apply Now.

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