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Work At CatalystThe success of a company rests on attracting and retaining the right combination of skills and personalities. Today, over 100 of the best and brightest open source specialists work for Catalyst IT in New Zealand, Australia, and the UK.

Catalyst is always looking for talented and creative individuals. We like sociable, confident communicators who take pride in their work. In return, we offer a dynamic and stimulating work environment, a great team of people, exciting projects, and opportunities to grow your talents. If Catalyst sounds like your kind of place, send us your CV. If you do not yet have the right to work in New Zealand, see our information for overseas applicants.

Life at Catalyst

In 2008, Catalyst was top-ranked in the National Business Review's search for New Zealand's most exciting companies. With an "excitement index" of 66.5%, well above other IT industry giants, Catalyst is proud of cultivating a unique working environment ideally suited to talented, creative and commited individuals.

We have many traditions here at Catalyst, such as Pizza Thursday, which is a chance to showcase your technical interests and the achievements of your projects. If pizza is not your thing, there's Curry Wednesday and Beer O'Clock on Friday to enjoy with colleagues.

In between, of course, everyone at Catalyst is there to provide the very best in open source development, systems management and client support. That means taking individual responsibility and working flexibly with those around you to make things happen for some significant clients running business-critical systems.

At Catalyst you'll be working directly with your clients much of the time. So you'll need the kind of communication and social skills that underpin successful open source projects.

If Catalyst sounds like your kind of place, send us your CV.

General

There are standard things we look for in developers irrespective of their technical skills. They include:

  • A good understanding of source control systems (ideally git)
  • The ability to work with some direction and be prepared to switch context/projects if and when required
  • A good level of written communication
  • The confidence and ability to discuss requirements with clients and colleagues
  • The confidence and knowledge to provide alternative solutions where a different approach would be cheaper/faster/better for the client
  • A passion for open source approaches to software creation 
  • The wisdom to ask for help when needed!

Skills

Rather than just advertising specific vacancies, we are generally on the lookout for talented individuals.  Every month we aim to hire several staff, each with experience in two or more of:

Current Vacancies

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General Applicants

Do you want to work with a bunch of inspiring geeks in an open source culture?  Have a look at the skills we need, and if you're what we're looking for, drop us a line.  We usually hire more than a dozen general applicants a year.  If this sounds like you - please send your CV to jobs@catalyst.net.nz

Good things to include in your email are:

  • a CV that includes any academic results
  • references to any publicly available open source work, e.g. 'I have contributed 30 patches to the example project, which are available through http://repo.or.cz/w/example.git'
  • any other examples you can provide of relevant work, e.g. references to any academic research you have had published

PHP Developer

At Catalyst, you're not just a developer; you are part of a team of committed people whose mission is to change the world. We believe that open source, open data and an open business model should and can be the preferred choice here and in the countries overseas where we work.

We are looking for an experienced PHP developer to join the team. You will be working on a major open source project and will join our in-house UI/Design team to help make this vision of world domination a reality. As well as your freakish coding skills, great flair for design and eye for detail, you will naturally be organised and self managing.

The foundation of your skillset is: 
  • Experience coding PHP or other like languages (Perl, Python Ruby)
  • Experience working with databases and the business logic layer
  • Experience working with a wide variety of public and private sector clients
And the icing looks like:
  • A passion for open source approaches to software creation
  • A good understanding of source control systems (ideally git)
Good things to include in your CV are:
  • References to any publicly available open-source work 
  • Any other examples you have of relevant work
Working at Catalyst means living the open source dream. This includes, but is not limited to, a great work environment, superb coffee and fresh fruit everyday, a good social scene and—if it gets too good—medical insurance.
 
Catalyst IT is New Zealand's leading open source development company and has 180 plus staff world wide, with the majority (including this role) based in Wellington. We specialize in open source software and web applications, and are a leader in the NZ open source community. 
 
If you like the sound of us and have the skill sets and talents we are looking for then, please send your CV to jobs@catalyst.net.nz
 

Drupal Developers

We are looking for Drupal Developers to join us in supporting our biggest Drupal sites, as well as with upcoming projects. You are confident customising Drupal modules and following best practice approaches to building Drupal sites, and comfortable working independently and in a team to produce excellent outcomes for our clients. 

We have positions for more than one person, with both Developer and Senior Developer roles available. The positions are for permanent roles, but we will entertain fixed term contracts with the right candidates. 
 
Required Skills:
  • Professional Drupal experience- ideally 3+ years, with strong PHP skills
  • Good working knowledge of databases and optimisation; specifically, SQL database skills including MySQL and PostgreSQL
  • Good working knowledge of GIT or distributed version control
  • Good working knowledge of HTML/CSS
  • Good working knowledge of JavaScript- ideally jQuery
 
Desired Skills:
  • Strong familiarity wth Linux/Ubuntu/Debian
  • Experience working on large scale and mission-critical websites
  • Experience with continuous integration and automated testing
  • Experience with designing and implementing system architectures
  • Experience with Open Source technologies Varnish, Memcache, RabbitMQ and/or Nginx
  • Experience with REST APIs
  • Experience working with a wide variety of public and private sector clients
 
Good things to include in your email are:
  • References to any publicly available open-source work
  • Your Drupal.org username and profile
 
If this sounds like you, please send your CV to jobs@catalyst.net.nz. This position is in our Wellington office.
 


Senior Front End Developer

At Catalyst, you're not just a front end developer; you are part of a team of committed people whose mission is to change the world: pixel by pixel. We believe that open source, open data and an open business model should and can be the preferred choice here and in the countries overseas where we work.

 
We are looking for an experienced Senior Front End Developer to join our in-house UI/Design team and help make this vision a reality. You will bring the awesome to this role, as well as a great flair for design, an eye for detail, be organised and self managing.
 
The base layer of your skills is: 
  • 5+ Years Experience 
  • HTML/HTML5 
  • CSS/CSS3
  • Freakishly ninja-like ablities with industry standard creative tools
  • JavaScript, AJAX and JavaScript frameworks such as jQuery.
  • Experience using Image editing tools optimizing for web experience 
 
And the icing looks like:
  • SEO
  • CSS Pre-processors such as Sass
  • Know and love the Octocat
  • Experience building themes for Drupal and Moodle
  • Experience with Mobile themes and responsive design
  • Experience with UX design principles 
 
Working at Catalyst means living the open source dream. This includes, but is not limited to, a great work environment, superb coffee and fresh fruit everyday, a good social scene and—if it gets too good---medical insurance.
 
Catalyst IT is New Zealand's leading open source development company and has 180 plus staff world wide, with the majority (including this role) based in Wellington. We specialize in open source software and web applications, and are a leader in the NZ open source community. 
 
If you like the sound of us and have the skill sets and talents we are looking for then, please send your CV to jobs@catalyst.net.nz
 

Open Source Security Analyst

New Zealand's leading Open Source development company, Catalyst IT are looking for an experienced Security Analyst.

 
Working closely with our QA Team, System Administrators and other stakeholders the Open Source Security Analyst will be responsible for all security-related matters within the company. This will involve working with project teams and others to ensure that best practices are followed as our systems, products and services are designed, built, deployed and upgraded. The Security Analyst will also develop and conduct security awareness programs, consult on security impacts of upgrades to various business environments, and manage key security initiatives.
 
Experience:
  • Broad knowledge of security in the Open Source context
  • Security consulting (reviewing, auditing, reporting, and documenting)
  • Development and implementation of company-wide security policies
  • Excellent knowledge of security and other related standards (e.g. NZISM, HB 231:2004 - Information Security Risk Management Guidelines)
  • Act as liaison and subject matter expert on security related projects
  • Application-level security analysis (eg. OWASP)
  • Network infrastructure security (internal, remote access)
  • Facilitation of technology and process based solutions to security issues
Skills:
  • Excellent listening, oral and written communication skills in order to effectively interact with individuals both within and external to the company
  • Ability to discuss and collaborate on technology matters in business terms
  • Excellent problem solving and critical thinking skills
  • Experience in technical support and resolution of client incidents
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks
  • Self-motivated with a sound work ethic
  • Can work independently on problem resolution and/or in a team environment
Some of the perks that being part of the Catalyst team bring:
  • A great work environment 
  • Superb Coffee
  • Fresh fruit everyday 
  • Good social scene
  • Medical insurance 
Catalyst IT has 180 plus staff world wide with the majority (including this role) based in Wellington. It has grown to be one of New Zealand's largest application developers, specialising in open source software and web applications, and is a leader in the NZ Open Source community. 
If you like the sound of us and have the skill sets and talents we are looking for then, please send your CV to jobs@catalyst.net.nz
 

eLearning Developer

At Catalyst, open source isn't just what we do: it's what we stand for. Working here, you're not just a developer; you are part of a team of committed people whose mission is to change the way education works. We believe that open source, open data and an open business model should and can be the preferred choice here and in the countries overseas where we work.

 
We are looking for an experienced PHP developer to join our eLearning team. You will be working on major eLearning open source projects such as Moodle, Mahara and Totara. 
 
The foundation of your skillset is: 
  • Experience coding PHP or other similar languages (Perl, Python or Ruby).
  • General Linux administration skills.
  • A good understanding of source control systems (ideally, git).
  • Experience working with databases (ideally PostgreSQL).
  • Able to debug HTML, CSS and Javascript issues.
  • Familiarity with tools and techniques for server configuration and code deployments.
  • The ability to communicate well with clients, team mates, sysadmins, designers and managers.
  • The ability to learn quickly.
  • A passion for open source.
 
Good things to include in your CV are:
  • References to any publicly available open-source work.
  • Any other examples you have of relevant work.
 
Working at Catalyst means living the open source dream. This includes, but is not limited to, a great work environment, superb coffee and fresh fruit everyday, a good social scene and - if it gets too good - medical insurance.
 
Catalyst IT is New Zealand's leading open source development company and has 200 plus staff world wide, with the majority (including this role) based in Wellington. Come and help us change the way education works in the 21st Century. Send your CV to jobs@catalyst.net.nz