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Senior Software Developer - Custom Development Services

D2L is a cloud company that is modernizing education and building the Future of Work. The old models of teaching and learning are in the midst of the largest transformation in history, and D2L is at the heart of that fundamental shift. 

New models of teaching and learning enable a personalized, student-centric experience – and deliver improved retention, engagement, satisfaction, and results for learners of all ages – in schools, campuses, and companies.

D2L is disrupting the way the world learns, by providing the next generation learning environment and solutions to engage and inspire learners. And most importantly, by giving customers a platform that is easy, flexible, and smart. No other company provides a solution as robust and innovative as D2L.

D2L has had a singular mission for 20 years and is dedicated to that same mission in the years ahead: to transform the way the world learns – and by doing so, we will help improve human potential globally.

A member of our Talent Acquisition team reviews ALL of our applications - yes a real person reviews resumes! They are excited to read more about what amazing things you could add to D2L. 

How will I make an Impact?

We are seeking an experienced and highly motivated Senior Software Developer with a strong proficiency in PHP to support our Custom Development Services team. As a Senior Software Developer, you will play a pivotal role in designing, implementing and maintaining innovative software solutions. If you have a passion for leading high-performing teams, a deep understanding of software development methodologies, and a track record of delivering exceptional results, we invite you to be part of our collaborative and growth-oriented environment. Check out the part of D2L's product you'll be supporting here:

Major Responsibilities (How Will I Make an Impact?): 

  • Design, develop and maintain custom web applications.  
  • Offer expert-level guidance and support to developers, helping them overcome challenges and optimize their coding practices. 
  • Conduct thorough code reviews, ensuring adherence to coding standards, best practices, and maintaining code quality. 
  • Collaborate with the team to design robust and scalable architectures for complex web applications, taking into account performance, security, and maintainability. 
  • Stay in tune with the latest industry trends and emerging technologies, encouraging the team to explore and implement innovative solutions. 
  • Address conflicts or roadblocks within the team, promoting a positive and cooperative atmosphere


  • Excellent organizational and project management abilities, adept at prioritizing tasks and resources effectively. 
  • Proven analytical and problem-solving skills to tackle complex technical challenges and provide innovative solutions. 
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills to interact with team members and stakeholders at all levels. 
  • Sound decision-making skills, demonstrating the ability to make timely and well-informed judgments. 


  • Proficiency in Full Stack technologies, including PHP, MySQL databases, and server-side frameworks. 
  • Ability to conduct comprehensive code reviews, ensuring compliance with coding standards and best practices. 
  • Experience in designing scalable and efficient architectures for web applications, considering performance, security, and maintainability. 
  • Skill in managing communication and expectations with stakeholders and clients throughout the project lifecycle. 
  • Experience in a creative, client facing environment, with an excellent portfolio of work 

D2L Leadership Competencies  

  • Leads by Example with personal and professional integrity, high accountability and say/do ratio   
  • Boundaryless collaboration and influence skills both within team, peer group and broader organization. Effective communicator with a proven track record of success.  
  • Delivers Awesome Outcomes: Strategic mindset and business acumen, with strong prioritization skills and a focus on organizational outcomes vs. team tasks. Effective problem solver, able to achieve results individually and through others, in fast paced, deadline-driven environments.   
  • Talent Magnet: Talent-focused leader, with demonstrated ability to coach, build and lead a high performing, diverse team.   
  • Better, Smarter, Faster: An agile learner, with a growth mindset, attention to detail and organizational skills. An operationally minded leader, with a focus on continuous improvement and innovation.  
  • Wins Hearts and Minds: An effective communicator, with the ability to connect the why and the what. A change agent, with proven delegation, motivation, and team building skills.

Suggested Qualifications/Experience: 

  • Professional work experience as a web developer, full-stack developer, software developer, software engineer, or similar role.  
  • Degree in Computer Science, or equivalent work experience 

The expected base salary range for a new hire in this role is listed below. The annualized base salary offered is determined by each candidate’s relevant knowledge, skills, education, training and experience. It is aligned to ensure both internal and external competitiveness using market data for the geographic location and industry. As part of the total compensation at D2L the role may be eligible for additional benefits including a Wellness Subsidy, Equity Grants, Variable Incentive, and more.

Base Salary Range
$82,500$127,500 CAD


Don’t meet every single requirement? We strongly encourage you to still apply! At D2L, we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment. We encourage your application even if you don't believe you meet every single qualification outlined, because we love to help our people grow and develop!

Why we're awesome:

At D2L, we are dedicated to providing you with the tools to do the best work of your life. While some of our perks and benefits may vary depending on location or employment type, we are proud to provide employees with the following through #LifeAtD2L;

  • Impactful work transforming the way the world learns
  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Learning and Growth opportunities
  • Tuition reimbursement of up to $4,000 CAD for continuing education through our Catch the Wave Program
  • 2 Paid Days off for Catch the Wave related activities like exams or final assignments
  • Employee wellbeing (Access to mental health services, EFAP program, financial planning and more)
  • Retirement planning
  • 2 Paid Volunteer Days
  • Competitive Benefits Package
  • Home Internet Reimbursements
  • Employee Referral Program
  • Wellness Reimbursement
  • Employee Recognition
  • Social Events
  • Dog Friendly Offices at our HQ in Kitchener, Winnipeg, Vancouver and Melbourne.

D2L is committed to a fair and inclusive work environment. We are an equal opportunity employer that hires and attracts talent regardless of age, race, creed, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, nationality, sex, status as a protected veteran or any other legally protected grounds and will not discriminate on these bases. We draw on diversity of thought and experience to reflect the rich array of cultures representing our broad customer base and we seek talent with diversity of life experiences and perspectives from around the world. If you have special accessibility requirements that need to be considered during the recruitment process, please let us know by emailing us at [email protected] and a member of our HR team will get back to you. Information received relating to accommodation needs of applicants will be addressed confidentially. D2L maintains a drug-free workplace.

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