Senior Software Engineer

Senior Software Engineer

About us

About Us

At Arbor, we’re on a mission to transform the way schools work for the better.

Our products are transforming the way schools use data to bring about positive change by empowering schools and teachers.  Arbor reduces the amount of time spent on administrative tasks, and increases their time where it matters, with the students!

Role Overview

We’re in scale up mode and in need of a Senior Software Engineer to join a newly created team that's building our Group MIS product team.  This team specialises in API and service development, and is heavily involved with how we  utilise our internal Data Warehouse.  

You’ll be hands-on with the code base in a full stack capacity predominantly working with PHP, React on AWS but not exclusively.  As a senior member of the team you'll also get to mentor other engineers and develop your leadership skills for future career opportunities at Arbor.


A day in the life of a Senior Software Engineer at Arbor


  • Working closely with the Engineering Lead, QA Engineer, and Product Manager to help formalise feature requests efficiently and with schools in mind.
  • Be the link between the business and engineering, creating appropriate documentation for new feature developments, including diagrams where appropriate.
  • Leading by example and maintaining a high level compliance with engineering standards 
  • Producing your own well written code using standard design patterns and methods.
  • Writing appropriate tests around new features and ensuring appropriate test coverage.
  • Carrying out code reviews and pair programming with your colleagues.
  • Participating in internal and external tech-talks and team based learning to ensure knowledge sharing across the business. 

Role Progression 

Within 1 month, you’ll: Help establish progress against immediate priorities, and provide support to junior engineers through pairing, code review, and mentoring

Within 3 months, you’ll: Work with the Lead Product Engineer to establish a technical strategy for the Group MIS

Within 6 months, you’ll: Help lead on development of the Group MIS strategy, including utilisation of the Arbor Data Warehouse, and redevelopment of legacy components  

About you

We’re looking for a passionate team player, with great mentoring skills.

Beyond that, we’d love to see you have:

  • Experience working full stack with a passion for PHP and React or a willingness to learn
  • Experience writing API’s and services within a service oriented environment.
  • Experience with Data Warehousing and Data Aggregation pipelines.
  • Familiarity with Scrum methodology or other agile development processes.
  • Experience with cloud computing.
  • Familiarity with software best practices such as Refactoring, Clean Code, Domain-Driven Design, Test-Driven Development, etc.

What we offer

The chance to work alongside a team of hard-working, passionate people in a role where you’ll see the impact of your work everyday. We also offer:

  • We believe in supporting your professional growth so we provide you with a set training budget and give you the freedom to choose how you spend it.  We also provide a subscription to Udemy for engineering training resources
  • We promote positive well being and as part of this you’ll have access to our Employee Assistance Program as well as being able to speak to trained mental health first aiders 
  • Frequent internal Tech Talks, opportunities to learn from colleagues, and dedicated time off to attend conferences or training 
  • We are all currently WFH due to covid and will continue to provide flexible work arrangements post covid
  • We offer additional discretionary holidays, including half day Fridays during the school summer holidays

Refer a friend: Know someone else who would be good for this role? You can refer a friend, family member or colleague, if they are offered a role with Arbor, we will say thank you with a voucher valued up to £200! Simply email: 

Arbor Education is an equal opportunities organisation

Our goal is for Arbor to be a workplace which represents, celebrates and supports people from all backgrounds, and which gives them the tools they need to thrive - whatever their ambitions may be.

We want to make sure we build the best products for our schools, and we passionately believe that starts with building a workforce as diverse as the communities we serve. We’re actively working on this, and we’re always open to feedback. Let us know your thoughts!

If you need any adjustments to be made to support you through the recruitment process, let us know at

Please note: We are unable to provide visa sponsorship at this time.

Or, know someone who would be a perfect fit? Let them know!

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Perks and Benefits

You'll have the chance to work alongside a team of hard-working, passionate people in a role where you’ll see the impact of your work everyday. We also offer:

  • Professional development budget 🎓

    At Arbor we're passionate about learning, and to support this we have a dedicated training budget for all teams.

  • Mental health and wellness 🧠

    Dedicated Mental Health First Aiders and Wellbeing Champions with ongoing support and learning around mental health.

  • Volunteering day 🤝

    We're all about making an impact! So everyone who joins us gets 1 day a year to volunteer for a charity or cause of their choice.

  • Regular team socials 🥳

    We have regular team socials where we spend dedicated time together. This year we've had BBQs, been to theatre shows, gone white water rafting, and more!

  • Half-day summer Fridays 😎

    Plus, we shut the office for a day at Easter and over Christmas so you get some extra time off then too!

  • Employee Assistance Programme 🧘‍♀️

    Choice of comprehensive 24/7 support services with UK and Ireland's most trusted health and wellbeing network.

  • Flexible working 🤸‍♀️

    Depending on your role we can also offer you flexible working - just mention it in your interview and we'll let you know what your options are

  • Dog-friendly offices 🐕

    Our offices are dog friendly, so if you'd like to bring your canine companion in for the day, that's no problem!

  • GRC Accredited ✔︎

    The Good Recruitment Charter defines good recruitment practice through key principles that we aspire to.

Workplace and Culture

We’re a diverse and experienced team of ex-teachers, edtech engineers and education specialists passionate about making a difference to the sector.  
Ultimately, we’re here to help make our schools and trusts stress a little less, and focus on what matters most - improving the lives of teachers and outcomes of students everywhere!

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