PHP Software Engineer

PHP Software Engineer

About the role

We help schools learn from their data to save teachers time and improve student achievement. Arbor is one of the fastest growing Education technology company in Europe and a home to 90+ smart and enthusiastic people in London, Leeds, Malta and Belgrade.

Our SaaS system is hosted on AWS and built using LAMP technology stack. Our system improves school information entry, analysis and communication, fostering a data-driven school culture while increasing transparency with parents and pupils. On top of that, we use data collected during the school day to make predictions and suggest interventions in the aim of improving education outcomes in the public schools.

Our team in Belgrade is growing and we are looking for software engineers with a passion for data analysis and enterprise information systems.


  • Work with Tech Lead and Project Manager to understand the team’s priorities & goals, and contribute to sprint completion
  • Using PHP7 and MySQL to write high quality, scalable and testable code
  • Troubleshooting issues and performing analysis
  • Engage and learn from peer code reviews on regular basis
  • Actively involved in the implementation of Arbor Insight API, reports & dashboards for schools and MATs
  • Maintain and develop data import process for Arbor Insight - ensuring that every year we have fewer bugs during our data import process & become more efficient at importing data
  • Ensure our email campaigns are delivered on time and to high quality
  • Periodic maintenance of company website
  • Sharing domain knowledge with the team
  • Build good relationships with other Engineering teams who we have dependencies on

About you

To do your magic you will need:

  • 3+ years of experience working on software projects in an Object Oriented language(s) (e.g. PHP,  Java, C#)
  • Understanding of software engineering principles in PHP
  • Genuine interest in, and previous experience with, data modelling and MySQL database system. Ideally you would really enjoy working in-depth with data!
  • A positive and proactive attitude to problem solving
  • A team player, willing to muck in and help others when needed, driven personality who asks questions and actively participates in discussions
  • Good written and spoken English so you can present your ideas - our HQ is based in London

What we offer

This is a great opportunity to join a fast growing sustainable company, where you can wake up every day knowing your work is making a lasting positive social difference to the education sector. We are passionate about education and technology, and we’re looking for people who share that passion, and who love to learn and want to make an impact. On joining Arbor you’ll not only be working with amazing people, but you’ll see the impact of your work everyday!

In addition to this you can expect the following:

  • A personal budget for professional development
  • Subscription to O’Reilly for Engineering training resources
  • Frequent internal Tech Talks, opportunities to learn from colleagues, and dedicated time off to attend conferences or training 
  • Regular team socials, including weekly pool games (we’ve also done go-karting, white water rafting, and escape rooms)
  • Free lunch in the office every day
  • Flexible working - work remotely for up to 2.5 months each year (equivalent to 1 day per week). You can also work flexibly around our core hours if you need to
  • Enhanced paternity leave
  • Volunteer Days - take a day off each year to work with a charity of your choice
  • Half day Fridays during UK school summer holidays, plus, we shut the office for a day at Easter and over Christmas
  • We welcome dogs in our office!

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! Simple email: 

Arbor Education is an equal opportunities organisation

We support and promote diversity and equality, and actively encourage applications from people of all backgrounds, including those from the LGBT community, people with disabilities, and those from a BAME background.

We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation, gender assignment, age, pregnancy, maternity and paternity status, disability status, marital and civil partnership status, or any other reason prohibited by law in provision of employment opportunities and benefits. 

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.

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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 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!

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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