PHP Software Developer

PHP Software Developer

About the role

Here at Arbor, we’re on a mission to transform the way schools work with smarter, hassle-free tools teachers love to use. We're looking for a PHP Developer to contribute towards the development of our core systems and processes, to help us continue to develop our product for schools across the UK. The role will specialise in PHP application and web development, as well as development of scripts and processes to support systems. 

Core responsibilities

  • Working closely with the Engineering Lead to help solutionise feature requests
  • Creating appropriate documentation for new feature developments
  • Writing appropriate tests around new features and ensure appropriate test coverage 
  • Producing well written code using standard design patterns and methods
  • Participating in code reviews and pair programming with colleagues
  • Participating in tech-talks and team based learning to ensure knowledge is spread

About you

  • Good experience of Object Oriented languages and software development
  • Understanding of software engineering principles, such as SOLID, DRY etc
  • A positive and proactive attitude to problem solving 
  • A real 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
  • A passion for education, and using tech for social good
  • Minimum 2 years experience in software development

Bonus skills

  • Past experience with enterprise solutions
  • Familiarity with Scrum methodology or other agile development processes
  • Experience with cloud computing
  • Experience with Docker and containerisation
  • 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 you to grow professionally and giving you the freedom to choose how. If you tell us where you want to go, we have a dedicated training budget to help you get there!
  • Subscription to O'Reilly for engineering training resources as well as frequent internal and external tech talks to help you develop in your role. 
  • One of our core values is to make an impact, so we give everyone 1 day off each year to volunteer with a charity of your choice.
  • We promote positive well being and as part of this you’ll have access to a choice of comprehensive 24/7 well being support services as well as internal Mental Health Champions.
  • We support autonomy and flexibility, and depending on your role can offer flexible and remote working.
  • Spending quality time together is really important, so to encourage this, our social committees organise regular team nights out (we’ve had pizza making, curry club and sunflower competitions!)
  • We offer 30 days holiday (plus Bank Holidays), part of which is made up of half day Fridays during the school summer holidays, a day off during Easter and a day off over Christmas.
  • Our office is based in the heart of Leeds. It’s lively and vibrant, and you’ll have breakfast supplied every day along with other healthy snacks you can choose from. 

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: careers@arbor-education.com 

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!

  • GRC Accredited ✔︎

    The Good Recruitment Charter defines good recruitment practice through key principles that the 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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