Senior PHP Engineer

Senior PHP Engineer

  • Belgrade

About the role


Our Engineering team is rapidly growing, made up of innovative and passionate developers, making a real difference within education! 

As Senior Product Engineer, you will be responsible for contributing towards the development of the company's core systems and processes, as well as auxiliary services where needed. The role will also take leadership in the mentoring and development of other engineers in the team and across the department, delivered through mentoring arrangements, tech talks, and study groups. The role will specialise in API and service development, focused around Arbor’s Group MIS product, utilising the internal Data Warehouse and Data Aggregation pipelines.

Core responsibilities

  • Working closely with the Engineering Lead, QA Engineer, and Product Manager to help solutionise feature requests efficiently and with schools in mind.
  • Creating appropriate documentation for new feature developments, including diagrams where appropriate.
  • Writing appropriate tests around new features and ensuring 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, internally and externally, plus team based learning to ensure knowledge sharing team wide. 

About you

  • Extensive experience of Object Oriented languages and software development.
  • Understanding of software engineering principles, such as SOLID, DRY etc.
  • Understanding of relational database technologies.
  • A positive and proactive attitude to problem solving.
  • Experience of writing API’s and services within a service oriented environment.
  • 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.
  • Minimum 2 years experience in software development.

Bonus skills

  • Past experience with enterprise solutions.
  • Experience with Data Warehousing and Data Aggregation pipelines.
  • 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!
  • 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 Wellbeing Champions.
  • We support autonomy and flexibility, and depending on your role can offer flexible working.
  • We offer enhanced maternity pay to support new mothers during this exciting period of your life.
  • Spending quality time together is really important, so to encourage this, our social committees organise regular team nights out (we’ve had pizza making and curry clubs!)
  • 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 or London. 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:  

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 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 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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