PHP Team Lead

PHP Team Lead

About the role

Our Engineering team are down to earth experts working on innovative projects for the EdTech market. 

We are looking for a people focussed Product Engineering Lead to join our Assessments & Exams team and help us with successful completion of relevant features contributing towards the core systems and platforms. The remit and focus of the role is to set the technical standards and architecture for their product, and provide mentoring and day-to-day management of the engineering team. 

Core responsibilities

  • Providing day-to-day management and mentoring of Product Engineers, helping them to develop and grow.
  • Working closely with the Product Manager and engineering team to solutionise feature requests.
  • Creating appropriate documentation for new feature developments, including diagrams where appropriate.
  • Ensuring the compliance with engineering standards for areas of responsibility.
  • Producing well written code using standard design patterns and methods.
  • Leading in code reviews and pair programming with colleagues.
  • Participating in tech-talks and team based learning to ensure knowledge is spread.

About you 

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

Beyond that, we’d love to see:

  • Past experience of successfully leading engineering teams.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Bonus skills

  • PHP
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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 
  • Spending quality time together is really important, so to encourage this, our social committees organise regular team nights out, including weekly pool games (we’ve also done go-karting, white water rafting, and escape rooms)
  • Free lunch in the office every day
  • We support autonomy and flexibility, and depending on your role can offer flexible working.
  • We offer additional discretionary holidays, including half day Fridays during the school summer holidays.
  • We welcome dogs in our office!

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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