Senior PHP Developer

Nutrition start-up

If you’re the type of developer that values technical freedom, collaboration and working on a product which you can help shape and grow, this one might just take your fancy. It’s also a heavily backed start-up, so if that’s your thing, let me tell you a little bit more…

The client

The company have been going for around 3 years and have a team sitting at around 15 people (4 in the tech team). They provide fully personalised health advice alongside tailor-made nutritional supplements. Partnering with some extremely prolific doctors, geneticists and biomedical scientists, they customise their supplements based on rich insights derived from a series of three tests. Based on the combined expertise of an in-house team of health professionals, their AI-powered online consultation gives you an in-depth, holistic analysis of your wellbeing, considering your diet and lifestyle alongside how you feel day to day.

Their technology joins up all these data points to fully personalise your health advice and to design supplements specifically for you.

The role

The main project that you’ll be getting involved with would be the developing new features and functionality for their nutritional analysis engine. You will have a high degree of technical autonomy and leadership in the role and will be trusted to make decisions about how we scale our platform. The role will involve a combination of building features, but also rebuilding our existing platform into a microservice-based architecture using new technologies. They’re currently breaking down their backend into a micro services architecture, meaning that they’ll be using a variety of languages for their backend services, and you’ll be predominantly developing in PHP (they use Laravel), but will also get exposure to Python and GO. They’re also currently migrating their frontend over from Angular to React, though this would equate to roughly 20% of your day to day work.

You’ll be working closely with their current tech and design teams, so a passion for clean code is a must for this one! You’ll also be building new features for the site, as well as upgrading all components of the ecosystem.

Their team currently consists of a lead developer, a full-stack developer, a frontend developer and a solutions architect.

The candidate

Ideally, you’re comfortable taking part in every bit of the development process, from generating ideas and concepts, to building them using simple solutions to complex problems. You’ll need to be independent and well organised, enjoy taking ownership and responsibility for a project, and consistently deliver high quality work.

Tech requirements:

  • Proven in-depth experience with PHP
  • Comfortable working with databases like MySQL
  • MVC Experience (Ideally Laravel)
  • Experience working with a cloud environment, ideally AWS
  • Interested in microservices and aware of the benefits and drawbacks
  • Believe in clean coding and simple solutions
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Interest in skill development and personal growth
  • Deem unit tests a necessary evil
  • Experience on the frontend (ideally with React)

It would also be great if you’re excited about the idea of working at a health-tech start-up in a role where you can make a real difference!

We welcome those with alternative identities, backgrounds, and experiences. Our team includes parents, the self-taught, the university-educated, and people of a wide variety of nationalities, ages, and socio-economic backgrounds.

Obviously, we’re looking to ensure it’s a solid fit from both sides: we want you to step into a role you love, and we want to offer you a place you’re proud to come to every day for work.

We know that diverse teams are strong teams, and welcome those with alternative identities, backgrounds, and experiences to apply to be part of life at Zebra People. We are committed to a fair and accessible recruitment process for all candidates. We would be happy to meet any accommodation requests during the application or interview process, please just let us know.