Snr Backend Developer (PHP)
Cape Town, South Africa
7d ago


A new digital agency based in Johannesburg requires a Senior Backend Developer (PHP) with 5+ years of working experience in the web-

or backend development role who have a passion for growth in the field. The ideal candidate will be self-driven, knowledgeable and able to run with projects assigned to them.

We need the candidate to be able to deliver scalable, industry-standard solutions that are easily maintained and well documented.

The candidate needs to have pride in the quality of the work they deliver and be passionate about good coding standards and development practices.

You would support the business with the development of new features, optimisation of existing codebases and refactoring of existing systems and websites.


A sound, practical understanding of the following development technologies are a must :

  • PHP 5.4+
  • MySQL5 / MariaDB / PostgreSQL
  • Apache WebServer 2.2+ configuration and .htaccess directives
  • Linux Server Environments
  • CLI (Linux / Mac)
  • API Technologies RESTSOAP / XMLJSON
  • DNS & HTTP / S
  • A sound, practical understanding of the following development practises and methodologies are a must :

  • Modern Object-Oriented Programming architecture and design
  • Sound Object Oriented Database Design Patterns
  • MVC systems architecture
  • The following experience and / or skills would be advantageous for the candidate to possess :
  • Git / Git-flow / GitHub
  • PHP MVC frameworks We use Slim, but any experience will help.
  • Microservice server architecture
  • Modern PHP Coding Standards
  • Experience with native JavaScript
  • Amazon Web Services
  • Working on a Mac
  • An above-average understanding of the vehicle rental industry
  • Specifically note :

  • PHP skills must be native. If they say PHP Laravel you must ask if they can code native PHP without any framework and bonus to anyone who has worked with the SLIM framework 3.
  • Apache setup and configuration (Virtual hosts, SSL on Apache, Experience with proxies advantageous)
  • Databases admin (MySQL, Querying databases, stored procedures, custom views)
  • SOAP, XML (Must be familiar with querying XML using SOAP calls)
  • Creating Restful JSON API’s with PHP
  • Micro service architecture (They must explain what it is and why it’s important in terms of Restful API’s)
  • AWS and if so, which features they is familiar with e.g. : (Elastic beanstalk, SES, SQS, EC2)
  • Understanding system architecture (Entity relationships, primary and foreign key relationships. The ability to create relationships between data objects.
  • One to one and many to many etc)

    While we would really like to respond to every application, should you not be contacted for this position within 10 working days please consider your application unsuccessful.

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