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Backend Software Engineer (PHP)

  • Use your software development skills for good
  • Flexible hours/remote working options
  • Have a real impact on the work of over 7,000 for-purpose organisations that use the EthicalJobs.com.au platform

About Us

EthicalJobs.com.au is working to change the world, one job at a time.

We bridge the gap between thousands of not-for-profit organisations that strive to make our world a better place, and millions of passionate, values-driven people who want to “work for a better world”.

As a for-profit social enterprise and one of Australia’s top job-search sites for the not-for-profit sector and beyond, our platform supports the work of more than 7,000 for-purpose organisations around the country, and has a passionate community of 380,000+ unique users using the site each month. And our team and our platform are both growing fast!

You’ll be joining a friendly, passionate and successful team of 33 people who share a vision of a more equitable, just and sustainable world.

Our spacious office is just off Smith St in Collingwood, including a large outdoor deck for lunch in the sun and drinks after work, and great food and coffee just around the corner.

About the team

You’ll be joining our ten person Product Team, which includes an Engineering and Architecture Manager, five devs (a mix of front-end and back-end), a Head of Product (Product Owner), Head of Design, Scrum Master, and a QA Coordinator. We’re also planning to add another 3-4 people to the team over 2022.

We’re building our recruitment platform that’s already being used by more than 7,000 charities and not-for-profit organisations around Australia.

You’ll join the rest of the team in providing a high level of input and contribution to sprint planning (currently 2-week cycles); as a result, you’ll get to work on areas you’re interested in, and even tinker in new areas (such as testing out a new framework in our microservice architecture).

We’re a very friendly, open and relaxed team. We’re always looking for different perspectives, so you’ll have the opportunity to challenge implementations or ideas by anyone else in the team. We focus on the idea, not the role title.

We’re all subject to code-reviews using GitHub pull requests, where we try to focus on the implementation and testing, rather than coding standards or syntax.

We’ve got some big, ambitious plans for the platform in the years ahead and you’ll be crucial in helping us to unlock these.

Our stack

We operate a “microservices architecture” - don’t worry, we don’t expect you to know about it (bonus points if you do, though!). This is enabled via a technology called Kubernetes, a container orchestrator, which manages and deploys our code.

Most backend code is written in PHP 7.4 up to PHP 8, running mostly in Laravel and API Platform, and exists solely to be delivered as a RESTful API. These APIs are served using a cloud-native edge router (Traefik), using the microservice pattern “API gateway”. CI + CD pipelines run through GitHub actions, allowing us to have automated staging & production deployments.

Each developer runs the EthicalJobs stack (API + frontends) locally for development which we’re currently streamlining, and there’s a staging environment for testing before production release.

Our front-end stack is built using React and JavaScript, with our main site EthicalJobs.com.au being powered by NextJS, and employers portal a standard React app. Our Kubernetes cluster and database run inside the Google Cloud Platform.

About you

You’re a backend developer with 5 years professional coding experience in a team setting (e.g. using a CI/CD pipeline, code reviews, using Git), with at least 2 years of that experience writing PHP consistently.

Drawing on your experience of working with a PHP Framework such as Laravel, API Platform, or Symfony, you are able to collaborate with a team in designing, estimating and implementing high quality code. You’re an advocate for “everyone’s opinion has value” and have honed your listening skills accordingly. You’re comfortable using client libraries and crafting HTTP requests to interact with web APIs. You’ve got a clear understanding of how to consume or provide HTTP requests/responses in a RESTful way.

You know how to design a database, calling upon your understanding of SQL syntax (specifically, foreign key constraints and indexes) and relational databases in general (we use MySQL).

You have written many tests before, and have an understanding of when and why to use particular approaches to testing.

As a team player, you’ve spent a couple of years minimum of writing object-oriented code in a web framework. Your stack is second-nature to you now; and you could keep writing code if the internet cuts out (for a while, at least!).

Building and maintaining reliable platforms and systems is important to you and you’re able to justify the methods you use to achieve this (such as excellent test coverage).

You are able to balance the goals of software development with those of a small organisation, understanding the business needs and designing robust and high quality solutions without over engineering.

Finally, you’re someone who’s passionate about making a difference and “working for a better world”, and you’re excited about the work EthicalJobs.com.au does!


Please download the attached Position Description for the full selection criteria and how to apply.

Women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people of diverse gender, age, and cultural backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

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