Senior PHP Backend Developer

Jumia Kenya

The number one online shopping mall in Kenya.

What you will be doing: 

As a Senior PHP Backend Developer, you will be part of an agile Software Development Team and will be responsible for the full lifecycle of an application. You will be working with a team of talented Engineers and entrusted with defining the solution, leading the design, architecture and development of web applications using PHP and related technologies. You will collaborate with the product team and stakeholders to translate product feature requirements into technical specifications and will identify the best approach for large pieces of work that span multiple components and teams. You will perform code reviews, provide feedback and guidance to your team, and ensure overall quality and maintainability. You will be instrumental in optimizing the performance of the application by implementing caching mechanisms, database optimizations and applicable code refactoring. As the Senior PHP Backend Developer, you will troubleshoot and resolve complex technical issues in highly distributed systems. You will also be mentoring your junior colleagues, and helping elevate the skills and developing the team, ensuring the team stays up to date and applies the new trends in the industry.

As an expert in the area, you will be the go-to person for big ideas and problem-solving. With your large expertise, we know that you’ll add a lot of value to the team – be it by suggesting alternative methodologies that may be more efficient, actively improving the tooling to improve use cases, or even designing and developing a technical solution or new processes to create robust, reliable and scalable systems. You can expect to use cutting-edge technologies to deliver amazing value and the best product to our customers while scaling our platform to meet the demands of worldwide markets. You will be required to program well-designed, testable, efficient code to solve business needs, as well as test and document the implemented solutions.

What we are looking for;

Technical Skills: 

  • 8+ Years of Experience in web application development in PHP, with a strong understanding of PHP language and frameworks (e.g. Zend Expressive, Laravel, Symfony)
  • Acquainted with building testable code, unit tests and/or integration tests
  • Knowledgeable of software design and architecture patterns
  • Strong knowledge of relational databases (especially MySQL) and SQL, performance tuning and optimizations
  • Experience in working with high concurrency, highly transactable, highly available platforms
  • Experience in migration of legacy systems
  • Experience in API integrations, web services and third-party libraries
  • Experience with code versioning tools
  • DevSecOps mindset
  • Aware of fault-tolerance and secure programming concepts
  • Experienced in some of the following concepts: message queuing, caching, NoSQL, SOA, CI/CD, application and system monitoring
  • Experienced working with Scrum processes
  • Experience working with Gearman would be a plus
  • Proficiency in other front-end technologies like HTML, CSS, js is a plus

Soft Skills:

  • Fluent in English, strong communication and collaboration abilities
  • Ability to drive consensus in a multi-disciplinary environment
  • Critical thinking and Problem-solving capabilities
  • Analytical and troubleshooting skills
  • Openness to handling both legacy systems and greenfield projects
  • Being resilient and Challenging the status quo
  • Extreme accountability and drive for results

We Offer:

  • A unique experience in an entrepreneurial, yet structured environment
  • This a unique opportunity to have a strong impact in building the African e-commerce sector
  • The opportunity to become part of a highly professional and dynamic team
  • An unparalleled personal and professional growth as our longer-term objective is to train the next generation of leaders

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