Job Description

As a senior PHP developer (Systems Architect), you will be responsible for the final delivery of robust, modular server-side functionality as well as the best technological practices implemented to deliver it. Senior PHP developers are expected to be a pivotal asset in the strategisation, development and maintenance of well-engineered technical solutions.

Project delivery is expected to be undertaken using tried and tested industry standards in a way which follows department protocol and is synchronous across all members of the development team.

Modular, re-usable, scale-able PHP


Time projection and management


Strong grasp of PHP design patterns


Problem solving skills


Attention to detail


Leadership skills


What you do.

All members of the back-end development team are expected to work closely with project managers and business analysts, follow company process and deliver top-notch engineered solutions both on an individual basis as part of a team.

Your duties will be as follows:

  • Ability to function as part of a team in agile sprints.
  • Integration of user-facing elements developed by front-end developers.
  • Integration of back-end technologies such as third-party APIs and services.
  • Integration of content management systems.
  • Creation of web services for ingestion by other applications and/or companies.
  • Writing clean, fast PHP to a high standard, in a timely and scalable way.
  • Building of efficient, testable, and reusable PHP modules.
  • Managing cutting-edge technologies to improve legacy applications.
  • Troubleshooting, testing and maintenance the core product software and databases.
  • Production of well documented back-end code.
  • Production of readme, technical and (when required) end-user documentation.
  • Production of detailed specifications.
  • Production of PHP code implementing the frameworks defined in the department.
  • Maintenance of an obscene amount of organization on an on-going basis.
  • Adherence to the department naming conventions and work folder structures.
  • Ability to function as part of a team in agile sprints using code distribution and versioning tools (GitLab).
  • Co-ordination with other team members as well as project managers.
  • Maintenance of organized file naming conventions and working directory structures.
  • Maintenance of a streamlined workflow including maintenance of project related ticketing.
  • Following of emerging technologies.
  • Time projection and management.
  • Problem solving with elegant solutions.
  • Adherence to strong thinking patterns.

Your senior duties will be as follows:

  • Accurate time projection on projects for self, as well as assistance for junior devs.
  • Time management of self and of junior devs.
  • Mentorship of other devs when necessary.
  • Mentorship of front-end devs regarding correct programing OO methodologies for JavaScript (if required).
  • Ensuring department process is maintained by all members of the dev team.
  • Act as the glue and driving force within the dev team when required.
    Report to the head of delivery (head of department).
  • Assume first level responsibility for dev related deliveries.
  • Ensure department guidelines are maintained by junior devs.
  • Assist, when required, in the performance reviews of other employees within the team.
  • Maintain team efficiency and team organization.

What you know.

To apply for this position, you should be proficient in the following:

  • How to lead a team
  • PSR standards
  • How to engineer systems using the most appropriate technologies
  • Agile Development
  • Strong, object-oriented, PSR compliant PHP 7.0+
  • MVC design pattern and other industry standard design patterns
  • SQL
  • ORM systems, preferably Eloquent
  • PHP Frameworks, preferably Laravel
  • Composer
  • GitLab and proper versioning techniques
  • PHP Unit

Who you are.

  • You are a person with clear thinking skills
    Your thought process is logically driven, you calculate twice and fire once.
  • You have remarkable attention to detail
    It’s in your nature to like things done precisely, you value the importance to un-ambiguity and you tend to constantly strive towards this.
  • You are a team player
    Although you are independent, you function well within a team framework.
  • You are a quick learner outside of programming
    You get things quickly, usually without the need of too much explaining. You are a naturally intuitive person.
  • You have a passion for what you do
    You don’t just do what you do as a nine-to-five, it’s something you love doing and do with pride.
  • You have strong communication skills
    You are a good listener and can engage in meaningful conversations making sure all parties agree with the work that is being done.
  • You are focused and well organized
    You understand the need to keep things organized, it tends to come naturally to you as does immersing yourself in your work.

Who we are.

We are creative. We look to each other to inspire creativity and spark innovation and we understand that dreaming big is just as important as working hard. We’re a young, fresh, culture who share values and attitudes, and it is that shared culture that pushes us to achieve more, to believe in better and to think differently…. Very differently.

We find inspiration in the story of the underdog because to us, there are no roadblocks, only speed-bumps. Life at Max Entertainment is everything you’d expect it to be. Great people doing great things in a great place. We’ve carefully create the perfect blend of work/play balance that delivers great results.