Senior Backend (PHP) Developer role in a new team at an established international company of
more than 20 years that is now in scaleup mode
Responsible for technical design and hands-on development in an agile development environment, with additional opportunities to develop skillset
A successful candidate will be an early starter in a newly established team that will grow and offer long term career growth opportunities in line with an international company growing fast and leveraging technology to manage this business growth

Company Overview

K2 Corporate Mobility is an independent global mobility expert, providing comprehensive services to corporate clients relocating their employees. We manage and deliver services through our global partner network and strive to be a true business partner – an extension of our clients’ HR/Mobility function. We provide one accountable point of contact for HR teams and assignees throughout international relocations.
Managing a global network of over 1,000 carefully selected specialist partners worldwide, allows K2 to deliver an extraordinarily high standard of service on every assignment.
This high level of service and care has ensured blue chip clients and an excellent reputation in a highly competitive industry. We’re independent, ambitious, entrepreneurial, diligent go-getters and we believe in delivering only the best for our customers, their assignees, our partners and staff.
Headquartered in UK, K2 serves every location worldwide via our regional hubs located in the USA, Brazil, France, Sweden, South Africa, UAE, Singapore, and Australia.
The next office we are building out is in Bucharest, Romania which will start as our Technology hub. This will be our core Technology team supporting the global K2 business. We are building this team from scratch as K2 looks to insource our systems Intellectual Property and rely less on external consultants for our systems development.
We are therefore looking for a team that will want to be part of something very new at K2 and help us build a technology department that works closely and in partnership with the rest of the firm.
Technology is at the core of our K2 service offerings and in order to scale up the business K2 is now making a significant and continued investment in building out our current system architecture as well as building new systems in order to integrate more seamlessly with our customers, their assignees, and just as importantly our partners.
What sets us apart is our people. We employ the best and allow them to be the best they can be.

Reporting to Senior Technology Team Lead.

The role

The Senior Backend (PHP) Developer role is part of the team responsible for the most critical of K2 systems, Ascent. This is the firm’s core Case Management system which all service offerings rely on. All the sensitive client data and vital service delivery logistics data is managed by Ascent so data security is important. Ascent needs to integrate via APIs with all K2 internal systems as well as client and 3rd party industry systems and the objective is to expand the external integration offerings.
Significant business growth over the last year and plans for much more growth is driving a lot of the system enhancement requirements including automating processes to drive efficiencies. This in turn requires close partnership between the business and technology teams as we shape the future processes for the firm.
As well as excellent technical skills this role needs strong analytical skills and a team player to help deliver on projects and systems for this critical K2 system. This role is immediately important to K2 achieving its next chapter of growth with technology at the heart of this critical part of the business strategy, and as a result offers career growth with more system and technical strategy ownership as knowledge of the system and technology offering increases.

Main duties and responsibilities

Ascent backend systems development
Responsible for designing technical solutions for the projects assigned
Hands-on development and code reviews for colleagues in backend team.
Responsible for SDLC from Technical Specification to successful QA results for projects assigned
Learn and understand AWS deployments
Ensuring quality of system rollouts, production availability and performance – for projects given responsibility for
Partner with support team for L2-L3 escalations, including out of hours rota as required
Excellent people skills to interact with staff, colleagues, cross-functional teams and third parties.

Experience: Skills / Abilities & Knowledge

Working knowledge of Agile methodologies (. Scrum, Kanban, hybrid methodologies)
Working knowledge of collaboration tools such as JIRA and Confluence

Core Technical skills:
o PHP, Symphony
o Rest API

Ability to learn fast, have attention to detail and be able to progress tasks
Good communication in English, both oral and written
+5 years of relevant technology experience
Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, General Information Technology or a related field

Preferred Technical skills:
o Laravel, Zend
o Beanstalk
o ElasticSearch
o Kibana
Working knowledge of SDLC models/methodologies and CI/CD implementations
Good skills in System specification, process modelling techniques and system architectures knowledge

Working Hours

8 hours a day
Minimum of 2 days a week in the office together with the rest of the Technology team, to ensure quality time with all of the new local team members as we build our Romania-based team
23 days holiday per year plus Public Holidays


Opportunities for technical certifications
Opportunities for relevant conference attendance

Career Progression

This role is part of a new Technology Team at K2, and so being at the start of this journey will open up many opportunities for individual growth as the overall team grows in size and responsibility. As you learn K2 systems and technology infrastructure you will be given more responsibility, more autonomy to influence system architectures, and increase seniority.
We will also ensure that there is the opportunity to learn new technologies as these are adopted by K2. This is a long term role at K2 and we invest in our people.



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