Senior Software Engineer API

Meet the World

Job details

  • Full-time
  • calendar
  • map markerPorto, PT
  • cardRequires Work Permit
    Requires that you're a citizen or have a valid work permit / visa sponsorship to work in the country in which this position is based.
  • routeSenior
  • routeEnglish
    Preferred spoken language

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Our customers aren't your average tourists: they are an open-minded, spontaneous and energetic bunch who want to immerse themselves in unknown cultures, not just observe them. They want to take home unforgettable stories, the kind you can’t make up. And it’s the other global travellers they meet along the way that make all of this possible.

That’s where hostels come in. They put you at the heart of the action and make it easy to meet other travellers from all over the world, providing a unique environment to immediately get talking to other people. Hostelworld is proud to be waving the flag for the hostel industry, and we’ve got a great story to tell.

We’re looking for a passionate and energetic Senior Software Engineer that is ready to develop their existing skills by working alongside a creative and dynamic API development team on a range of ambitious and innovative projects.

Develop robust and scalable APIs and Services to support high traffic applications

Main Responsibilities:

  • Work across different areas of the software stack
  • Contribute clean, secure and maintainable code to the product
  • Contribute to the evolution of the overall product/system architecture
  • Optimising code for performance and scalability
  • Prototyping and building highly performed and flexible components
  • Estimating projects and features, working closely with technical and business teams at each stage of the development lifecycle
  • Mentor members of the team to enhance and share knowledge
  • Provide guidance, feedback and input on the product roadmap and technical strategy
  • Liaise with internal teams - Development, Systems, Product and QA to ensure strong execution and implementation

Main requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in computer science or similar

  • 7+ years developing object-oriented PHP for database-backed websites with extensive experience in APIs and Micro-services

  • Full-stack development expertise

  • Strong understanding of most popular design patterns (MVC, SOLID, Dependency injection)

  • Experience working in an agile environment and with techniques like Continuous Integration, code reviews

  • Excellent understanding and experience of web application security best practices

  • Excellent experience in API, Rest API development, and XML/JSON processing

  • Strong experience in MySQL

  • Understanding of code documentation practices and tools

  • Ability to quickly learn, understand, test, and debug existing codebases

  • Excellent critical thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills

  • Experience with version control systems e.g. GIT/Mercurial

  • Proficient in both spoken and written English

Nice to have

  • Experience working in a high traffic environment is a plus, as well as knowledge on caching tools (Memcache, Redis, Varnish, Nginx)

  • Experience with phpStorm

  • Experience with any other language (Java, Python, C++)

  • Applicable certifications (PHP, MySQL, etc.)

  • Experience with testing tools (PHPUnit, behat, PHP spec) and methodologies like TDD and BDD

  • Experience with profiling tools (xdebug, webgrind, xhprof)

  • Experience working with remote locations


  • 22 days annual leave increasing to 27 days with service
  • Competitive salary
  • Refer a Friend Scheme - €1,500 bonus
  • Health Insurance
  • Meal Allowance
  • Hostelworld Credits
  • Financial Support for Continuing Educational Programmes
  • Training
  • Career Development
  • Mentoring Programme
  • Flexible Working Hours

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