Arbor Education

Platform Engineer

Join Arbor Education as they are looking for a Platform Engineer

About us

At Arbor, we’re on a mission to transform the way schools work for the better.

Our products are transforming the way schools use data to bring about positive change by empowering schools and teachers by reducing the amount of time spent on administrative tasks, and increasing time where it matters, with the students!

Job purpose

The Platform Engineering will combine expertise in PHP Enterprise Systems development with a focus on software architecture, distributed programming, and systems architecture to develop scalable and performant platform components. The role will support Product Engineers across all teams to utilise platform components to drive consistency, scalability, and performance improvements across the platform, as well as reduce platform complexity, and reduce Change Failure Rate through well tested and reusable components.

Key Result Areas

  • Reduce change failure rate across engineering

  • Improve response times and performance related SLA’s

  • Reduce platform outages and incidents

  • Assist in creating relevant technical documentation for the system

What you'll be doing

  • Develop core platform components to aid reusability and stability of the system

  • Work with Head of Platform to identify and progress platform improvements related to stability, scalability, and performance

  • Work with the QA team to ensure non-functional testing is adequately captured and performed

  • Work with the DevOps team to understand application impacts and system performance and stability, and work with engineering teams to rectify

  • Assist in incident response and resolution, and subsequent post-mortems and retrospectives

  • Own the Arbor ORM and make changes to reduce DB burden, and improve performance

  • Participate in tech-talks and team based learning to ensure knowledge is spread

About you

  • Extensive experience of PHP at scale through frameworks such as Zend and Symfony

  • Extensive experience of distributed cloud systems, and specifically Amazon Web Services

  • Experience of Enterprise Software design patterns and their implementation in real-world enterprise systems

  • Experience of message queue systems such as SQS, Beanstalkd, ActiveMq, Apache Kafka

  • Understanding of relational database technologies and their cloud versions (e.g. AWS Aurora)

  • Experience with DataDog, Prometheus or similar observability tools

  • A positive and proactive attitude to problem solving

  • A team player, willing to muck in and help others when needed, driven personality who asks questions and actively participates in discussions

  • Good written and spoken English so you can present your ideas - our HQ is based in London

Bonus skills

  • Past experience with enterprise solutions running at scale

  • Familiarity with Scrum methodology or other agile development processes

  • Experience with Docker and containerisation

  • Familiarity with software best practices such as Refactoring, Clean Code, Domain-Driven Design, Test-Driven Development, etc.

The Process:

Kick things off with a 30 minute video call with the Talent team.

Next up you complete a technical assessment (Typically takes 2 hours to complete)

To close out the interview process it will be a 90 minute panel interview

What we offer

Aside from the chance to work alongside a team of hard-working, passionate people in a role where you’ll see the impact of your work everyday.

  • Remote working - 1-2 days in the office a month unless you want to go more!
  • We believe in supporting your professional growth and provide team managers with a training budget to spend on courses for you and your team.
  • As an engineer you’ll be provided with a subscription to Udemy for engineering training resources
  • We promote positive well being and as part of this you’ll have access to our Employee Assistance Program as well as being able to speak to trained mental health first aiders
  • Frequent internal lunch and learns, opportunities to learn from colleagues, and dedicated time off to attend conferences or training
  • We offer additional discretionary holidays, including half day Fridays during the school summer holidays

An equal opportunities organisation

Our goal is to build a workplace which represents, celebrates and supports people from all backgrounds, and which gives them the tools they need to thrive - whatever their ambitions may be.

We want to make sure we build the best products for our schools, and we passionately believe that starts with building a workforce as diverse as the communities we serve. We’re actively working on this, and we’re always open to feedback. Let us know your thoughts! If you need any adjustments to be made to support you through the recruitment process, let us know at

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