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. Arbor reduces the amount of time spent on administrative tasks, and increases their time where it matters, with the students!
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.
A day in the life of a Platform Engineer at Arbor
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
After completion of your onboarding to the Arbor team, your impact to the business should see:
Reduced change failure rate across engineering
Improved response times and performance related SLA’s
Reduced platform outages and incidents
Assist in creating relevant technical documentation for the system
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
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.
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.
- Flexible remote working
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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