Software Developer/ Engineer/ Architect

Senior Software Engineer - Foundations

Would you like to help to create the future of a product used by thousands of businesses and millions of consumers? Phorest powers over 8,000 hair and beauty salons using our software in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Finland, the USA and Canada.

Our system touches every point of the salon experience. We have the in-salon software desktop application, Phorest Go (the native staff application), online bookings website for salons, and custom native apps per salon. In a typical month, Phorest processes 3 million appointments and we send over 3 million SMS and 4 million emails. We process 200k online bookings per month and over 150 custom-built white label native apps.

The Opportunity

You will join a small team of highly skilled engineers in helping Phorest to quickly evolve, scale and ship great products for salon owners to run and grow their businesses. We leverage outcome-based foundational work, working on the most important things for Phorest long-term. This team will enable us to identify, prioritise and mitigate risks that would threaten our future security, availability or agility.

You will be working on a large distributed system (event-driven and restful services running on Docker and Serverless) solving complex problems in an environment where we look to continuously improve and learn. We work with feature flags and continuous delivery to ensure our work gets to production as fast and safely as possible.

What you’ll do

You will have the opportunity to shape how we solve technical problems, contributing to key architectural decisions within our product.

You will work with other engineers, product owners and designers to enable product teams to build and deliver high quality software in a consistent, secure and automated manner.

You will get to own the entire lifecycle of a feature. This includes activities such as producing technical design docs, writing and shipping code, planning the rollout to customers and being responsible for that feature in production.

You will spend the majority of your time on technical work, delivering clean, testable code, and will be continually looking to learn from both company and industry engineering best practices.

You will provide support to other engineers on your team, via activities such as pair programming, code reviews, and generally doing what you can to remove any blockers.

Strong proficiency and at least 3 years of professional experience with object-oriented software design - (for example Java, Kotlin)

Discipline and appreciation of working with CICD processes.

Experience designing distributed services which can communicate in a fault-tolerant manner using both RESTful and message-driven APIs.

Someone who wants to own their work from start to finish. We don’t have an operations team and engineers are expected to deploy and monitor the areas of the system they work in.

Familiarity with common software design patterns.

Ability to write clean and testable code.

Experience with, or willingness to learn how to operate our AWS based infrastructure and services.

Experience working with relational and NoSQL databases and performance tuning.

Experience working in an agile, product led environment.

Ability to inspire and motivate, to improve quality and productivity, maintaining technical innovation and excellence.

Someone that challenges the norm and isn’t afraid to voice their opinion.


🧘Your wellbeing is important to us - we provide private healthcare, an employee assistance program and a free online GP service (WebDoc).

💰As part of our Financial Wellbeing, we provide competitive Compensation, an Employee Share Purchase Scheme,  Pension, Life Assurance, and Income Protection.

🚵🏿  We help you travel by providing a bike to work scheme as well as tax saver transport tickets. 

🍼We care for your family and provide Enhanced Maternity and Paternity benefits. 

🌳We grow our own timber! We provide a great learning environment including an extensive onboarding program.

🤓Career development is important to us. We even have our own in-house Learning and Development/Business coach and many online resources including LinkedIn learning. 

😎We don’t believe in formal dress codes. We prefer things casual.