Senior Software Engineer

We are UKFast.

Over the past two decades, we have grown from a start-up to a multi-million-pound?business. We are one of the UK’s leading cloud?and secure?managed hosting providers -?supplying dedicated servers, private and public cloud hosting solutions, and a full range of technical,?cybersecurity, and DevOps consulting?services. We’re moving fast, continuously innovating and having a lot of fun in the process.

We transform our customers’ businesses through robust technology, world-class solution engineering, and multi-award-winning customer service.

We design, build and support thousands of technical solutions every year for a full cross-section of the UK economy, from local businesses and charities to fast-growing eCommerce and financial services businesses, global manufacturers and retailers, local and central Government, the?NHS?and the Ministry of Defence - all seeking new and innovative ways of hosting their IT solutions.

Our business is built entirely around our people and our customers. We invest in our people and work hard to ensure our teams are inspired, motivated and supported. We are customer-obsessive and committed to self-development, hard work and having fun. We believe in everyone bringing their whole self to work as part of our fantastic bunch.

Our in-house training facility is widely accredited. For instance, we are the only managed service provider in the UK to be an accredited AWS training centre.

We care passionately about doing the right thing - for our customers and each other. It’s important to us that UKFast is a diverse, inclusive and socially conscious employer that contributes positively to our communities and environment. Afterall, we have been Carbon neutral for many years.

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The Opportunity


UKFast is currently looking for an experienced PHP Developer to join our eCloud product team, to help us deliver our cloud platform vision for the future. Reporting to the product team’s Senior PHP Developer, you will be instrumental in delivering our exciting and highly competitive eCloud product.

eCloud is the UK’s largest, high-performance, privately-owned cloud computing platform, built on enterprise grade technology from global partners including VMware, Cisco & HPE. Rivalling public cloud platforms for performance and value for money, eCloud is highly flexible and defence-level secure. Our bespoke solutions minimise the need for customers to rearchitect, streamlining their migration and enabling certainty of success.

Our orchestration and API layers power the end-to-end automation that takes a customer’s request for service and turns this into a fully virtual private cloud offering a scalable, secure and resilient hosting platform for our customers to deploy their applications.

Our eCloud product is responsible for a significant chunk of UKFast’s revenue – in many ways it is the business’s most important product. Our strategy will see this platform continue to grow with multiple important feature launches planned this year, including the enablement of a true hybrid cloud product set. You and your team will be responsible for this incredibly exciting part of our journey as a business.

Working in a highly collaborative team, you will design and develop scalable backend systems that provide a consistent and reliable experience through our APIs to integrate business logic and automation into the underlying cloud infrastructure.

Following Agile and Continuous Delivery principles, you will have full autonomy in the planning and execution of your tasks with a clear focus on the customer journey to deliver on a truly inspiring roadmap, pushing the technical boundaries of what is possible on a cloud platform.

In this role you will be working on one of the largest VMWare based cloud platforms in Europe, supported by some of the most innovative and exciting hardware vendors such as Cisco, Arista and HPE. As such, this is a unique opportunity to have a truly transformational impact on our business. It will be a genuinely career-defining role. In 5 years time you should look back at this role as one of the most exciting, impactful, and personally rewarding periods of your professional life.

What you will do

  • Convert stakeholder requirements into technical requirements for delivery
  • Work with the wider product team to ensure the roadmap is being delivered
  • Develop code to a high standard that conforms to internal standards and common security standards
  • Build APIs to unlock the product’s full potential to customers and internal teams consuming the products resources
  • Work with other development teams to share learnings and improvements
  • Be actively involved in proof-of-concept design and build
  • Perform code reviews and assist other developers with their personal development
  • Produce helpful and concise documentation
  • Implement unit testing, CI/CD pipelines to improve the development cycle

What you will bring

  • At least 2 years’ experience using Laravel/Lumen frameworks within a large codebase.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills for team collaboration and customer engagement
  • Relevant experience with building secure and scalable RESTful APIs that empower customers to self-manage services
  • Appreciation for quality and beautifully written code with the ability to drive standards within a team
  • A deep understanding of Microservice architecture and the benefits this brings to building scalable platforms
  • Real world use of deploying to Public Cloud platforms so you understand things from our customer’s perspective
  • Extreme attention to detail and quality – to ensure the services we provide for our customers do what they say every time
  • Previous experience of building automation or APIs for a cloud platform would be beneficial
  • Experience with MySQL, Redis and RabbitMQ and where / how these services are best utilised

Why UKFast

  • Birthdays off as an extra paid holiday
  • Private health insurance after one years’ service
  • Full paid maternity leave for first 16 weeks and full paid paternity leave for 2 weeks after two years' service.
  • Flexible working and work from home
  • Award-winning training and education centre with four full-time teachers to help you obtain accreditations, develop and learn.
  • Pearson Vue test centre on-site
  • On-site gym
  • Games zone with arcade games and retro consoles.
  • Free onsite parking
  • Table tennis and pool tables       
  • Team building experiences
  • Weekly virtual quiz nights and team parties
  • Volunteer days to help support our community and charity partners
  • Active and engaged diversity groups with events and educational sessions arranged regularly
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