Senior Software Engineer (PHP) at Xplor

Computer Software, Information Technology, Full-time, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia melbourne engineering full-time
Posted 2 months ago

Take a seat on our rocket ship and join us on our mission to change education around the world. We’re a rapidly growing SaaS company and are looking for great people to help us build technology that makes a difference in the lives of children and families.

Who we are?

Xplor and QK Technologies have recently joined forces to become an international team of over 150 people hailing from offices in Melbourne (HQ), Brisbane and London. Being part of the TSG Group, we all share the passion for education and innovative technology and want to support those who make it great.

Our product suite is changing education by helping childcare services and educators easily manage and automate all aspects of their operations, as well as by connecting parents with their children's well-being and growth.

About our Engineering Culture

We care deeply about adding value to our customers and users. We think deeply and move quickly. We constantly evaluate the balance between speed and quality, to ensure we have the most desirable outcomes given the constraints.

Every person is encouraged to take ownership of their work, and really be part of the ongoing effort of making education great.

We are not looking for programmers, we are looking for problem solvers.

Our expectations for Senior engineers are;

Able to explain complex programming concepts such as multi-threading, background execution, common architectural and design patterns, services, bluetooth, graphics rendering and custom animations. They will have had exposure to more complex UI creation and will be very comfortable working on detailed, non-ui features such as background queues. They will be able to come up with edge cases and handle the outliers easily.


We care more about the values you could add, rather than simply ticking checkboxes. However, some of the criteria we are looking for are;

Capabilities & Experiences

  • Excellent knowledge in at least one programming language.
  • Experience working on large and complex software projects
  • Excellent independent problem-solving intuitions
  • Able to balance the tests vs delivery pressure
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Is eager to learn and to improve
  • An ability to think beyond just programming, e.g. product, customer and business
  • Experience in CI/CD
  • Is capable of leading engineering efforts

Experience in Tech Stack

  • Good grasp of OOP fundamentals
  • Obviously some solid experience with modern PHP (PHP 7+)
  • Experience with modern MVC frameworks
  • Experience with relational databases
  • Experience with unit testing
  • Some experience with DevOps(optional)
  • Some experience with JavaScript and front-end development (Optional)


How many companies can truly claim they are making the world a better place? We are one of a handful who is relentlessly working towards this noble goal. We are here to make education great.

What it means to work for us

You get to be a part of redefining the education sector and have a chance to make a real impact every single day you come to work. Some of the other perks of working with us:

  • Unparalleled opportunities to learn, with accelerated career development for high performers
  • A collaborative, flat structured team environment with people who truly love what they do
  • Regular social activities and celebrations
  • 10 weeks Gender Neutral Paid Parental Leave benefit
  • 5 days paid Volunteer Leave per year
  • Individual yearly L&D budget
  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Discounts to study an MBA in Innovation and Leadership
  • Discounts on tech from Apple and JB Hi-Fi

Sheryl Sandberg once said, “If you're offered a seat on a rocket ship, don't ask what seat! Just get on.” We couldn't agree more. So, are you ready to get on board?

To start your application with us, please submit your CV and a brief covering letter and we will be in touch as soon as we can.

Individuals seeking employment at our company are considered without regards to race, colour, religion, national origin, age, sex, marital status, ancestry, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation.

Please also note that successful candidates will be required to obtain a Working With Children Check as part of their employment.