Junior Software Engineer (PHP) at Xplor

Computer Software, Information Technology, Full-time, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia melbourne engineering full-time
Posted 3 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, Brisbane and London. Being part of TSG and their Education vertical, both our brands 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 all aspects of their operations, as well as by connecting parents with their children's well-being and growth.

Your impact as a Junior Software Engineer

Our product allows education services to automate administration, streamline their financials and reporting, digitise attendance and bookings, record learning observations, and communicate with parents in real time. As a Junior Software Engineer, you will get to:

  • Work with your dedicated team to ensure projects are delivered on time, and to best practice & quality guidelines
  • Be part of the development and maintenance of applications and web services for use in the Xplor platform
  • Participate in the entire application lifecycle right from concept to delivery as well as post launch support
  • Be involved in design, testing and code review
  • Regular exposure to business stakeholders and executive management, as well as the authority and scope to apply expertise to many interesting technical problems
  • Be part of a team with a shared goal - disrupting a market through technology and improving the future of education


We care more about the values you could add, rather than simply ticking checkboxes. We do a lot of pair programming, so all our Software Engineers need to be comfortable with our collaborative way of working. Moreover, some of the criteria we are looking for are,

Capabilities & Experiences

  • You have good knowledge in at least one programming language
  • You have first experience working on large and complex software projects
  • You have good independent problem-solving intuitions
  • You are able to balance the tests vs delivery pressure
  • You have excellent communication skills
  • You are eager to learn and to improve
  • You are able to think beyond just programming, e.g. product, customer and business Is able to work on complex problems
  • You have a good understanding of CI/CD

Experience in Tech Stack

  • You have a good grasp of OOP fundamentals
  • You have hands-on experience with modern PHP (PHP 7+)
  • You have some experience with modern MVC frameworks
  • You have experience with relational databases
  • You have some experience with unit testing
  • Ideally, you have experience with JavaScript and front-end development


What it means to work for us

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.

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
  • $1500 individual yearly L&D budget
  • Childcare discounts, mental health support
  • Flexible work arrangements, including remote working from anywhere in the world for 8 weeks per year for all roles
  • 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.