Backend Developer

About us:

Alternative Airlines is a fast growing Online Travel Agent, and our ongoing mission is to empower anyone in the world to book a flight easily, and every booking and every customer counts to us!

To help us reach our mission we have built a strong online presence,, with an ultra-quick flight booking capability and an expanding, global customer base of delighted consumers. With a renewed customer-focused approach to a huge, well-established market for air travel, the organisation has built a reputation for innovation, attention to detail and doing things differently. We enjoyed a period of high growth with yearly growth rates of 86% from £2.9m to £19.0m from 2016 to 2019. 

What is happening now:

Whilst demand for air travel is understandably reduced at the moment, we are extremely excited for the recovery as country borders are opened and travel restrictions are lifted. And even during this time, whilst our growth may have slowed, we are still growing, and therefore need to expand our team to include a committed, collaborative and capable Head of Finance. Whoever is successful will be welcomed from day one onto our decision-making management team.

What does our Tech Team look like?

We are continuing to grow and are building a fantastic Tech team of front-end and back-end developers and designers to continually develop and enhance the platform. Our entrepreneurial and creative culture enables our Tech team to work with many different types of frameworks and tools such as React, Laravel, Docker, Redis and DynamoDB. The role will have real responsibility and decision-making authority to control and develop the platform of We don’t offshore, and we don’t take on contractors. You will be a part of our team, and your input is valued. We’ll listen to your ideas, and you’ll get the chance to bring them to life.

What does this Role look like?

The role will be focused on the back-end development of Alternative Airlines’ platform and projects. Projects are wide-ranging and we allow all the developers the flexibility to work on projects that interest them. Our back-end team, works on many types of projects including API integrations with major payment partners such as PayPal, Affirm and Klarna and with technology partners and direct integrations with airlines. Other upcoming projects include developing the platform of Alternative Airlines from an English-only site into a multi-language site attractive to our global customer base and API integrations to broaden the scope of Alternative Airlines offering. In addition, this role will be focused on improving the efficiency of the Alternative Airlines’ operations via technology.

Person Specification

- Experience with PHP and MySQL essential

- Experience with Laravel useful, but not essential

- Comfortable working with HTML, CSS and JavaScript

- Experience with building or consuming web services and APIs

- Understanding and experience using Git

- Entrepreneurial

Why work with us?

Our people matter, they are what drives our success. Therefore we have created a culture where we put our people first:

- We understand the importance of having a good work life balance. 

- We are multiple small teams working together to reach our mission. 

- We challenge ourselves daily, and move at pace 

- We try new things, make decisions on them quickly.

If you want to help us on our mission and the above job description and our values match your skills and experience then we urge you to apply for this role. We want great, entrepreneurial, enthusiastic, motivated people to join our team, and we look forward to hearing from you!

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